Please Note: this course is Level 2 equivalent training that is certificated by BAND. It is not a qualification.

This 10 session course is an introduction to the key aspects of supporting play opportunities for children and young people 4 to 16 years in a variety of play settings. It will:

  • Provide an understanding of the importance and value of play in children and young people’s lives.
  • Increase knowledge of playwork practice including play theory and the role of a playworker.
  • Explore equality, diversity and inclusion, the benefits of risk vs health & safety and child protection.


  1. Introduction
  2. Child Development and the Role of the Playworker
  3. Playwork Principles
  4. Play Types and Play Process
  5. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  6. Supporting Children’s Play
  7. Relationships and Communication in the Play Environment
  8. Health, Safety and Risk
  9. Safeguarding and Child Protection
  10. The Play Environment and Reflective Practice.

As part of this course there will be some homestudy and 3 workplace tasks.

Please Note: You must be over 16 and currently working as a volunteer or paid worker in a play environment with children aged 4-16yrs.

Links to the following Dimensions of the Bristol Standard:

  • D1 Values and Aims
  • D2 Relationships and Interactions
  • D3 Approaches to Play and Development
  • D4 Physical Environment
  • D5 Play Experiences.
  • D6 Observation, planning and Record Keeping
  • D7 Staffing, Leadership and Management
  • D8 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • D9 Partnership with Parents and the Wider Community
  • D10 Monitoring and Evaluation.

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Course details

Date: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th November, 7th December 2023, 11th, 18th, 25th January, 1st 8th February 2024
Cost: £200 to Ofsted registered Bristol based settings and BAND members, £250 to all others.
Venue: Band Office, Scrapstore House, Sevier Street, St. Werburgh's, Bristol, BS2 9LB. View a map
Tutors: Fenella Hemus and Michelle Smith – BAND Ltd.
Refreshments: Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits provided.
Funded by: BAND Ltd.
Please note: A contribution towards travel and childcare costs can be made available to Bristol-based playworkers.
Closing date: n/a.