Playwork is a highly skilled profession that enriches and enhances children’s play. The role of a playworker is to support all children and young people in the creation of a space in which they can play.

Check out the National Careers Service to find out more about entry requirements, skills, salary and career progression.

If you would like to get trained or qualified, there are a number of routes.


Play Way is a two-day, accredited course run by Oxfordshire Play Association. Find out more here.

For other training courses, visit SkillsActive Quality Training portal. Just type ‘Playwork’ in the search engine.


CACHE Levels 2 to 5 in Playwork

However, CACHE  Level 2 Award and Certificate, the Level 3 Award and Level 4 Award and Certificate have been closed to new registrations.

City & Guilds Levels 2 to 5 in Playwork

However, registration for the City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Playwork has also closed and the final date for registering for a Level 3 and Level 5 Diploma is 30 November 2017.

Play England is encouraging all those who support quality play provision, to lobby CACHE and City & Guilds to extend registrations for these courses. For more details click here.

Degree and post-graduate degree courses

Leeds Beckett University

BA (Hons) Childhood Development and Playwork, which includes 720 hours fieldwork practice. Students who successfully complete the first two years of this degree are awarded a FdA (Foundation Degree) in Playwork (a vocational qualification that requires a significant practice element)

Masters by Research – a Masters level qualification by supervised independent study

PhD – a doctoral level qualification by supervised independent study

Leeds Beckett University also offers, in collaboration with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy (APAC), a full programme of postgraduate courses in play therapy – at Certificate, Diploma and Masters level.

Find out more here.

Gloucestershire University offers a wide range of opportunities for practitioners to engage in further enquiry into children’s play.

Find out more here.

Playwork jobs

Jobs are advertised in a number of on-line publications and websites:

IpDip (weekly Playwork journal) – it’s free to subscribe!

Children and Young People Now

London Play

Playwork Foundation

Nursery World