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Back to BTEC National Extended Diploma in Childrens Play Learning & Dev (Direct Entry Yr2)(Level 3)Programme


Playworkers deliver and facilitate play opportunities for children in a range of formal and informal settings including play groups, play schemes, free play locations, and in pre- and after-school activities.


  • Supervises children’s games and encourages the development of physical, social and language skills
  • Provides play areas and prepares materials for a wide range of children’s activities
  • Encourages children’s independence, self-confidence and social interaction
  • Organises and supervises children on excursions
  • Organises and supervises children’s activities in accordance with Health and Safety regulations, deals accordingly with injuries and emergencies
  • Puts away equipment and cleans premises after use
  • Liaises with parents, carers and colleagues and keeps appropriate records.

Entry Requirements

Entry may not depend upon academic qualifications, although some employers will expect candidates to possess or be working towards a relevant qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Child Care and Education are available at Levels 2 and 3. CRB clearance is mandatory.

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £17,000 per annum and can progress up to £22,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 4,931 employed Playworkers in the region.

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