Sessional Community Playworkers (relief cover)


£9.62 per hour


About the role

We are seeking 2-3 playful people to join a sessional staff pool to provide cover where need be – ordinarily for annual or sick leave. In the short to medium term, there will likely be more shifts available than usual (depending on COVID-19 restrictions). There is no guaranteed work and it is possible shifts may be infrequent. This may suit students looking for occasional work, or those with other sessional or part-time work looking for additional hours where possible.


Play Midlothian provides play sessions across various different services, ranging from all-weather outdoor play to indoor family play sessions, and for children aged from birth to around 13. Our sessions provide opportunities for self-directed play and may include, for example, art materials, messy play, fire bowls, dressing up clothes and ‘loose parts’. Play Midlothian supports children to undertake challenges in their play if they wish and the playworkers carry out dynamic risk-benefit assessment to ensure a balance is struck between enabling children to develop and keeping them safe from harm.


The purpose of the playworker role is to facilitate the play opportunities for children (and where relevant families), as part of a team of staff and (at times) volunteers. The shift times vary depending on the service, but typically include:

  • Immediately after school hours Tuesday to Friday (all afternoon on Friday)

  • Some school day sessions – days and times tbc for the current school year

  • Saturday mornings (and sometimes afternoons)


We do not need candidates to have full availability or flexibility over the course of our session times. Some potential availability each week is sufficient, even if that varies from week to week. We may recruit more sessional staff if need be, to piece together enough potential availability.


About Play Midlothian

Play Midlothian is a registered charity (no. SC025474) working to support children to flourish through play, because we know how important play is for their health, wellbeing and development. It is important for their lives in the here and now as well as for their future life chances. We provide services for children and build family, community and professional capacity to support children. We have an office base in Gorebridge but deliver services throughout Midlothian.


How to apply

The roles require each individual to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme if not already a member. Each post is subject to the PVG Scheme Record accessed prior to the post commencing. Play Midlothian will meet these costs. Attendance is expected at training, including induction, child protection and first aid (unless a current certificate is provided).


An application pack can be downloaded from the right or bottom this page (depending on your device) or contact Play Midlothian on 01875 820 889 or at Please note we do not accept CVs and you must complete and return the form.


The deadline for applications is midnight Monday 5 October 2020


Interviews will take place Tuesday 13 October 2020

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