The Playworker Development Course brings together people from all over the world, giving them the tools, tasks and mentorship they need to become effective and confident playworkers. We draw on the very best of the UK playwork field as well as our own international “pop-up” practice, bringing in experts to serve as course tutors and mentors.
It is 100% online and includes invitation to a private forum, where students can discuss their experiences in putting theory into practice.
- The Essential Qualities of a Playworker
- Children’s Right to Play in a Global Context
- Environments for Play, Play Types and Loose Parts
- Play Processes: Cues, Frames and Responses
- Play-based Approaches to Challenging Behaviour
- Inclusivity and Accessibility in Practice
- Play Therapy and Therapeutic Playwork
- Adventure, Narratives and Deep Dark Play
- Risk/Benefit Assessments: Discussing Challenge, Safety and Hazards
- Reflection and Team Practice
- Supporting Play in Families, Schools and Beyond
- Advocacy in Action and the Pop-Up Adventure Playground Model
This course is ideal for:
- People who want to become playworkers
- People interested in playwork theory
- Parents, professionals and community organisers.
This course is not for:
- Those seeking play-based curricula or other educational approaches
How much does the course cost?
The course costs $950 per person. There are discounts available for groups, and the option of arranging team support over Skype. We also have a robust financial aid program.
I want to take this course but don’t have the money
We are committed to making sure that everyone who wants to learn about playwork is able to. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
To reach as wide a range of people as possible, including those paying across currencies, we rely upon a conversation with students about their specific needs. Please get in touch.
How long do I have to complete the course?
We ask that each student aims to finish the course within 2 years, to maintain momentum and mentorship. Life can get in the way, and students are always welcome to return, but we have found that the expectation of a 2 year limit helps completion rates. Students are encouraged to remain in contact with the course coordinator if anything goes awry and they need more time to finish the course.
I have a busy schedule - how much time do I need and how flexible is this course?
We ask for an absolute minimum of 3 hours commitment per module, but students are reporting that it takes about 4-5 hour per module. This course is designed to provide you with on-going prompts for observation, reflection and development, so it’s a case of getting out what you’re putting in!
When I complete the course, do I automatically become a playworker?
Playwork is many things, including an academic field, professional approach, and community of advocates. We strongly value depth of study and commitment in anyone who calls themselves ‘a playworker’. In response to need, we designed this course to provide a strong foundation in these unique theories and practices and mentorship. Every student decides for themselves when they claim that identity – but at the end of the course, you also get a nice completion certificate!