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  • 15 units
  • 486 guided learning hours
Diploma in Playwork CACHE Level 3 (RQF) (NVQ)

The Level 3 Playwork Diploma (NVQ) (QRN: 501/0997/2) will give you the skills, knowledge and understanding required to be a playworker at Level 3 based on the National Occupational Standards. The course is designed for those people who want to work with children and young people between 4 – 16 years of age in a wide variety of play environments in a supervisory role.

This is the ideal course for anyone who enjoys being active and playing with children. As a fully qualified playworker you will be responsible for planning and taking part in play and leisure activities. You will also support and safeguard children

If you are considering a career as a Playworker you need to have a responsible and caring attitude towards the children and parents/carers of the children you are working with, this will require a good level of patience.

 What can I do on completion of the Playwork (NVQ) course?

Once you have your Playwork qualification you will be able to work in a number of supervisory roles as:

Manager of any Playwork Provision

Hospital Playworker

Playwork Development Officer

"Qualified and experienced Playworker can earn £12,000+ depending on responsibilities." - Source: National Careers Service

Am I required to do a placement?

In order to achieve your CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ) qualification you will be required to be working/have a voluntary placement in a real play environment so that your tutor will be able to assess and observe your knowledge and skills in a real work situation. This could be in settings such as:

  • Adventure playgrounds
  • Sports Centres
  • Afterschool clubs
  • Breakfast clubs
  • Holiday play clubs
  • Children’s Centres
  • Mobile play buses
  • Play schemes

How can I progress further with my studies?

On completion of your CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ) qualification you will either be able to go into or employment, or if you would like to study further CACHE also offer higher level courses in the Childcare and Education Sector such as the Level 4 Certificate in Playwork and Level 5 Diploma in Playwork.

Qualification: CACHE Level 3 (RQF) Diploma in Playwork (NVQ)

On completion of this course you will receive the CACHE Level 3 (RQF) Diploma in Playwork (NVQ) qualification. This qualification is listed on the RQF(Qualification Number: 501/0997/2). CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors. CACHE continue to develop the most up to date and relevant qualifications for the new RQF and work closely with Sector Skills Councils to ensure the highest level of quality and a cutting-edge service to their customers, our learners, and the sector. This course has also been assigned 65 credits.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Please note: You must be at least 18 years of age to join this course.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with CACHE from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.

CACHE is an internationally recognised, specialist Awarding Organisation in the fields of Early Years, Care and Education, and Playwork. An Awarding Organisation is officially recognised and designated by the regulatory authorities to award qualifications in particular subject areas.

CACHE designs courses and qualifications in the care and education of children and young people. CACHE are the UK's only specialist Awarding Organisation to do this. CACHE's courses range from entry level to advanced qualifications for sector professionals.

CACHE continue to develop the most up to date and relevant qualifications for the new QCF and work closely with Sector Skills Councils to ensure the highest level of quality and a cutting-edge service to their customers, our learners, and the sector.

Please click here to visit the CACHE website.

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Unit One: Understand Playwork Principles (J/602/1798)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the role of, and need for, play
  • Understand children and young people’s rights in relation to play
  • Understand the role of the playwork team in supporting children and young people’s play

Unit Two: Understand children and young people’s self-directed play (L/602/1799)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the nature of freely chosen, self-directed play
  • Understand the key concepts involved in children and young people’s play
  • Understand how to balance requirements for health, safety and welfare with the need for stimulation, challenge and risk
  • Be able to reflect on children and young people’s play

Unit Three: Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people (Y/601/1695)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people
  • Understand the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
  • Understand the importance of ensuring children and young people’s safety and protection in the work setting
  • Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed
  • Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been bullied
  • Understand how to work with children and young people to support their safety and wellbeing
  • Understand the importance of e-safety for children and young people

Unit Four: Understand the organisational framework for play (T/602/1800)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the rights of children and young people in a playwork context
  • Understand how to contribute to strategies, policies and procedures that reflect children and young people’s rights

