The Job Description of a Play Worker

Children require care and supervision by professionals when their parents are working or unavailable for the job. Play workers provide this service in the United Kingdom; day care workers provide the same service in the United States. According to, the average annual salary in the United Kingdom in 2009 for a play worker was £12,684 in United States dollars.

Job Duties

Supervising, entertaining and socialising children are the primary job duties. Play workers organise team activities and arrange day trips to parks and playgrounds. A play worker communicates with parents about their children's behaviour and interests.

Skill Requirements

A successful play worker is creative, nurturing and patient. He needs a mindful eye to simultaneously supervise multiple groups of children. Good math skills are needed to calculate and collect payments for services.

Preferred Background

A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to qualify as an entry-level play worker. Long-term employees may be required to obtain different levels of play worker certifications. Background in group childcare or supervision is a plus.

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Cassie Damewood has been a writer and editor since 1985. She writes about food and cooking for various websites, including My Great Recipes, and serves as the copy editor for "Food Loves Beer" magazine. Damewood completed a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Miami University.

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