Playwork is a highly skilled profession that enriches & enhances provision for children’s play. It takes place where adults support children’s play but it is not driven by prescribed education or care outcomes.

Entry Requirements

You don’t need any formal qualifications, however you’ll need to be reliably, have a positive attitude towards children and enjoy working with them. Related experience is preferable. You can get your NVQ qualifications in Playwork while you
work. Before you start, you’ll need a DBS and background check.

Skills Required

  • Excellent listening skills and a responsible and caring attitude
  • Patience and tolerance
  • Creativity
  • Have organisational skills
  • The ability to work well as part of a team
  • Be able to take responsibility

What you’ll do

You’ll support children to follow their own ideas and interests for play. You’ll make sure their are safe, interesting and fun play opportunities to meet childrens‘ individual and group needs. You’ll also follow health and safety procedures and help children to be aware of their own safety and that of others. You will help children to develop their physical, social, emotional and creative skills through play.

Your day-to-day work may include:

  • Providing and setting up play areas,
    materials and equipment
  • Giving out refreshments
  • Be responsible to children in case they
    have concerns or worries
  • Dealing with injuries and emergencies
  • Building relationships with parents, carers,
    and professionals
  • You may be invited to join in activities like
    sports, drama, music, den building, cooking
    and creative games.

Working hours, patterns and environment

Most playwork is before and after school hours & during school holidays. You’ll be working indoors and outdoors,
depending on the locations and the type of activity. You could be based in a breakfast club, after school club, mobile play bus, or holiday play scheme. Your work will usually be very active, and you’ll join in with games and sports when you’re invited to.


Starter: £12,000 to £14,000
Experienced: £20,000 (senior playworkers)

If you work part-time, you may be paid pro-rata on an hourly basis.

Career path and progression

With experience and our training, you can progress to lead your own settings as a manager. You can undertake a NVQ Level-3 in Playwork while working

 What do we look for in our recruits?

We are looking for highly motivated, playful candidates whom can demonstrate a core set of characteristic. These are:

  • Playfulness - Do you get stuck in and involved in activities ?
  • Ability - Can you supervise a group of children, as well as provide a playful environment?
  • Career Progression - Can you demonstrate you would like a career in playwork?
  • Reliability - Can we trust you?
  • Teamwork & Flexibility - Can you cope in a fast changing environment ?
  • Leadership & Confidence - Can you lead an activity or group of playworkers?

What training do we provide?

One of your core benefits of being part of Cambridge Kids Club is the training opportunities we can offer to progress your career in playwork. This starts with your extensive inductions process which including training in Playwork, Child Protection (including Prevent), First Aid and Food Hygiene.

Once you have successfully completed your trial period you will be able to access our sweet of different training courses to develop your knowledge in playwork.

We also offer more structured training programmes in the form of the NVQ Level 3 in Playwork. This includes either classroom based tutorials or online courses with observation and based assessments.

We have also developed our own “Future Leadership Programme”.  The aim of this programme is to develop play-workers to become future play-leaders, through a dedicated and specialised training plan, coupled with offering experienced senior team support and mentoring.

The FLP is expected to last between 12 – 18 months, with the end goal of having the skills and experience required from a play-leader or deputy play-leader. 

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