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  • YMCA Kirkcaldy - Outdoor Education Playworker

    Created: 04/10/2022, Updated: 06/10/2022
    News/Events Category: Job Vacancies

    Post: Outdoor Education Playworker

    Hours: 13.5 hours per week - Monday (09:15 - 13:15), Tuesday (09:15 - 15:15) and Thursday (09:15 - 13:15).

    Salary:  £9.90 per hour

    Reports to: Programme and Funding Manager

    Location: The Gallatown Garden, beside Kirkcaldy YMCA Hub, Oswald Road, Kirkcaldy KY1 3EZ

    Contract: This post is a fixed-term post until 30 June 2023.

    YMCA Kirkcaldy seeks to recruit an Outdoor Education Playworker to join its team. The role involves bringing organised outdoor community play activities to local primary school children in organised outdoor sessions at Kirkcaldy YMCA’s Gallatown Community Hub- encouraging, supporting and motivating the children to participate in free play and enjoy the outdoors, and providing inclusive opportunities for them to enjoy playing in an outdoor setting.

    The post will be offered subject to satisfactory references, a successful PVG Disclosure check, and a 12-week probationary period.

    Essential Criteria

    • Experience working with children and young people from different backgrounds, age groups and abilities.
    • An understanding of the principles of play and the role of adults
    • Ability to think creatively about delivering outdoor play and free play
    • Awareness of Child Protection Guidelines and relevant legislation
    • Excellent communication skills with children and adults
    • A commitment to partnership working
    • Good team worker and able to use own initiative
    • An enthusiasm for active outdoor working
    • Computer literate with social media awareness
    • An awareness of Health and Safety issues and Risk Assessment
    • Commitment to the success and sustainability of the project
    • Personal skills including; adaptability to varied workloads, flexible approach to working hours, willingness to work outdoors in all weathers, good physical health, patience, tolerance, organisation, and efficiency..

    Desirable criteria:

    • A Play Worker/Youth Worker or relevant qualification.
    • Experience working with and supporting volunteers
    • Basic first aid (training can be given)
    • Knowledge of the local area
    • Experience in reporting and evaluation
    • Experience in consultation techniques with children
    • Ability to advocate for children’s rights and promote participation in decision-making.
    • Experience working with children with additional support needs.

    Key tasks and responsibilities:

    • Provide outdoor play opportunities all year round.
    • Facilitate freely-chosen and self-directed play opportunities for children and families
    • Encourage children and families to help plan and choose the kind of activities that they would like to do.
    • Supervise children at all times, ensuring that safety procedures are followed conforming to the Child Protection, Health and Safety and any other relevant policies, and completing appropriate reports such as accident/incident forms.
    • Encourage good behaviour and deal with any challenging behaviour in accordance with the project's policies and procedures.
    • Maintain a register of attendees at sessions for evaluation, child protection and track and trace purposes.
    • Ensure non-discriminatory practice at all times, in line with the equal opportunities policy.
    • Preparation and clearing up activities/areas.
    • Contribute to joint working and partnership working, ensuring positive relationships with all concerned.
    • Liaise and work with parents, carers, professionals and partnership agencies.
    • Attendance at staff meetings and training sessions as required.

    The post holder, with support from the other Outdoor Education Playworker, will supervise and support any volunteers and junior staff engaged with the project. As this project is not childcare provision, no child should be left in the post holder's sole care. However, it is the post holder's responsibility to take all steps to ensure the safety of children at sessions, in accordance with all policies and procedures.

    Regular support and supervision meetings will be arranged with the Programme and Funding Manager.

    Please e-mail [email protected] to request an application pack.

    The closing date for applications to this post is 08:00 on Monday 17 October 2022.

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