We are always looking for people who would be interested in joining our bank of energetic and enthusiastic Play Workers to working on our Saturday and / or holiday playschemes, for children and young people with disabilities. We will provide all the training you need and support you to reach your full potential as a Play Worker, so experience is not always necessary. You need to be physically fit and resilient as well as having enthusiasm, energy and a strong belief in every child’s right to take part and have opportunities to play. You will use your imagination and sense of fun to make every playscheme special. You need to be willing to attend training at weekends and some evenings as well as completing online courses to enable you to offer the best care possible to the children and young people you support. You will be a team player who is responsible and takes commitment seriously and will not let the children or your team down. Above all you must be willing to play, let your hair down and have fun!
Post: Play Worker Short Breaks (casual work)
Based at: The Hamlet Children’s Centre
Pay: £7.00 per hour to £8.50 depending on age
Responsible to: Deputy Manager (Short Breaks Lead)
Please note: All applicants must be 17 years old or over
For an application form, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
• Be prepared to use the skills you have – these may include art and design, music, sport, drama, gardening and computing.
• Be prepared to join in, play with, get involved and get to know the children and young people who attend The Hamlet.
• Cooperate closely and support all colleagues – sharing and passing on skills to the team.
• Support Play Scheme Leaders in designing and running sessions.
• Welcome children, young people and parents to The Hamlet at the start of sessions.
• Ensure that any information is passed to the Children’s Centre Deputy Manager / Short Break Leader.
• Assist and support as necessary during lunchtimes and break times with food and drink.
• Support children with personal care needs.
• Use techniques to support students with challenging behaviours.
• Take part in supervision, appraisal and training as required.
• Be familiar with and work within the policies and procedures of The Hamlet.
• Play an active role in keeping the workplace clean and tidy.
• Support and care for children/young people under the direction of the Children’s Centre Deputy Manager or Short Break Leader. Report any concerns as soon as possible.
• Support children at the end of the scheme to leave.
• Any other reasonable task which may be necessary from time to time.
• Be prepared to use the skills you have and demonstrate an enthusiasm and energy to join in and get involved (essential).
• Have an understanding of the challenges disabled, young people and their families can face on a daily basis and an appreciation of the barriers to inclusion that disabled people and their families experience (essential).
• Be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate to a range of people and abilities (essential).
• Be willing to work school holidays, weekends and evenings (essential).
• Be willing to undertake training as required for the role (essential).
• Be able to work in a physically demanding role that involves lifting and operating lifting equipment (essential).
• Have an understanding of equal opportunities. (essential)
• Have experience of working with children/young people with disabilities in a play or youth environment (desirable).
• Hold a relevant qualification at level 2 or above (desirable).
• A basic understanding of IT and the ability to use programmes such as Microsoft Office. (desirable)
All Play Workers are required to hold a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check and have supplied satisfactory references before starting work. Any conviction or adverse report relating to care, children or dishonesty would make a candidate unsuitable for this role.