Apprenticeship (Level 2) in Playwork at JACE Training and Assessment Centre
As opposed to Care in the Early Years, Playwork is a relatively new occupation. The origins of play can be traced back to 1900, with adventure play becoming popular during the 1940's. Recognition of Playwork as an occupational area is even more recent. It was only in 1992 that it gained its own National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). All children need to play and have a right to play regardless of their background and circumstances. Playwork is what adults do to help provide out of school opportunities for play for children and young people aged anywhere between 4 to 16 years. Trained playworkers have an important role in enabling children to create and explore their own play experiences. By offering a range of opportunities, playworkers encourage children to play, join in games, have fun and do many different things on their own and with others. A trained playworker will be able to work with all children, understand when a child needs sociable or solitary play and will offer a range of organised activities, creative play and outdoor games and, above all, provide children with a safe place to play and an environment that allows them to be themselves. A playworker will most often work within a breakfast, after school or holiday club setting, and the Level 2 Playwork Apprenticeship is the NVQ qualification within a framework of smaller but essential qualifications which it is recommended a new playworker has completed or is currently working towards achieving. A Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Playwork is suitable for a playworker who already has a Level 2 qualification and wants to progress to become a senior playworker or a supervisor. The Level 2 Apprenticeship and Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Playwork have been introduced to enable playworkers to gain an understanding of the traditions and benefits of offering choices through to play to children. Any person working in a holiday club, breakfast or after school club or responsible for extended care within schools will benefit greatly from this qualification.
No entry qualifications are required although good GCSE grades in English and Numeracy are a definite advantage.
To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact JACE Training and Assessment Centre directly.