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Practitioner Playworker

Recruitment IQ
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23 Jul 2021

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RecruitmentiQ are working with an after school club & holiday camp provider in the Edinburgh area to recruit experienced Practitioner Playworkers aiming to offer parents flexible and affordable childcare in the safe and friendly environment of our child-centred clubs.

Offering both morning, after-school and holiday care, aiming to provide an environment which offers stimulating, constructive, challenging and safe play, all within a structure responsive to the children's individual needs while offering flexibility and choice.

The organisation's policies and procedures operate in adherence with the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Playwork Principles and the new Health and Social Care Standards: My Support, My Life.

They are looking for Practitioners to assist the Childcare Manager and staff team in the delivery of high quality, stimulating play opportunities for primary aged children, in a safe and caring out of-school environment.


· Setting up of the club halls to create a stimulating and safe play environment and ensuring all other tasks and responsibilities relating to the safe set-up of the play space are completed daily.

· Responsibility for the collection of children from schools within the local community and escorting them safely back to the after school club, adhering to Skool Is Out's collection procedures at all times.

· Assisting with the preparation and provision of a healthy snack and strict observation of Food Hygiene procedures.

· An active involvement in planning, organising, executing, and evaluating play activities for children, contributing ideas and suggestions and engaging in observation and reflective practice. Monitoring children's development and ensure activities are tailored to children's individual needs through the (Getting It Right for Every Child) principles, Health and Social Care Standards and the Playwork Principles.

· Providing safe, creative, and appropriate play opportunities for the differing age ranges of children attending and encouraging children in their chosen activity. Taking part in games and supporting play, where appropriate.

· Planning appropriate age specific activities and utilising resources/identifying new resources, where necessary. Identifying suitable venues and events for workshops, activities, and outings, as required.

· Ensuring that relevant risk assessments are adhered to for all activities and outings to ensure children's safety, whilst enabling the children to reach their full potential in their chosen activity.

· Supervision of children during outdoor play and observing any risks that might occur within the school playground, local parks and on outings, adhering to policies on outdoor play.

· Leadership of groups, play spaces, outings, activities and workshops, as directed by Senior Staff.

· Administering First Aid where necessary (only if a First Aid certificate is held) and undertaking a First Aid course during the first year of your contract. Thorough recording of all accidents and incidents in line with Policies and Procedures.

· Adhering to rotas to ensure that the environment where the children are cared for is safe, clean and tidy. Flexibility throughout your job role is vital.

· Adherence to Skool Is Out's Infection Prevention and Control policies and any relevant COVID-19 procedures.

· Undertake continuous professional development, including short courses and training workshops relevant to the position.

· Undertake appropriate childcare qualification as required for unconditional registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and an adherence to the SSSC Codes of Practice.

· Carry out all responsibilities and activities within an Equal Opportunities framework.

Essential Skills and Experience

· Previous experience of working with 5-to-12-year olds

· Ability to support the provision of safe, stimulating and creative play

· Ability to communicate effectively and confidently with colleagues, children and service users

· An understanding of childcare requirements and an ability to meet children's individual needs

· Ability to work both as part of a team and on own initiative

· A commitment to equal opportunities

Desirable Skills and Experience

· Relevant childcare qualification for registration with SSSC as a Practitioner Playworker or working towards the relevant childcare qualification

· An understanding of good quality childcare practice, Health and Social Care Standards, the GIRFEC framework and the Playwork Principals

· Previous experience working in an after school club setting

All Practitioner level childcare workers must be registered with the SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council) within 1 month of employment commencing as a legal requirement.

The successful candidate will be expected to make a significant contribution to the organisation. You will be mature and focused on delivering excellent standards of care with a natural ability to work as part of a team and individually.

It takes relentless determination, creativity and compassion to provide a secure environment in which children can develop in their way with support and guidance.

In return, you will receive a competitive salary, ongoing support, and training.

*Please note, there is a fortnightly team planning meeting on a Wednesday between 1300 and 1400 that all staff are expected to attend.

If you would like to take the next step in your career, please apply by sending your CV and covering letter telling us why you would be the right person for this role
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