Senior Community Play Worker

Contract type
Post number
Communities and Environment
Sam's Place (Based within Harlow Fields School and College) and Civic Centre
£29,209 to £30,372 per annum (pro rata for part-time hours in term time)
18 hours in term time and 37.5 hours in Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays (banking either 14 or 30 minutes per week to be used at an alternative time of the year)
Closing date
Interview date
To be confirmed

We are looking to recruit a motivated individual to oversee and directly deliver services for children with Special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Applicants should have experience of working with children and young people with a disability and leading on delivery of services within a play or care setting and should be qualified to at least NVQ Level 2 in Play Work, Children’s Care Learning and Development or hold some other qualification relevant to the position.

The successful applicant will take a lead role in relation to all aspects of service delivery and will oversee a small team of highly skilled and experienced play workers to deliver a weekly Youth Club session and all day Play Scheme sessions in the main school holidays.

This position requires the post holder to plan and deliver a range of activities that are both fun and stimulating; supervise children; administer medication; attend to service users personal care needs and regularly liaise with parents and carers. The postholder will also be required to assist with the planning and delivery of the West Essex Inclusion Project.

Applicants should possess sound knowledge and understanding of play and care settings; Safeguarding; Health and Safety; Disability, Equal Opportunities; Child Development and the cultural needs of children and young people from all backgrounds. You should have experience of working within a confidential environment and be able to create, maintain and store confidential records both electronically and in hard format.

The successful applicant will be required to complete an application for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check and any offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks.  

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Christine Howard, Strategic Manager for Community Safety, Youth and Engagement on 01279 446192


Our policies support our employees by enabling a positive work/life balance including flexible working where possible.  In addition to this, the Council offers many excellent employee benefits which include, pension scheme, generous annual leave entitlement, health and wellbeing initiatives, employee assistance programme and development opportunities.

Harlow Council is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  People with disabilities will be offered an interview where they meet the Essential Criteria on the Employee Profile.

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