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Certificate Giving Ceremony for Playworkers

The Foundation for Educational Services organised a Certificate Giving Ceremony for playworkers who have successfully completed the Professional Development sessions for prospective playworkers. Present for the ceremony were the Minister of Education and Employment, Hon. Evarist Bartolo, the Parliamentary Secretary for Youths, Sports and Voluntary Organisations, Hon. Clifton Grima, and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Education and Employment, Dr Frank Fabri.



In an opening address, the Chairperson of the Foundation Ms Elena Borg spoke about the need to tap into the abilities of the employees as each worker brings to the table a number of skills. It is these individual skills that form the composite of a caring and learning environment for the children in their care.​
 
The CEO of the Foundation, Mr Dermot Galea, referred to this course as filling a gap in the workforce of the Foundation. The Foundation for Educational Services employs hundreds of playworkers for its Klabb 3-16 and Skolasajf services. The aim of the course is to enable prospective playworkers to identify learning opportunities, develop them into meaningful activities, and implement them in the most engaging ways possible.

​Offered in conjunction with the Institute for Education, these sessions are currently in their 5th course, and span over a number of weeks including lecturers, job shadowing and First Aid courses. These professional development sessions are proving to be a window of opportunity for applicants who may be daunted by the prospect of managing a group of children in an after-school setting.

 
The course covers a wide range of topics such as dealing with challenging behaviour and disabilities, communication and teamwork, classroom management, activity design, implementation and evaluation, diversity and inclusion.

Applications for the next course are open and information can be accessed from
www.fes.gov.mt