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JOB VACANCY: Dovecote Centre – Dovecote Afterschool Club Play Leader (p/t)

April 7, 2022

Role summary: Dovecote Afterschool Club Play Leader

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and committed Play Leader to oversee the day to day running of our established Afterschool Club.

Position requires a Level 3 or above in play work or child care or currently working towards.

Role includes:
* Managing staff

* Planning and facilitating good quality play and development opportunities

* Ensuring the environment is safe and appealing

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. Our preferred candidate will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check.

Setting: Dovecote Afterschool Club
Salary: £11 per hour
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 3 pm until 5.15 pm Term Time
Job Title: Play Leader

Contact details: Carol Richards 01865 712299 or email leysdvpc@hotmail.com

Job location (usual place of work): Dovecote Centre, Nightingale Avenue Blackbird leys Oxford OX4 7BU

Pay rate: £11 per hour

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: Play Leader

Applications close on date: Friday 27th May 2022

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Fixed term

Job description: Responsibilities of the Post:

• To be responsible to the Children & Families Services Manager and Management Committee and undertake any ad hoc duties as directed by the Management Committee.
• To have overall responsibility for the day to day organisation of the club.
• Developing a balanced and varied programme of activities/opportunities for
children aged 5 to 12, in liaison with the Children & Families Services Manager
and Management Committee.
• Ensuring that there is proper supervision of children at all times. This will include delegating activities to play assistants and voluntary helpers.
• Organising activities that keep the children enjoyably occupied
and meet the needs of all children present.
• Carrying out general administration, collecting of money, record keeping i.e. equipment inventory, ordering and purchasing equipment if necessary.
• Maintain records of attendance etc, as required by National standards. (see attached)
• Ensure that all premises are kept clean and tidy at all times and relevant risk assessments are carried out at the beginning of each session.
• Ensure play equipment is kept safe and stored securely
• To be aware of current codes of practice and policies on all issues relating to equality of opportunities; to challenge prejudice and discrimination; to promote good practice within the club.
• To be aware of and implement health and safety procedures and report accidents
• Operate the club in accordance with OFSTED regulations under the Children’s Act.
• Observe and practice confidentiality.
• To liaise with the Children & Families Services Manager and/or Management Committee and undertake any other ad hoc duties as directed by the Management Committee.
• Organise monthly team and planning meetings
• Draw up and implement a rota to ensure all duties needed for the afterschool club are fairly shared among staff.
• Inform parents of events, issue and any other information they need.
• To carry out the post in accordance with the Equal Opportunities policy of Dovecote Voluntary Parent Committee.
• Develop systems for the exchange of information with parents and children.
• To be responsible for submitting monthly time sheets for all afterschool club staff.
• Undertake quarterly staff appraisals to include identifying staff training needs.

Fulfilling all duties as the Safeguarding Designated Officer for the scheme, promoting the safeguarding and welfare of the children and staff

Skills & experience needed

• Play or childcare training Level 3, OPA foundation Course, NNEB, Crèche Crs, Play Development Sports Award, Parasol Play for All training, etc.
• Experience of working in a play or recreational environment and ability to participate in, and support children and young people in a range of activities.
• Commitment to, and understanding of anti-discriminatory work practices and to put this understanding into practice.
• To be positive and flexible in difficult situations, and to ask for support as needed.
• Willing to undertake a Criminal Records Bureau check
• Able to create an environment for good team working as well as able to work on own initiative
• Knowledge of equal opportunities and child protection issues
• Be fit enthusiastic, good sense of humour and lots of energy
• Able to respond to children’s needs, have a lot of patience
• Willingness to attend training courses as required

• First Aid qualified
• Knowledge about Health and safety issues


To apply, please contact: Carol Richards at leysdvpc@hotmail.com

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