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Central Leith After School Provision (CLASP), Edinburgh

Part Time Play Worker

CLASP (http://www.clasp.scot) is based in Leith Primary School. It is a charitable non-profit making organization, providing affordable high quality after school and holiday club care for primary school age children. Headed by a voluntary Management Committee, the day-to-day running is carried out by the Project Manager, supported by a management team and 6 Play Workers. CLASP is a child led play setting, where children are offered play opportunities in a stimulating environment. We are looking to recruit a Part Time Play Worker (Monday 1.30-6, Tuesday 2-6, Wednesday 2-6, Thursday 2-6 & Friday 11.30-6. 23 hrs a week: £8.25), CLASP is a living wage employer. There may be opportunities for additional hours. You will be required to supervise and interact with the children, maintain the safety of the children, plan and lead activities and attend relevant training.

The successful applicant will be required to have a PVG (https://www.disclosurescotland.co.uk/disclosureinformation/pvgscheme.htm), to register with SSSC and attend relevant training. Experience of working with children is essential and a qualification in Play work (e.g. SVQ 2) is desirable.

To request a job description and application form, or for further information, please phone Cheryl Hitchings-Project Manager-07495381166 or email clasp1@hotmail.com

The closing date for this vacancy will be Thursday 11th May and Interviews will be held after this date.

Kemnay Breakfast & After School Club

Manager Required

Kemnay Breakfast and After School Club (KBASC) operates a breakfast club, after school and holiday club providing a friendly and fun environment for children from Alehousewells and Kemnay Primary schools aged 5-12 years.

This lovely club is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced manager with great communication skills who can lead a small, dedicated team of play workers in providing quality care for the children after school and during the holidays. The manager will hold at least an SVQ Level 4 in Childcare or equivalent and be willing to work towards a Level 9 qualification in Childhood Practice.

The role includes – Managing, motivating and supporting the staff team including recruitment and supervision, ensuring all policies and procedures are current and adhered to, oversee daily financial management, coordination of childcare bookings, administrative duties, planning stimulating activities that will further children's learning and development, organising and completing evaluations and being the Registered Manager working in line with the Care Inspectorate and SSSC, promoting the club to new and existing users and working closely with the management committee.

Above all else you must have a real interest in working with children and families and be able to relate to them to create a fantastic, safe and happy environment.

Job Share/Peripatetic Manager will be considered. This post is subject to PVG checks.

Hours: 30hrs per week 2.15pm – 6.15pm Mon-Fri (inc. 10hrs admin) plus additional during school holidays

Rate of pay: Depending on qualification

Closing Date: 15th May 2016

For further information and an application form contact Leona (Chair) on 07791430159 or email your CV to kemnayasbc@gmail.com

SASCS (Sciennes After School Care Scheme)

Play Workers

SASCS is an after school club based in Sciennes Primary School due to an expansion of our service we are looking to employ a minimum of 2 full time Play Workers and between 4 and 6 part time Play Workers for our after school club service however some hours may also be available as part of the Breakfast Club service.

Play Workers are responsible for:

  • Contributing to the programme of activities weekly by planning and delivering high quality recreational activities ensuring safety and adherence to legislation at all times.
  • Supervising the children.
  • Administering first aid when required.
  • Attending and contributing to weekly staff meetings.
  • Setting out equipment, planning, preparation of materials and activities in advance of each session. Evaluating work and clearing away at the end of session.
  • Ensuring equipment and materials are properly used, maintained and stored.
  • Undertaking further training in childcare practices as required.
  • Undertaking all other duties required by the Co-ordinator or Management Committee

Please email sascs@btinternet.com to request an application form and job description.

Completed applications should then be returned to sascs@btinternet.com by 12NOON on the closing date (Friday 21st April 2017).

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th April 2017 - please indicate your availability for interview on the final page of your application form.

Successful applicants will be asked to attend SASCS on Friday 28th April to complete paperwork. You will be required to bring your birth certificate, two photographic forms of ID and proof of address (e.g. utility bill) on this day.

After receipt of your PVG successful applicants will then complete two paid induction sessions throughout June 2017 - dates to be arranged to suit individuals.

