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About KIDS

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. 

About The Role

Practitioner – Holiday Play Scheme Afterschool Club

Employer- Kids

Location – Thomley, Menmarsh Road, Worminghall, Buckinghamshire HP18 9JZ (Just 9 miles from Oxfordshire and 3 miles from M40 Junctions 8 and 8a)

Salary - £7,612.11 (FTE £19,574)
Contract - 14 Hours
Monday-Friday Holiday Play scheme 09:45 – 3pm

Monday-Friday Afterschool club 2:30pm-6pm


The good stuff / benefits:

  • Flexible working saving on fuel, transport charges and giving extra hours at home/ great work life balance
  • 5 weeks annual leave rising to 6 weeks after 4 years completed service
  • Bank Holiday entitlement
  • Maternity Pay
  • Paternity Pay
  • Life assurance
  • Employer Pension contribution
  • Employee benefits portal, including discounts at 100s online high street stores
  • Recommend a friend referral scheme with financial reward
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) helps to deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing. The confidential employee benefit provides expert advice and compassionate guidance 24/7
  • Sick Pay If you are absent from work because of sickness or injury you are entitled to statutory sick pay (SSP) provided you meet the criteria in the current SSP regulations from the fourth consecutive day of sickness
  • Family Friendly Leave Pay
  • KIDS Virtual learning: Provides a huge range of up to date and professional courses for all staff members
  • Bereavement Leave


Come and join Kids as a Practitioner!

Do you want to join an amazing organisation that makes a difference to the lives of disabled children?

Imagine coming to work on a beautiful 9 acre site in a wonderful position with wide ranging views of the Buckinghamshire countryside. In such a great spot the children thrive in this environment as do the team. Come and join us on our journey as a Practitioner with the aim of helping disabled children and young people develop independence and achieve their aspirations.

This is an EXCEPTIONAL opportunity for a Practitioner to join our already passionate and enthusiastic team. You will be supporting children and young people in our daily after school club, which is based at Thomley Hall. During school holidays you will be a key team member for the play scheme delivering a range of experiences and days out. Some of the most favoured days out with our young attendees range from farm visits to swimming, Cadburys World or a day at the seaside where fish and chips is always a must!

If you’re still reading then Kids is sure you’ll be a great asset to our children and young people! We promise it’s one of the most rewarding roles you will take on and every day is different!

What you’ll be doing as a Practitioner:

  • You will support our young people as they engage in a range of activity and experiences, during our after school club and play scheme.
  • Provide fun and engaging experiences for our young people that will help them to achieve their goals.
  • You’ll be a supportive team member with great communication skills
  • Meeting the individual needs of our young people, be it physical needs or emotional needs
  • Participating in monthly team meetings
  • Ensuring you keep yourself up to date with following risk assessments, policies and procedures.

About You

Personal Qualities:

  • Empathy, Patience, Understanding – Not just hearing
  • Adaptability and versatility
  • Practical, Tactful and Responsive
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • A passion for learning new skills

We welcome applications from disabled people or people with lived experience of disability. We demonstrate our willingness to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates/staff to access and participate in the recruitment process (for example we make our adverts accessible, and where required/requested, will make application forms available in alternative formats, i.e. large print).  Kids encourages applications from disabled people by offering any disabled person who meets the person specification an interview.

If required, support is provided to disabled applicants to complete an application form. Hiring managers are directed to the in-house Careers team to understand what support we can provide.  

KIDS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all those who come into contact with our services. Our colleagues are trained to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns. We work closely with families and other agencies to take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of harm to children, young people and adults. 

To fulfil our commitment to those we work with we observe safer recruitment and selection procedures and nurture a safeguarding culture which is open and transparent, where all concerns in relation to our people can be identified and spoken about openly and are dealt with promptly and appropriately. By identifying concerning, problematic or inappropriate behaviour early we aim to minimise the risk of abuse.

Please note KIDS Safer Recruitment procedures will include a DBS check and a staff suitability declaration where applicable.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We work to ensure that all of the Kids team:

  • Are committed to equality of opportunity, treatment and behaviour
  • Have equal access to employment, promotion and development
  • Have equal access to services
  • Have their needs considered as we develop services

This means that equality and human rights are:

  • Embedded in our business planning
  • Fully considered within our structures
  • Part of the personal development of all staff