Breakfast & After School Club Play Workers

June 13, 2019
Job Type
£10.00 - £15.00 per hour according to experience
Contact Name
Tal Kaur
Telephone Number
School Name
Early Bloomers
Harris Primary Academy 173 Lordship Lane
School Borough


The position requires 38 weeks employment per annum, plus additional holiday club cover 

Person Specification

The person specification is a picture of the skills; knowledge and experience needed to carry out the job. It has been used to draw up the advert and will also be used in the short listing and interview process for the post. If you are a disabled person and are unable to meet some of the job requirements specifically because of your disability, please say this in your application. If you meet all the other criteria you will be short listed and we will explore jointly with you if there are ways in which the job can be changed to enable you to meet the requirements.

Essential Knowledge & Experience:

  • Understanding of relevant policies/codes of practice and awareness of relevant legislation.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Equal Opportunities.
  • Basic understanding of child development and learning.
  • NVQ Level 2 in play work/ childcare or equivalent qualification or experience.
  • Knowledge of food hygiene • Working with or caring for pupils of relevant age.

 Job Description

Contract Type: Permanent subject to a satisfactory 6 month probation

Responsible to: Tal Kaur –Club Manager

Job Purpose As a Play worker you will be responsible for providing a stimulating and caring atmosphere through the extended services provision to enable children to develop to their full potential.

 Main purpose of the role:

To assist the Extended Schools Co-Ordinator in supervising children during, breakfast, after school club and holiday club. Providing appropriate activities, encouraging co-operation, securing their safety, monitoring well-being and ensuring good behaviour.

Main Responsibilities

  • Supervise children in collecting food, being seated, clearing away crockery, moving to activities, in activity area and/or playground as appropriate.
  • Help organise play and art activities, reading and homework support.
  • Establish good relationships with children – interact positively with children, encouraging cooperation and mutual support; monitor children’s well-being and readiness for class; provide help and support to children.
  • Encourage good behaviour by using praise and reward and taking action with poor behaviour in line with club policy.
  • Ensure health and safety of children – maintain a register of children attending, control access to other parts of the school, administer any necessary basic first aid, record all
  • Injuries in the accident book, ensure children understand action to be taken in case of fire. §
  • Takes pride in providing enjoyable childcare and activities for pupils.
  • Builds up warm and positive relationships with pupils.
  • Considers the needs of pupils.
  • Goes out of their way to be helpful towards pupils.
  • Anticipates pupils’ needs and makes suggestions to support them.
  • Speaks clearly and listens carefully to pupils, using questions to check understanding.
  • Is tactful when talking to pupils, parents and colleagues.
  • Acknowledges all colleagues in a friendly and helpful way.
  • Builds effective working relationships with others by being open and honest e.g. admitting when a mistake is made.
  • Acknowledges the needs of different people e.g. help new starters to settle in the school.
  • Speaks clearly to colleagues and listens carefully to colleagues, using questions to check understanding.
  • Is tactful when talking to others.
  • Treat all colleagues in a courteous and helpful manner, challenging racism and discriminating behaviour.
  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required. Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Confidence in dealing with young people, maintaining discipline, motivation and ensuring well-being of children including acting on bullying.
  • Ability to self-evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning opportunities.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Work constructively as part of a team.
  • Ability to promote club when talking to visitors, colleagues and members of the community.
  • Special conditions • Excellent time keeping and attendance is essential.
  • Appearance
Qualifications Essential Desirable Evidence Minimum of NVQ Level 2 qualification in play work or childcare, or be studying towards relevant qualification * A,I First aid qualification (or willingness to train) * A,I Knowledge and Experience Experience of work/play with children of primary age * A,I,R An understanding of the play work principles * A,I An understanding of the importance of creating play environments which are child led * A,I A commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children * A,I An understanding of the importance of behaviour management strategies * A,I Have a knowledge of policies and procedures relating to child protection , health & safety, equal opportunities and confidentiality * A,I Have a basic understanding of food hygiene * A,I Basic food hygiene certificate * A,I An understanding and appreciation of the differing needs and abilities of primary age children * A,I


Skills & personal qualities Possess good interpersonal & communication skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member * A,I Ability to develop effective professional relationships * I,R Ability to use initiative * A,I Fun approach to inspiring children’s play * A,I Special Requirements Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Clearance (post exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) * DBS

Early Bloomers LTD is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful candidate must be able to satisfy an enhanced disclosure check with the Criminal Records Bureau.

Deadline for applications: 14 February 2020

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