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Playworker at the Jonathan Page Play Centre

Aylesbury Town Council

To plan and deliver play activities for children as part of a team overseeing the general running of a secure play centre within the framework of JPPC’s policies and procedures. Ensure the safe provision of travel to, access to, and use of the centre following OFSTED guidelines and the Early Years Statutory Framework. Assist with the administration and promotion of the centre to ensure and develop high standards of customer care.


 Job Title: Playworker (with Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in Childcare)

Location: Jonathan Page Play Centre, 147 Meadowcroft, Aylesbury

Responsible To: Playleader



Role Specific:

To plan, prepare and deliver quality play opportunities for children from the ages of 4 to 13 at an After School Club and Holiday Playscheme, within a safe and caring environment. These may include:

Arts & Crafts,  Sports & Games, Gardening, Group Games  and more

Working with the Playleader to ensure the healthy and safe running of the Play Centre site, including:

  • Adhering to OFSTED directives in terms of safe, high quality play provision.
  • Ensure the safe collection of children from schools by foot, minibus or taxi. Including liaison with schools and teachers.
  • Setting up the play space including moving furniture and play equipment.
  • Following strict procedures in terms of entry and exit to the premises.
  • Supervision of children to ensure that all activities are undertaken with minimal risk and within centre guidelines.
  • Maintaining high standards of hygiene throughout the centre, including inspecting and cleaning of all areas as appropriate.
  • Providing refreshments and ensuring that hygiene, health and safety standards are met.
  • Administering first aid (if qualified) and recording of all accidents and incidents occurring during the play session.
  • Keeping all play equipment and materials clean, in good order and safely stored.
  • Consulting with children and involving them in planning activities.
  • Encouraging parental involvement in the Centre.


To assist the Playleader in the administration of the Play Centre, including:

  •  Management of casual staff
  • Administration of bookings for After School Club and Playschemes
  • Keeping all records accurate and up to date
  • Receiving and accurately recording income
  •  Completing registers and reacting appropriately to absence ensuring that all children are accounted for
  • Updating daily computerized and manual records of the centres attendances and activities
  • Attending meetings relating to the Play Centre and wider Town Council team
  • Acting up to lead sessions in the absence of the Playleader.


Adapting and developing the services of the centre and its staff:

  • Supporting other Town Council activities and events away from the Play Centre such as Aylesbury on Sea, Live in the Park, etc.
  • Working on some Saturdays/Sundays when Birthday Party Hires are taking place at the centre
  • Developing and progressing ideas to increase the profile and income of the Play Centre
  • Retaining and updating required qualifications for playwork
  • Attending training courses for personal development that are also of benefit to the service.


Council Specific:

To comply fully with the Council’s standards and Customer Care

To make every effort to understand and meet individual needs of customers  and other staff, and not to treat anyone less favourably on the grounds of race, age, disability, sex, gender re-assignment, pregnancy and maternity, religion or beliefs.

To undertake any other duties of a similar level and responsibility as may be required from time to time.



The following skills and experience to be demonstrated when established in the role:

Ability to communicate effectively with children and adults

Able to efficiently plan and organize children’s play

Have strong administration skills and ability to complete registers and take bookings and payments for play sessions.

Ability to work effectively with and contribute to the team environment

Have flexible, adaptable and creative approach to delivering play service




Key Knowledge & Skills and Job Specific Requirements 

Qualifications at level 2 or 3 in childcare or Playwork is Essential

Relevant experience of working with groups of school age children

Sound understanding of child protection and safeguarding regulations and procedures

Understanding of the importance of play in children’s development

Understanding the issues of equal opportunities

Sound judgement and common sense

Willingness to train and applying learning from training within the settings

Sufficient understanding and use of English to ensure the wellbeing of the children*

*Para 3.26 of the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage 2017


Desirable qualities 

Experience of working within a play/nursery based setting

Experience of administration

Competent in using IT to support play and centre administration

Ability to work on own initiative

Appropriate child protection training

Current Paediatric First Aid Certificate

·      Food Hygiene Certificate



 The following specific conditions/requirements apply to this post. These are not binding: a statement of the Main Terms and Conditions will be included with a full offer of employment.


Salary Scale:          £12,135.32 per annum (£17,092 full time equivalent)

Job Grade:               2 / 3                

Hours per Week:    17.5 – Term Time (Monday to Friday 1.30pm – 6pm) and 37.5 – School Holidays (Monday to Friday, shifts of 7.5 hours per day will be allocated between 7.30am – 7pm)

Annual Leave:      The current annual leave entitlement is 163 hours (21 days plus 2 statutory days full time equivalent)

Job Share:               NO

Car Allowance:        NO

Fixed Term:              NO

Pension:                    Local Government Pension Scheme

Childcare:                   Discounted childcare for children aged 4 up to 13 years attending at JPPC

Uniform provided:       Polo Shirts, Fleece and Rain jacket and sun cap


This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

This post is defined as “Regulated Activity” (in accordance with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act – as amended)

This post requires an enhanced DBS check



Between £12,135.32 and £19,522.00 Per Annum
Grade 2 / 3 (Full time equivalent £17,092)
Closing Date:
14th June 2019

Aylesbury Town Council

Jonathan Page Play Centre
147 Meadwocroft
HP19 9HH
T: 01296 425678
E: info@aylesburytowncouncil.gov.uk
W: http://www.aylesburytowncouncil.gov.uk/the-council/vacancies/


Judith Priest
Town Hall
5 Church Street
HP20 2QP
T: 01296425678
E: j.priest@aylesburytowncouncil.gov.uk
W: http://www.aylesburytowncouncil.gov.uk/the-council/vacancies/

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