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Why work with us?

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We are always looking for passionate, enthusiastic, energetic individuals looking to gain experience working with children or develop a career in play-work, at our FUN, exciting and busy wrap around provisions. Let our team tell you themselves why you should come join the CKC family…

If you have a passion for exceptional child care or a skill within child care that you would like to nurter and grow, then find out below how you can work with us. 

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Entry & Skill Requirements

You don’t need any formal qualifications, however you’ll need to be reliably, have a positive attitude towards children and enjoy working with them. Related experience is preferable. You can get your NVQ qualifications in Playwork while you work. Before you start, you’ll need a DBS and background check.

Skills Required

  • Excellent listening skills and a responsible and caring attitude
  • Patience and tolerance
  • Creativity
  • Have organisational skills
  • The ability to work well as part of a team
  • Be able to take responsibility
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What You'll Do

You’ll support children to follow their own ideas and interests for play. You’ll make sure their are safe, interesting and fun play opportunities to meet childrens‘ individual and group needs. You’ll also follow health and safety procedures and help children to be aware of their own safety and that of others. You will help children to develop their physical, social, emotional and creative skills through play.

What a typical day would look like:

  • Providing and setting up play areas, materials and equipment
  • Giving out refreshments
  • Be responsible to children in case they have concerns or worries
  • Dealing with injuries and emergencies
  • Building relationships with parents, carers, and professionals
  • You may be invited to join in activities like sports, drama, music, den building, cooking and creative games.

Working hours, patterns and environment

Most playwork is before and after school hours & during school holidays. You’ll be working indoors and outdoors, depending on the locations and the type of activity. You could be based in a breakfast club, after school club, mobile play bus, or holiday play scheme. Your work will usually be very active, and you’ll join in with games and sports when you’re invited to.

Career path and progression

With experience and our training, you can progress to lead your own settings as a manager. You can undertake a NVQ Level-3 in Playwork while working

Salary

  • Starting from: £15,000
  • Experienced: £20,000 (Play leaders)

If you work part-time, you will be paid pro-rata on an hourly basis.

What do we look for in our recruits?

We are looking for highly motivated, playful candidates whom can demonstrate a core set of characteristic. These are:

  • Playfulness – Do you get stuck in and involved in activities
  • Ability – Can you supervise a group of children, as well as provide a playful environment
  • Career Progression – Can you demonstrate you would like a career in playwork
  • Reliability – Can we trust you
  • Teamwork & Flexibility – Can you cope in a fast changing environment
  • Leadership & Confidence – Can you lead an activity or group of playworkers

What training do we provide?

One of your core benefits of being part of Cambridge Kids Club is the training opportunities we can offer to progress your career in playwork. This starts with your extensive inductions process which including training in Playwork, Child Protection (including Prevent), First Aid and Food Hygiene.

Once you have successfully completed your trial period you will be able to access our sweet of different training courses to develop your knowledge in playwork.

We also offer more structured training programmes in the form of the NVQ Level 3 in Playwork. This includes either classroom based tutorials or online courses with observation and based assessments.

We have also developed our own “Future Leadership Programme”. The aim of this programme is to develop play-workers to become future play-leaders, through a dedicated and specialised training plan, coupled with offering experienced senior team support and mentoring.

The FLP is expected to last between 12 – 18 months, with the end goal of having the skills and experience required from a play-leader or deputy play-leader.

Testimonials of Play Workers

  • The team are so welcoming and supportive.

  • The children are so fun and creative, I enjoy working with them as it brings me back to my childhood.

  • CKC developed my passion for working with children by giving me training and support.

  • Cambridge Kids Club allowed me to develop my passion for working with children, providing me with training and support.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    We are always expanding and therefore we are looking for our next group of leaders.

    You salary will depend very much on your experience, qualifications and role you fultil within the club. We often start playworkers on a lower wage and quickly progress them up through the ranges as they demonstrate their performance and commitment to playwork.

    The pay cycle runs each calendar month, with your payday bing the 7th of each month.

    You will be provided with a uniform consisting of polo tops. These must be worn at all times.

    To go with your uniform, you should wear plain dark trousers or tracksuit bottoms and suitable footwear for running around.

    The children go outside in all weathers, so you should ensure you are dressed appropriately.

    All of our playworkers have a ‘home club’ which they attend for most of their shifts. This gives a sense of continuity for both the staff and children. We try not to move staff too frequently, but we do ask that all of our playworkers are flexible to move around any of our sites if necessary. If you are unable to move sites, please let us know at interview.

    There are a variety of tasks that need to be completed during a session. Some include:

    • Basic food preparation
    • Setting up and running activities
    • Interacting and playing with children
    • Speaking to parents
    • Tidying up and cleaning

    No, you need to complete our online application form. We are unable to accept CVs for safeguarding reasons. You will be guided through the whole recruitment process by our Recruitment Team.

    To apply for a job with Cambridge Kids Club, please check our current vacancies by selecting the “Current Vacancies” tab in the top right hand corner of our homepage. In order to satisfy our “Safer Recruiting” processes you will then be required to fill out an application form which can be found towards the bottom of this same page. You can always request an application form to be emailed over to you to fill out at your convenience.

    No, we can work out schedule that suits both you and us.

    You need to be at least 17 to work for us. Anyone under this age is not included in the Ofsted ratios and therefore holds no responsibility for the group.