A collaboration between Play Wales and the Playwork Foundation, has seen the ADDaPT course now been delivered for the first time to a group of playwork trainers in England.
The Welsh ‘Award in Delivering Dynamic Play Training’ (ADDaPT), forms part of Play Wales’ quality assurance for playwork qualifications, and only those trainers who can demonstrate occupational competence in playwork are allowed to take it, in order to ensure that all Welsh playwork qualifications are delivered by the right people.
To date, the Welsh qualifications in playwork have only been available in Wales itself, but following collaboration between Play Wales and the Playwork Foundation, the ADDaPT course has now been delivered for the first time to a group of playwork trainers in England and at the time of writing, most of them have now passed this and are awaiting certification.
The good news is this means that – again for the first time – it will be possible for Welsh playwork qualifications to be delivered in England. To begin with, that will probably mean delivering their L2APP ( Level 2 Award in Playwork Practice), a great five-day course with some assessment of each learner, that is a worthy introduction to play and playwork and is ideal for example, for people wanting to work on holiday playschemes who have never done any playwork training so far.
As the only other playwork qualification available in England is an actual apprenticeship, which of course is only applicable to new playworkers employed all year round, being able to also have this option of a short introductory qualification is a real added opportunity. Hopefully the new ADDaPT certified trainers will now be looking for ways to deliver this L2APP as cheaply as possible and enabling a new raft of playworkers to emerge! As we hear of these opportunities we will let you know.