Unit Five: Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people (M/601/1699)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand how the social, economic and cultural environment can impact on the outcomes and life chances of children and young people
  • Understand how practitioners can make a positive difference in outcomes for children and young people
  • Understand the possible impact of disability, special requirements (additional needs) and attitudes on positive outcomes for children and young people
  • Understand the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion in promoting positive outcomes for children and young people

Unit Six: Understand relationships in the play environment (A/602/1801)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand how to develop relationships with children and young people
  • Understand how to support communication with children and young people
  • Be able to support communication with children and young people
  • Understand how to support children and young people in developing relationships with others
  • Understand how to communicate with adults

Unit Seven: Understand health, safety and security in the play environment (F/602/1802)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the requirements for health, safety and security in the play environment
  • Understand health, safety and security procedures in a play setting
  • Understand how to assess risk in a play environment
  • Understand how to respond to accidents and other emergencies in a play environment
  • Understand hygiene practices in a play environment

Unit Eight: Understand how to plan for and support children and young people’s self-directed play (J/602/1803)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand how to plan for children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Understand how to create play spaces for children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Understand how to support children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Understand how to help children and young people manage risk during play

Unit Nine: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings (A/601/1429)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand what is required for competence in own work role
  • Be able to reflect on practice
  • Be able to evaluate own performance
  • Be able to agree a personal development plan
  • Be able to use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development

Unit Ten: Contribute to an organisational framework that reflects the needs and protects the rights of children and young people (L/602/1804)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to research children and young people’s needs and rights
  • Be able to consult on children and young people’s needs and rights
  • Be able to contribute to procedures that reflect children and young people’s needs and rights
  • Be able to promote a diverse and inclusive play environment

Unit Eleven: Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure play environment for children and young people (R/602/1805)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to establish a healthy, safe and secure environment for children and young people
  • Be able to maintain a healthy, safe and secure environment for children and young people
  • Be able to implement procedures for accidents, injuries, illnesses and other emergencies

Unit Twelve: Develop and promote positive relationships in the play environment (Y/602/1806)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to develop relationships with children and young people in a play environment
  • Be able to communicate with children and young people in a play environment
  • Be able to support children and young people in developing relationships in the play environment
  • Be able to communicate with adults in the play environment

Unit Thirteen: Plan for and support children and young people’s self-directed play (D/602/1807)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to collect information on children and young people’s play needs and preferences
  • Be able to analyse information on children and young people’s play needs and preferences
  • Be able to plan play spaces for children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Be able to prepare play spaces for children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Be able to support children and young people’s self directed play
  • Be able to support children and young people to manage risk during self-directed play

Unit Fourteen: Work with colleagues in a playwork team (J/602/1834)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to contribute to the work of a playwork team
  • Be able to provide support to colleagues in a playwork team
  • Be able to respond to conflict in a playwork team
  • Understand how to contribute to the work of a playwork team
  • Understand how to provide support to colleagues in a playwork team
  • Understand how to respond to conflict in a playwork team

Unit Fifteen: Engage with parents, carers and families in a play environment (L/602/1835)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to develop relationships with parents, carers and families
  • Be able to communicate with parents, carers and families
  • Be able to support effective parenting as a playworker
  • Understand how to develop relationships with parents, carers and families
  • Understand how to communicate with parents, carers and families
  • Understand how to support effective parenting as a playworker

How long will the course take to complete?

The course has been assigned approximately 486 guided learning hours. You should reasonably expect the course to take you 14 months to complete, although the course can be completed faster if you are able to dedicate more time to your studies, there is no time limit set for this or any other of our courses.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £125.00).

How long will the course take to complete?

The course has been assigned approximately 486 guided learning hours. You should reasonably expect the course to take you 14 months to complete, although the course can be completed faster if you are able to dedicate more time to your studies, there is no time limit set for this or any other of our courses.

