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About The Role

Summer Sessional Workers

LocationHackney Adventure Playground, Spring Lane, London E5 9HQ

Salary: £13.15 per hour / £14.74 including holiday pay

Work hours: The summer play scheme runs from 29 July to 30 August, Monday to Saturday. We're seeking individuals who can commit to a minimum of 15 days, with the flexibility to work up to a maximum of 30 days throughout the scheme.

2 days of paid training will be provided prior to the start of the Playscheme.

This application is for Summer Holiday workers, but for interested and suitable applicants, there is the potential for continued employment during term time in ASC/evening/weekend sessions.

The good stuff/benefits:

  • Join a company that truly cares about your wellbeing
  • Unlock exclusive discounts at hundreds of online retailers through our employee benefits portal.
  • Spread the word and reap the rewards with our enticing "Recommend a Friend" scheme.
  • Expand your horizons with Kids’ online learning platforms, offering a wealth of professional courses for your personal and career development.
  • Relax in casual attire!
  • Stay healthy with a free flu jab!
  • Your hours count towards advancing your education with relevant Master’s degree
  • Explore further career prospects!
  • We love seeing our team flourish and promoting from within!
  • Unlock additional perks when summer colleagues transition to term-time sessional roles!

Looking for an Exciting Summer Opportunity?

What children and staff say about being at Kids Adventure Playgrounds:

“This is the most fun place ever”

“When I’m a grown-up I’m going to work here and have your job”

“It doesn’t seem right that we get paid to play when we get to spend the day with the most incredible kids and colleagues!”

“It can be hard work, but it’s the best job I’ve ever had!”

Are you seeking a summer position centered on engaging with children and young individuals?

Want to work for an inspiring charity that makes a real difference in the lives of disabled children and young people?

Are you a recent graduate, under-graduate, a college student, or someone seeking a new opportunity, temporary employment, or holiday work?

Perhaps you're looking for fulfilling casual work to fit around another commitment?

Kids are seeking enthusiastic and adaptable Seasonal Workers to join our summer program, which is filled with fun and excitement. You’ll be part of our summer play schemes, assisting disabled children and young people aged 6 - 24 in playing, having fun, and experiencing an amazing summer.

Joining Kids could be the perfect opportunity to expand your horizons, enhance your skill set in a rewarding role, and gain a strong sense of achievement. As a Kids Play Worker, you'll directly engage with disabled children and young people, providing essential support tailored to their needs. This opportunity offers a chance to cultivate your skills within a fulfilling position, fostering a profound sense of accomplishment.

Kids Adventure Playgrounds prioritise children's autonomy, allowing them to lead their play experiences; this nurtures ownership, choice-making, friendship development, and, most importantly, fun.

Regardless of your background, a passion for supporting children's growth is essential. You'll become part of a dedicated team of individuals who are deeply passionate about their work and you’ll discover Kids Adventure Playgrounds, are places where you can truly make a difference

If you're inspired by our mission, consider joining us during the summer holidays for a fulfilling month packed with joy,  laughter and play.

For additional details about Kids, please visit www.kids.org.uk.

Your responsibilities as a Play Worker will include:

  • Assisting children and young people to engage in adventurous, creative, and imaginative play, in a secure and enriching environment.
  • Providing inclusive play opportunities and empowering young individuals to engage in activities of their choice
  • Create and contribute to a working culture and practices that recognise, respect and value differences
  • Participating in a range of structured and free play activities, including supervising indoor and outdoor play
  • Listening, reflecting, and communicating appropriately and effectively with service users and colleagues, adapting your approach to suit individual communication styles.
  • Assisting with personal care needs, including feeding, toileting, and changing
  • Completing essential paperwork as requested,
  • Providing feedback on sessions for children and young people, both written and verbal.
  • Supervising children and young people to ensure their safety during play, outings, and transportation.
  • Adhering to Kids policies and procedures, including child protection, safeguarding, and confidentiality
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant regulatory standards
  • Assist in ensuring our playground structures, facilities and equipment are safe and maintained.
  • Participating in required training, both online and onsite,
  • Keeping up-to-date with relevant Kids communications, both from your playground and from Kids National departments
  • Collaborating with experienced colleagues, and contributing to a remarkable team

