“for working with slightly older children, for example, a breakfast, after school or holiday club.”
Playwork is ideally suited for people who want to work in an “out of school” setting. This might include a breakfast or after school club, holiday club or a children’s play centre. JACE _offers the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level .2) and the Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Playwork.
The Level 2 Apprenticeship enables you to work as an Assistant Playworker or Play Centre Assistant, under supervision of the playworker or Playleader in charge. This qualification takes a minimum of 12 months to complete.
The Advanced Apprenticeship can enable you to work as a Playworker or Senior Playworker responsible for supervising the team in the play setting, ensuring that policies and procedures are followed, and making sure a range of play opportunities are provided. This qualification takes on average 12 months to complete. JACE also offers the stand alone qualification in Playwork.
Completing the qualifications could lead to the following roles:
Playworker, Childminder. Holiday centre worker or manager, Holiday representative, Leisure centre assistant or manager, Play therapist, School lunchtime supervisor or Youth and community worker.
Dan joined JACE Training in 2008 as a level 2 Playwork apprentice, based at Jancett Playsafe’s Rolo’s Club in South Croydon. Upon completing his level 2 apprenticeship, Dan progressed onto his level 3 qualification and In just under three years completed this and was offered the position of Playwork manager at Playsafe’s Brambles Breakfast and After School Club, South Wallington. Dan found out about an apprenticeship through his girlfriend and explains that when he first started his qualification he was low on confidence and was keen to train. One of the key aspects Dan enjoyed about his apprenticeship was being able to work with both juniors and older children at the club.
Dan believes that being a man working in childcare gives children attending the club a good balance of role models and that the boys particularly appreciate having a male member of staff at the club.
When asked what advice Dan would give his 16-year -old self when considering 6th form, college or an apprenticeship, he says he would strongly recommend the apprenticeship route. He would advise an apprentice to look at the apprentice salary as a starting point, to keep learning and training and career opportunities will open up for you. For Dan, his apprenticeship gave him confidence and experience and has led to a management role in a career he loves.