Level 2 - Playworker Apprenticeship ( Childcare )


Colchester, CO4 3YN

Closes in 16 days (Thursday 8 August at 11:59pm)

Posted on 27 June 2024


The Playworker apprentice will work in a range of play and care settings creating stimulating and adventurous spaces for children to learn and explore whilst ensuring their safety, supporting their development and promoting their engagement. They might support wraparound care, breakfast clubs, after-school clubs or holiday activity programmes.

Annual wage
£11,648 to £20,820.80 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Playworker (level 2)
Monday to Friday, 7.30am - 6.00pm in shifts.

35 hours a week

Possible start date

Thursday 22 August


1 Year 3 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • Level 2 Playworker apprenticeship qualification
  • Level 2 Award in Multi-skills Coaching/Development in Sport (optional and subject to a £50 certification fee) 
  • Training schedule has yet to be agreed. Details will be made available at a later date.

Sector specific CPD, such as; 

  • Working in a school environment 
  • Behaviour Management 
  • Physically active games and playground games - practical training
  • PE curriculum CPD
  • Gymnastics 
  • Dance 
  • Outdoor adventurous activities
  • SEND in play
  • Adaptive practice 
  • Thematic planning 
  • Creative use of storytelling
  • Relaxation and wellbeing
  • Supporting classroom learning and providing interventions
  • Peadiatric first aid
  • Safeguarding / Prevent 
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing 
  • Digital skills
  • Functional skills in maths and English (where required) 

Where you’ll work




An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Playworker (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Observe and reflect on play behaviours.
  • Communicate sensitively using relevant language and behaviour.
  • Promote diversity and inclusion in Playwork practice.
  • Identify ways to remove barriers which can prevent some children and young people playing.
  • Undertake reflective observations to improve own practice and the quality of the provision for children and young people.
  • Contribute to play audits.
  • Promote the value and benefits of play for all children and young people.
  • Assist with planning, creating and identifying loose parts to encourage and inspire sustainable practices, including recycling, reusing, reducing and repairing.
  • Recognise the benefits of risk taking in play and contribute to dynamic risk-benefit assessment.
  • Recognise that children and young people communicate with a range of different types of behaviour and may need Playworker support.
  • Support children and young people to understand and manage their emotions, feelings and actions.
  • Manage interactions with parents/caregivers professionally.
  • Recognise the importance of respecting professional boundaries when lone working or conducting intimate care with children and young people and using social media with children, young people and families.
  • Contribute to health and safety checks.
  • Follow emergency incidents or common illness/infections policies and procedures, administering first aid and completing records when required.
  • Use active listening and communication techniques when interacting with children and young people playing, identifying any potential concerns if they occur.
  • Contribute to recording and reporting procedures as required by the play setting.
  • Contribute to administrative and financial record keeping.
  • Promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle, ensuring specific dietary and cultural needs are met.
  • Maintain a clean environment according to local and national policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to ensuring security arrangements are followed, such as children’s arrival and departures from the setting.
  • Work as part of a team to support and supervise children and young people on off-site trips, complying with formal risk assessment of venues visited.
  • Apply Playwork approaches in own role, incorporating new and emerging themes.
  • Reflect on own practice to create a personal development plan with supervisor.
  • Recognise the boundaries of own self and other Playworkers’ interaction with children, and when it is necessary to report incidents to the appropriate safeguarding lead and Local Authority Designated Officer – LADO if appropriate when a Playworkers’ behaviour towards a child may pose a risk of harm.
  • Apply the play work approach depending on the individual need.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • Maths & English (grade 6 - 9)
    • Childcare (grade pass)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • IT skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Customer care skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Administrative skills
    • Number skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental
    • Patience
    • Physical fitness

    Other requirements

    The successful applicant will receive: Allocated workplace mentor Access to employer training Access to apprenticeship training delivered by Aspire Training Solutions (as outlined above) Allocated learning hours within the working week The employer is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and anyone applying to work in our school is expected to share this commitment. Therefore, this position is subject to receipt of an enhanced DBS disclosure.

    About this company

    CMXSC LTD is an exciting primary school sports specialist company. Since its creation in 2013 we have grown, developed and built a strong reputation within Essex as a primary school sports provider. With this evolution comes fresh ideas, teaching styles and vast experience of teaching and coaching in a school environment.

    http://www.cmxsc.co.uk (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    We will support you in your personal development by providing you with the underpinning knowledge, skills and experience for the following:

    • Careers within the childcare and education sector 
    • Potential further employment with the employer
    • Opportunity for further education and progression

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Chris Michaelides


    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000260910.

    Apply now

    Closes in 16 days (Thursday 8 August at 11:59pm)

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