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Job Opportunity: Children’s Play Assistant (Sessional)

Your mission: dancing, making pancakes, digging in the garden, being a superhero…. 

As part of our Children in Need-funded project to scale up our children’s programme over the next three years, we are now seeking a sessional assistant to help run a wide range of exciting play and learning activities for children.

The Role 

You’ll need creative ideas, a huge amount of enthusiasm, and experience of working in a play and learning environment. You’ll need to be just as comfortable getting kids dancing, making pancakes, or digging in the garden as getting messy with glue, or pretending to be superheroes. Trips out to London cultural spots will also be a key part of the work. While the Children’s Creative Play Officer will act as project lead, you will need to be able to take the lead in sessions from time to time, and take joint responsibility for making every session a success.

The role is a sessional one, of around 10 hours/ week, and while most sessions will take place during the day time, there will be occasional weekend and evening work required.

To apply

Please send :

  • a full CV
  • a covering letter of 1 page A4, outlining the experience you will bring to the role, and why you want the job

Closing date:  9pm, 20th August 2017

IMPORTANT: Please email your application to and use the subject heading ‘PLAY ASSISTANT’

Interview date: August 29th


Children’s Play Assistant (Sessional, around 10 hrs/ weekly)

Main purpose and Scope of Job

  • To assist the Creative Children’s Play Officer (CCPO) in providing a fun, caring, supportive environment, through individual attention and group activities
  • To help organise and run an appropriate range of leisure activities for children between the ages of 0 – 11 and their families
  • To participate in planning, evaluating and monitoring activities as appropriate with the support of the CCPO


Position in organisation

Reports To:                           Creative Children’s Play Officer

Responsible For:                  N/A

Contract:                                  Sessional, up to 10 hrs/ weekly in the first instance

Salary:                                      London Living Wage, currently £10.20 per hour


Specific Responsibilities

  • To assist the lead worker in running fun creative play and learning activities for children 0-10
  • To ensure that all activities are inclusive for all children and families
  • To provide both group and 121 support for children and, where appropriate, their parents, as necessary
  • To help to develop and maintain good relationships and communications with parents/carers to facilitate day-to-day caring needs
  • To consult with the children and involve them in the planning of activities
  • Ensure that activities are carried out in a safe and responsible manner in accordance with statutory responsibilities
  • To support the CCPO in planning a wide range of creative and enjoyable activities
  • To fully support inclusive practice, and ensure that all children can be involved in the activities offered if they wish
  • To ensure the highest standards of physical and emotional care, health and safety at all times
  • To assist with the preparation and maintenance of materials and equipment


General responsibilities

  • Working flexibly and at different times by arrangement with manager
  • To ensure that all appropriate T&T policies and procedures are followed through in practice, with guidance from line manager
  • To undertake general tasks at the request of the line manager in order to maximise the smooth running of T&T and its work
  • To provide cover for colleagues by agreement with the line manager in the event of staff sickness, leave, vacancies or other such temporary situations
  • To take appropriate responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Acts and to comply with all other Time & Talents policies
  • To comply with Equal Opportunities and data protection legislation at all times
  • Any other activities as deemed appropriate by the line manager


Person specification


  1. Experience of playwork and an informal learning environment with children 0-10
  2. Experience of running trips and visits safely
  3. Experience of working alongside volunteers
  4. Experience of building excellent, trusting, and appropriate relationships with children and their parents/ guardians
  5. Experience of taking part in evaluation, recording, and monitoring, of individual children and group progress
  6. Experience of working with challenging behaviour
  7. Experience and knowledge of safeguarding children



  1. Relevant qualification – CWDC recognised, relevant Level 2 qualification, e.g. NVQ 2 in Playwork, or similar, or equivalent experience
  2. Good literacy and numeracy skills
  3. A wide range of play/ learning skills
  4. Able to run and participate in safe physical activity and encourage children to be more physically active



  1. Creativity and an excitement to try new things (never done gardening/ pancake making before? You have to be ready and willing to give it a go!)
  2. Energy and enthusiasm – a real people person
  3. Genuine commitment to children’s learning through play
  4. Commitment to the mission and ethos of the charity
  5. Able to work flexibly, and in evenings and at weekends by arrangement


  1. Creative arts, sports, dance, drama, gardening, nutritional skills – in any combination!
  2. Strong links in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey and knowledge of local parents’ networks




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