Diploma in Playwork CACHE Level 3 (RQF) (NVQ)

The Level 3 Playwork Diploma (NVQ) (QRN: 501/0997/2) will give you the skills, knowledge and understanding required to be a playworker at Level 3 based on the National Occupational Standards. The course is designed for those people who want to work with children and young people between 4 – 16 years of age in a wide variety of play environments in a supervisory role.

This is the ideal course for anyone who enjoys being active and playing with children. As a fully qualified playworker you will be responsible for planning and taking part in play and leisure activities. You will also support and safeguard children

If you are considering a career as a Playworker you need to have a responsible and caring attitude towards the children and parents/carers of the children you are working with, this will require a good level of patience.

 What can I do on completion of the Playwork (NVQ) course?

Once you have your Playwork qualification you will be able to work in a number of supervisory roles as:

Manager of any Playwork Provision

Hospital Playworker

Playwork Development Officer

"Qualified and experienced Playworker can earn £12,000+ depending on responsibilities." - Source: National Careers Service

Am I required to do a placement?

In order to achieve your CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ) qualification you will be required to be working/have a voluntary placement in a real play environment so that your tutor will be able to assess and observe your knowledge and skills in a real work situation. This could be in settings such as:

  • Adventure playgrounds
  • Sports Centres
  • Afterschool clubs
  • Breakfast clubs
  • Holiday play clubs
  • Children’s Centres
  • Mobile play buses
  • Play schemes

How can I progress further with my studies?

On completion of your CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork (NVQ) qualification you will either be able to go into or employment, or if you would like to study further CACHE also offer higher level courses in the Childcare and Education Sector such as the Level 4 Certificate in Playwork and Level 5 Diploma in Playwork.

Qualification: CACHE Level 3 (RQF) Diploma in Playwork (NVQ)

On completion of this course you will receive the CACHE Level 3 (RQF) Diploma in Playwork (NVQ) qualification. This qualification is listed on the RQF(Qualification Number: 501/0997/2). CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors. CACHE continue to develop the most up to date and relevant qualifications for the new RQF and work closely with Sector Skills Councils to ensure the highest level of quality and a cutting-edge service to their customers, our learners, and the sector. This course has also been assigned 65 credits.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Please note: You must be at least 18 years of age to join this course.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with CACHE from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.

CACHE is an internationally recognised, specialist Awarding Organisation in the fields of Early Years, Care and Education, and Playwork. An Awarding Organisation is officially recognised and designated by the regulatory authorities to award qualifications in particular subject areas.

CACHE designs courses and qualifications in the care and education of children and young people. CACHE are the UK's only specialist Awarding Organisation to do this. CACHE's courses range from entry level to advanced qualifications for sector professionals.

CACHE continue to develop the most up to date and relevant qualifications for the new QCF and work closely with Sector Skills Councils to ensure the highest level of quality and a cutting-edge service to their customers, our learners, and the sector.

Please click here to visit the CACHE website.

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Unit One: Understand Playwork Principles (J/602/1798)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the role of, and need for, play
  • Understand children and young people’s rights in relation to play
  • Understand the role of the playwork team in supporting children and young people’s play

Unit Two: Understand children and young people’s self-directed play (L/602/1799)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the nature of freely chosen, self-directed play
  • Understand the key concepts involved in children and young people’s play
  • Understand how to balance requirements for health, safety and welfare with the need for stimulation, challenge and risk
  • Be able to reflect on children and young people’s play

Unit Three: Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people (Y/601/1695)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people
  • Understand the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
  • Understand the importance of ensuring children and young people’s safety and protection in the work setting
  • Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed
  • Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been bullied
  • Understand how to work with children and young people to support their safety and wellbeing
  • Understand the importance of e-safety for children and young people

Unit Four: Understand the organisational framework for play (T/602/1800)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the rights of children and young people in a playwork context
  • Understand how to contribute to strategies, policies and procedures that reflect children and young people’s rights

