Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Playworkers deliver and facilitate play opportunities for children in a range of formal and informal settings including play groups, play schemes, free play locations, and in pre- and after-school activities.


Entry may not depend upon academic qualifications, although some employers will expect candidates to possess or be working towards a relevant qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Child Care and Education are available at Levels 2 and 3. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Typical tasks

  • supervises children’s games and encourages the development of physical, social and language skills;
  • provides play areas and prepares materials for a wide range of children’s activities;
  • encourages children’s independence, self-confidence and social interaction;
  • organises and supervises children on excursions;
  • organises and supervises children’s activities in accordance with Health and Safety regulations, deals accordingly with injuries and emergencies;
  • puts away equipment and cleans premises after use;
  • liaises with parents, carers and colleagues and keeps appropriate records.

Common job titles

Worker, play
Assistant, playgroup
Assistant, schools, play
Worker, playschool
Worker, playscheme
Leader, playgroup
Coordinator, club, out of school
Supervisor, school, play
Ranger, play
Helper, playgroup
Leader, play
Organiser, playgroup
Helper, infant
Coordinator, activities, club, school, after
Assistant, centre, play
Supervisor, playgroup
Assistant, playschool
Assistant, club, out of school
Helper, playschool
Supervisor, club, afterschool
Worker, playgroup
Assistant, play
Teacher, school, play
Assistant, school, play
Assistant, leader's, play

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.