This course is a workplace qualification designed for those who are currently employed in a playwork or childcare setting. The role of a playworker is to support all children and young people in the creation of a space in which they can play. The Playwork Principles define play as:
“A process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. Children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons.”
Current theories from early learning and playwork focus on the ways that children develop resilience and self-confidence through self-directed play opportunities. You can read more on this here. You will be assigned an individual assessor who will observe your work practice and support you throughout this qualification.
The course will take place over 18 months and will include a range of different learning opportunities: classes tutorial sessions, online learning and research, reflections and tasks. On completion, you will be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as a practitioner.
- Current Playwork Theory and Practice
- How to Encourage and Support Self-Directed Play
- Safeguarding Children and Young People
- Children’s Rights
- Health, Wellbeing and Resilience
- Inclusive Practice
- You are required to be in employment in a setting that offers self-directed play opportunities for children and/or young people
- A minimum of two Highers (one of which should be English) or pass in a relevant NC at SCQF Level 6 or SVQ level 2 in Playwork or SVQ Level 2 Children’s Care Learning and Development/Social Services Children and Young People.
- Or a qualification at or above SCQF 6 that demonstrates ability in research, essay writing and reports, together with experience of working with children.
- You must be working within a playwork or childcare setting in an appropriate role.
- If you do not have the entry requirements but you have significant experience of working with children you are welcome to apply. Please detail this in your personal statement.
English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
- You will be continually assessed through reflective accounts, observations, tasks and questions
- You will be assigned an assessor who will visit your workplace to undertake observations of your practice
- You will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence measured against national standards of competency.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
- You will be invited to attend a group interview
Progression And Articulation Routes
- SVQ Level 4 in Playwork
- PDA Childhood Practice at Level 8 if you progress to a senior role within your workplace
- Registration with SSSC as a practitioner within a playwork or childcare setting
- One two-hour class per month
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Nicola Brown attended College to take her career in a new direction – swapping hairdressing for a career in childcare. Nicola was the winner of the Childhood Practice Academic Excellence award at the College’s Prize Giving ceremony last month, and we caught up with her to find out about her College journey:
“I am very happy about being recognised at Prize Giving. I have loved meeting so many new people whilst being on this course, and I have made lots of new friends.
A couple months after starting the course I found out I was pregnant and I thought that I would really struggle to complete everything in the course due to taking time off for appointments and working two days as well as being at College. To keep on track, I stuck to a plan and made sure I handed everything in on time and studied regularly. This helped me stay motivated and focused to finish the course before the baby came.
My plan for the future is to take this year off on maternity leave with my new baby and then return next August to complete my HNC in Childcare. My end goal is to become a Childhood Practitioner and work with children.
I would just like to say thank you to my lecturers for their help and support through this course. It means a lot to me and without their positivity and encouragement I don’t know how I would have stayed motivated.”