Unit Five: Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people (M/601/1699)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand how the social, economic and cultural environment can impact on the outcomes and life chances of children and young people
  • Understand how practitioners can make a positive difference in outcomes for children and young people
  • Understand the possible impact of disability, special requirements (additional needs) and attitudes on positive outcomes for children and young people
  • Understand the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion in promoting positive outcomes for children and young people

Unit Six: Understand relationships in the play environment (A/602/1801)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand how to develop relationships with children and young people
  • Understand how to support communication with children and young people
  • Be able to support communication with children and young people
  • Understand how to support children and young people in developing relationships with others
  • Understand how to communicate with adults

Unit Seven: Understand health, safety and security in the play environment (F/602/1802)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand the requirements for health, safety and security in the play environment
  • Understand health, safety and security procedures in a play setting
  • Understand how to assess risk in a play environment
  • Understand how to respond to accidents and other emergencies in a play environment
  • Understand hygiene practices in a play environment

Unit Eight: Understand how to plan for and support children and young people’s self-directed play (J/602/1803)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand how to plan for children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Understand how to create play spaces for children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Understand how to support children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Understand how to help children and young people manage risk during play

Unit Nine: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings (A/601/1429)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Understand what is required for competence in own work role
  • Be able to reflect on practice
  • Be able to evaluate own performance
  • Be able to agree a personal development plan
  • Be able to use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development

Unit Ten: Contribute to an organisational framework that reflects the needs and protects the rights of children and young people (L/602/1804)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to research children and young people’s needs and rights
  • Be able to consult on children and young people’s needs and rights
  • Be able to contribute to procedures that reflect children and young people’s needs and rights
  • Be able to promote a diverse and inclusive play environment

Unit Eleven: Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure play environment for children and young people (R/602/1805)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to establish a healthy, safe and secure environment for children and young people
  • Be able to maintain a healthy, safe and secure environment for children and young people
  • Be able to implement procedures for accidents, injuries, illnesses and other emergencies

Unit Twelve: Develop and promote positive relationships in the play environment (Y/602/1806)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to develop relationships with children and young people in a play environment
  • Be able to communicate with children and young people in a play environment
  • Be able to support children and young people in developing relationships in the play environment
  • Be able to communicate with adults in the play environment

Unit Thirteen: Plan for and support children and young people’s self-directed play (D/602/1807)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to collect information on children and young people’s play needs and preferences
  • Be able to analyse information on children and young people’s play needs and preferences
  • Be able to plan play spaces for children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Be able to prepare play spaces for children and young people’s self-directed play
  • Be able to support children and young people’s self directed play
  • Be able to support children and young people to manage risk during self-directed play

Unit Fourteen: Work with colleagues in a playwork team (J/602/1834)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to contribute to the work of a playwork team
  • Be able to provide support to colleagues in a playwork team
  • Be able to respond to conflict in a playwork team
  • Understand how to contribute to the work of a playwork team
  • Understand how to provide support to colleagues in a playwork team
  • Understand how to respond to conflict in a playwork team

Unit Fifteen: Engage with parents, carers and families in a play environment (L/602/1835)

The learning outcomes for this unit are:

  • Be able to develop relationships with parents, carers and families
  • Be able to communicate with parents, carers and families
  • Be able to support effective parenting as a playworker
  • Understand how to develop relationships with parents, carers and families
  • Understand how to communicate with parents, carers and families
  • Understand how to support effective parenting as a playworker

How long will the course take to complete?

The course has been assigned approximately 486 guided learning hours. You should reasonably expect the course to take you 14 months to complete, although the course can be completed faster if you are able to dedicate more time to your studies, there is no time limit set for this or any other of our courses.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £125.00).

How long will the course take to complete?

The course has been assigned approximately 486 guided learning hours. You should reasonably expect the course to take you 14 months to complete, although the course can be completed faster if you are able to dedicate more time to your studies, there is no time limit set for this or any other of our courses.

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