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play learn grow - Working in Early Years, Childcare and Play


career routesWhat’s the job all about?

All around Wales, play projects have been set up to give children the freedom to play outdoors in a stimulating environment where children can invent and extend their own play.

They make a real difference at a time when society has been restricting opportunities for children to mix outside in an adult-free environment.

Your role will be to work with children to create and manage play environments where, through their own natural exploration, they learn about themselves, each other and the world around them. You could be toasting marshmallows around the fire, building dens or digging to China.

You may be working in after school clubs, open access playschemes, adventure playgrounds, mobile play provision, as a playranger in open public spaces, or anywhere that children may play.

What are the opportunities for you?

Helping young children to develop their social and learning skills is now back on the political agenda, and that is creating more opportunities to work in this worthwhile field.

Vacancies arise regularly for playworkers throughout Wales, and there will be plenty of chances to progress into more senior playworker positions.

What qualifications will you need?

To be a playworker, you will need to have attained at least an Level 2 or 3 qualification in Playwork, be familiar with childcare legislation and have experience of working with children. A variety of additional learning maybe required from First Aid and Food Hygiene to Chainsaw Certificates.

But your soft skills, such as communication, will be equally important. Creating mutual respect is vital and you will need to support children emotionally and practically. You will need to be prepared for a challenge, to work in all weathers and offer care and consideration.

For more information on playwork or on the qualifications listed please contact Play Wales on 02920 486 050

Career routes:

 Day nurseries
 Pre-school playgroups and Cylchoedd Meithrin
 Registered childminder
 Out of school clubs
 Classroom assistant

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