Play is one of the most effective mechanisms for engaging with children and young people within youth settings. Our Playwork in a Youth Work Setting builds upon, and complements, current youth work training.

This focused playwork training and accompanying resources will help youth workers better meet the play needs of the growing number of younger members attending youth settings. Participants will develop an enhanced understanding of playwork and play-based approaches with the aim of building an enriched play environment and improved play offer for the children and young people attending their youth setting.


  • 6 hours (1 training session, 1 play modelling session)
  • Delivered face-to-face or online to suit your needs
  • Facilitated by PlayBoard’s experienced staff team, offering 1-1 support
  • Training is currently available August 2023 to March 2024 at a time that suits you.

Who is the course suitable for?

Training is suitable for full-time and part-time youth work employees and volunteers in the statutory and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.


Training costs vary depending on location – get in touch to discuss your needs.

Get in touch

Contact Maeve McLaughlin – T: 028 9080 3380 or E:

“Having participated in the programme I understand how crucial it is to have play intertwined into the daily routine of children and young people … I can use playwork methods as a process of engagement that can assist change in the lives of the children and young people I work alongside.”

Youth@Play Participant
Youth@Play Building the capacity of youth workers to facilitate a play-based approach within youth centres across Ireland.