'Play-Way' is a new entry-level training course developed
through the VIPER project in 2015. The course aims to provide
an understanding of children's freely chosen play and the roles and
responsibilities of the adult in supporting children and
youngpeople's play alongside safe working practices.
- underpinning theory around play and playwork.
- an understanding of the Playwork Principles, Children'sRights
and the importance of inclusion and equalities when working with
children and young people.
- confidence and skills when working with childrenand young
people aged 4-16 in a range of settings including a play
- opportunities to gain practical experience of workingand or
volunteering with children and young people and to reflect on their
- Signposting to information about further training and job
Is there assessment and is this course recognised?
'Play-Way'is a 14-hour professional development training course
that is accredited and endorsed by Skillsactive, the Sector Skills
Council for Active Leisure and Learning. The course, written
by Playwork Partnerships at the University of Gloucestershire,
provides learners with an introduction to children's play and
playwork. The course content provides some of the
underpinning knowledge for Playwork National Occupational Standards
at Level 2.
As a Skillsactive endorsed training course, 'Play-Way' attracts
14 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points which is useful
for learners who wish to enter work in children's services and may
be considering joining the 'Skillsactive Playwork Register' or
equally for those people wishing to take their studies further and
want their training to contribute towards the acquisition of
nationally recognised qualification such as an National Vocational
Qualification (NVQ). The endorsement of the training is useful for
learners CVs as it demonstrates to employers that the training has
standards for the sector.
The course emphasises participative learning,discussion,
practical activities and games. The assessment will be based on
active participation in the taught session, completion of a short
question paper and a reflective diary sheet based on a practical
experience undertaken after session 6.
The course is underpinned by the Playwork Principles and the
Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that states:
'State parties recognise the rights of the child to rest and
leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate
to the age
of the child'
The UN Convention on the
rights of the child Article 31