Short Breaks Support Worker (Casual) - Children's Service

Do something memorable during the school holidays an on weekends!

Are you looking for a job that really makes a difference?

We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic Play Workers to work on our weekend and school holiday play schemes, 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 play scheme 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!

We are looking for people who can commit to working some hours during each school holiday (including half terms) and some weekends, and we ask that all Play Workers work at least once every 6 weeks. 

Please read the Job Description below for full details of the role.

Safeguarding Statement

The Hamlet is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and at risk adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. You will find our full Safeguarding Policy as part of our application pack to read before completing your application. We are committed to ensuring that all aspects of recruitment reflect this. Short listed candidates will be invited to a two-part Warner and role related interview.

COVID 19 Measures

Due to the current COVID 19 situation, those selected for interview may be invited to attend via Zoom or Microsoft Teams if face to face interviews are not possible.

Role Details

Post: Short Breaks Play Worker 

Based at: The Hamlet Children’s Centre

Hours: Casual hours: Monday – Saturday during School Holidays, and Saturday’s during term time.

Salary: National Living Wage

Mandatory Training is paid at National Minimum Wage for your age.

Closing date: Ongoing.

Interviews: Various dates


Purpose and Scope of the Role

To support our playschemes for children with disabilities at our Children’s Centre at weekends and during the school holidays. Supporting children to play as well as caring for their personal needs such as feeding, toileting and dressing. Activities for the children take place both at the centre and in the local area.

The children are between 3 and 18 years old.

Please read the Job Description for full details of the role.

Supporting our Safeguarding Commitment:

You will be required to hold a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check and have supplied at least 2 satisfactory references before starting work. Any conviction or adverse report relating to care, children, at risk adults, or dishonesty would make a candidate unsuitable for this role.

To Apply:

We’d love it if you could submit your application online by downloading our application pack, completing the forms, and sending them to

If you require an alternative method of applying, or documents in a different format, please give our HR Team a call on 01603 215193 or send an email to 

Please note that we do not accept CV's.

Application Pack

Job Description

Functional Requirements Risk Assessment

Application Form

Safeguarding Policy

Privacy Notice

Data Retention Policy

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form 

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