SkillsActive launches pilot for the Register of Playwork Professionals

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SkillsActive is proud to launch the pilot for the Register of Playwork Professionals.

The Register of Playwork Professionals has been developed by SkillsActive in partnership with employers, playworkers and representatives from key national organisations involved in the development, delivery and support for children’s play. The Register will ensure that standards within the Playwork industry are kept to a high level through annual Continued Professional Development (CPD) for all members.

Successful applicants during the pilot will be given membership for one year free of charge and, in addition, the first 100 members to sign up to the Register of Playwork Professionals will also receive one year’s free subscription to the forthcoming Journal of Playwork Practice.

“Having worked in children’s services for over 20 years, I am very pleased that the Register of Playwork Professionals has been established by SkillsActive. Playwork professionals can now be qualified at various levels up to and including Foundation Degree, Honours Degree and Postgraduate Qualification; this recognition helps the hard working individuals and also the workforce in our contribution to helping children live satisfying and enjoyable lives.”  Prof Perry Else, Course Leader BA (Hons) Children and Playwork, Sheffield Hallam University.

Using the expertise gained from the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), the Register of Playwork Professionals is looking to build on this success within the playwork industry.

Driving a high standard of professionalism in the sector, the establishment of the Register of Playwork Professionals will:

  • Recognise the importance of the role playworkers perform in the provision of play opportunities
  • Offer much needed re-assurance to parents or carers that staff working with their children (aged 4 – 16 years old) are appropriately qualified
  • Provide a system of regulation to ensure that individuals meet agreed National Occupational Standards, which describe the knowledge, competence and skills of good practice.

The entry levels and categories for the Register of Playwork Professionals will be based on the job roles and related qualifications held by each individual. The framework provided by the Register will offer verification that those working in the sector are fully qualified.

To ensure that members of the Register of Playwork Professional maintain skills in line with industry standards, they will be required to complete annual Continued Professional Development (CPD), which will be tracked by the activepassport system.

“We’re delighted to be launching the pilot of the Register of Playwork Professionals. It’s important that the playwork sector is recognised for the very valuable contributions playworkers make to the lives of our children. I believe the establishment of the Register will really put playwork on the map and raise the profile of playwork within the children’s workforce. The Register will also ensure high quality throughout the industry and drive professionalisation throughout the playwork sector”                                                         Lesli Godfrey, UK Strategic Lead for Playwork and the Children’s Workforce, SkillsActive

For further information about the Register of Playwork Professionals, please visit our website http://www.playworkregister.org/

For further information or comment about these issues and the wider issues of skills and employment, or to arrange interviews please contact Sharon Colligan (playwork@skillsactiveregisters.org 0207 632 2000).

 

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