Childcare and Teacher Training

Childcare: Playwork Level 2 Work-based

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course has various start dates throughout the year and will take 12 months to complete.

Entry requirements

  • Learners will need to be at least 18 years of age
  • You need to be a volunteer or employed within the childcare/playwork setting in an OFSTED inspected environment
  • As your programme may involve working with children, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Students will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme

You will achieve

You will achieve a CACHE Level 2 Diploma in Playwork.

Course overview

These qualifications are an introduction to the primary aspects of working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16 in play environments. They provide an understanding of playwork values, and the importance of play and playwork in children and young people’s lives.

Course content

You will study all 12 mandatory units, totalling 45 credits, plus a minimum of 16 credits from the optional units, making a total of 61 credits to achieve the CACHE Level 2 Diploma in Playwork.

Mandatory Units

Playwork principles
• Working within a play environment with children and young people
• Supporting children and young people’s play
• Relationships in the play environment
• Health and safety in the play environment
• The safeguarding and welfare of children and young people in the play environment
• Developing own playwork and team practice
• Reflective playwork practice

Optional Units

• Contribute to providing food and drink in the play environment
• Facilitate a specific play opportunity at children or young people’s request
• Support the development of playwork opportunities in the community
• Contribute to supporting disabled children and young people in the play environment
• Support work with parents and carers in the play environment
• Carry out playwork in a school setting
• Contribute to the administration of the play environment
• Support the travel of children and young people outside the play environment

You will be assessed by your assessor using a portfolio of evidence, observations in the workplace and assessment tasks.

The course is an E-portfolio using OneFile, access to a computer/laptop and internet will be required. If this is not suitable, a paper base portfolio could be accessed.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

Upon completion you could progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Playwork or progress your career in the sector. Playworkers can work in a wide range of environments including:

• After School Clubs
• Adventure Playgrounds
• Soft Play Areas
• Family Centre’s
• Holiday Clubs

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £750 Full Fee Payable

Extra information

If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Childcare: Playwork Level 2 Work-based

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