Vacancy alert: Children’s Play Worker Post – Immediate Start

Job Description

Sessional Children’s playworker/ mentor


Location:                     Office based in Battersea

Salary pro rate:           £11 p/h

Days:                           Monday, Wednesday and Thursday – 10 hours per week

CRB level:                    Enhanced DBS/ Safeguarding certificate

Manager:                    Director

Responsible for:          Supporting children on the Autistic Spectrum and with other Social Communication differences engage in play opportunities

About Sen Talk

Sen Talk is a unique non-for-profit organisation based in Battersea with aims to provide better outcomes for children with special educational needs. The organisation is dedicated to improving the emotional and social development of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions and Attention Deficit Disorders. The organisation sets out to challenge discrimination of children with disabilities and promote inclusion through its various projects and parental support programmes, as well as its vastly growing training and professional development offer.


About the role

The organisation is looking to expand their small team with the addition of a children’s play worker to facilitate their busy Lego®-based therapy club and the Communicate youth club based in Battersea. The right candidate will have experience working with children in an inclusive setting and present as enthusiastic and pro-active about increasing opportunities for children with Special Educational Needs.


Main purpose of role

  • Set-up, deliver and promote high quality, play opportunities, inclusive for all children whatever their needs
  • Provide one-to-one support when required to individual children, young people and their families
  • Support the planning and evaluating of sessions
  • Be an advocate for the children’s right to play, to be listened to and to be safe
  • Make sure that the programme of activities delivered is fun, interesting, valuable and appropriate to the children using the facilities by providing a variety of play opportunities and identifying and accommodating changing needs
  • Ensuring the safety and well-being of all users, staff and volunteers through risk assessments for all activities, checking equipment, undertaking first line child protection measures and organising activities appropriate to the users at any given time.

Core skills/ working towards skills

Skills and experience- Desired (D) Essential (E)
Excellent knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder D
Good working knowledge of Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) D
Advanced understanding of Safeguarding children with disabilities D
Excellent understanding of Safeguarding practices E
Proficient IT skills D
1-year minimum experience working with children D
Emphatic approach to working with families- non-judgemental attitude E
Good understanding of Education Health Care Plans D
Good understanding of SEND law and the Equalities Act D
Previous experience of working with vulnerable families or children in need E
Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal E
Excellent planning and delivery E
Excellent time keeping E
Excellent organisation skills E
Relevant SEND qualifications or additional studies D
Desire to improve opportunities for children with SEND E
Excellent professionalism E
Creative skills D


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