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Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork

National Extension College


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What will I learn?

If you currently work in an early years setting and are interested in branching out and moving into working in a play environment with older children, this qualification will give you the credentials you need to take the next step. This home study course will introduce you to the key theories and principles of playwork, such as risk management and the importance of supporting the different needs and rights of children through a diverse setting.

Gaining this qualification will mean you are able to work in environments such as after-school clubs, adventure centres and holiday clubs and give you the skills and confidence you need to work in a playwork setting.

This course is delivered online and assessment will consist of a portfolio of evidence in different formats such as learning plans, written tasks and discussion. Students will be using the NEC Laser, an online learning system that makes completing your course – submitting your work, doing activities and getting feedback – straightforward and enjoyable.

Topics include:
Understand aspects of playwork practice
Understand the theories underpinning playwork practice

Additional information:

To gain this qualification you will need to register with CACHE. We will take care of this process.

If you are based overseas it is essential that you contact our course advice team before enrolling on this course.

What do I need to know?

You will need to be at least 18 years of age and hold a Level 3 Early Years qualification that covers the National Occupational Standards for Children’s Care, Learning and Development. You will need to be based within the UK, or if you are overseas then within Europe.

Awarding Body

Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education

Course info


Nationally recognised qualification

Study Hours

Variable - to suit the learner

Study mode




Total time for completion

No time limit

More info on price

Payment by instalments available.

Who runs this course?




About NEC The National Extension College (NEC) provides the opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to fit life-changing learning into their lives. Whether you’re looking to study in order to go onto further or higher education, change or advance your career or simply for enjoyment, NEC provides online distance learning courses which are of the very highest quality. Course materials are written by experts such as teachers and examiners and are available to you online 24/7 through learn@nec - our virtual learning environment and the gateway to the NEC community. You can study whenever and wherever you like. With tutor support from a qualified teacher and specialist in your chosen subject, NEC will make sure that you

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