Childcare and Teacher Training

Playwork Level 2 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This is a flexible programme and can start at various times throughout the year and will be completed in one year.

Entry requirements
  • Learners will need to be at least 16 years of age and some settings require Two GCSEs at grade A*-E plus GCSE English at grade 3 or above
  • It is desirable that you have English and maths at grades C or above but this is not essential as Functional Skills is delivered as part of the apprenticeship programme
  • You need to be employed within the childcare setting or have an employer in this area willing to take you on as an apprentice
  • Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies
  • 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 2 Diploma in Playwork.

Last updated: 21st November 2017

Course overview

This apprenticeship is an introduction to the primary aspects of working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16 in play environments. It will 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.
Learners must also achieve six credits from the three mandatory units of the CACHE Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning.
The remaining 10 credits must be achieved through the completion of Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths.
You will also study:

  • CACHE Level 2 Diploma in Playwork
  • CACHE Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Mathematics

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
  • Reflective playwork practice
  • Developing own playwork and team 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

How will I be assessed?

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

What equipment will I need?

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

Where will I study?

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

What can I do next?

Upon completion you could progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship 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 Centres
  • Holiday Clubs

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Contact the Apprenticeship Team

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



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English and Maths

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths or a higher level maths qualification we can help you do that too.

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Playwork Level 2 Apprenticeship