You will then begin work by attending a whole staff training day on Tuesday 15th August 2017 before the children resume school on Wednesday 16th August 2017.

The Whiteinch Centre, Glasgow


15 hours per week (currently term time only) - salary £8.25 per hour SSSC registered with conditions rising to £9.00 registered without.

The Whiteinch Centre is a vibrant community hub in the west of Glasgow (G14). We are seeking a staff member with the appropriate SSSC qualifications, or a willingness to work towards, for our out of school hours service.

For an Application Pack, please call the Recruitment Line on 0141 434 1552. Alternatively, you can e-mail Karen McQueen KMcQueen@wsha.org.uk. Closing date for applications is noon on Friday 31st March 2017. Please note this post will be subject to PVG clearance and satisfactory references, including a medical reference.

Whiteinch Centre Limited is a Charity Registered in Scotland No. SCO37530

Shawlands Out of School Care, Glasgow (2 positions available)

Service Supervisor

  • The post will come into effect in March 2017.
  • The position is 21 hours per week and is £11.00- £12.00 per hour. Dependent upon qualifications.
  • Candidate will be required to hold SVQ Level 4 Play work, or will be prepared to undertake working towards this within 12 weeks of taking up position.
  • PVG registered.
  • SSSC registered.

Service Sructure:

  • Service Manager
  • Service Supervisor
  • Lead Practitioner
  • Practitioner
  • Play Worker
  • Support Worker

The candidate will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Main Areas of Responsibility:
  • Woking in conjunction with the Service Manager, to ensure the play room runs smoothly, in line with SOOSC's stated Holistic Free play ethos.
  • Fostering a productive and cohesive staff team, dealing with all staffing issues, escalating to Service Manager where appropriate and providing support and guidance on behalf of the Service Manager.
  • Ensuring that Care Plans are kept up to date for all children and guiding staff to this end.
  • Ensuring the completion of Play Opportunity evaluations, and children's surveys and guiding the staff to this end.
  • Ensuring that health and safety checks are carried out at the start of each session and that relevant documentation is completed and passed to the Service Manager.
  • Ensuring that all paperwork regarding incidents and accidents is passed to the Service Manager.
  • To ensure that an accurate register and head count is taken at the beginning of each session and to contact parent or guardian of any children unaccounted for. To report to Service Manager that all absence procedures have been followed.
  • To be first point of contact in dealing with general enquiries of parents.
  • Responsibility for conceiving and creating informative and attractive wall displays for children and parents.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to be flexible in being the first on call to cover any shortfall in staffing numbers (morning service and holidays).

For an appilcation pack and person specification please contact Shawlands.osc@btconnect.com or 1284 Pollokshaws Road Shawlands, G41 3QP or telephone Karen Stanway on 0141 632 2444.

Play worker/Practitioner

  • The post will come into effect in March2017.
  • The position is 16 hours per week and is £8.87 / £9.40 per hour.
  • These hours are structured to meet the needs of the service.
  • Candidate will be required to hold SVQ Level 3 Play work or will work towards this within the year.
  • PVG registered.
  • SSSC registered.

The successful candidate will display the following attributes and capabilities:

  • An understanding of the benefits of holistic free play and to promote the aims and objectives of SOOSC.
  • To provide high quality care for the children; collecting children from school: facilitating play opportunities within a Holistic FreePlay framework and delivering children safely to their parents or carers.
  • To work as part of a team.
  • To set up physical play environment i.e. tables and chairs.
  • To provide a safe and creative environment.
  • To consult with the children, involving them in the planning of play opportunities.
  • To help facilitate appropriate play opportunities including preparing activities, programmes and arranging equipment.
  • To administer first aid as appropriate.
  • To ensure Child Care plans are updated where appropriate.
  • To develop and maintain good relationships and communications with parents.
  • To ensure child is collected by someone known to SOOSC.
  • To record of any accidents and incidents.
  • To be aware of Policies and Procedures.
  • To ensure confidentially of information received.
  • Be involved in out of working hour's activities, e.g. Training, Staff Meetings.
  • To work in conjunction with the Service Play Coordinator and Lead Practitioner.
  • To be accountable to the Service Manager.

