NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork

If you currently work in an early years setting and are interested in branching out and moving into working in a play environment with older children, this qualification will give you the credentials you need to take the next step. This home study course will introduce you to the key theories and principles of playwork, such as risk management and the importance of supporting the different needs and rights of children through a diverse setting. Gaining this qualification will mean you are able to work in environments such as after-school clubs, adventure centres and holiday clubs and give you the skills and confidence you need to work in a playwork setting.


Course fee£475.00
Registration fee£55.00

Course requirements

You will need to be at least 18 years of age and hold a Level 3 Early Years qualification that covers the National Occupational Standards for Children’s Care, Learning and Development. You will need to be based within the UK, or if you are overseas then within Europe. This is an online course so you will also need easy access to the internet and to be competent working with electronic documents.

To gain this qualification you will need to register with CACHE. We will take care of this process, but you will need to pay an additional registration fee which is not included in the price of your course.

If you are based overseas it is essential that you contact our course advice team before enrolling on this course.

Duration of study

As a guideline, you should allow for approximately 80 hours' study time. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 6 months from the date of enrolment.


This course is accredited by CACHE, the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education.


Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork units
  • Understand aspects of playwork practice
  • Understand the theories underpinning playwork practice

Exams and assessment

This course is delivered online and assessment will consist of a portfolio of evidence in different formats such as learning plans, written tasks and discussion.

Set texts and resources

This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required.

Using the NEC Laser

You’ll work through this course using the NEC Laser: an online learning system that makes completing your course – submitting your work, doing activities and getting feedback – straightforward and enjoyable. The system is easy to use and all the work you complete is recorded in your learner profile, forming an online portfolio.

As this course is delivered online, you will need a computer with an internet connection, word processing software, Flash Player and Acrobat Reader. You will need to be confident using the internet, sending and receiving emails with attachments and producing basic documents using a word processor.

How to enrol

For this course there are two ways to enrol with NEC:
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

Paying in instalments

It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.

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