Active Play Leader

£10.27 Part time Term Time Only 25-07-2017 Level 3 childcare qualification
Benefits of this role include: fantastic training opportunities, working with a highly skilled and experienced staff team, an Ofsted registered “Outstanding” pre-school and brand new soft play equipment which can be used by the successful applicant in a creative and imaginative way.

Salary: £10.27 per hour
Hours: 2 hours per week term time only

We have been awarded funding from Global’s Make Some Noise charity to develop our pre-school activities for children with additional needs. We now need an inspired early years practitioner to lead on this work.
Do you have a passion for the physical education/development and its crucial importance in children’s development?

Are you a reflective practitioner who demands the best from all children whatever barriers they may face?

Do you recognise and celebrate the strengths in all children as a way to developing your practice?

Then this may be just the job for you!

We are looking for someone to plan and lead active movement and soft play sessions on a weekly basis during the term time. These will be based at the children’s centre in Johnson Place.

The Hamlet has identified a need for some children to have access to appropriate physical activity in order to develop their gross motor skills, balance, mobility and strength in a safe, happy environment. We have a high influx of children of this preschool age that have complex physical needs or difficult behaviour. The parents of these children feel they cannot access more universal structured soft play sessions due to the difficulties and risks their child can sometimes pose. This session will aim to allow the children to explore and enjoy their physical skills in an environment where their parents/carers do not feel judged or worried about how their child might behave.
Funding for this post is secured for two years. Continuation beyond this date will be determined by demand and continued funding.

• The Active Play Leader will be responsible for planning and leading active movement and soft play sessions for pre-school aged children (under 5s) with additional needs / disabilities. In particular, this will be targeted at those children who have a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of autism or ADHD.

• You will work with the Lead Young Person and Families Practitioner and other staff at Johnson Place to ensure that you understand the needs of the children and any aspect of their disabilities that may impact on their ability to join in with your planned sessions.

• You will provide an outline plan of the sessions that you will develop in advance of sessions.

• You will provide a detailed session plan for each session showing how the aims meet the needs of the children.
• Set up and pack away at the start and end of sessions with support from The Hamlet staff.

• You will use your knowledge and expertise in physical development and preschool aged children to engage the children and their parents / carers.

• You will reflect on each session and liaise with the Lead Young Person and Family Practitioner, ensuring that any concerns about the children are shared.

• All children and young people attending deserve the best experience that we are able to offer in a happy and safe environment. Children must have a sense of belonging, of being welcome and be able to grow in confidence and self-esteem. The Specialist Physical Play Practitioner will support independence, choice, integration and inclusion in the community.

Person Specification
You will:
1. Have experience of working with young children with disabilities (in particular, experience of supporting children on the Autistic spectrum or ADHD would be desirable)
2. Have experience of planning and leading sessions for pre-school aged children.
3. Hold a relevant qualification for working with preschool children and have relevant experience of supporting children with additional needs/disabilities.
4. Be prepared to use the skills you have, and role model enthusiasm and energy to encourage and motivate all to join in and get involved.
5. Be an excellent communicator.
6. Be physically able to move and lift soft play equipment ready for sessions and clear the area at the end of the sessions.
7. Have stamina and an ability to manage children with complex physical needs and sometimes, behaviour that challenges us.
8. Have a satisfactory DBS check. Any conviction or adverse report
relating to care, children or dishonesty would make a candidate
unsuitable for this role (essential)
9. Have 2 satisfactory references.