If you are interested in this position please apply by forwarding a C.V to Shawlands.osc@btconnect.com or 1284 Pollokshaws Road Shawlands, G41 3QP. Further job information please contact Karen Stanway on 0141 632 2444.

East Pollokshields Out of School Care, Glasgow


  • 20 hrs/wk Monday - Friday during term times and extra hours during school holidays to suit the needs and demands of the service.
  • Salary £8.05 per hour.
  • The successful applicant will have experience of working with children aged 4.5 years to 14 years and be confident to work as part of a team in the planning, delivery and evaluation of a high quality out of school care service.

All applicants must hold or being able to work towards SVQ level 3. The applicant should be registered with SSSC and Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

The closing date for these posts is Friday 17th March 2017 @6pm.

For full details of this post and an Application Pack please contact either Angela Whyte Service manager on 01414221007 or 07763911438 angela@eposc.org or Jackie Love Deputy Manager on 01414221007 or 07904037681 jackie@eposc.org

Early Years Scotland, HMP & YOI Grampian, Peterhead


  • FIXED TERM until 30 September 2017 subject to continued funding.
  • 18 hours per week
  • £19,190 per annum (Point 19 on Scale 19-22)
  • 20 days Annual Leave in the first year
  • EYS recognises 12 public holidays per annum
  • Pay and allowances are pro-rata to contracted hours

Applicants should be eligible to register as a Practitioner with SSSC (e.g. HNC Early Education & Childcare or SVQ Level 3 Children's Care, Learning and Development)

A full, current driving licence with own transport for business use and membership of PVG Scheme are required

Early Years Scotland is passionate about Scotland's youngest children having the best possible start in life and we are searching for a very special person to help make that happen. We have an exciting opportunity available for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to work within HMP & YOI Grampian (Her Majesty's Prison and Young Offenders Institution Grampian) to facilitate participative, shared play and learning sessions with prisoners, their partners and young children.

You will plan, deliver and evaluate play and learning experiences and sessions involving children and parents together, as well as a 'Learning Together Through Play' programme, consisting of a mix of theoretical and experiential learning, all focused around play and learning with young children and the importance of play in young children's learning and development. You will encourage positive relationships between parents and children through shared play and learning experiences. You will also work with a range of partners to review learning and contribute to the development of future plans.

We welcome applications that demonstrate:

  • sound understanding and knowledge of how young children develop and learn
  • an ability to build effective relationships with families and have experience of working with parents and families living in difficult circumstances
  • experience of working with a range of colleagues from other agencies
  • excellent communication and organisational skills
  • an ability to work on own initiative and also as an effective member of a team

Closing date for applications: Midday on Friday 24 February 2017

Application packs can be downloaded at http://www.earlyyearsscotland.org/news/job-vacancies/. Please do not send CVs as only completed Early Years Scotland application forms will be considered.

Completed applications should be returned, electronically where possible, to: recruitment@earlyyearsscotland.org OR by post marked 'confidential' to HR, Early Years Scotland, 23 Granville Street, Glasgow G3 7EE

For more information, please email recruitment@earlyyearsscotland.org or telephone Gail Squires on 0141 221 4148.

Early Years Scotland is an equal opportunities employer

Midlothian Association of Play

Sessional Playworkers / Sessional Senior Playworkers

£8.45 / £9.43 per hour Fixed term contract (to end of August 2017) Introduction

We are seeking playful people to join a staff pool to provide a range of holiday play activities, which run in July and August (though occasional training and planning sessions will take place April-June at mutually convenient times). There is not a guaranteed number of hours per employee - it depends on how the rota pieces together taking into account people's availability. The key projects are:

  • Playschemes
  • Play in the Park
  • Playday

Play opportunities at the sessions will include, for example, sand and water, art materials, messy play, nature play, fire bowls, dressing up clothes and ‘loose parts' to encourage all sorts of ideas such as den building, junk obstacle courses, etc.

MAP supports children to undertake challenges in their play if they wish and carries out risk-benefit assessment to ensure a balance is struck between enabling children to learn and develop and keeping them safe from harm.

