National Occupational Standards

The National Occupational Standards (NOS) are a set of benchmarks developed by SkillsActive, the sector skills council for active leisure, learning and wellbeing, that outline the competence required by playworkers in a number of areas.

They are available at levels two, three, and four, and underpin what playworkers study when taking qualifications at these levels.

National Occupational Standards have a variety uses such as developing job descriptions and inductions or designing specialist training programmes. 

NOS - playwork level 2

PW25 – Contribute to providing food and drink in the play environment

PW26 – Facilitate a specific play opportunity at children or young people’s request

PW27 – Support the development of playwork opportunities in the community

PW28 – Contribute to supporting disabled children and young people in the play environment

PW29 – Interact with Parents and Carers in the play setting

PW30 – Carry out playwork in a school setting

PW31 – Contribute to the administration of the play environment

PW32 – Support the travel of children and young people outside the play environment

PW33 – Support relationships in the play environment

PW34 – Work with children and young people to create play spaces and support freely chosen self-directed play

PW35 – Contribute to the health, safety, security and welfare of children and young people using the play environment

PW36 – Help to improve your own practice and the work of your playwork team

NOS - playwork level 3

A27 – Manage a budget

A319 – Recruit, select and keep colleagues

A320 – Allocate and monitor the progress and quality of work in your area of responsibility

A321 – Provide learning opportunities for colleagues

B226 – Promote your organisation in the community

B227 – Contribute to evaluating, developing and promoting services

B228 – Organise and supervise travel

PW6 – Contribute to an organisational framework that reflects the needs and protects the rights of children and young people

PW7 – Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure environment for children

PW8 – Develop and promote positive relationships

PW9 – Plan and support self-directed play

PW10 – Reflect on and develop practice

PW11 – Work with colleagues in a team

PW12 – Respond to concerns about possible child abuse

PW13 – Contribute to children’s health and well-being

PW14 – Engage with parents and carers in the play environment

PW15 – Administer playwork provision

PW24 – Inclusive play, working with disabled children and young people

PW39 – Develop, maintain and sustain adventure playgrounds

PW40 – Manage the facilitation of open access play opportunities in public spaces

PW41 – Carry out playwork with young children (pre-school)