Level 3 Diploma in Playwork Course


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Level 3 Diploma in Playwork Course

This is an in-depth playwork course to demonstrate your skills as a Playwork Specialist. Increase your knowledge and employability with a diploma awarded by the Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE).

  • Qualification – NCFE Cache Level 3 Diploma in Playwork
  • Learning style – face-to-face, online and workplace coaching
  • Progression – gain a valuable qualification and progress to Level 5 courses
  • Duration – typically 12 months

The ideal training for…

  • Playwork specialists in a range of children and young person settings
  • Holiday play schemes
  • Adventure playgrounds
  • Open access play
  • Play rangers
  • Holiday reps

What you’ll learn

On this playwork course, you’ll study a range of areas of practice – including playwork principles and organisational frameworks. In terms of activities, you’ll consider self-directed play, wellbeing, health and safety, relationships and supporting positive outcomes for children and young people. The course also covers engaging parents, carers and families in a play environment – as well as inclusive play, including working with disabled children and young people.


  • Improve your skills and capabilities
  • Discover new competencies
  • Gain a recognised qualification
  • Open up new career opportunities

How you’ll learn

The programme combines delivery sessions, virtual learning, masterclasses, observations and workplace coach visits.

The modules you’ll study

  • Understand Play and Playwork Principles
  • Creating Supporting Environment for Children’s Play
  • Understand how to Support the Safeguarding of Children’s Playwork Setting
  • Understand the Organisational Framework to Protect the Rights of Children
  • Understand Play and Wellbeing
  • Understand Relationships on Playwork Setting
  • Understand Health Safety and Security in the Playwork Setting
  • Engage in Professional Development and Reflective Practice
  • Contribute to Organisational Framework to Respond to All Children’s Needs and Preferences
  • Maintain Safe and Secure Environments in Playwork
  • Develop and Promote Relationships in the Playwork Setting
  • Prepare for and Support Children’s Play
  • Support Inclusion in a Playwork Setting

You’ll also be able to choose from a range of optional topics to match your professional development and job role. These can include:

  • Recruitment
  • Monitoring the quality of work of colleagues
  • Managing the learning and development of team members
  • Promoting your organisation in the community

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll build a portfolio of evidence and be observed in your workplace. You’ll also complete professional discussions to reflect on your practice, as well as researching and writing assignments.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to meet these requirements:

  • Resident in the UK/EEA/EU for the last 3 years
  • Meet module requirements through a relevant job role
  • 18 years of age

Career progression

After successfully completing this childcare course, you’ll be awarded the NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ). With this qualification you’ll demonstrate your skills and enhance your employability.

Let’s help you train

Contact us to find out more about how the course works and what it’s like to study for a childcare qualification with us.

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