The purpose of the playworker role is to enable these opportunities for children aged 0-12, as part of a team of staff and volunteers.

About MAP

Midlothian Association of Play (MAP) is a registered charity (no SC025474) working to improve and increase children's opportunity to play, because we know how important play is for their health, wellbeing and development. It is important for their lives in the here and now as well as for their future life chances. We provide services for children and for other groups working with children (including training and an annual conference). We have an office base in Dalkeith but deliver services throughout Midlothian.

About Playschemes

We provide summer playschemes in Mayfield, Gorebridge and Dalkeith/Woodburn in Midlothian. Each session is 2 hours long, with a 3 hour shift for the playworker. We will be running 15 sessions in each area. Playworkers may work at one or more of the playschemes and this, alongside availability to work, can be discussed with shortlisted candidates at interview.

The playschemes are set up to enable children to meet with friends and enjoy a wide range of play opportunities during their holiday. They take place in community facilities with access to indoor and outdoor play spaces, though occasional trips out are made, including to local parks.

About Play in the Park

We will be running 16 family play sessions, entirely outdoors in public parks, for children aged 0-4 and their parents/carers. There will be 4 sessions of 1.5 hours each in each of Mayfield/Easthouses, Gorebridge, Woodburn/Dalkeith and Loanhead/Bilston. The aim is to support family fun during the holidays and share play ideas that families could try at home.

About Playday

Playday is a large, public event taking place over one day (likely the 2nd of August), for children of all ages and their parents/carers, including groups such as holiday clubs. A wide range of play opportunities will be available for members of the public. Some of these play opportunities will be provided by our sessional playworker team. Others are held by external providers and partner organisations.

How to apply

There is just one application process, but those with more experience will be considered for the roles of Senior Playworkers, to coordinate the day to day tasks of the teams during sessions, but with no staff line management duties. This will be discussed at interview with applicants reaching that stage.

The roles require each individual to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme if not already a member. Each post is subject to the PVG Scheme Record accessed prior to the post commencing. Attendance is expected at training, including induction, child protection and first aid (if not already holding an up to date certificate).

An application pack can be downloaded from www.map-midlothian.org.uk/pages/news or contact MAP on 0131 663 2243 or at info@map-midlothian.org.uk

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 5th March 2017

Interviews will take place on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th March 2017

North Edinburgh Childcare, Edinbburgh (Two positions available)

North Edinburgh Childcare is one of the premier providers of high quality, affordable childcare and education services in Edinburgh and is known for its community based approach to delivering accredited childcare training. The organisation is strongly grounded in an inclusive ethos which underpins both our excellent services and our commitment to staff, their training and professional development.

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals to fill the following posts in our out of school care team:-


  • 25 hrs/wk Monday - Friday during term times and full time during school holidays
  • Salary Š18,956.16-Š23,545.33/annum pro rata (Scale 18-26) (Qualification Bar Scale 23 - Š21,548.78)
  • The successful applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day running of an out of school club based in the North Edinburgh area. Responsibilities will include leading a team in the effective planning, implementation and evaluation of high quality activity programmes.


  • 22 hrs/wk Monday - Friday during term times and full time during school holidays
  • Salary Š17,070.90-Š20,973.67/annum pro rata (Scale 13-22) (Qualification Bar Scale 18 - Š18,956.16)
  • The successful applicant will have experience of working with primary school aged children and be able to work as part of a team in the planning, delivery and evaluation of a high quality out of school care service.

Please note that applicants for these posts must hold, or be willing to work towards, a relevant qualification and be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council. They must also be a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.

The closing date for these posts is Monday, 20 February 2017.

For full details of this post and an Application Pack please call our Human Resources Dept. on 0131 332 8001, email info@northedinburghchildcare.co.uk or visit www.northedinburghchildcare.co.uk/cms/recruitment

Midlothian Association of Play (MAP)

Community Playworkers (Several Positions Available)

  • Pro rata of £18,382 FTE (37.5 hours)
  • One post at 21.5 hours and two posts at 17 hours per week
  • Fixed term contract - one year (or until the funding ends) with the possibility of extension Introduction

We are seeking dynamic, playful, confident people to uptake three Community Playworker posts to deliver our Out2Play project in Woodburn, Mayfield and Gorebridge. This comprises 17 hours per week. The additional hours for the 21.5 hour post relate to delivery of our Stay4Play project. It is possible opportunities for voluntary overtime to work on other small projects will arise.

