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Childcare and Playwork Employment Academy

The Childcare Employment Academy has been designed in partnership with employers to help them recruit childcare and playwork workers. This employment academy is for people who want a career in these sectors but do not have the qualifications and/or experience needed to normally apply for a post.

What’s involved?

Before applying for the Childcare or Playwork Employment Academy, you will be offered the opportunity to talk to employers about what the job entails and the terms and conditions of employment. You will then be provided with the key employability skills needed to apply for positions, such as interview techniques, and be support in applying for the range of positions on offer.

If you securing employment, you will then take part in the Childcare Learning & Development or Playwork qualification at QCF Level 2 or 3, which will provide the skills and qualification needed for a career in childcare.


Training and qualifications within the Childcare & Playwork Employment Academies are open to anyone living in the Belfast City Council area currently out of work or working less than 16 hours a week. This includes people who are on a current European Social Funded programme.

How to apply

You can register through our registration form. Alternatively, you may be interested in applying for another Employment Academy.

Contact us
Economic Development
028 9027 0482
Place and Economy department
4th floor, 9 Adelaide
9-21 Adelaide Street