Unit 309 Nvq L3 Play Work

Unit 309 – Understanding Play work Principles
309.1 Understand the role and value of play:
Play enhances every aspect of children’s development and learning. It is child’s window to the world. Play is so important that its significance in children’s lives is recognized by the United Nations as a specific right in addition to, and distinct from, a child’s right to recreation and leisure. However, children’s opportunities for play and their access to play environments are constantly changing which has to be taken into consideration when starting or continuing with a play group/opportunity/etc.
Children don’t play in order to learn, although they are learning while they are playing.
For further information see appendix 1

309.2 Understand children and young people’s rights in relation to play:
Extract from - UNICEF FACT SHEET: A summary of the rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child – full fact in appendix 2
Article 31 (Leisure, play and culture): Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.
For further information see appendix 2
309.3 Understand the role of the playwork team in supporting children and young people’s play:
Play workers aim to facilitate the child's play, by allowing the child to play as they want, with minimum interference from the Play worker, unless the child invites the adult into the play or there is a specific health and safety risk. The play work team can all have ideas, but ultimately they need to be there for each other and more importantly be there for the children.
Best Play (2000) suggests two key tasks of play workers: enrichment of play and management of risk.
'The play worker’s core function is to create an environment which will stimulate children's play and maximise their opportunities for a wide range of play experiences. A skilled and experienced play worker is capable of enriching the child's play experience both in terms...