Childcare and Teacher Training

Childcare: Transition to Playwork Level 3 Work-based

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course runs at various times throughout the year and will take up to twelve months to complete.

Entry requirements

  • Learners will need to be at least 18 years of age and hold a Level 3 Early Years qualification
  • 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 Barring Service (DBS) check

You will achieve

You will achieve a Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork (from Early Years).

Course overview

This course is ideal for Early Years practitioners who would like to broaden their knowledge and work in playwork settings.

Course content

This qualification is based on the National Occupational Standards for Playwork and will develop the knowledge needed when working in playwork settings. It covers the theories and principles of play and playwork, risk management and how to support the needs and rights of children to create diverse play environments.

Mandatory Units

  • Understand aspects of Playwork practice
  • Understand the theories underpinning Playwork practice

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.

You will study within the workplace and access your portfolio online. You will be allocated an assessor for support.

Upon completion of the CACHE Award Transition into Playwork Level 3 qualification, learners can progress onto Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ) (QCF).
You could progress your career in the sector. Playworkers can work in a wide range of environments including:

  • After School Clubs Practitioner
  • Adventure Playgrounds Practitioner
  • Holiday Clubs Practitioner
  • Hospitals Playwork Practitioner

How much does the course cost?

Course fees:  £350 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: Transition to Playwork Level 3 Work-based

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