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OPA offers a full range of play and playwork training and qualifications, ranging from short introductory courses to full playwork qualifications. We can tailor the training to meet the needs of both individuals and organisations. The training we provide is designed for those who want to further their understanding and knowledge of playwork theory and practice and the profound impact that PLAY has on a child’s learning, development and wellbeing. Are you a childminder; working in an after school or breakfast club; in a school setting; youth club or holiday play schemes, or working one to one with children and young people? If so please get in touch and we can discuss how we can best support you in your professional development.

QCF Level 2 in Playwork.

This qualification takes 12 months to complete and is aimed at play practitioners who are working with children and young people (age 3-16) in a play setting. It is assessed through live observations and underpinning knowledge workshops.

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QCF Level 3 in Playwork:

This qualification takes 18 months to complete and is idea for play practitioners working with children and young people (age 3 – 16) who are looking to move into more of a managerial role.

OPA have also introduced the Level 4/5 in Playwork. Call us or email for more information.


The Play Way:

A nationally recognised and accredited introduction to play and playwork, for people who are new to the field and who wish to gain a basic knowledge of play or for those who are wishing to up skill and remain current with playwork trends as it carries 14 CPD points.

Please download the course information leaflet Details of our first course can be found on the Events page of this site.

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Short play training sessions:

these sessions cover many aspects of play and playwork, are generally for people working with young people aged 3-19 years, and are usually a few hours long. They include Playwork Principles, Healthy Snacks, Mad Professor’s Workshop, Inclusive Play, Games – Whatever The Weather, Turning Break Time into Play Time (for schools), and lots more. OPA also offer promoting positive behavior, first aid, food hygiene, and can run a course in your area if there are sufficient numbers.


Please get in touch via our Contact Us page or call OPA’s Training Officer, Brid Muldoon on 01865 779 474 to discuss your training requirements.

More information about playwork qualifications is available from the following organisation:
CACHE (qualifications awarding body) www.cache.org.uk