Weekend Play Workers (Casual)

Make your weekends count!

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

We are recruiting Play Workers for our Weekend playschemes.

We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic Play Workers to work on our Weekend 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!

Please note: Weekend Play Workers may also wish to work during our school holiday playschemes, this can be discussed at interview.

Post: Play Worker Short Breaks (casual work)
Based at: The Hamlet Children’s Centre
Pay: From 1st April Play Workers will be paid at £9 an hour once all mandatory training is complete. New starters will be paid National Minimum Wage for their age for all training and for all hours worked until they have successfully completed mandatory training.
Closing date: 12 noon on March 31st 2020. Please note that we reserve the right to close the vacancy before the stated closing date, therefore early applications are encouraged.
Please note: All applicants must be 17 years old or over.

For an application form, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Main tasks
You will:
• Support and assist in the organisation of stimulating and creative sessions that represent good practice and have been planned through consultation with the children, young people and staff.
• 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.

Person Specification
You will:

• Have an understanding of the importance of all children’s need to have fun, socialise and relax and ways in which staff can support this (essential).
• 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)

We would like you to:
• 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)

Safeguarding: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.

To apply:Download, complete and return your application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to admin@thehamletcharity.org.uk

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