Guildford Borough Council has immediate opportunities available for play workers to deliver our outdoor community play sessions for children and young people. The Guildford Playranger service is looking for highly motivated and organised individuals who are able to advocate for and demonstrate the value and importance of good quality, outdoor play opportunities for children in the borough.
The Playranger team assist in the day-to-day delivery of the Playranger service, providing accessible and challenging outdoor play opportunities in local parks and open spaces across the borough. The Guildford Playranger sessions have an overall aim to encourage, support and widen accessibility to opportunities for children within the borough to play freely and enjoy the benefits of playing in the outdoors in their own community. The primary age range of children for this service is eight to twelve years.
Main duties of the role include:
- To support the delivery and planning of a varied programme of inclusive outdoor play opportunities, which encourage children to play in their communities, particularly providing for those children who are disadvantaged through access to play.
- To carry out the delivery of all play opportunities under the values and principles set out in ‘Best Play’ in order to deliver a child centered community outdoor play service.
- To ensure the Playranger service is delivered effectively by following policies and procedures for provision in accordance with best practice, health and safety and safeguarding.
- To understand and be able to assess and manage risk in play opportunities delivered by the Playranger service through a robust and considered approach to risk benefit assessments, in order to deliver a safe and accessible service to the community.
- To be an advocate for, and demonstrate the value and importance of, good quality outdoor play opportunities as a fundamental means of improving the enjoyment, social, physical and mental health and wellbeing of children in Guildford.
- To support the monitoring and evaluation of the Playranger service to inform and develop future service delivery.
- To support the Play Development Assistant with a varied programme of user and non user, children, parent and stakeholder consultations on a regular basis, to engage the community in the development and delivery of the service and to identify the current play needs of children in the borough.
- To support the maintenance of the equipment and resources including the Playranger van.
- To be responsible for driving the Playranger van to and from locations across the borough.
We are looking for someone who is able to demonstrate an understanding of the Playwork Principles and have a passion for working with children from diverse communities through supporting their play.
It is in the nature of the work that tasks and responsibilities are in many circumstances unpredictable and varied. All staff are expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises.
Hours of work
The hours of work for this post are offered on a casual basis. Hours are available Monday to Friday between 3.00pm and 6.00pm. Working hours will be outdoors and involve the direct delivery of play opportunities to children and young people. There will be some occasional weekend work for events and activities.
Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 13 February, interviews will be held on Wednesday 19 February.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Amanda Pick, Play and Youth Development Officer on 01483 444764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
An enhanced DBS check for regulated activity will be required for the successful applicant prior to appointment.