Childcare and Teacher Training

Childcare: Playwork Level 3 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 employed or volunteering within the childcare/playwork setting
  • As your programme may involve working with children, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

You will achieve

You will achieve a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork.

Course overview

These qualifications are suitable if you are working or will be working unsupervised. They will either qualify you as playworker or will complement a wider programme of training, such as apprenticeships.

Course content

You will study all 13 mandatory units, totalling 46 credits, and 2-3 units totalling a minimum of 19 credits from the optional units, to achieve the 65 credits from the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork.

Mandatory Units

• Understand Playwork Principles
• Understand children and young people’s self-directed play
• Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people
• Understand the organisational framework for play
• Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people
• Understand relationships in the play environment
• Understand health, safety and security in the play environment

• Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Contribute to an organisational framework that reflects the needs and protects the rights of children and young people
• Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure play environment for children and young people
• Develop and promote positive relationships in the play environment
• Plan for and support children and young people’s self-directed play

Optional Units

• Work with colleagues in a playwork team
• Engage with parents, carers and families in a play environment
• Administer playwork provision
• Inclusive play, working with disabled children and young people
• Promote own organisation in the community
• Contribute to evaluating, developing and promoting services
• Organise and supervise travel
• Manage a budget
• Recruit, select and keep colleagues
• Provide learning opportunities for colleagues
• Allocate and monitor the progress and quality of work in own area of responsibility

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 of the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork learners can progress onto a variety of Further or Higher Education qualifications.
You could progress your career in the sector. Playworkers can work in a wide range of environments including:

• Assistant Managers/Managers in Playwork settings
• Play Development Officers
• Playwork qualified Youth Workers
• After School Clubs
• Adventure Playgrounds
• Soft Play Areas
• Family Centres
• Holiday Clubs
• Hospitals (additional specialised qualifications may be required)

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £995 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 3 Work-based

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