Playleader, Girton, Cambs

Club or setting:Smartkidz Play and Learn
Location:Girton Glebe Primary School
Hours:3 - 4.5 hours per day, 5 days per week; some hours during school holidays TBA
Job title:Playleader
Salary:£11 - £11.75 per hour depending on experience
Closing date:7 February 2020


Job summary:
Day to day management of the club. Provide quality play care within the framework of the club’s policies and procedures

Line manager:
Smartkidz Play and Learn manager

Responsible for:                  
Play workers/ volunteers

Working relationships:        
Children attending the club and their parents or carers. Management or proprietor and staff, students and volunteers. Childcare and play organisations, schools, registering authorities

Playleader main duties include:

  • Following and supporting staff in the PARS model of playwork to offer a high level of play opportunities for the children.
  • Providing comprehensive care for the children and support staff in doing this.
  • Providing refreshments and ensuring that hygiene, health and safety standards are met.
  • Administering first aid when necessary and managing first aid equipment and documentation.
  • Managing in club administration.
  • Using environmental modification to offer neophilic experiences to the children and enhancing play opportunities.
  • Providing support and supervision to play workers and other staff, including volunteers.
  • Holding regular staff meetings and conducting regular reviews for staff.
  • Administration and record keeping.
  • Developing and maintaining good communication with outside parties, local organisations (i.e. pre schools) parents and carers and the school.
  • Undertaking appropriate and relevant training.
  • Monitoring and maintaining a healthy, safe and secure working environment including completion and reviewing of risk assessments.
  • Working within the framework of the club’s policies and procedures and delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage to a high standard within guidelines of out of school clubs.
  • Support with advertising updates via social media, leaflet distribution and websites where necessary.
  • Continuous reflective practise throughout each session and gathering evidence to support our quality frameworks.
  • Be available for Ofsted inspections.
  • Take on any managerial responsibilities if manager is not available.
  • Holiday club planning.
  • Safeguard lead for the setting on a daily basis.

Person specification

Essential qualities

Desirable qualities

  • Experience of working with 4 to 11 year olds
  • Experience of administration
  • Experience of working in a supervisory or management capacity
  • Delivering equal opportunities in a play setting
  • Understanding the varied needs of children and families
  • Proven leadership skills.
  • Excellent communication skills together with sufficient understanding and use of English to ensure the well-being of the children*
  • Ability to work on own initiative, using judgement and common sense
  • Familiarity with the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Ability to use IT based resources to support play and club administration.


  • Appropriate Level 3 qualification
  • Appropriate child protection training
  • Experience of working within a play-based setting
  • Experience of budgeting
  • Current driving licence
  • Current 12-hour Paediatric First Aid Certificate
  • Food Hygiene Certificate



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Date posted: 8 January 2020