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Resources to support playworkers


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To celebrate this year’s Adult Learners Week we are sharing a range of useful and practical resources for playworkers and other professionals working with children.

We also have an update about the new Playwork: Principles into Practice (P3) qualifications and details about the next Play Wales Book Club.

Top tips – Continuing Professional Development
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is how individuals improve their performance in practice by undertaking learning in a broad range of activities. Everyone’s learning programme is personal to them – one size does not fit all. These tips are aimed at playworkers and other professionals involved in children’s play.

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Top tips – finding a playwork training provider
Whether you are looking for a training workshop or a qualification, playwork training can vary greatly in quality. These top tips are designed to support you to make the most of your training time and budget by providing considerations to help you when selecting your training provider.

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Playwork Qualifications Flowchart
A flowchart that shows which playwork qualifications are required based on the type of setting and job role. PETC Wales developed this resource to provide clear guidance for learners and employers.

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Playwork Essentials videos
Bite-size introductions to aspects of playwork, such as Playwork Principles 1 and 2, loose parts play materials and children’s right to play. The videos also include links to further resources.

The videos have been developed and filmed during the coronavirus pandemic to support playwork learners and anyone who works with children who wants to understand more about using a playwork approach.

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Now available – new P3 qualifications
To meet the play needs of all children in Wales and all those who work where children play, Play Wales has developed a suite of qualifications known as Playwork: Principles into Practice or P3. The new Agored Cymru P3 qualifications have been developed in partnership with Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales and are now available for delivery.  

The qualifications consist of a Level 2 Certificate and a Level 3 Diploma qualification. The Level 2 has been designed to meet the requirements of face to face playworkers based on sector feedback and the Level 3 is aimed at playwork managers and supervisors.

P3 can be delivered in English or in Welsh. Learners will complete the courses using a mixture of online and face to face delivery.

If you have any questions about P3, or to register an interest please email us.

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CPD opportunity – Play Wales Book Club
13 October 2020 (4:00 – 5:00pm)

The Play Wales Book Club is a free monthly professional development opportunity for play and playwork professionals in Wales.

Each month we select a freely available online paper, article or other publication relating to play and playwork for you to read and then join an hour’s discussion and reflection on the content. All Book Club meetings will be held on the Zoom online meeting platform.

Join us in October, when we will be reading and discussing: ‘Power, rights and play: control of play in school grounds, an action research project from Wales’ (published in the Education 3-13 journal).

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Adult Learners Week
Adult Learners Week (21-27 September 2020) is an annual campaign coordinated by Learning and Work Institute in partnership with Welsh Government. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the value of adult learning, celebrate the achievements of learners and providers, and inspire more people to discover how learning can positively change their lives.