Quality training helps deliver quality play opportunities for children

Why Is Training So Important?

It is important that playworkers, people working with children in their out of school hours and professionals involved in designing child-friendly outdoor spaces, engage in training and continuing professional development.  But why?

Professional development

There are so many benefits to your professional development from participating in training:

  • keeping up to date with theory and legislation
  • having an opportunity to discuss different approaches to practice with others in your field
  • getting support to reflect on practice
  • learning new ways of doing things
  • increasing your understanding of the work you do

Personal development

Of course, while getting involved with training, you will also be developing personally:

  • stretching and growing your thinking capabilities
  • supporting your ability to articulate your ideas and justify your approaches
  • gaining confidence and self-awareness
  • meeting other playworkers and developing networks of support

Benefits to children and young people

Most importantly, there are benefits to children and young people too.  They are receiving the profits of your training: your better understanding of their needs and how they might be fulfilled, your increased knowledge and your newly-found skills.  For playworkers, you are also providing a role model for the children and young people, someone who is keen to learn, open to new ideas and can reflect on their own behaviours.

Benefits to employers

Your employer will want to offer the best service possible to the children and young people they provide for, and having staff who are up to date, knowledgeable and skilled will help them deliver that.  Ultimately, word of the great staff in the setting, and therefore the excellent service offered, will spread and attract more children and young people. This, in turn, will be attractive to parents, funders, local authorities and regulatory bodies.  Some employers are worried that their staff might move on, if they achieve higher qualifications or undertake training.  A sensible employer knows that staff will move if they are unhappy or paid badly, but will stay if they are treated well and given opportunities to put new skills and understandings into practice.

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