The Course aims
The Course aims

'Play-Way' is a new entry-level training course developed through the VIPER project in 2015.  The course aims to provide learners with:

  • 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 setting.
  • opportunities to gain practical experience of workingand or volunteering with children and young people and to reflect on their experiences.
  • Signposting to information about further training and job opportunities

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 met quality
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 United
Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that states:

'State parties recognise the rights of the child to rest and to
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

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