Supporting Play and Play Pedagogy
Campus OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus
Qualification SCQF Level 7
Study mode Open learning
Duration 15 weeks
Course enquiry form
The course is designed to support and develop an understanding of play as the key mechanism for learning, development and wellbeing, and the importance of play for its own sake. Through exploring and reflecting on current thinking, guidance frameworks and practical approaches, the course aims to develop the confidence, creativity and practice of those who work with children and young people in settings which are predominantly play-based (or moving towards this). The sessions will be interactive, and participants are encouraged to engage in discussion and activity throughout. Course tutors will set weekly reflective tasks based on key areas of theory and practice which will contribute towards the assessment outcomes.
What you will learn
Key topics on the course include:
- Perspectives and definitions of play and play pedagogy
- Theories of play and playwork which support play pedagogy
- Rights and children's play cultures
- Environments which inspire a richness of play
- Play in outdoor and natural environments
- Responsive and intentional approaches
- Observation and documentation
- Supporting diversity, inclusion and accessibility
- Risk, fears and unconscious bias
- Schematic play and understanding play behaviours
- You will be currently working or volunteering on a regular basis in a childcare setting and have the appropriate PVG in place before commencing this unit.
How the course is assessed
- Research into the topics is linked to practice in reflective writing tasks.
- Students write a report to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.
Number of days per week
- One evening per week for 12 weeks.
- Course starts on Wed 24th January 2024.
- Delivered online using MS Teams.
- Two Highers at C or above (one of which should be English) or pass in a relevant NC at SCQF Level 6 or SVQ Level 2 Children’s Care Learning and Development/Social Services Children and Young People.
- Or a qualification at or above SCQF Level 6 in a relevant subject that demonstrates ability in research, essay writing and reports, together with the experience of working with children.
- Applicants without formal entry requirements but with a significant amount of experience in working with children will also be considered. Please detail this in your personal statement.
- As the units are delivered online, applicants should be confident in using IT to access the course.
- You must be currently working or volunteering in the industry.
Writing a personal statement
Your personal statement is an important part of your application and can help us 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 thoroughly, 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 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.
English Proficiency RequirementsIELTS 5.5
Progression and Articulation Routes
- Students can progress to a suitable course at college - this could be the HNC Childhood Practice, SVQ 3 Playwork or SVQ 3 Social Services Children and Young People.
- For those who have already achieved a recognised practice award, it is possible to progress to the PDA Level 8 Childhood Practice.
- Working with children and young people in a range of settings including early learning and childcare, out of school care, outdoor settings and play focused provision.
|Campus||Study mode||Start date||Duration|
|OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus||Open learning||23/01/24||15 Weeks|
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