SkillsActive Playwork Register Press Release

10 May 2013

SkillsActive is proud to launch the pilot of the Register of Playwork Professionals

The Register of Playwork Professionals has been developed by SkillsActive in partnership with employers, playworkers and representatives from key national organisations involved in the development, delivery and support for children's play.  The Register will ensure that standards within the Playwork industry are kept to a high level through annual Continued Professional Development (CPD) for all members.

Successful applicants during the pilot will be given membership for one year free of charge and, in addition, the first 100 members to sign up to the Register of Playwork Professionals will also receive one year's free subscription to the forthcoming Journal of Playwork Practice.

"Having worked in children's services for over 20 years, I am very pleased that the Register of Playwork Professionals has been established by SkillsActive. Playwork professionals can now be qualified at various levels up to and including Foundation Degree, Honours Degree and Postgraduate Qualification; this recognition helps the hard working individuals and also the workforce in our contribution to helping children live satisfying and enjoyable lives."

Prof Perry Else, Course Leader BA (Hons) Children and Playwork, Sheffield Hallam University.

Using the expertise gained from the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), the Register of Playwork Professionals is looking to build on this success within the playwork industry. Driving a high standard of professionalism in the sector, the establishment of the Register of Playwork Professionals will:

  • Recognise the importance of the role playworkers perform in the provision of play opportunities
  • Offer much needed re-assurance to parents or carers that staff working with their children (aged 4 - 16 years old) are appropriately qualified
  • Provide a system of regulation to ensure that individuals meet agreed National Occupational Standards, which describe the knowledge, competence and skills of good practice.

The entry levels and categories for the Register of Playwork Professionals will be based on the job roles and related qualifications held by each individual. The framework provided by the Register will offer verification that those working in the sector are fully qualified.

To ensure that members of the Register of Playwork Professional maintain skills in line with industry standards, they will be required to complete annual Continued Professional Development (CPD), which will be tracked by the activepassport system.

"We're delighted to be launching the pilot of the Register of Playwork Professionals.It's important that the playwork sector is recognised for the very valuable contributions playworkers make to the lives of our children. I believe the establishment of the Register will really put playwork on the map and raise the profile of playwork within the children's workforce. The Register will also ensure high quality throughout the industry and drive professionalisation throughout the playwork sector" 

Lesli Godfrey, UK Strategic Lead for Playwork and the Children's Workforce, SkillsActive

For further information about the Register of Playwork Professionals, please visit our website

Playwork Register 


For further information or comment about these issues and the wider issues of skills and employment, or to arrange interviews please contact Sharon Colligan ( 0207 632 2000).



SkillsActive is the Sector Skills Council for active leisure and learning. SkillsActive is made up of seven sub-sectors of the sports and active leisure industry, sports, fitness, outdoors, playwork, caravans and hair & beauty and works to increase the demand, quality and availability of skills provision across the UK.

SkillsActive's nationwide body of staff are experts in their field. They provide employers, training providers, policy makers and key organisations with information and advice on skills development and training for the sector.

Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are independent, employer-led, UK-wide organisations. The SSCs and the UK Commission are committed to working in partnership across the four nations to create the conditions for increased employer investment in skills which will drive enterprise, create jobs and lead to sustainable economic growth.


The Register of Playwork Professionals

The Register of Playwork Professionals is an independent, public register that recognises and regulates professionals working in the playwork sector. All members meet agreed National Occupational Standards, ensuring they are appropriately qualified and have the competence to perform their specific roles.

Then Playwork Register is part of SkillsActive, the Government Licensed Sector Skills Council for the Active Leisure, Learning and Well-Being Industry. 

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