Transition to Playwork

Level 3 Award


This qualification is primarily for those working with children in play or child-care related settings.

What is covered in the course?

This qualification will allow learners to develop their current knowledge and skills required for employment within a playwork setting. It combines both reflective practice, activities and workbook theoretical knowledge to cover areas such as:

The following topics are featured as mandatory:

  • Playwork principles
  • Play cycle
  • Play types
  • Playwork theories

How is the course delivered?

Learners will need to attend 5 sessions;

  • a sign-up session
  • three workshop sessions: Unit 300: A playworker’s understanding of play, Unit 301: Playwork in practice and Unit 302: Playwork in the wider context
  • a sign-off session

These can be completed at the desired pace of the learner, e.g. weekly or monthly.

Each session is 3 hours long and is held via Microsoft Teams. To give flexibility, sessions are available every:

  • Monday at 10am - 1pm
  • Tuesday at 1pm - 4pm
  • Wednesday at 4pm - 7pm (available once a month), or
  • Friday at 11:30am - 2:30pm.

Assignments will be set at each session and will need to be completed by the following session. All assignments will be supported by our Learning Hub platform where learners will have access to workbooks, teaching resources, knowledge check questions and supporting documents.

Key Info

Course duration

5 sessions

Entry requirements

The learner will need a previous childcare level 3 qualification and be in a paid employment with a contract of employment for them to meet the requirements of the programme.


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

  • Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork
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
I have learnt a lot about safeguarding and been reminded to learn about my own policies and procedures, which have helped me in my practice as I now feel more comfortable and secure with my knowledge.
Lauren Marchant Baby-room Leader

What happens after my award?

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