Our trainers

Play Wales has facilitated the training and support of experienced playwork trainers in Wales so that they can deliver the Playwork: Principles into Practice (P3) qualification.

All our trainers are competent and qualified playworkers and play trainers, who have also completed extra training on delivering P3. They are committed to providing a positive and supportive learning environment where learning can flourish. They are adept at using a variety of methods and techniques that will make your course enjoyable and memorable.

If you would like to discuss suitable trainers to deliver P3 in your area please email our Workforce Development Team or you may contact trainers directly using our list of trainers.

Entry requirements

Play Wales is committed to ensuring the highest standards of training, delivery and assessment. Consequently, we require that all potential trainers of our courses demonstrate their competence.

If you wish to deliver P3 as a trainer, you must, as a minimum, attend a Play Wales Training the Trainer course.

Play Wales - Training the Trainer course
If you wish to attend a Play Wales Training the Trainer course you will be required to demonstrate your:

  • Playwork competence
  • Training competence

Playwork competence is normally demonstrated through a short reflective account and professional discussion that shows your commitment to and understanding of the Playwork Principles, giving examples from your practice.

Training competence is normally demonstrated through holding a recognised training qualification at level 3 or above. You will also be asked to provide examples of training plans or materials that demonstrate your commitment to learner centred curriculum, teaching, evaluation and relationships.


From time to time Play Wales runs training for new and existing playwork trainers wishing to gain a nationally recognised training qualification. Currently these are the Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) and the in-house Play Wales Training the Trainer.

This award provides an introduction to teaching and training and is the first stage of a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Lifelong learning.

It covers roles and responsibilities of teachers/trainers, inclusive practice, planning and delivering a session, assessment. It is assessed by a combination of a short portfolio of evidence, practical skills demonstrations, and observation.

Play Wales' Training the Trainer
Play Wales in-house Training the Trainer is a six day course (when run separately) and is required for all trainers wishing to deliver P3. This course is an intensely dynamic and creative investigation of the skills, understanding and ethics needed to be an effective playwork trainer. It blends play and teaching and learning theory and practice, and provides an inspiring introduction to anyone wanting to deliver P3.

For more information please call 02920 486050 or email the Workforce Development team.


We ask that all our P3 trainers agree to deliver at least one P3 course per year and undertake and record appropriate continuous professional development (CPD).

As a P3 trainer you will be expected to promptly complete and return all relevant course paperwork including evaluations, as well as using reflective practice to improve your own performance.

Periodically throughout the year Play Wales runs free trainer and assessor days that provide support and offer the chance for more detailed feedback.

As part of our quality assurance process we occasionally visit our trainers during a course to offer support and advice.