Play Workers
Brandon Trust
Thornbury, , UK
3d ago


Support disabled children and young people at learning disability charity Brandon Trust’s holiday play schemes; it’s a rewarding role where you choose to work the days, schemes and venues that suit you.

Children enjoy fun activities at schemes that run in the February, Easter, May, summer and October school holidays in Yate, Little Stoke, Staple Hill and Thornbury.

The play schemes operate Monday to Friday in summer and Easter school holidays and three days a week in other school holidays.

Hours of work are generally 9 : 30am 3 : 30pm, although there may be the occasional longer day.

We work with children and vulnerable people, so our clearance processes can take some time; apply now for the opportunity to work on our schemes this summer and beyond.

About the role

Our play schemes are extremely popular, with plenty of activities on offer. You’ll provide a safe, stimulating environment for the child in your care, ensure activities meet their needs and encourage them to join in with others.

The children have a range of disabilities including learning disabilities and autism and some individuals can also display behaviour that may be considered challenging.

You’ll also support the personal needs of the child for example helping at meal times.

You’ll verbally inform parents about their child’s session and add information to the child’s personal file. You’ll also help clean and tidy the centre.

With experience some play workers go on to become play leaders. There is also the opportunity to work on our buddy scheme which supports children and young people with disabilities to attend mainstream activities during term-time in after school clubs.

About you

You'll have experience of engaging with children in a play environment (preferably children / young people with additional needs aged 5 to 18 years).

Enthusiastic about working with children, you’re a good team player, able to use your initiative and work independently.

An excellent communicator, you have ideas for children’s activities and respect their individuality. You’re also reliable and have a flexible approach.

You’ll need a good standard of education and an awareness of children’s safeguarding procedures. Qualifications in childcare, manual handling and first aid are desirable but not essential.

You will need to complete our essential E-learning and safeguarding training before working.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update :

As a key worker, you’ll need to be available and able to carry out your role during the coronavirus pandemic. In-line with the Government and Public Health England guidelines, we have taken appropriate measures in our recruitment process to protect our staff, candidates and the people we support during the coronavirus outbreak.

When you join Brandon, you will need to be vaccinated against COVID to help protect the people we support, your colleagues and yourself.

If you have not already had your vaccination, we can arrange this for you when you start working for us. If you do not wish to be vaccinated, we will explore the reasons with you, and this may impact on whether we can offer you employment.

If you do have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact Joe Wedgbury on joe.wedgbury or Louise on 07493 866 817.

Brandon reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure with Adults' and Childrens' barred list for Children Services, which Brandon Trust will cover the cost.

We are an Equal Opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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