Playwork CACHE Level 3 Diploma
This qualification provides in-depth information about the role of the Level 3 play worker when working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16. It allows learners to gain an understanding of the management of play environments and the line management of other staff. The Diploma covers the knowledge and skills needed when working unsupervised and requires the learner to demonstrate these in the workplace. It is aimed at experienced playworkers who have a wide knowledge and understanding of children and young people and a deep appreciation of playwork principles and practice. This is a flexible roll on roll off programme, allowing you to start according to your individual learning needs.
You need substantial relevant experience in employment for example, as a breakfast or after school assistant and have completed an NVQ/QCF Level 2 course. It is not necessary to complete Level 2 before Level 3, as the level you would start on depends on your job role. You must be in paid employment as an extra-curricular playworker for a minimum of ten hours a week.
Learners must achieve 65 credits to complete the qualification within an 18 month period. The units that are unique to the Diploma are not intended to be a snapshot of the learner’s work, but should provide a confirmation that the learner meets the National Occupational Standards some of which are; the principles of playwork; understanding self-directed play; safeguarding; health and safety. These must be meet on a consistent basis in the workplace over time.
- Understand Playwork Principles
- Understand children and young people’s self-directed play
- Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people
- Understand the organisational framework for play
- Understand relationships in the play environment
- Understand health, safety and security in the play environment
- Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
- Contribute to an organisational framework that reflects the needs and protects the rights of children and young people
- Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure play environment for children and young people
- Develop and promote positive relationships in the play environment
- Plan for and support children and young people’s self- directed play.
Plus a range of optional units for the relevant pathway.
It is recommended that a total of 18 hours of observation should take place, with each observation session being followed by a professional discussion. Evidence for each learning outcome and assessment criterion must be ‘cross referenced’, ‘mapped’ or ‘logged’ on one occasion only. Observational evidence should be supplemented by additional performance evidence, such as witness testimony, reflective accounts or professional discussion, only on occasions when the assessor has not been present or because the evidence is not generated on a frequent basis.
Further study and career options
Foundation Degree in Health & Social Care or Foundation Degree in Child & Adolescent Studies, Disability Studies or Educational Practice. This qualification is recognised as acceptance as entry requirements for a number of HEI programmes.
Learners will be advised of relevant reading materials that will benefit them when on the course. We would recommend as working with Children that a Paediatric First Aid Course be completed.
If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at www.bedford.ac.uk/loans. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.