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About KIDS

Passionate, caring and trusted since 1970, KIDS is a national charity that provides more than 120 different services and works with around 60 Local Authorities across England in order to help disabled children and young people develop independence and achieve their aspirations.
 
As well as working with individuals from birth through to age 25, we offer invaluable support and practical help for their families too, in environments where there’s a real sense of achievement. The work can be challenging, and humbling at times, but it’s also hugely rewarding and meaningful.
 
For more information about KIDS, click the 'Who We Are' button on the right-hand side.

About The Role

Do you have the skills it takes to deliver planned group support to disabled children and young people and manage a small team of sessional workers in the delivery of good outcomes, plus a real desire to take the next step in your career? Then join KIDS as a Play Scheme Coordinator and you could soon be playing a big part in the future of our Bracknell and Oxford play schemes. 

What you’ll be doing
Our Bracknell play scheme delivers a holiday scheme and Saturday term time service for disabled children and young people and their families. As Play Scheme Coordinator (and our Registered Manager for Ofsted early years), you’ll be responsible for the day-to-day running and coordination of the services we provide. We’ll also rely on you to support our small after school and play scheme service in Oxford, which will involve weekly catch ups with the local Senior Practitioner leading the service via telephone and video calls, with occasional meetings in person. One day you might be co-producing support plans, the next, ensuring compliance with relevant policies and procedures or promoting our work. Crucially, you’ll ensure that the needs of children, young people and their families are met. Recruiting, supervising and developing staff and volunteers, promoting the work of KIDS and identifying new opportunities for service development – all are aspects of this vital role. 

As coordinator you will be working alongside senior support workers to ensure the appropriate level of future planning and communicating plans to families and social care leads in the local authorities. The senior support staff will lead the direct delivery of the service with the coordinator providing cover support and observations of service delivery.

This is a full time role mainly based in our local Bracknell office - although we support hybrid working.

If you would like to find out more about the role before applying, please email [email protected]

 

About You

To succeed in this role as coordinator, you’ll need relevant experience in one or more of the following fields: Children’s Services, Health, Education, Social Care or the Voluntary sector or Advice and Guidance. Used to working directly with disabled children and young people and their families, you’re adept at planning, delivering and evaluating groups and individual support too, and have a good understanding of the social model of disability and the rights of Disabled children to inclusion. Exposure to the Ofsted Framework and/or CQC Framework would be useful, as would supervisory experience and a track record of working operationally and building partnerships with a range of stakeholders. Great at report writing and with a confident but caring manner, you’re equally at home conducting risk assessments or producing care plans, have excellent IT skills and are comfortable conversing with professionals, parents and children and young people alike.