04 Feb, 2019

Play Worker

  • Alpha Nurseries Ltd
  • Blacktiles Lane, Martlesham, Woodbridge IP12 4SS, UK
Part time Play Work

Job Details

Job description

Position: Breakfast and Afterschool Club Assistant in Woodbridge, IP12 4SS.

Hours of work: am and pm sessions and full days across the holidays

Responsible to: Out of school manager

Salary / rate of pay: depends on experience

Job Purpose:

A Breakfast and Afterschool Club Assistant is a capable individual with responsibility for caring for children and maintaining a high-quality, stimulating learning environment.

They are warm and responsive, working flexibly and effectively as part of a team to ensure the smooth running of the club.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To create a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for all children
  • To be aware of policies and procedures and ensure these are adhered to
  • To share responsibility for the welfare of all children at the club, following systems to ensure consistent, high-quality care
  • To be vigilant and protect children from harm or abuse, reporting any concerns immediately – in accordance with child protection and whistleblowing policies
  • To be reliable and punctual, maintaining staffing ratios at all times
  • To develop genuine bonds with the children and support colleagues to sensitively fulfil their responsibilities
  • To reflect on practice and daily routines, tailoring them to meet the individual needs of each child
  • To contribute to planning and the provision of a stimulating range of age appropriate activities and ensuring the club is well-resourced and creatively setup
  • To contribute to observations and the assessment of children’s learning and development ensuring records are kept up-to-date, are of a high standard and are shared effectively
  • To provide feedback and work in partnership with key parents, carers and schools, building and maintaining relationships that encourage trust, open communication and involvement in nursery life
  • To contribute to the effective recording and resolution of any complaints or investigations, ensuring confidentiality at all times
  • To be professional and a good role model to the children and other staff members, at all times
  • To work flexibly as part of the larger team, assisting and supporting colleagues wherever required, in order to ensure the smooth running of the company
  • To attend reasonable out-of-working-hours activities, including training, staff meetings, parent’s evenings and special events
  • To communicate effectively, sharing information, participating in meetings, inductions and 1-2-1s
  • To respect and value all colleagues, children and parents, encouraging a positive and diverse working environment
  • To cooperate and work effectively with the Manager, taking on additional responsibilities/duties
  • To undertake any other aspects of Club work according to need

This job description is intended to give you an indication of the main duties, but is not meant to be an exhaustive list

Promoting the Company

All Employees within Alpha Nurseries Group are expected to promote the company and its ethos whenever possible, the company will attend a number of events throughout the year and as part of your role you are expected to help out at these events, we would expect 12 hours per year minimum on a voluntary basis to support the promotion of the company. This could be in the evenings and at weekends. These hours are in addition to any you may do during normal office hours.

The Company is committed to making any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job role and the working environment that would enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.

You are entrusted with confidential and sometimes sensitive information about Alpha Nurseries Group, and the people who work there; we hope that you will always remember this and respect the trust we place in you.

This job description represents the broad framework of responsibilities and duties of the post, which may change as the services develops. Following discussion and agreement with the post holder it may therefore be amended as necessary.

Person specification


  • A level 3 qualification and a willingness to achieve EYPS.
  • Knowledge and understanding of planning and providing high quality childcare and education in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety management.
  • Knowledge and understanding of supporting children’s behaviour
  • Awareness and understanding and commitment to diversity and equality.


  • An enthusiastic approach to working with early years children
  • Demonstrate good practice in early years care and education
  • Flexibility
  • Committed to working as part of a team.
  • Good interaction with children.
  • Ability to model good practice to staff.
  • Provide evidence of ability to manage, lead and support a team.
  • Ability to work in partnership with parents and carers.
  • Effective time management and organisational skills.
  • Provide evidence of child protection, equal opportunities, first aid and food hygiene training.
  • Demonstrate good inter-personal skills including the ability to use judgement and common sense, and be able to work on own initiative.


  • Experience of working in childcare setting and some leadership experience within a day care setting
  • Have experience of working and caring with babies.
  • Experience of working in consultation with staff in planning, developing, monitoring and evaluating curriculum and frameworks.

Emotional awareness

  • Aware of the range of emotions in self and others
  • Shows concern for others
  • Listens to and understands other people’s feelings
  • Encourages others to express themselves openly
  • Is sensitive and tries to tackle the cause of a problem
  • Listens to personal comments without becoming defensive
  • In highly stressful situation, can keep own feelings in check, take constructive action and calm others down
  • Has a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress, can recognise when to use them and does so
  • Shows respect for others feelings, views and circumstances

Working within professional boundaries

  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
  • Recognises the limits of own authority within the role
  • Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
  • Understands the principle of confidentiality
  • Shows professional curiosity


  • Has a balanced understanding of self and others
  • Has a realistic knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Can work flexibly
  • Shows a realistic appreciation of the challenges of working with children
  • Ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Understands the importance of safeguarding and protects all children whatever their personal circumstances
  • Can show an ability to contribute towards a safe environment
  • Is up to date with eh law and current events
  • Can show they have followed ‘best practice;’ guidelines’
  • Shows a personal commitment to safeguarding children

An enhanced DBS check is required before any appointment can be confirmed.

Alpha Nurseries are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and the company expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This post will be offered subject to satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS and children's barred list check.


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