Area Manager, Cambridge

Club or setting:Cambridge Kids Club
Location:Cambridge and surrounding villages
Hours:3-5 hours per day, 5 days per week
Job title:Area Manager - maternity cover
Salary:Competitive based on qualifications and experience, between £11 and £14 per hour 
Closing date:30 May 2021


We are looking for a Area Manager to oversee between 2 and 4 of our Cambridge based settings. This role is part time, maternity cover for up to 1 year, with the opportunity for continuation within the company after this time.

This opportunity is ideal for someone looking for a senior role with leadership experience, who is focused on a career in play work at our FUNexciting and busy after school clubs. An NVQ Level 3 in Childcare or Play work is necessary. Training and development is mandatory once you have demonstrated the right qualities for this role. The role will focus on observing and helping to progress the running of different settings within Cambridge. Working alongside the individual on-site play leaders to provide mentoring and support.

Cambridge Kids Club is an experienced multi-setting wrap around childcare provider. We deliver care for approximately 250 – 300 children per day, at our 10 settings in and around Cambridge. We have consistently been rated “GOOD” by Ofsted. Our mission is to deliver the highest standard of care, at an affordable price.

Our Playworkers tell us that they love working with us. We are looking for individuals who have a focus on care & quality, can lead teams and (goes without saying) love working with children.

Main Purpose: Supporting the play leaders and/or deputy play leaders to ensure the smooth running of all breakfast, afterschool and holiday clubs. Lead sessions in the absence of any play leaders and be responsible for the smooth running of all clubs.

  • To be a playworker
  • To be responsible for the care of all children and ensure that their play opportunities are met
  • To make sure that the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development needs of children are met, through play
  • To be a role model, lead activities and supervise the club staff and volunteers
  • Mentor and support staff and play leaders within own clubs
  • To report any concerns or problems to senior management

Reports to: Out of School Club Coordinator

Responsible for: Between 2 and 4 settings within different schools and their team of playworkers and leaders.

Duties and Key Responsibilities:

  • To guide and help the play leader to initiate ideas in accordance with best practice
  • To make sure that the club routine is followed, along with CKC’s Policies & Procedures and Working Manuals
  • To monitor and evaluate changes, including regular club observations and reflections
  • To promote the consultation of children within the setting in line with Art.12 of the UNCRC
  • To be available for parents to talk to (at least weekly) and oversee new children’s settling in period, ensuring all lines of communication are strong
  • To make sure that all accident, incidents and concerns are followed up and reported where necessary
  • To be aware of any developmental problems/queries of the club’s children
  • To be responsible for health and safety and risk assessments within the settings
  • To be responsible for monthly budgets to be used for planning and resourcing of activities and food shopping. Checking that playleaders are using the budgets correctly and efficiently and checking regularly that playleaders have suitable menus and activity plans in place
  • To make sure the club is run as an active team.
  • To ensure that all club admin is in place and being used correctly by playleaders and the team, including ensuring children’s registers are correct and in place
  • To make sure that all paperwork for Ofsted is on site and up to date
  • To hold meetings and attend all staff meetings
  • To reflect on daily practice and continuously develop and implement the settings quality improvement action plan
  • To assess prospective employees within their trial sessions and ensure new employees are correctly inducted
  • To take part in appraisal and supervisions for all staff and play leaders

Hours of work: Up to 25 hours in term-time (7:30 – 9:00 & 15:00 – 18:00). During school holidays, we can offer up to 40 hours in the holiday play schemes (operational).

Expected Start Date: 01/06/2021

Contact: or 07960 412 716

Date posted: 18 February 2021