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Playworker – Kickstart Position

Welcome to Bursting With Potential!

We provide a holistic Occupational Therapy based service for children and young people 0-25 providing specialist interventions for both mainstream children or those children with special educational needs and disabilities. We are looking to expand the team and we are excited to provide you with an opportunity to join our team under the kickstart scheme as a playworker and are committed to giving you all the training you need to fulfil the role.

When you start a new job the thought of learning all the tasks and activities required can be daunting and we don’t expect you to be able to complete all elements of our job description from day one.  We will provide you with full training and develop your skills giving you exceptional growth for the future and by the end of the placement you will have experience in all areas of the job description.

Ideal Playworkers:

The role of the playworker is to provide and safe, stimulating environment for children and young people with learning disabilities, or autism, or both, and to ensure that activities at holiday clubs meet their needs. A playworker focuses on supporting one particular child, or a small group of children, each day and helps them take part in organised activities, as well as encouraging them to join in with others.

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

Holiday clubs run Monday to Friday during the school holidays, 9am-5pm as well as some hours during term time in after school groups and Saturday clubs. The Hours of work are to be agreed in advance.

Responsibilities and Duties of a Playworker

  • Plan and prepare suitable leisure activities for children and young people
  • Deliver stimulating activities for children and young people 4-18 with additional needs
  • Work 1:1 with a child or young person
  • Lead small group sessions
  • Support children and young people over lunchtimes – at times this means support with cutting food or feeding
  • Help children and young people with using the toilet – some of our children have toileting needs.
  • Support children and young people in managing their behaviour
  • Completing session records
  • Undertake any other duties consistent with the objectives of the post, as required.

Skills, Abilities and Qualifications

We are looking for someone with the following values:

  • Team Player
  • Flexible and Creative
  • Kind and Compassionate
  • Provide 1-1 Support
  • Good communicator
  • Ask questions
  • Problem Solver
  • Aged 16-24 and under the kickstart scheme, in receipt of Universal Credit

Please contact your Job Coach quoting ‘KS9666C9A3’ to apply to be a playworker now!