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JOB VACANCY: The Berin Centre – Play Worker (p/t)

April 1, 2021

The Play Worker is a critical role at The Berin Centre, ensuring children have access to inclusive, safe and exciting play opportunities!

You will be responsible for the provision of creative and age-appropriate play opportunities, predominantly for ages 0-5, ensuring a safe and caring environment for all children and families within Berinsfield and the surrounding areas. Your time will be spent planning and coordinating sessions and activities alongside the Family Services Coordinator and working directly with children. You’ll work in partnership with parents and carers, and relevant partner agencies, to achieve the best outcomes for families and children. You’ll take a holistic and strengths-based approach, and draw on your understanding of child development, learning, wellbeing and playwork to help children reach their full potential.

The Berin Centre itself is a well-established hub within the Berinsfield community, providing family and community services including child and family activities and support, a community larder, and hirable space for complementary services including counselling and sensory sessions for children with disabilities.

We’re committed to building a team that is diverse and inclusive and therefore actively welcome applications from marginalised groups including people of colour, trans and non-binary people, and people with disabilities. The Berin Centre is committed to opportunities to grow and develop, so even if you don’t have everything we’re looking for but are motivated to learn, we still want to hear from you!

Job location (usual place of work): The Berin Centre, Berinsfield

Pay rate: £15,000-£17,000

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Play Worker

Applications close on date: 5pm, Tuesday 20th April 2021

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Fixed term

Job description: Key tasks and responsibilities:

1. Service planning and delivery

Meet regularly with the Family Services Coordinator to plan and share information
Contribute to the planning and delivery of The Berin Centre’s child and family provision, including but not limited to:
o Stay and play sessions

o Parenting and family support

o Growing Minds sessions

o Little Green Fingers

o Targeted group work and themed activities

o Crèche sessions to support training

Contribute to the ongoing development of The Berin Centre’s services, sharing ideas and proactively identifying emerging needs
Work closely with other key workers and agencies, such as health visitors and schools, as appropriate
Link and integrate children and families into services that will be beneficial to them
Maintain positive, professional relationships with all families by being understanding, consistent and persistent in approach
Actively promote early education and learning opportunities for both children and their carers
Incorporate a diverse range of activities and experiences for children and families, for example creativity, nature, culture, music and story-telling
Support parents to develop confidence in their parenting skills

2. Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitor and record outcomes & impact of work
Maintain recording systems accurately
Provide regular reports and evaluations of your work
Consult with parents, carers and children on a continuing basis
Maintain accurate records of children’s behaviours, interactions, and any concerns arising

3. Personal responsibilities

Ensure high quality family support services at all times
Actively participate in supervision and reflective practice
Demonstrate ongoing commitment to continuing personal and professional development, attending relevant training as required
Demonstrate ongoing commitment to safeguarding, escalating any safeguarding concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead in a timely manner
Maintain up-to-date awareness of statutory and legal responsibilities and requirements related to the provision of family support services, and implement as appropriate
Adhere to The Berin Centre policies and procedures at all times
Ensure that the Centre Manager is kept informed of all accidents, incidents, complaints and concerns, and support agreed actions as appropriate
Contribute to the induction, support and training of volunteers

4. Responsibilities of all Berin Centre staff

Ensure that The Berin Centre is a welcoming, inclusive and nurturing environment for all
Support the development of a culture of continuous improvement and user involvement; actively seeking opportunities to improve our services and to involve stakeholders in doing so
Act at all times in a professional manner and positively promote The Berin Centre in all interactions
Be accountable for own actions and practice, attending meetings, supervision, and development opportunities to ensure service excellence
Manage individual workload and plan time effectively
Note: The post holder is expected to carry out other duties from time to time which are broadly consistent with those in this document. This job description is subject to changes to meet the needs of the organisation, following discussion with the post holder.


The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and is subject to an enhanced criminal records check by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

To apply, please contact: To apply please send an up-to-date CV, and a covering letter clearly outlining your suitability for the post in relation to the criteria in the Person Specification to hello@theberincentre.co.uk.

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