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NCFE/CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork


Early Years

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



72 weeks



Available at

Course Overview

The Level 3 Diploma in Playwork is aimed at staff working directly with children and young people in a setting whose main purpose is to provide children and young people with opportunities for freely chosen, self-directed play. This qualification aims to provide candidates with the necessary knowledge, skills and competence required to work in a supervisory role within the Playwork sector. On successful completion of this qualification, candidates will have demonstrated the essential skills in employment.

What will I learn?

This qualification provides in-depth information about the role of the Level 3 playworker when working with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16. It develops learners understanding of the management of play environments and 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.
To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Playwork, learners must achieve 65 credits in total. 46 of those must be from the 13 mandatory units, and a minimum of 19 credits from the optional units available.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

You will be assessed through written and verbal evidence, and workplace observations.

Entry Requirements

You must be working or volunteering in an early years setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week.

Additional Costs and Information

Duration of the course is typically 18 – 24 months.

What Could I Do Next?

For any progression opportunities, please speak to your assessor regarding pathways to further education.

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