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Playworker or Play Assistant

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Playworkers organise, plan and take part in play and leisure activities for children. They also care for and supervise the children, making sure that they are safe and happy.

They are sometimes also called a play leader, crèche worker or play carer.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for playworkers are usually between £8.00 and £10.00 an hour. Senior staff can earn up to £12.00 an hour or more.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
3074
1.1 %
RISE
2022
3109
  United Kingdom
2017
34523
0.6 %
RISE
2022
34743

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

You should also have:

Training

Playworkers working in playwork settings which provide care in the absence of parents must be registered with the Scottish Social Service Council (SSSC) and working towards SSSC endorsed qualifications.

Getting On

More Information

You may find the Scottish Social Services Council's Learning Zone useful.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
Tel: 0345 60 30 891
Website: http://www.sssc.uk.com/
Twitter: @SSSCnews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesssc

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