Career outlook for playworker
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would plan, organise and take part in play and leisure activities for four to 16 year olds.
You'd help them have fun and to encourage them to develop their independence and self-esteem.
You could work at:
- Breakfast clubs
- After-school clubs
- Mobile play buses
- Holiday play schemes
You could do activities like art, crafts, cooking and drama and outdoor games. You might also take the children on outings.
- Plan activities with the children
- Organise play areas, materials and equipment
- Give children the freedom to spend their leisure time in their own way
- Encourage fair and caring behaviour among the children
- Encourage independence and self-esteem
- Talk to children about their concerns or worries
- Deal with injuries and emergencies
- Liaise with parents, carers, and other professionals
- Keep records and look after small amounts of money
It would be important to make sure that the activities are safe. You’d encourage the children to be aware of their own safety and that of others. Being aware of equal opportunities issues would also be useful.
Lots of energy and a good sense of humour would really help you to do this job well, as would patience and tolerance.
You’d need to get on well with children, parents and carers.
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