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Play Manager (Playworker)

Ashford, South East
£12.00 to £14.00 Per Hour
Job Type
7 Sep 2022

Are you great with children, and looking to make a positive impact on their lives? Then working at our out-of-school club could be for you!

Play Managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the club, as well as the administrative duties of the club. Play Managers provide leadership to their teams, as well as organise and plan the play and leisure activities for children before and after school, as well as during the school holidays. They are also advocates for children's play.

The Play Manager works from 07:25 to 08:55 and 15:00 to 18:00 in term time. Up to 23 hours per week in term time. Up to 40 hours available at our Holiday Club.

Our Play Managers care and supervise the children, making sure they are safe and happy.

The role will involve:

  • Meeting and greeting children and their families
  • Managing the online booking system
  • Organising settling in sessions for new children
  • Attend events held by the host school to represent the club
  • Promotional activities to encourage new families to book
  • Signing in children on the register as they arrive
  • Support a variety of play opportunities for children aged 4 - 11 years
  • Support children within the EYFS by planning activities around the seven areas of learning and development
  • Participate in children's play as and when requested by the children. This might include sports and physical games.
  • Ensure the Play Leader and Playworkers deliver a range of exciting activities based on the children's interests. This involves getting hands dirty when delivering messy play activities.
  • Communicating with parents/carers and/or teachers, as well as other key professionals
  • Purchasing new resources and consumables for the club within a set budget
  • Tidying and clearing away at the end of session
  • Commitment to safeguarding the children in our care

Please contact us for a full jobs description.


  • NVQ Level 3 in Playwork/Childcare or other equivalent training, with at least one year's experience in a leadership/management role
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Great leadership qualities
  • Three years' previous childcare and/or Playwork experience
  • Building positive and professional relationships
  • Caring and sensitive to children's individual needs
  • Excellent Knowledge and understanding of the Ofsted Welfare Requirements, including the EYFS.
  • Active and energetic. Prepared to get involved in children's play.
  • Excellent Knowledge and understanding of the Playwork Principles
  • Team player and ability to use initiative
  • Flexible and reliable
  • Critical thinking and problem solving. A 'can do' approach to the role
  • Prepared to train and learn new skills
  • Good IT skills

Supporting your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Full and comprehensive induction
  • Regular supervisions
  • Annual performance appraisal
  • Peer and leadership support
  • Training opportunities

Other great reasons to become a Play Manager at OSCAHS

  • EAP - Employee Assistance Programme, offering a variety of wellbeing and legal support schemes
  • Annual leave (5.6 weeks or equivalent)
  • Birthday day off (paid leave)
  • Privilege Days (additional annual leave after three years of service and/or performance related)
  • Free childcare at host school (subject to availability)
  • Free uniform
  • Pension auto enrolment
  • Annual social event
  • Training Days
  • Training and career development in Leadership
  • Great working environment

OSCAHS is committed to equality of opportunity, supporting and valuing diversity. We have a formal Equal Opportunities Policy, which is available upon request.

We are committed to safeguarding the children and young people in our care. Working within our organisation is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure, which is satisfactory to OSCAHS, as well as two satisfactory references. We will require full sight of the DBS certificate, and if appropriate, we will also check your status online via the DBS Update Service.

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  • Job Reference: 705733532-2
  • Date Posted: 7 September 2022
  • Recruiter: OSCAHS Ltd
    OSCAHS Ltd
  • Location: Ashford, South East
  • Salary: £12.00 to £14.00 Per Hour
  • Sector: Community & Sport
  • Job Type: Permanent