Playwork Level 3

Take the next step in your playwork career with JAM Training & Education

If you’re working in playwork and want to improve your career prospects and maximise your opportunities enrol in our NVQ Level 3.

Designed with your needs in mind the course is completed and assessed through your workplace activities and tasks set by your assessor. You will be given full support and guidance along the way.

Open to individuals who are currently working in a playwork setting our NVQ Level 3 is ideal for those planning to go to university or wanting to move into a more senior position.

For more information about JAM’s NVQ Level 3 read the answers to our frequently asked questions.


Why should I choose to study my NVQ Level 3 in Playwork with JAM?

JAM Training & Education specialises in childcare training, consultancy, and pre-school education.

With hands-on experience as trainers, consultants and carers, it is essential that we have complete and up-to-date knowledge of all the latest childcare practices and regulations. As such, you can trust us to deliver you the most comprehensive and relevant training in playwork.

Being an independent NVQ trainer, we are also able to offer you a localised and personal training experience. We cover many London boroughs, including Lambeth and Southwark, and we also work in the Kent region. We will visit you on-site throughout your course, and ensure that you are supported at every stage of your NVQ.

Who can apply for this course?

The NVQ Level 3 in Playwork is open to individuals of all ages who are currently working in a childcare setting. You must also demonstrate that you are capable of supervising others, or adept at working unsupervised.

What will this course qualify me to do?

If you are planning to go to university, or move into a more senior position, the NVQ Level 3 in Playwork can help you take the next step in your career.

The NVQ Level 3 in Playwork award qualifies you to work in a supervisory role, or at a senior / manager level, in various childcare settings, such as:

  • Adventure playgrounds
  • Afterschool schemes
  • Holiday clubs

Are there any entry requirements for this course?

There are two requirements for NVQ Level 3 in Playwork:

  1. you must be working in a in a position with some supervisory duties
  2. you must have competent literacy and communication skills

How long will it take me to complete this course?

Our NVQ courses are unique – we like to tailor your course to meet your particular needs, and to set the course to your own pace. It usually takes 9 months to complete our NVQ Level 3 in Playwork.

As the NVQ is a work-based qualification, you will continue working throughout the duration of the course, and our peripatetic assessors will visit you on-site to assess your work.

How are courses taught? Will I have to attend tutorials?

To complement the practical side of the NVQ Level 3 in Playwork – namely your workplace activities and tasks – we can also run group tutorials, twice a month.

The tutorials cover the theoretical aspects of the course, with the intention that you take the theory and turn it into practice at your workplace.

The group tutorials take place at either a children’s centre near your home or at the JAM office, with a maximum of 12 students per group.

What course materials will I need?

JAM will provide you with a folder of relevant material.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of the assessment for the NVQ Level 3 in Playwork is carried out by our peripatetic assessors, who will visit you at work and observe your general workplace activities with children, as well as practical tasks that you are set.

Students will be asked to create a portfolio of evidence, which will include workplace observations, knowledge questions, and work products.

Other forms of assessment, which you may be required to complete, include:

  • Report writing
  • Witness testimony

How is the course structured?

The NVQ Level 3 in Playwork is made up of 9 units – 5 mandatory units and 4 optional units. You must complete all 9 units to attain your certificate.

Mandatory units

PW6 Contribute to an organisational framework that reflects the needs and protects the rights of children and young people
PW7 Develop and maintain a healthy, safe and secure environment for children
PW8 Develop and promote positive relationships
PW9 Plan and support self-directed play
PW10 Reflect on and develop practice

Optional units

Please choose 4 options from that best suit your responsibilities/job role.

PW11 Work with colleagues in a team
PW12 Respond to concerns about possible child abuse
PW13 Contribute to children’s health and well being
PW14 Work with parents and carers
PW15 Administer Playwork provision
PW24 Inclusive play, working with disabled children and young people
B226 Promote your organisation in the community
B227 Contribute to evaluating, developing and promoting services
B228 Organise and supervise travel

Do you provide support throughout the course?

At JAM we have a number of accredited NVQ trainers and assessors, who will support and encourage you throughout the course. You will also be assigned a mentor from our team of accredited NVQ trainers and assessors, who will offer advice and guidance as and when you need it.

Fees and Funding
For information on fees for the NVQ Level 3 in Playwork, please contact us

You can apply for funding from the following organisations:

  • Your local authority*
  • Your local college*
  • Children’s centres*
  • Train 2 Gain scheme through Newham College**
  • European Social Funding**

*To apply for funding from these organisations please contact the source directly.

**To apply for Train 2 Gain or ESF funding please contact us, and complete and return the funding paperwork and basic skills assessments that we send you.

How do I apply for the NVQ Level 3 in Playwork?

To apply for the NVQ Level 3 in Playwork please contact us