Role: Additional Educational Needs Playworker

Salary: Circa £9.60 per hour (depending on experience)

Contract/Hours: Permanent/Part time – Various shift patterns to offer you flexibility. Mornings, Afternoons or School Holidays shifts

Location: Edinburgh

Closing date: Midnight 5th December 2022

Benefits: We have some of the best employment terms and benefits package in the sector, including generous leave entitlement, paid time off to deal with family emergencies and paid maternity leave – as well as lots of benefits to save you and your family money and to save for your future. Check out more on our careers portal.

Want to make a difference by joining a team at our hugely popular breakfast and after school clubs? Then read on!

Many of our primary schools across Edinburgh are on the lookout for Playworkers to join Spring Oscars to help deliver positive play experiences for our children.

Spring Oscars is a super active and FUN start and finish to the school day for our children! Our Playworkers play such an important role in helping them to develop friendships, gain their own confidence and social skills. You’ll provide great experiences for our children as well as their parents.

Our Playworkers give their all to make sure our children are happy and safe. Whether it’s early mornings serving breakfast or playing sports at after-school club, to an exciting coach trip as part of our holiday schemes, get ready for no two days being the same! You’ll be sure to feel you are making a difference, every day.

Breakfast Club Cover (Monday-Friday 07.00 – 09.00)

After School Club Cover (Monday – Friday 14.00-18.00)

Holiday Clubs Cover (Monday-Friday 08.00-18.00)

You’ll do this by:

  • Ensuring a safe, caring, stimulating and fun environment for a child with additional educational needs
  • Promoting good childcare practice in a professional, inclusive, and flexible manner.
  • Planning and taking part in play and leisure activities for children.
  • Assisting with the setup of the club so it’s ready for when the children arrive and that any snacks or breakfasts are prepared in line with healthy-eating guidelines.
  • Thoroughly enjoying your role and making everyday count for the children in our care.

What we need from you

Additional Support Needs experience is welcolmed but not essential, we will provide you with everything you need to succeed and even give you the opportunity to gain a qualification in a childcare setting! All you need to have is; the passion, commitment, energy and motivation to come and train with our experts!

Successful applicants will be required to follow Spring Oscars safer recruitment procedure by joining/updating membership of Disclosure Scotland’s PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) scheme and registering with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

We’re ideally looking for someone who has:

  • An aim to work towards and complete the SVQ within 5 years.
  • A real passion to work with children, make a difference and help them thrive.
  • Basic Food Hygiene Certificate or ability to achieve.
  • First Aid qualification or ability to achieve.

Whether this is a career change for you or the next step in your journey, we’d love to hear from you.

We work together to reach our mission to give children a healthy start in life. Given this and how having a diverse workforce enriches the lives of the children and young people we work with we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion and welcome applications from everyone. We value and celebrate the diversity of those that work with us and as an inclusive workplace we want all our current and future staff to feel able to be themselves in the workplace.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Good luck! We can’t wait to hear from you.

Application process: There are 5 sections for you to complete, Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration – please refer to the JD and Person Specification when applying. We also want to know what unique qualities you can bring to help us reach our vision for children and families.

Don’t meet every single requirement?

Studies show that women and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic people are less likely to apply for a job unless they meet every qualification. So, if you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with the job description, we’d love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children, Spring and Oscars family.