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Job Title: Playworker
Contract: Full Time (Subject to Funding)
Salary: £17,772 pa (pro rata £15,233 pa for 30 hour week)
Employed and managed by Speke Children’s Environment Committee, this is a permanent position that is offered subject to grant aid funding and satisfactory annual review. Speke Children’s Environment Committee is a registered charitable organisation, which provides the only permanent supervised play facility for this part of the city.
Speke Adventure Playground is an open access play facility for children aged 8 to 16 years and we currently open 6 days a week during the following times:
Monday to Thursday 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday 2:00pm – 9:00pm (currently under review).
Monday to Friday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday 2:00pm – 9:00pm (currently under review).
The post holder will be required to work flexibly within this structure and working hours will be agreed by the Senior Playworker to ensure appropriate staffing levels at all times. Please note that although fixed our opening hours can sometimes vary dependent on the needs of the service and funder requirements which could also include ad hoc requests such as later or early starts/finishing and the occasional overnight for residential trips.
Speke Children’s Environment Committee is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory “Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check”.
The primary purpose of this post will be:
- To assist in providing a safe, caring and stimulating adventure play environment for school age children
- To enable their social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development.
- To work directly with children to assist them to avail themselves of the widest possible range of play opportunities, including but not limited to, sports, cookery, art and crafts.
- To assist and participate with the planning and delivery of excursions and residential trips
The post holder must have and NVQ level 2 in Playwork or equivalent. Health and safety, food hygiene, safeguarding and first aid are desirable but not essential as training can be provided.
The post holder will be responsible to Speke Children’s Environment Associations Management Committee.
On a day-to-day basis the post holder will be responsible to the Senior Playworker.
Roles & Responsibilities:
- To work (actively engage) with all children who wish to use the playground facilities to aid their personal and collective development through the medium of play.
- To promote public and institutional awareness, within the catchment area, of the importance of play in children’s development, including social media (training will be provided if necessary)
- To assist in encouraging volunteers to work on the playground and to assist them to participate appropriately.
- To assist in identifying and procuring physical resources for use on the playground
- To assist in the physical development of the playground.
- To liaise with the relevant statutory and non- statutory agencies.
- To be jointly responsible for the health and safety of all playground users.
- To contribute to various training initiatives as time and personal skills allow.
- To assist in organisational planning and evaluation, including sessional evaluations and monitoring
- To support with fundraising activities and events.
- To undertake such other duties as required by the Management Committee, which are consistent with the nature of
this post and the level of responsibility.
Regular supervision sessions will be provided by Management Committee together with the Senior Playworker. This post will be subject to a 3 month probationary period; this will be reviewed by the manager subject to behavior and conduct, capability and demonstration of skills.
Regular staff and playground management committee meetings will be a feature of the support systems which will be available to the post holder for advice and guidance.
Training and staff development:
It is expected that the post holder will participate fully in staff development, in service training opportunities will be made available.
Style of approach
It is expected that the post holder will adopt a style of approach to the work, which will reflect a commitment to participation and involvement of young people and also reflect our policies towards racism, sexism, safeguarding, drug abuse and equal opportunities.
Conditions of service:
The conditions of service applicable to this post will be in accordance with the recommendations of the National Joint Council for Local Authority Administrative, Professional, Technical and Clerical services and should be subject to the standing orders and financial regulations of Liverpool City Council.
Not withstanding the above it is expected that the post holder will take annual leave outside school holiday periods. In exceptional circumstances leave may be granted subject to the needs of the services. In addition, the post holder will be expected to undertake evening and weekend work including residential.
This job description has been prepared with current needs in mind and will be subject to periodic review and development. This process will normally be undertaken annually by the management committee and the appropriate local authority officer in conjunction with the post holder and the appropriate trades union.
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