Award in Managing a Holiday Play Scheme

The new Managing a Holiday Play Scheme Award is a Level 3 Award intended to qualify those registered with Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) as the Person in Charge of a holiday play scheme who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be over 19 years old
  • Must hold a relevant Level 3 qualification (or above) in working with children and young people such as teaching, social work, youth work, childcare or community development
  • Must have experience of working in staffed play provision.

The qualification only applies to holiday play schemes. People working as a Person in Charge in year round out of school clubs are still required to have a full Level 3 playwork qualification, which is included on the SkillsActive list of approved qualifications.

The Managing a Holiday Play Scheme Award has been developed as an interim measure to avoid the closure of holiday play schemes due to non-compliance with the qualification requirements of regulation. It is valid until September 2018, after which Persons in Charge of holiday play schemes will need a full Level 3 playwork qualification.

From Summer 2016 Persons in Charge of holiday play schemes registered with CSSIW will need to have the Managing a Holiday Play Scheme Award or a Level 3 playwork qualification.

Course information

As well as supporting the professional development of staff managing short-term provision to meet the National Minimum Standards (NMS) and CSSIW legal requirements it will provide the benefit of developing an understanding of the importance of play to children’s development and how it may be facilitated in a variety of settings.

By the end of the qualification learners will be able to:

  • Lead and manage a holiday play scheme
  • Apply the Playwork Principles to holiday play schemes
  • Be a registered Person in Charge with CSSIW

The MAHPS Award consists of two units at level 3 – each worth 2 credits. Many of the assessment tasks take place in the classroom with additional written reflections at the end of each day. Unit 1 relates the application of the Playwork Principles to a holiday play scheme whilst Unit 2 focuses on the legislative and regulatory requirements involved in leading and managing a holiday play scheme.

Upcoming courses

For details of courses (funded and unfunded) in your area please contact us. Costs of courses will vary depending on the lead organisation and the type of setting learners are from.

To register your interest in Managing a Holiday Playscheme courses being run by our partner Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales, please complete an application form.

Any Agored Cymru Centre can run the Managing a Holiday Play Scheme Award so learners interested in undertaking the qualification can also ask Agored Cymru providers locally if they intend on making the Award available.

Running your own Managing a Holiday Play Scheme Course

Trainers and assessors wanting to run the course will need to work for an Agored Cymru Centre or be in partnership with an organisation that is.

Trainers and assessors will need to have a good understanding and experience of playwork and holiday play schemes. They will also need to be competent trainers/assessors and have a relevant qualification.

More information about the qualification guide and units

Welsh Government has commissioned complete learner and tutor resources including assessment materials for this qualification. For further details please contact us.


Feedback from the pilot courses which were funded by YMCA Wales Community College:

‘The course was both enjoyable and challenging. It provided an opportunity to reflect on our own and other’s varied experiences; what some of us have been doing for many years and what was good and what we might improve. The assessment tasks were relevant to our work requiring us to consider our roles in managing our respective holiday play schemes and how we ensure children experience the best play opportunities. It was pleasantly thought provoking.’ Mike Greenaway, Director of Play Wales and registered person in charge at Bishopston Playscheme

'Really enjoyed the course and have learned a lot about playwork. I feel more confident in addressing the CSSIW changes.'

'Nice to network with people from other settings/ areas with different experiences.'