Playwork can be described as the art of working with playing children. Playwork is child-centred and ensures that play is the main focus.
In this section you will find information about:
Playwork is a recognised occupation with a set of professional standards, training, qualifications and careers.
Playwork can be a full-time career or something that fits alongside study or other work. Understanding how to support children’s play is the most important task for a playworker. Playwork is different to many other professions involving work with children where the focus may be on learning, physical activity or the arts, for example.
Important qualities for playworkers include:
Open access playwork provision and out of school childcare provision information and resources
The professional and ethical framework as well as a definition of what is unique about playwork
Playwork training and qualifications for the play and playwork sectors in Wales
Introduction to our new quality assurance programme, Chwarae o Safon – the playwork quality mark
Making sure the play and playwork workforces have the support they need to understand, value and support opportunities for play
Playwork qualifications needed for working with children in a regulated after-school or open access setting