Level 2 Apprenticeship


The Foundation Apprenticeship in Playwork L2 is aimed at individuals who wish to start a career in the playwork sector. The qualification is also suitable for individuals who already work in the playwork sector who wish to up-skill or gain a further qualification.

What is covered on the course?

There are 12 mandatory units to complete alongside a variety of optional units that can be chosen to suit specific needs and/or requirements of individuals and theirĀ settings. The 12 mandatory units include:

  • Playwork principles
  • Health and Safety
  • Relationships in the play environment
  • Working in a play environment
  • Welfare of children in the play environment
  • Safeguarding
  • Improving own practice
  • Supporting childrenā€™s play
  • Reflective practice
  • Supporting relationships in the play environment
  • Creating play spaces and supporting self-directed play
  • Developing team practice

There are also a variety of optional units to choose from including:

  • Food and drink
  • Working with parents and carers
  • Playwork in the community

Key Info

Course duration

12 months

Entry requirements

Learners must be at least 16 years old and work in the playwork sector.


On successful completion of the qualification, the individual will be awarded the following:

  • Level 2 Playwork
  • Essential Application of Number (EAonS) Level 1
  • Essential Communication (ECommS) Level 2
I always feel welcomed when attending the zooms and always feel supported, and everything that is taught is explained in detail. This course will help me know more about what to do in the nursery I work in and will help me learn more.
Hazel Davies Apprentice Childcare Practitioner
Aspiration Training and everyone on the course has been welcoming and friendly in each workshop. I'm completely new to the childcare setting, so I'm constantly learning new things to help me in the setting.
Katherine Davis Apprentice Childcare Practitioner

What happens after my apprenticeship?

At Aspiration Training, we provide every learner with a career pathway. This is a plan with clear, practical steps our learners can take to achieve the career of their dreams.

Our career pathways show typical routes through the various stages of learning, the knowledge and skills that will be learnt along the way and the career options that may be available as a result.

Career Progression is available across a number of levels, meaning, with hard work and determination, the sky is the limit.

Explore the pathways below to find out more about the typical job titles associated with each career.

Career Pathway - Early Years