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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork

Health, Public Services and Care, Playwork
Registration and Certification Fee

Level 3
Minimum entry age
Credit Value

About this qualification

The aim of this qualification is to provide learners, who have experience and who are qualified at level 3 in working with children, with an understanding of the playwork principles and theories that underpin playwork practice. The qualification also aims to cover how applying the playwork principles and theories provides a framework that enables and supports children’s play, and their overall development. It also offers an opportunity for reflection on the learner’s own practice and supports progression to competence-based playwork qualifications.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is designed for learners who work or wish to work with children and young people between the ages of 4 to 16 in play environments.

It may also be useful to learners studying qualifications in the following areas:

• supporting teaching and learning
• youthwork
• Forest Schools

What are the entry requirements?

Learners who wish to study this qualification must be at least 18 years old and must have 2 years’ of childcare/education experience as well as one of the following:

• a full level 3 competency-based qualification in education or childcare or a historical qualification with education or childcare that would encompass early years, childcare, supporting teaching and learning, youthwork, Forest Schools
• an alternative regulated full level 3 competency-based qualification that recognises the ability of learners to work with children in the absence of their parents/caregivers (for example, residential childcare/social care with children/sports)

How is this qualification structured?

To be awarded this qualification learners are required to successfully achieve 8 credits from the 3 mandatory units.

How is it assessed?

Internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.

How many credits are required to complete it?

The award requires 8 credits.

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

Learners can usually complete the qualification in 12 months or less.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

This qualification requires learners to be working or on practical placement as learners will need to achieve both knowledge and skills throughout the duration of the qualification, before certification.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

• Level 3 Certificate in Playwork

• Level 3 Diploma in Playwork

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to the following employment:

• hospital playwork practitioner
• holiday club practitioner
• after school club practitioner
• adventure centre practitioner

Mandatory qualification information

Qualification specification
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This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification in PDF format and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.

Qualification factsheet
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This document provides an overview of the qualification.

Sample and past assessments

Internal assessment sample tasks
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This document provides example tasks for internal assessment.

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Mandatory qualification information

Qualification specification (Word)
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Internal assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs), used in 2020 to 2021, where this has been permitted. Students need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge and skills.

Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence. We have removed the requirement for students to complete a minimum number of placement hours; hours should still be recorded.

The adaptation addendum document contains further information of how learning outcome / evidence of competence needs to be met either within the workplace or via alternative assessment methods.

Adaptations should also be applied in line with the ‘HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance’ document which can be found below.

For further information please see the 2021/22 adaptation addendum document below.

2021-22 AT 60040555 PW V1.0
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HSC, EY and CC - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance 2021_22 V1.0 Sept 2021
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