About You

Essential Requirements:

  • Understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity and the ability to apply this to practice.
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to work well within a team.
  • To work in a non-judgmental, and sensitive manner
  • Ability to be pro-active and use own initiative.
  • Fun and open-minded attitude to play.
  • Uphold ethical standards in all actions
  • Good sense of humour
  • Creative and enthusiastic
  • Demonstrate patience, resilience, and a strong work ethic
  • Effective time management
  • Applicants must be at least 17 years old and have some experience of working with Children and Young People
Essential Education/Qualifications:
Educated to A-levels, NVQ/BTEC Level 3, as a minimum or relevant equivalent experiential knowledge.
Desirable Requirements:
  • Experience working with children/young people with disabilities/additional needs and their families
  • Understanding and knowledge of meeting the complex needs of disabled children/young people
  • Ability to work under pressure with patience and sensitivity.
  • Understanding of child protection issues.
  • Understanding of health and safety
  • Understanding and competence in safeguarding procedures.
  • Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and professional boundaries

Desirable Education/Qualifications:

  • Formal qualification in a Child care or Play related subject.
  • Current first aid certificate and/or food hygiene certificate

Please note that this role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Our Mission & Strategy

We’re here for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities, young carers and families. We’re on a mission to create a world where all kinds of children and young people have all kinds of opportunities. We create life-changing opportunities by providing a wide range of support. Together, we’ll empower disabled children to stand up for their rights.

Childhood should be a joyful time. But some children and young people living with special educational needs and disabilities are defined by what they cannot do.  That’s wrong.

Every child should have an equal opportunity to play, learn, grow and thrive.

Because when the world says we can’t, kids say we can.

Our strategic plan will enable us to reach 120,000 disabled young people and their families, every year, by 2027. 

We welcome applications from individuals with disabilities or those who have personal experience with disability. Our goal is to create an environment where everyone feels valued and supported. We are dedicated to making our recruitment process accessible to all, and we are committed to making reasonable adjustments to accommodate the needs of disabled candidates and colleagues. For example, we ensure that our job advertisements are easily accessible, and upon request, we provide application forms in alternative formats, such as large print.

At Kids, we actively encourage individuals with disabilities to apply for positions by guaranteeing an interview to any disabled person who meets the job requirements outlined in the person specification. We understand that everyone may need different levels of support, so if required, assistance is available to help applicants complete their application forms. Our dedicated in-house Careers team is here to discuss the support options we can offer to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.

We deeply value the safety and wellbeing of all individuals who interact with our services. Our staff members receive comprehensive training to recognise and address safeguarding concerns. We work closely with families and other organisations to take every reasonable measure to minimise the risk of harm to children, young people, and adults.

To uphold our commitment to inclusivity, we adhere to rigorous safer recruitment and selection procedures. We foster a culture of inclusivity and transparency, where any concerns regarding our personnel can be raised and addressed promptly and appropriately. By identifying and addressing concerning, problematic, or inappropriate behaviour early on, our aim is to create a safe and supportive environment for all.

Please be aware that our Safer Recruitment procedures include conducting a DBS check and a Colleague Suitability Declaration where applicable. We understand the importance of ensuring the safety of vulnerable individuals, and being listed on either of these Barred Lists prohibits individuals from legally working, applying for work, or volunteering in Regulated Activity involving children and/or adults.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion are fundamental principles that guide everything we do at Kids. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels respected and valued. We strive to ensure that all members of the Kids team have equal access to employment opportunities, promotions, and professional development. Our commitment to inclusivity is embedded in our business planning, organisational structures, values and the personal development plans of all staff members. We believe that by embracing diversity and promoting inclusion, we can create a stronger and more vibrant community for everyone.