Playwork takes place in a variety of settings including School Age Childcare, daycare and youth work settings. Playwork can also be facilitated in specialist settings such as hospitals, extended school provision, children’s homes and prisons. Playwork can be taken to outdoor environments, e.g. via play rangers and mobile play provision. Play is also a fundamental part of out-of-school provision.
Playwork is an exciting and rewarding career option, with many different job roles, and training and qualifications from entry to degree level.
Some playworkers are volunteers, others work part-time or seasonally, combining playwork with other jobs. Many playwork settings will have a mix of full-time, part-time and volunteer staff. You can build a career in playwork, whether by working as a playworker or play leader in an out-of-school club; as a playworker in School Age Childcare; as a play ranger on play projects such as adventure playgrounds; a youth worker particularly in junior programmes; or working for a local authority as a play development officer or manager.