Working in an out of school group | Oxfordshire County Council

Working in an out of school group

Information on what group workers do, entry requirements and opportunities for development

School playgroup career

What is an out of school group?

Out of school groups provide children with opportunities for creative play outside of school hours. Children are typically between 4 to 16 year olds.

Types of groups include breakfast clubs, after school clubs, and holiday play schemes.

What will I be doing?

The tasks you may be involved in when working in an out of school group include:

  • planning activities with the children
  • providing play areas, materials and equipment
  • giving children the freedom to spend their leisure time in their own way
  • encouraging fair and caring behaviour among the children
  • encouraging independence and self-esteem
  • talking to children about their concerns or worries
  • dealing with injuries and emergencies
  • liaising with parents, carers, and sometimes other professionals
  • keeping records and looking after petty cash.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements to work in a play setting although it is highly recommended to undertake a training course once you have started in a playwork role. This can be done though  Oxfordshire Play Association . There are no entry requirements to start a play qualification although the training provider may undertake a skills scan to ensure you are on the right course.

Opportunities for development

As an experienced playworker, you may be able to progress to a supervisory or management role. You could also become self-employed and set up one or more after-school clubs. With appropriate qualifications, you could specialise in play training or play therapy.

You may be able to move into other related jobs like teaching assistant, nursery or pre-school practitioner or youth worker.

Last reviewed
12 July 2017
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