Play Leader and Trainer, Cambridge

Club or setting:Smartkid @ Girton (Smartkidz Play and Learn)
Location:Girton, Cambridge
Hours:25 hours per week
Job title:Play Leader / Playwork Developer and Trainer
Salary:£16,575 to £17,490
Closing date:8 November 2019


Job summary: Day to day management of the club. Provide quality play care within the framework of the club’s policies and procedures. Create and deliver PARS playwork based training to 3rd party companies and advertise training through marketing. (Training to deliver this will be given.)

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, develop external relationships to deliver training.

Play Leader 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.

Playwork developer and trainer main duties:

  • Develop Playworkers playwork knowledge through support and in house training.
  • Deliver PARS playwork training and other relevant playwork training to Smartkidz staff from all sites Organise and deliver PARS training to external organisations and practitioners.
  • Take part in wider PARS development activities with external organisations.
  • Advertise all training to outside organisations through leaflets, social media and face to face meetings.
  • Organise other relevant training through 3rd party companies eg Paediatric first aid and basic child protection.
  • Be part of IAPP and attend play-focused conferences, workshops and training.

Essential qualities: Play Leader role

  • 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.

Essential qualities: Playwork developer and trainer role

  • Experience of running training to adults.
  • An understanding of playwork.
  • Good customer service skills.
  • Ability to organise and create training sessions.
  • A willingness to take part in training for own professional development.

Desirable qualities: Play Leader role

  • 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

Desirable qualities: Playwork developer and trainer role

  • Ability to organise and create training
  • Marketing experience
  • Established networks with relevant local/national/international organisations


For more information, contact Adam Smart on 07503 171962 or

Date posted: 25 October 2019