Volunteers in Play
Volunteers in Play

Course Details

Who can undertake this course?

Anyone working as a volunteer or in an unpaid capacity supporting play opportunities for children and young people.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners must be aged 16 years and over and must demonstrate current experience of volunteering in a play setting. It is desirable that learners have undertaken some learning at level 2 and have a recent CRB check.


Course Length:  5 hours (Delivered over one day or 2 half day/evening sessions)

The training course is divided into 5 sections:

  1. Understanding Play
  2. The Importance of Play
  3. The Role of the Playworker
  4. Supporting Play
  5. Play Spaces

The course consists of many tasks and activities that should be fun and participatory in order to make the learning enjoyable and worthwhile.

Course Aims and Assessment

Aim:  To introduce learners to the nature of freely chosen play and the role and responsibilities of the volunteer in supporting children and young people's play within a range of play settings.

By the end of the course learners will:

  1. Understand the nature of freely chosen play;
  2. Understand the benefits of play for all children and their communities;
  3. Understand the role of the volunteer as part of the playwork team;
  4. Understand how to support children and young people's play;
  5. Explore how to resource and create spaces that support freely chosen
  6. play for all children.

Assessment: There will be a short reflective diary to complete after the course as part of assessment before certification. Other assessment will take place during the course through observations of participation in group tasks, discussions and activities.


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