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A play friendly workforce for Wales


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Play Wales has developed A play friendly workforce for Wales to share its priorities for upskilling the workforce in relation to children’s play, both for those working face-to-face with children and those whose work impacts on the places children play.

To implement this workforce development plan, we will work closely with a range of partners including playwork settings, local authorities, Welsh Government, and childcare and playwork organisations.

The plan includes:

  • Clear and concise definitions of the playwork workforce and the play workforce
  • Challenges to address for the playwork workforce and the play workforce
  • Play Wales’ strategic and operational priorities for the playwork workforce and the play workforce.

The priorities have been established through consultation with the sector and as a response to priorities identified through:

  • Play Wales’ review of the 22 local authority Play Sufficiency Assessments 2016 and 2019
  • The All Wales Strategic Play Network
  • The Playwork Education and Training Council for Wales (PETC Wales)
  • Individual discussions with stakeholders
  • Qualifications Wales’ review of Health and Social Care, Childcare and Playwork Qualifications in Wales.

This plan does not have an expiry date, however it will be revisited annually as part of the annual action plan and has been updated for 2020 to reflect the Play Sufficiency Assessment Review in 2019. Play Wales will develop an annual action plan based on the priority areas within this plan.

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Three years on - achievements 

Key achievements since A play friendly workforce for Wales was launched in 2017 include: 

  • Working with Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales to develop and deliver a coherent qualification progression route for playworkers in Wales
  • Developing the Level 3 Award in Delivering Dynamic Playwork Training (ADDaPT) to upskill playwork tutors
  • Engaging with Qualifications Wales, Social Care Wales and Welsh Government on the development of the new Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development qualifications
  • Delivering workshops to a range of stakeholders within the play workforce including local authority social services, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, and local authority childcare teams
  • Working with University of Gloucestershire to deliver a Professional Development Programme for Play Sufficiency Leads in three local authorities
  • Delivering a range of conferences and events for the play and playwork workforce
  • Ongoing engagement with the sector on the future of training and qualifications 
  • Supporting development in respect of playwork sector skills, including required qualifications to work in the sector.