CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork


CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork Course

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Study for the CACHE Level 3 Playwork course to gain a recognised qualification in how to work with children and develop their knowledge through play. This course is perfect for anyone working with children in any play setting.

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About this CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork Course

This is a great course for anyone working with children that wishes to further their knowledge in how play helps children’s development and learning. Units include principles of playwork and how to support children through play in a variety of settings. Frameworks in the UK are discussed as well as the rights of children in relation to playworkers.

For further information, go to: Qualification Code 610/0644/0.

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Study Time: 240 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: None specific

Upon completion of this qualification, students are awarded a CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork and an OLC Certificate. All certification fees are included in your course fees. This qualification is suitable for a range of different career paths in settings such as:

  • Playworkers
  • Before and after school staff
  • Creche workers


All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


This is a knowledge only qualification. Experience in the real work environment is not required and the entire course is completed online. Please note that this is a knowledge only Level 3 qualification and does not require any practical assessments.

This course requires students to pass 8 tutor marked assignments. The qualification can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


To pass this course learners must pass 8 assignments. These are completed after navigating through the corresponding lessons and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!

CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork Course Content

Included in this CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork course are the following units:

Unit 1 – Understand play and the playwork principles

In this unit, you will learn about children and young people’s innate drive to play. You will also learn what is meant by play being a biological, psychological and sociological necessity.

Unit 2 – Creating supporting environments for children’s play

In this unit, you will learn about the various settings in which playwork can take place, as well as what contributes to a rich play environment and the provision of effective play spaces.

Unit 3 – Understand how to support the safeguarding of children in the playwork setting

This unit provides an overview of safeguarding and some key legislation surrounding it. Additionally, you will be able to learn how safeguarding differs from child protection.

Unit 4 – Understand organisational frameworks to protect the rights of children

This unit will provide you with the knowledge that a playworker needs to understand children’s rights and how these rights are upheld in the playworker setting.

Unit 5 – Understanding play and wellbeing

This unit will explain some of the most common factors that affect children’s emotional and mental well-being. You will also learn how play can help children express and self-regulate feelings and emotions.

Unit 6 – Understand relationships in the playwork setting

This unit covers the knowledge and understanding that a playworker needs to build relationships with children, between children and with other adults, including parents and those involved in the care of children. You will also learn how to support children to resolve conflict by themselves.

Unit 7 – Understand health, safety and security in the playwork setting

This unit covers the knowledge and understanding required to maintain health and safety in the playwork setting.

Unit 8 – Engage in professional development and reflective practice

You will learn the value of reflective practice in playwork in this unit and how reflection helps with personal and organisational development.


The most important tool on this CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork course for students is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with in-depth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.


CACHE Certification

This qualification comes with Cache certification included at no additional cost. Cache are the UK’s leading awarding body in the care and education sectors and are work-renowned for the work which they do. Their courses are seen as an industry standard and many employers specifically request Cache certification when recruiting new people into a role.

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The Online Learning College are a Cache international centre and we work closely with subject specialists at the awarding body to create the best possible content for all of our qualifications. Since 1945, Cache have been working within the education and care sectors and have amassed a high amount of expertise and recognition for their work both at home and overseas.

You can read more about Cache by visiting their website.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork Course regulated?

Yes this course is fully regulated through Ofqual which means it is recognised by all employers and linked to national standards. The course has qualification number 610/0644/0 and a total qualification time of 240 hours. CACHE are one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK and are now part of the NCFE brand. They have historically worked only in the education and care sectors and CACHE courses are seen as the leading brand for qualifications in care. This means that employers recognised these qualifications and they lead to a higher chance of employment.

What is included in the cost of the CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage. Should you wish to buy paper versions of the course materials you can do so on the checkout for £35 extra but this is optional.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course at all. Anyone can study for this certification and there is no need to have any prior knowledge or experience.

How long do I have to study?

This CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork course has an enrolment length of 12 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Playwork?

No, you do not need a work placement. Everything is completed online from home through written assignments and there are no practical assignments needed.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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