Advanced Apprenticeship in Playwork

This apprenticeship is for people who are working in children or young people’s services in a play setting in a role that either involves working alone or supervising others.

Mandatory Units

  • Understand playwork principles
  • Understand children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people
  • Understand the organisational framework for play
  • Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
  • Contribute to an organisational framework that reflects the needs and protects the rights of children and young people
  • Understand Relationships in the Play Environment
  • Understand Health, Safety and Security in the Play Environment
  • Understand How to Plan for and Support Children and Young People’s Self-directed Play
  • Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure play environment for children and young people
  • Develop and promote positive relationships in a play environment
  • Plan for and support children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

Learners and employers can choose from a variety of units available from the optional groups to make up the remaining credits for the qualification.

The apprenticeship is delivered through a combination of training, guidance, support, self-study and activities in the workplace. On and off job training either through group sessions or on a one-to-one basis. The NVQ will be assessed using varied methods depending on learning style, including direct observation in the workplace. A portfolio of evidence is required.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however candidates should have basic literacy, communication and ICT skills.

Course Progression

For those who achieve an advanced apprenticeship and progress to a managerial role there are opportunities to undertake a higher apprenticeship, which focuses on leadership and management in care settings.

Below are some possible future careers:

Nursery Manager

Playworker

Special Needs Teaching Assistant

Portage Home Visitor

 

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