Championing playwork qualifications and training in playwork settings

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SkillsActive has lent its support to a statement from Playwork Partnerships, one of our playwork Endorsed Providers, which stresses the importance of playwork qualifications and continuing professional development for playworkers in out of school clubs.

Developed with Chris Martin, playwork convenor at UNITE, and agreed by a Playwork Working Party last month, the statement has resulted from the changes to the Childcare Regulations, specifically the removal of the legal requirement for a relevant qualification for people working with over 8’s:

Statement of Quality Playwork in relation to the Childcare Regulations for working with children in out of schools settings

As an Out of School Club committed to quality and providing good play opportunities for children, we believe our staff should be the best they can be.

Skilled, qualified and experienced playworkers are essential in understanding how to create the best play environment for a wide range of children, both in regards to their ages and abilities.

A clear understanding of the Playwork Principles and playwork theory is essential to the quality of the staff and setting, and therefore playwork qualifications and training are important for the development of staff.

Current legislation stipulates there is no requirement for staff working within Breakfast and After School Clubs to have a recognised relevant qualification, however we do not believe in working to minimum standards and strive to ensure that our staff are playwork qualified and work to the Playwork Principles in order to support every child’s right to play.

If you are a playwork Endorsed Provider, we encourage you to promote this statement to your learners and, if you have one, display it in your setting. Playwork Partnerships is happy for any out of school providers to display the statement and it can be downloaded from their website here.