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Playwork Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship at Brooklands College

Course description

If you would like to work with children then a Childcare Apprenticeship is a great start onto your chosen career ladder.  You will learn about the theory behind how children learn and develop and how to make sure they are nourished, active and happy.  You will then see how these ideas are put into practice in your place of work.  Job roles this could lead onto include nursery assistant or playgroup assistant.

An apprenticeship in Playwork will develop your employability skills and provide you with valuable skills and experience working in a Playwork setting.

You must be working in a playwork environment, typically working a minimum of 30 hours per week (including training time) Apprentices will need a contract of employment (if working less than 30 hours per week apprentices must work a minimum of 16 hours per week, and the overall apprenticeship length will be extended pro rata).

You will be working in a playwork setting, this can include after school clubs; your exact duties will depend on your employer but should include providing a safe and stimulating environment in which children can play.

Course content

To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Playwork
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Functional Skills level 1 in Maths, English and ICT
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Mandatory units include:

  • Understand Playwork Principles
  • Understand Children and young people‚Äôs self-directed play
  • Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and  young people

Optional units can include:

  • Contribute to providing food and drink in the play environment
  • Contribute to the administration of the play environment
  • Carry out playwork in a school setting

Entry requirements

If you have not achieved Grade C or above at GCSE within the last 5 years you will need to complete Functional Skills.

You will need to demonstrate an interest in working with Children. All applicants for apprenticeship training will be required to attend an interview and undertake initial assessments. All successful candidates will be required to undergo a DBS check  through their employer.


An assessor will assess you in your work place environment providing ongoing support to compile your portfolio of evidence which will also include written assignments.

You will need to complete Functional Skills level 1 in Maths, English and ICT.
These are assessed through external examinations.

Financial information

Apprenticeships are fully funded for those aged 16 - 18 years.

Future opportunities

As an experienced playworker, you may become a community play leader or be able to progress to a supervisor or management job. You could also become self-employed and set up one or more after-school clubs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooklands College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016
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