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Playworker

Playworkers support children and young people to create their own spaces and opportunities for play.

Potential salary

£12,000 to £30,000

Employment by 2024

+5.86%

Working hours

27 to 29 variable

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day work may include:

  • providing and setting up play areas, materials and equipment
  • giving out refreshments
  • talking to children about their concerns or worries
  • dealing with injuries and emergencies
  • building relationships with parents, carers, and professionals
  • keeping records and looking after petty cash

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in the community or at a school.

Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.

With experience and training, you could work for a local authority as a playwork development officer, supervisor or become a manager, or move into a school as a teaching assistant.

You could also be self-employed and set up your own after-school club or childcare project.

You'll find more details on working in childcare from the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years.

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