About MAP

Midlothian Association of Play (MAP) is a registered charity (no SC025474) working to improve and increase children's opportunity to play, because we know how important play is for their health, wellbeing and development. It is important for their lives in the here and now as well as for their future life chances. We provide services for children and for other groups working with children (including training and an annual conference). We have an office base in Dalkeith but deliver services throughout Midlothian.

About Out2Play

The Out2Play posts are funded by Big Lottery Fund. Out2Play uses the 'play rangers' model of delivery. The play sessions take place outdoors in public parks, facilitating children's wishes for use of public space, and freeing their natural potential for building skills, relationships and resilience.

The sessions are open access and children are free to come and go. They are aimed at children aged 5 and up (with most being 7-13). Parents/carers can bring children under 5 if they wish and parents/carers are always welcome to join in. As the project is delivered in public space, it is essentially open to the public and from past experience we expect younger children and teenagers to join in.

Three Community Playworkers plus volunteers (where available) deliver each play session. The sessions are free play focused, with play resources to support all types of play experiences (e.g. sensory, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional) with an emphasis on ‘loose parts'. The sessions promote play with nature and the elements and for example include materials for den-making, games and junk obstacle courses. The sessions are responsive to how children wish to play and make use of their local space.

We currently deliver this project in Woodburn but are expanding into Mayfield and Gorebridge too. Sessions will take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday after school hours (1-3pm on the Friday and 3.30-5pm other days term time, with a possible shift to a later slot in the summer holidays). Please note that the staff shifts will include time before and after the sessions for setting and tiding up and for transporting resources. The shifts could change to meet changing community needs, which could include evening or weekend working. Alongside the time allocated to sessions, there are some hours to be worked flexibly across the week, for example to attend project meetings or training, or to plan and prepare for sessions. It may be possible to take the post alongside another job working mornings only, as the play sessions will be afternoons.


The Stay4Play hours are funded by The Cattanach Charitable Trust. The aim of these groups is to provide inclusive, welcoming and supportive spaces in which families with very young children can play together. The groups will be for parents, grandparents and kinship carers of any gender and their young children aged 0-3. Older siblings of children aged 0-3 participating are welcome too, if that helps the parent/carer to attend.

The sessions will feature a range of play opportunities, tailored to the participants and supportive of families playing together. There will be an emphasis on free play but with structured activities, including in groups, such as stories or songs, built in as relevant to participants' needs and interests.

The groups will take place on Saturday mornings in Woodburn and Gorebridge. Each group will run fortnightly on a fixed pattern, likely to be the first and third Saturday for one, and the second and fourth Saturday for the other, of each month.

This means that the role will entail working all Saturday mornings into early afternoon (with the likely exception of the fifth Saturday of any months with five Saturdays).

Funding position

We currently have potential funding for Out2Play for 3 years from Big Lottery Fund - subject to finding some match funding and making suitable progress each year. Therefore it is likely that the 17 hours for Out2Play will be extended beyond the end of year one.

We currently have funding for the 4.5 hours for Stay4Play that are included in the 21.5 hour post until the end of November 2017. Further funding will be sought.

How to apply

The roles require the individuals to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme if not already members. Each post is subject to the Scheme Record accessed prior to the post commencing.

An application pack can be downloaded from our website at www.map-midlothian.org.uk/pages/news. Please note that we do not accept CVs and you must complete and return the application form.

Please note on the application form whether you are applying for:

  • Community Playworker - 17 hours
  • Community Playworker - 21.5 hours

If you require further information please contact Laura Baigrie on 0131 633 2243 or at laura@map-midlothian.org.uk

The application deadline is midnight Sunday 19th February 2017.

Interviews will take place Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th February 2017.

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