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.


  • Liaises with parents, carers and colleagues and keeps appropriate records.
  • Puts away equipment and cleans premises after use.
  • Organises and supervises children.
  • Organises and supervises children on excursions.
  • Encourages children.
  • Provides play areas and prepares materials for a wide range of children.
  • Supervises children.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 10% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for playworker is £5,147

1,027 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,027. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for playworker roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £5,147 per year. That is about £429 per month or £2.64 per hour. New workers generally start on £1,386, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £20,342

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,027 people are employed in the region.

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