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					                          JOB DESCRIPTION: PLAYWORKER

Job Title          Play Worker
Responsible to     Club Manager
Date               Dec 2007
Job Purpose To assist with the running of the Angels Lane Before and After
                  School Club
Place of Work    Thomas Whitehead School, Angels Lane, Houghton Regis,

Duties               On a Daily Basis
                         Supervise, lead and assist children in activities and games.
                         Encouragie good behaviour in accordance with club policies
                         Assist with serving of refreshments to children
                         Take responsibility, along with other staff, for the Health and
                           Safety, Accident Prevention and smooth running of emergency
                           procedures for both children and other members of staff
                         Take responsibility with other staff members for following the
                           Club’s registration and departure procedures
                         Be aware of the club’s Safeguarding Children Policy
                         Assist with the setting out and clearing up of club equipment
                         Walking children to Houghton Regis Lower School at the end
                           of the morning session and collecting them at 3.15 p.m. from
                           the school

                     On a Regular Basis
                         Take part in staff meetings and programme planning meetings
                         Take part in staff training as offered
                     On an Occasional Basis
                         Network with Play Workers from other Clubs

                     The Playworker will be required:
                         To work in a team with the Leader and other Play Workers,
                         To liaise with school staff as required
                         To meet with Playworkers from other Clubs and Play settings

Other Information 3 hours a day + clearing up time term time only
                    Holiday Pay included in salary
                  Holidays to be taken during school holidays

                            PERSON SPECIFICATION

JOB TITLE:                                   Play worker – Level 2

                Essential                    Preferred          Source
Education/     NVQ Level 2 or                NVQ Level 3        Application
Qualifications equivalent                                       form and

Experience      Some experience of           Proven             Application
                working with children in     experience of      form
                an educational or care       working with
                setting, within the last 5   children in a
                years.                       school or care
Skills/         Understanding                Knowledge of       Application
Knowledge/      educational and              planning and       form/
Aptitude        emotional needs of           development of     Interview
                children.                    educational
                                             activities.        Application
                Ability to contribute to                        form/
                the planning and                                Interview
                development of
                educational activities.
                Ability to work                                 form/
                collaboratively with                            Interview
                Ability to work without                         form/
                constant supervision.                           Interview

Motivation      Willingness to be                               Interview

                Willingness to undertake                        Interview
                appropriate further

                Commitment to equality
                principles                                      Interview

Physical   Ability to meet the                           Interview
           physical needs of
Other      Willingness to acquire    Current First Aid   Certificate
           First Aid Qualification   Qualification

Registration:                                                                              The Angels Lane Before and After School Club
Before attending the Club a completed registration form should have
                                                                                                (Ofsted registration No EY348968)
been received by the Club Supervisor. This represents acceptance of the
Club rules which are issued as part of the registration form.

Complaints Procedure:
A Complaints Procedure exists, and in the first instance any complaint
should be made to the Club Supervisor, Mrs Sue Evans at Angels Lane
Before and After School Club, Thomas Whitehead School, Angels Lane,
Houghton Regis, LU5 5HH in writing or in any other suitable media
stating the name of the people involved, the relevant dates and the
nature of the complaint. Further details regarding the policy can be found
in the Complaints Policy.
                                                                              Meets at
Sickness & Accident                                                                                 Thomas Whitehead School
If a child becomes ill during a Club session, every attempt will be made to                               Angels lane
contact one of the people listed on the Registration Form, to arrange                                Houghton Regis LU5 5HH
collection of the sick child. The child will be cared for until collected.
In case of a minor accident, basic First Aid will be administered. In case
                                                                              Meets Daily in Term Time 7.45 – 8.45 a.m.              and 3.15-5.15pm
of an accident requiring more that basic First Aid , every attempt will be
made to contact the parent/carer to advise or discuss with him/her the
course of action to be taken. An accident book will be maintained.                       Contact Phone No. 01582 865466 or 01582 867487
                                                                                                    (for further information)

                                                                                         Bookings should be made by calling 07960364040

                                                                                           (this is also the Emergency Contact Number)

                                                                               Open to all children aged 4-9 attending Thomas Whitehead School
                                                                                                  or Houghton Regis Lower School.
                                                                              The Angels Lane Before and After School Club provides good quality
                                                                              childcare in a relaxed friendly environment, comprising a large classroom
                                                                              area in Thomas Whitehead School . It is jointly managed by the two
                                                                              schools which it serves through a Committee of Management and is
                                                                              regulated by Ofsted Early Years Directorate, operating under the
                                                                              Children Act.

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                                                                                    Lego, K’nex, Circle Games and Sports, Outdoor activities in appropriate
The Angels Lane BAS is committed to offering a equally accessible                   weather may take place on Thomas Whitehead sports field . There may
service to all families which respects the race, gender, religion and               sometimes be access to computers in the school. There is be quiet area
culture of each person using the service, and will endeavour to do the              available for children who may wish to read or do homework
best of its ability to cater for any special need or disability, in line with the
Equal Opportunities Policy which operates in the Club.                              Staffing:
                                                                                    A qualified NVQ3 is Supervisor and responsible for Day to day
A range of policy and procedure statements covering such areas as                   management of the Club supported by two Playworkers
accident and sickness procedures, health & safety and behaviour                     A First Aider will always be available. Staff will take children to schools in
management, fire and child protection are available to be viewed at the             the morning and collect them from school in the afternoon
Club, during Club hours.

Any children attending either Thomas Whitehead or Houghton Regis
Lower schools and in school years R - 4 (aged 4-9 years) are eligible to
attend the Club. (For more detailed information see the Admissions

Children will be supervised at all times by Club staff until they are
collected by their parents or a named substitute. The Club works on a
ratio of 1 member of staff for every 8 children. All staff have been subject
to Criminal Record checks.

The fees are £2 per hour. This is payable when booking or in advance
when booking for a week or more.
(There is a cancellation fee of £2 if less than 24 hours notice has been

Routine & Activities:
Upon arrival in the morning children will be given a drink and a light
breakfast, after school they will be given a piece of fruit or a light snack
and a drink. Following this a range of activities will be available, and the
children can make a free choice as to what they wish to do. Some of the
activities will have been planned and laid out, and others the children can
access as they wish from the entire selection available. Examples of the
sorts of activities are:
Craft e.g. mask making, papier-mache, painting, Board Games &
Puzzles, Dressing Up and other role play activities, Construction e.g.

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