£10,920 Average salary at age 20
£18,200 Average Salary
14 Average hours per week


Playworkers deliver and facilitate play opportunities for children in a range of formal and informal settings including play groups, play schemes, free play locations, and in pre- and after-school activities.

Main Tasks

  • Supervises children’s games and encourages the development of physical, social and language skills;
  • Provides play areas and prepares materials for a wide range of children’s activities;
  • Encourages children’s independence, self-confidence and social interaction;
  • Organises and supervises children on excursions;
  • Organises and supervises children’s activities in accordance with Health and Safety regulations, deals accordingly with injuries and emergencies;
  • Puts away equipment and cleans premises after use;
  • Liaises with parents, carers and colleagues and keeps appropriate records.


Entry may not depend upon academic qualifications, although some employers will expect candidates to possess or be working towards a relevant qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Child Care and Education are available at Levels 2 and 3. CRB clearance is mandatory.

What Playworkers studied in higher education

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What Playworkers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(L4) Social policy3
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(W2) Design studies2
(L3) Sociology5
(T2) Japanese studies1
(C1) Biology1
(C8) Psychology6
(W1) Fine art3
(X9) Others in education1
(W3) Music1
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(V4) Archaeology1
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(Q3) English studies1
(L2) Politics2
(K2) Building1
(K1) Architecture1
(C2) Botany1
(H1) General engineering1
(B7) Nursing2
(R4) Spanish studies1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama6
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine3
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering1
(J7) Biotechnology1
(V5) Philosophy3
(N1) Business studies2
(X3) Academic studies in education20
(L5) Social work8
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(X1) Training teachers3
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science6
(C3) Zoology2
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period2
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1
(W5) Dance1

UK Prospects

23200 Workforce Size
5.40% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
4964 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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