Playworker, South London

Club or setting:Schools Out Club
Location:Battersea and Wandsworth
Hours:3.5 hours per day, 5 days per week, term time only
Job title:Playworker
Salary:£10.00 - £11.70 per hour depending on qualifications
Closing date:1 October 2021


This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic individual who is keen to work for this well established service in south London.

Balham Community Centre  are looking for an enthusiastic play-worker who is committed to good childcare practices and has the ability to take responsibility for a group of children while entertaining and having fun with them.

The Play-worker will be directly responsible to the Schools Out Club Manager and the  General Manager of Balham Community Centre  

The Play-worker has shared responsibility during Club hours for the following:

  1. Collecting the children from class at the end of the day and escorting them safely to the Club     
  2. Organise and prepare activities, equipment, toys etc. for the daily session.
  3. Apply a professional standard of care and supervision of the children, ensuring a safe and stimulating environment is provided.
  4. To assist in the preparation and serving of food each day, following Food Hygiene standards.
  5. Giving first aid and simple medical attention when appropriate and to provide individual support to children in distress.  .
  6. Recording accidents and incidents in full and reporting them to parents and Manager.  To discuss issues arising from individual children with the club manager.
  7. To take part in all activities such as cooking, dancing, out-door games etc.
  8. Help to organise celebrations of special events.
  9. To shop and purchase equipment, materials, toys, food etc. as required.
  10. To assist in the maintenance of Club equipment toys etc. and the care of work-place.
  11. To assist in arranging meetings for children to discuss their needs.
  12. Ensuring that after each session the working area is left in a suitable condition for the next group.

Person Specification

  • A minimum of two years’ experience of working with children aged 3-11 years in a play provision
  • An understanding of the management needs of a play provision.
  • A commitment to good childcare practices, including listening to children and non-aggressive ways of communicating with children.
  • An ability to take responsibility for a group of children while entertaining and having fun with them
  • A flexible approach to work and the ability to work as part of a team across our sites.
  • Should have basic First Aid training, or a willingness to undertake training.
  • Should have a Food Hygiene certificate, or a willingness to undertake training.
  • Should have a Safeguarding Children certificate, or a willingness to undertake training.
  • A willingness to undertake any training that is considered necessary or appropriate to work within the Club.
  • An understanding of confidentiality and ability to work within this framework.


Date posted: 16 September 2021