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Being a play worker

The role of a play worker is to provide a safe, stimulating environment for children, and to ensure that the activities meet the needs of the individuals. A play worker supports one child each day and helps them take part in activities organised by the playscheme leader, as well as encouraging them to join in with others. The children have disabilities including learning disabilities and autism.

We’re looking for people with experience of working with 5-18 year olds in a play environment. Good team players, play workers are also able to use their initiative and work independently. They have an understanding of the principles of play and the role of the adult, and an awareness of the Children’s Act 1989.

Importantly, they’re full of ideas for children’s games and activities, and respect children’s individual differences.

You’ll need to undertake some e-learning and face-to-face training in your own time before working on the schemes, including safeguarding training.

Opportunities for casual play workers and buddy play workers

If you join us as a casual play worker or buddy play worker, you’ll be sent an availability form before each school holiday (Easter, Summer, October and February). You then let us know the days you’re available to work and the most convenient venue(s). If you can travel then you may be asked to work at other venues too.

Schemes run Monday to Friday during the school holidays, as well as some hours during term time in after school settings and clubs. The hours of work are generally 9.30am–4.00pm.

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