Out of School Alliance - Help and Support for Out of School Clubs

Playworker, Kent

Club or setting:Stay & Play
Location:Strood and Chatham
Hours:3.25 hours per day, 5 days per week. Term-time only
Job title:Playworker
Salary:Dependent on qualifications and experience (£6-£8 per hour)
Closing date:31 January 2017


Job summary: Assist with day to day activities of the club and to provide quality play/care within the framework of the club’s policies and procedures

Working relationships:Children attending the club and their parents/carers, Management and staff, including students and volunteers, Childcare and play organisations, schools, registering authorities and funding bodies

Main duties include:

  • Assist with planning, preparing and delivering quality play opportunities within a safe and caring environment
  • Providing comprehensive care for the children including collecting them from classes and delivering them safely to parents or carers
  • Setting up and clearing away tables, as well as play equipment before and after sessions
  • Providing refreshments/snacks and ensuring that hygiene, health and safety standards are met
  • Administering first aid when necessary (depending on training – which may be provided)
  • Consulting with children and involving them in planning activities
  • Helping with club administration, where necessary (registers etc.)
  • Encouraging parental involvement in the club
  • Facilitating good communication with all members of the organisation, parents, schools and childcare and play related agencies
  • Undertaking appropriate and relevant training
  • Keeping the work environment healthy, safe and secure
  • Taking responsibility for own Health & Safety and minimising own risks
  • Working within the framework of the club’s policies and procedures 

*Please note working times approximate and may vary between schools.

Person specification:

Essential qualities:

  • Experience of working with 4 to 11 year olds
  • Understanding the varied needs of children and their families
  • Understanding the issues of equal opportunities
  • Provide and facilitate safe and creative play
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Sound judgement and common sense
  • Willingness to work hard

Desirable qualities:

  • Experience of working within a play-based setting
  • Experience of administration
  • Competent in using IT to support play and club administration
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Relevant play work qualification or willingness to work towards this
  • Appropriate child protection training
  • Current Paediatric First Aid Certificate
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Portable DBS Certificate

All posts are covered by the childcare act 2006 and are subject to receipt of a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and reference check

Contact: Rachel.louise.trout@googlemail.com

Date posted: 1 December 2016