Do you want to enhance your knowledge and skills of the playwork approach? Would you like to work in an after school, or gain a playwork qualification? Well now’s your chance! The Transition Award in Playwork is the qualification that builds on your Level 3 in childcare, education (and now youth work or forest schools) to achieve a Level 3 qualification in Playwork.

Belfast Met is delivering the course as part of the Government’s ‘Skill Up’  initiative – so it’s free of charge.

The aim of the Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork is to provide learners who have experience and who are qualified at Level 3 in working with children, with an understanding of the Playwork Principles and theories that underpin playwork practice. The qualification also aims to cover how applying the Playwork Principles and theories provide a framework that enables and supports children’s play and their overall development. It also offers an opportunity for reflection on the learner’s own practice and supports progression to competence based playwork qualifications.

The course is particularly suitable for those who have a Level 3 qualification in childcare, youth work or forest schools and who either wish to move or have moved into a setting that adopts a more playwork approach to working with children. Traditionally this could be a School Age Childcare setting, a play setting or an after school club, often working with the 5-11 year old age group.

Entry Requirements
At least 18 years of age and have a Level 3 qualification in early years, youth work or forest schools. You should have two years’ experience of working with children and either be currently working or have the capacity to work with children in a playwork environment.

Course details
Start date: Tuesday 20 February 2024
Duration: 9 weeks
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm
Cost: FREE

For information and to apply go to

Transition to Playwork Level 3 Award at Southern Regional College

Delivered online, beginning Tuesday 20 February at 6:30pm for ten weeks.

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