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Have you always wanted to work with kids? Now’s your chance! Our acclaimed Level 3 Playwork Course helps anybody who wants to work in the childcare sector to gain an accreditation that is recognised throughout the industry.

Based on a set of Playwork Principles, this course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to successfully carry out effective playwork with children. The process of play and its importance to child development will be at the heart of the material, while other fundamental issues such as health and safety will be thoroughly addressed, in order to fully prepare students for employment in this sector.

This course is the perfect stepping stone for those of you who wish to join the childcare sector, whether as a childminder, nanny, or nursery assistant. It will also be invaluable to students hoping to someday establish their own child-minding practice.

This course contains 13 diverse and exciting units, all of which have been constructed to give students the level of knowledge required to understand and effectively practice playwork. By clicking on the ‘Snapshot’ tab above, you can see an outline of the course’s syllabus.

The course will begin by providing students with an in-depth understanding of the Playwork principles, which are at the core of the National Occupational Standards. These standards summarise the importance of play, and the role of a playworker within childcare. It is essential that students achieve a firm grasp of these concepts if they are to carry out this work in the future.

As the course progresses, students will gain further insight into the specific practices involved in playwork, such as methods of observation, managing playwork and play possibilities. They will also receive training on topics which are related to the practice of childcare more generally, such as safeguarding the wellbeing of children, behaviour management and working with colleagues. Students will therefore achieve an overall understanding of working with children, broadening the application of their training.


You’ll be happy to hear there are no formal requirements for taking part in this excellent course. The materials are straightforward and a basic education should stand you in good stead for successfully completing this course.

It is essential, however, that you have a particular interest in the area. Without this, you are unlikely to get very far in the course. Similarly, we expect you to be prepared to use your initiative and perform research along the way!

£35 deposit: remaining balance at the end of the month

Enrol for £35 deposit and remaining balance at the end of the month. Pay your deposit today get your course tomorrow!

Reduced fee of £189

£189 – all inclusive

Pay by 3 monthly instalments of £189 (approx)

£63 deposit followed by £63 for the next two months

The college accepts payment using the following methods:

Credit/Debit Card, Cheque, Postal Order and Invoice.

It is simple and safe to enrol online. Select one of the payment terms above and you will be taken to a secure sever to enter your details.

Once the enrolment process has been completed you will receive your introductory pack and login details to access your course textbooks, your tutor profile and their contact details.

We look forward to welcoming you as a student of the college and feel sure you will enjoy studying with us.

Key points for this course:
  • This is a fully supported home study course supported by your own tutor
  • Your enrolment fee covers absolutely everything – there will be nothing more to pay after you have enrolled, there are no hidden fees
  • You have 12 months to complete your course
  • You may enrol at any time of the year
  • Access available within 24 hours
Money Back Guarantee

If you are not happy with your course simply return it within 14 days and we will refund your fees in full.

All students enrolled on a course with Cambridge Open College receive access to our online student community (I Learn It Easy) where you can submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other students. We have prepared a short video below to highlight the benefits to you.

Playwork (Level 3)


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