The Golden Hill Community Garden CIC, Sunday Playleader

The Golden Hill Community Garden CIC, Bishopston, Sunday Club at the community garden.

Job Title: Playleader at the Community Garden’s new Sunday Adventure Club for families with a child with SEND.

Description of Job role:To run the new Sunday Adventure Club 14:00-16:00 one Sunday a month at the Golden Hill Community Garden. You’ll provide a caring, secure and fun environment through individual attention and group activities, and organise an appropriate range of indoor and outdoor activities for children with special educational needs or a disability and their siblings between the ages of approx. 4-12. Parents/carers will be attendance.

Key Areas
o Activity Planning
o Direct Play work.
o Supervision of play workers and volunteers

Responsible to: Community Project Worker

Hours of Work: One Sunday a month 1-4pm and 1 hour prep in the week (flexible)

Pay: £13.00 per hour

Duties and Responsibilities:

Activity Planning-
1. To lead and supervise safe, creative and appropriate play opportunities for a range of age groups in a garden setting
2. Planning sessions with the community project worker to ensure a planned approach to sessions, including allocation of resources, and liaison with parents/carers as necessary
3. To ensure that all activities are inclusive for all children to take part in
4. To communicate with parents/carers to ensure activities meet their children’s needs

Supervision and care of children-
1. To supervise volunteers, delegating any appropriate tasks to other staff;
2. Ensure that activities are carried out in a safe and responsible manner
3. To ensure that food preparation/handling is carried out in a hygienic manner
4. Ensure that risk assessments are completed prior to commencing activities with children;
5. To actively promote and support the safeguarding of children and young people in the workplace, ensuring that all staff and volunteers observe the garden policies and procedures to keep children safe from harm.

Direct Playwork-
1. To ensure that a wide range of creative and enjoyable activities are offered.
2. To manage the planning of a wide range of creative and enjoyable activities, in conjunction with team members, and consultation with the children and parents/carers
3. To fully support inclusive practice, and ensure that all children can be involved in the activities offered if they wish

Other-
1. To be responsible for the Health and Safety standards appropriate for the needs of the children;
2. To assist with the preparation and maintenance of materials, equipment
3. Recording accidents in the accident book
4. To ensure confidentially of information received
5. To work on a freelance basis

Qualifications and experience required:

Essential
1. Love of the outdoors!
2. Level 2 or 3 Forest School or Play Work
3. Experience of working in an outdoor setting with children
4. Experience of working with children with SEND
5. Up to date DBS and child protection training
6. Up to date First Aid Certificate
7. Ability to motivate and engage children in practical play activities
8. An understanding of the importance of inclusion and a working understanding of some of the barriers facing children with SEND and their families
9. Previous experience of risk assessing activities and / or environments
10. Ability to keep accurate and up to date written records

Desirable
1. Knowledge of gardening and growing vegetables
2. Up to date Paediatric First Aid Certificate
3. Music and singing ability (or enthusiasm!)
4. Knowledge of alternative communication tools such as PECS and Makaton
5. Experience of coordinating or working with volunteers

Hours:
5 hours a month on Sunday.

Contract:
9 months contract – potentially ongoing dependent on funding.A

Application Instructions:

Please apply with a CV and a cover letter referring to the person specification.

Interview date:
Applications in by 12:00 3rd March. Interviews 10th March. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed.

Contact Lucy Mitchell with any questions on 07506 905 394 or ghcgarden@gmail.com, see our website for more details of the garden or come visit us any Wednesday between 10-4

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