Out of School Alliance - Help and Support for Out of School Clubs

Playworker, Aylesbury

Club or setting:Jonathan Page Play Centre
Location:Aylesbury, Bucks
Hours:3.5 hours per day, 5 days per week term time. 7.5 hours per day during holidays.
Job title:Playworker
Salary:£16,102 - £19,522 pro rata per annum
Closing date:1 August 2018


To plan and deliver play activities for children as part of a team overseeing the general running of a secure play centre within the framework of JPPC’s policies and procedures. Ensure the safe provision of travel to, access to, and use of the centre following OFSTED guidelines and the Early Years Statutory Framework. Assist with the administration and promotion of the centre to ensure and develop high standards of customer care.

Role Specific:
To plan, prepare and deliver quality play opportunities for children from the ages of 4 to 13 at an After School Club and Holiday Playscheme, within a safe and caring environment. These may include:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Sports & Games
  • Gardening
  • Group Games.
  • And more

Working with the Playleader to ensure the healthy and safe running of the Play Centre site, including:

  • Adhering to OFSTED directives in terms of safe, high quality play provision.
  • Ensure the safe collection of children from schools by foot, minibus or taxi. Including liaison with schools and teachers.
  • Setting up the play space including moving furniture and play equipment.
  • Following strict procedures in terms of entry and exit to the premises.
  • Supervision of children to ensure that all activities are undertaken with minimal risk and within centre guidelines.
  • Maintaining high standards of hygiene throughout the centre, including inspecting and cleaning of all areas as appropriate.
  • Providing refreshments and ensuring that hygiene, health and safety standards are met.
  • Administering first aid and recording of all accidents and incidents occurring during the play session.
  • Keeping all play equipment and materials clean, in good order and safely stored.
  • Consulting with children and involving them in planning activities.
  • Encouraging parental involvement in the Centre.

To assist the Playleader in the administration of the Play Centre, including:

  • Management of part-time and casual staff
  • Administration of bookings for After School Club and Playschemes
  • Keeping all records accurate and up to date
  • Receiving and accurately recording income
  • Completing registers and reacting appropriately to absence ensuring that all children are accounted for
  • Updating daily computerized and manual records of the centres attendances and activities
  • Attending meetings relating to the Play Centre and wider Town Council team
  • Acting up to lead play sessions in the absence of the Playleader.

Adapting and developing the services of the centre and its staff:

  • Supporting other Town Council activities and events away from the Play Centre such as Aylesbury on Sea, Live in the Park, etc.
  • Working on some Saturdays/Sundays when Birthday Party Hires are taking place at the centre
  • Developing and progressing ideas to increase the profile and income of the Play Centre
  • Retaining and updating required qualifications for playwork
  • Attending training courses for personal development that are also of benefit to the service.

Council Specific:
To comply fully with the Council’s standards and Customer Care
To make every effort to understand and meet individual needs of customers  and other staff, and not to treat anyone less favourably on the grounds of race, age, disability, sex, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, religion or beliefs.
To undertake any other duties of a similar level and responsibility as may be required from time to time.

Supervision of up to 85 children on a daily basis during Holiday Playscheme
Supervise up to 10 Casual Playworkers

For a detailed job descritpion please visit our website http://www.aylesburytowncouncil.gov.uk/the-council/vacancies/

Date posted: 11 July 2018