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Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Playwork SVQ Level 3

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Part time

Duration 51 weeks

Start date Sep 2024

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Course overview

The SVQ Playwork course is a workplace-based qualification designed for those who are currently employed in a playwork, early years or childcare setting. The role of a play practitioner is to support all children and young people in the creation of a space in which they can play, learn and develop.

The Playwork Principles define play as: 

“A process that is freely chosen personally directed and intrinsically motivated. Children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their instincts, ideas and interests, in their way for their reasons.”
 

Current theories from early learning and playwork focus on the ways that children develop resilience and self-confidence through self-directed play opportunities. This SVQ course will develop your knowledge and understanding of how to provide exciting play opportunities to support children's learning and development.

You will be assigned an individual assessor who will observe your work practice and support you throughout this qualification. We'll discuss theory and make links to practice.

The course will take place over 18 months and will include a range of different learning opportunities: classes tutorial sessions, online learning and research, reflections and tasks. On completion, you will be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as a practitioner. 

What you will learn

  • Current Playwork Theory and Practice
  • Child development
  • How to Encourage and Support Self-Directed Play
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Children’s Rights
  • Health, Wellbeing and Resilience
  • Teamwork
  • Inclusive Practice

Placement information

  • You are required to be in employment in a setting that offers self-directed play opportunities for children and/or young people.

How the course is assessed

  • You will be continually assessed through reflective accounts, observations, tasks and questions.
  • You will be assigned an assessor who will visit your workplace to undertake observations of your practice. 
  • You will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence measured against national standards of competency. 

Number of days per week

  • One two-hour class per month on a Wednesday morning at our Sighthill campus.
  • Regular support meetings with your assessor.

Entry requirements

  • Experience working with children. 
  • Pass in a relevant NC at SCQF Level 6 or SVQ Level 2 in Playwork or SVQ Level 2 Children’s Care Learning and Development/Social Services Children and Young People.
  • You must be working within a playwork or childcare setting in an appropriate role.
  • If you do not have the entry requirements but have significant experience of working with children you are welcome to apply. Please detail this in your Personal Statement.

Writing a personal statement

Your Personal Statement is an important part of your application and it can help us to decide if you are suitable for the course.

To make sure that you are giving us all the information we need to consider your application fully, please include the following:

  • Your reasons for applying for this course. Why does it interest you? Why are you suitable for this course?
  • Details of any relevant qualifications that you have to meet the course entry requirements.
  • Information about any courses or training you have done that are relevant – this can include certificated training such as First Aid or CPD courses.
  • Details of any work experience (paid or voluntary) that is relevant to the course.
  • Your future career plans – how will this course help you to reach your goals?
  • You should check that the statement is written clearly, and using appropriate language. It’s a good idea to ask someone to proofread the statement before sending it.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You may be invited to attend a group interview.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • SVQ Level 4 in Playwork 
  • PDA Childhood Practice at Level 8 

Career options

  • Registration with SSSC as a practitioner within a playwork or childcare setting 

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Part time 02/09/24 51 Weeks

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