Playwork Transition Award


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Playwork Transition Award


This qualification is based on the National Occupational Standards for playwork and will develop the knowledge needed for working in playwork settings and environments. It covers the theories, principles of both play and playwork, risk management and how to support the needs and rights of children to enable creation of diverse play environments.

Why choose to complete the award?

Nurseries and after school club settings need to have employees qualified in playwork by 2022, which will also broaden their knowledge and improve their CPD. Upon completion of the playwork award you will have gained the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to work effectively in playwork environments such as after-school clubs and holiday clubs.

The following Childcare Level 3 qualifications can transition into playwork:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care Learning and Development
  • Level 3 Children’s Care Play Learning and Development: Practice
  • Level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator) or equivalent Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification

The playwork award consists of 2 units, 328 and 329. These are both assignment based and graded either pass, merit or distinction on completion.

Unit 328 understands the aspects of playwork practice. IT skills can be used to produce a presentation, report, leaflet
Unit 329 understands the theories underpinning playwork practice. IT skills can be used to produce a presentation, report, document or booklet.

How long does the award take to complete?

The award is delivered over 5 months with 3 remote workshop sessions to take place via Zoom, as set out below:

  • Month 1 – Sign up takes place
  • Month 2 – Workshop session-induction, teaching session unit 328
  • Month 3 – Workshop session-submission unit 328, teaching session unit 329
  • Month 4 – Workshop session-submission 329, tie up session
  • Month 5 – Completion of portfolio for IQA

Learners will access resources on Smart Assessor so will need to have access via the internet.



Your questions answered

Click below for answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any other queries, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

Are sessions face to face?

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No they are all run remotely

Can I resit assignments?

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Yes, but you will not achieve higher than a pass grade.

Do I have to attend all sessions?

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Yes they are mandatory to gain the knowledge to complete the tasks

Do I need to complete essential skills?

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No, you do not need to have completed essential skills in order to complete this award.

How I complete my work and is there a deadline?

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You will be given an assignment which will require you to devise reports and presentations etc. so IT skills would be an advantage and there will be a deadline for all assignments.

Is there any age restrictions?

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Yes you have to be 18 or over

What if I have completed an older qualification that is not listed?

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You will be eligible to complete the full diploma.

Will I have support between sessions?

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Yes you will an assessor assigned to you who will support you throughout the course.

Will observations need to be carried out?

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No but you will be expected to reflect in a play environment

Why choose us

We can help you to choose an apprenticeship course that is right for your employees or support you with recruitment to fill an apprenticeship vacancy. We work closely with you and the learner will help to develop the skills needed for your setting. We offer a flexible and tailored approach to suit your business needs.

We are able to tap into a talent pool overlooked by many: identifying, training and placing fantastic emerging talent into apprenticeship roles.


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Our experience with Aspiration Training has been a really positive one. Our assessor supported and challenged us throughout the apprenticeship, and empowered us to successfully achieve our qualifications within the allocated timescale.


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