Sarah Rowlands – playgroup worker
Where do you work?
I am a playgroup worker at Trehafren Children’s Centre in Newtown, Powys.
How did you become a playgroup worker?
I did voluntary work at the centre when my children were young. When they started school, I went back to college and studied for a Diploma in Playgroup Practice while still working at the playgroup.
Is it important to get qualifications?
Yes, qualifications are definitely important. I have since done my NVQ Level Three and I also do lots of short courses, which are interesting and give you plenty of new ideas.
What does your job involve?
I am involved in all aspects of the day-to-day running of the group – assessing the children so we understand what their individual needs are, planning a wide range of activities such as music, crafts, art and role playing. I also support the playgroup manager.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
Sometimes you have to deal with parents who aren’t very supportive. You then have to work harder to communicate with them and get them on board with what you’re trying to achieve with the children.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The sense of achievement you get when you see children learning new things and developing as individuals.
What advice would you have for someone interested in a career as a playgroup worker?
You need plenty of common sense and stamina as the job can be very demanding, both mentally and physically. Playing can be hard work!