30 hours per week, salary £22,735 - £24,697 pro rata
We are seeking a playful, adaptable, confident and organised individual for this post.
The purpose of the post is to coordinate and deliver high quality services in accordance with Play Midlothian’s objectives, enabling children to thrive through play.
Please note that the appointment will be made to the first point on the salary scale.
About Play Midlothian
Play Midlothian is a registered charity (no. SC025474) working to support children to thrive through play. We focus on play because we know how much this benefits children’s 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 families and build the capacity of communities to support play. This includes training and development opportunities for other settings, including schools. We have an office base in Gorebridge but deliver services throughout Midlothian, and at times beyond.
About the role
The Team Leader will both coordinate the day to day practicalities of our play services, and be the senior member of staff present at sessions, carrying out playwork and supporting service users and team members. They will also share their play skills and knowledge, for example through running training, compiling information on play, and working with schools to introduce new approaches (such as loose parts).
The postholder will work alongside another Team Leader, and a team of Community Playworkers and volunteers – with support from the Operations Manager. Coordination and delivery of services will be divided between the Team Leaders. This will not be fixed and could change over time, according to operational requirements. Therefore, it is important the postholder is adaptable, and can work their hours over up to five days, including evenings and weekends (on a rota pattern – our aim is for no employee to work every weekend whenever possible).
Play Midlothian’s services take place in a variety of community settings. Some are indoors, though a high proportion of our current services are exclusively outdoors (all year round), therefore the role will particularly suit applicants with a fondness for the outdoors.
We work with children and young people aged 0-13 (and at times older), with their parents/carers at some of our services, and at times with specific needs (including disability and emerging mental health challenges). We work with a variety of service models, though with the focus firmly on self-directed play. The ultimate goal is always to ensure that children have access to play opportunities that enable them to thrive.
Information on our current services can be found on our website. We will soon launch a new service supporting children aged 7-9 with emerging mental health challenges (such as difficulties with peer relationships, social anxiety or stressful transitions) through play in nature. We are also currently fundraising for group play sessions for disabled children and their families, which we hope to launch this year.
For the right candidate, this will be a highly rewarding and stimulating role, offering plenty of variety in their work – all the while enabling their passion for children’s play to shine though.
How to apply
The role requires PVG membership. The post is subject to the record accessed prior to the post commencing. Play Midlothian will meet this cost for the successful applicant.
An application pack can be downloaded from this webpage. You must complete and return the application form, by email to email@example.com. CVs will not be accepted. If you require further information please contact Susan on 01875 820 889 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline is Midnight Sunday 9 May 2021
Interviews will take place Monday 17 May 2021