Play Leadership

Play Leadership

Course Code VRE101
Qualification Statement of Attainment
Payment Options Upfront & Payment Plans
Delivery Online & Correspondence
Duration 100 Hours

Play Leadership

To develop knowledge and skills related to the planning and leadership of play activities, principally for children, but also for other ages.


There are ten lessons in this course, plus one special project, as follows:

1          Understanding Play: To explain the purpose of play in the cognitive, physical and social development of a child

2.         Leadership Skills: To determine the skills required to carry out a play leadership role in different situations.

3.         Planning Play Programs: To develop a plan for a supervised children’s play program.

4.         Child Development through Play: To develop a basic understanding of the impact of play upon the psychological development of a child 

5.         Play Safety: To determine appropriate measures to take to protect a child’s safety when at play, while minimising any interference which might diminish the quality of the play experience.

6.         Physical Play: To develop an understanding of options for physical play activities, including games and sports, in a supervised play program.

7.         Social Play: To develop an understanding of options for social play activities, in a supervised play program.

8.         Adventure Play:To develop a basic ability to plan, establish and manage a supervised adventure playground.

9.         Play Apparatus:To develop an ability to evaluate a range of different play apparatus, including playground structures, toys, sports equipment, commenting on quality, safety features, appropriate applications and cost benefit.

10.              Activities: To broaden your scope of opportunities that can be offered for children to play, appropriate to a wide range of different situations.

11.              Special Project

What will you do in this course:

Talk to someone involved in play leadership. You might talk to a kindergarten teacher, a primary school teacher, a local council recreation officer, someone from a playgrounds association, etc. Find out what they do, and how they do it? What type of programs do they run, etc?

Visit an agency or organisation of some sort that is involved with play leadership provision (eg. a play group, kindergarten, recreation centre, day care centre, etc).

Write a report on your visit.

Consider how are they organised? How many staff do they have? What is the purpose of the agency, etc?

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Finance options

If you are an Irish citizen you may be eligible to receive financial support, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are a resident of Ireland, you may also be eligible to receive a student grant under the Student Grant Scheme

Student support

We live in a society where the pressures of daily living are high with financial expenses, personal and work commitments, and mortgage and rental obligations. Then there are the unexpected life challenges that also get thrown our way. With this in mind the thought of taking on study can be daunting for most people. Here at Learning Cloud we understand that life doesn’t run in a straight line it has many ups and downs.

As an enrolled student at Learning Cloud, you are entitled to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Services Unit. These supports are designed to walk beside you throughout your studies they will assist you in life’s ups and downs to provide you the best opportunity to successfully complete your chosen course.


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  • Parent support
  • Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP)

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How will this course advance my career?

Learning Cloud programs have been developed in response to industry demand and are specifically designed to equip graduates with work-ready skills. Each participant will be trained and assessed in theory and in practical tasks and Real-world exercises are used throughout the program.

Studies prove, time and again, that college-educated workers earn more than those with only a high school qualification. College graduates often enjoy additional benefits, including greater job opportunities and promotions. Though the proof for greater earning potential exists, some might wonder whether the cost of the education warrants the overall expense in the long run.

College Graduate vs. Non-Graduate Earnings

The National Centre for Education Statistics (NCES) analyses employee earnings data biennially, according to education level. Findings indicate that workers with a qualification earn significantly more than those without. Since the mid-1980s, education has played a large part in potential wages, with bachelor's degree holders taking home an average of 66% more than those with only a high school diploma do. While college-educated workers' wages have increased over the past two decades, those with only a high school education have seen decreases in annual salaries in the same time period (

How else will I benefit from studying with Learning Cloud?

  • Studying online or distance means you can study where you want and at your own pace.
  • Receive career-focused training with practical, hands-on learning.
  • All course materials are provided and all digital platforms are interactive, work on any device and designed to be fun.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning or Skills Recognition may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.