Roles in pre-schools / playgroups

If you'd like to work with children aged from 2-5 years, working in a playgroup or pre-school could be the right choice.

Playgroups provide play and early education for children aged 2-5 years. They generally operate during school term time usually for 2 hours or more per session, mornings and afternoons. Playgroups operate from a variety of locations including community centres, church halls and scout halls.

Children attend playgroups for a variety of reasons including; to gain sound educational experiences with the emphasis on learning through play, to develop skills and confidence prior to starting school and to have opportunities to socialise and make friends.

Playgroups are usually managed by a committee of parents and carers of children who attend the group. It may have two or more playleaders working each session, who are assisted by one or more parents who undertake duties as part of a rota system.

A playleader can be male or female, with an age range from school leaver to grandparent.  Playleaders will have at least a level 3 qualification and all staff are encouraged to aspire to be qualified to level 3.