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YMCA Fairthorne Group
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Greetham St, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5
£10.42 an hour - Zero hours contract


Greetham St, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5

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  • Childcare
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking

Full job description

Playworker - School Holiday Daycamps

YMCA Portsmouth, PO5 4LF

Hours: Summer Holidays - Shifts vary between, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm

Salary: £10.42 per hour

YMCA Fairthorne Group:

We believe that everybody should have the opportunity to lead happy, healthy lives. YMCA Fairthorne Group (YMCA) is a community-based charity that brings people of all backgrounds and abilities together in YMCA places to identify and deliver effective programmes that meet their needs.

We work across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton, from 30 venues, providing programmes to over 40,000 people every year. Programmes include multiple early years settings, Daycamps, community activities, the annual national Young Carers Festival, and supportive housing for young people and families experiencing homelessness.

Job Purpose

Daycamps is YMCA’s school holiday programme, taking place Monday to Friday each school holiday. Playworkers deliver a range of exciting activities to school age children, ensuring the children’s engagement, wellbeing, safety and safeguarding at all times. Activities are planned and delivered in accordance with each child’s needs and range from those that are adult-led and structured, through to supporting children to explore their own interests. Activities range from outdoor sports, team games and trips, to crafts and cooking. Children are encouraged to spend as much time playing outdoors as possible.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • At all times work within the YMCA Way
  • Provide indoor and outdoor play-based experiences to children based on the needs and interests of each child, and in adherence to policies and procedures, including:

Session preparation of materials, equipment and refreshments.

Planning and leading of art, drama, games and other activities

Supervising children during the activities and supporting positive behaviour

Supervising children off-site including beach trips and walks

Supervising groups of children visiting the lavatories

Supervising lunch time in dining room

After session clear up.

  • Actively monitor and support the safety, security, physical and emotional welfare of the children, reporting any concerns immediately to the designated safeguarding lead or a senior member of staff.
  • Be a positive role model for children and other adults.
  • Follow YMCA’s policies and procedures at all times, including but not restricted to: staff ratios, safeguarding and child protection, and health & safety, escalating concerns immediately to a senior member of staff.
  • Actively identify children who may be in need of enhanced support, eg because of a potential SEND or safeguarding need.
  • Positively engage with the Daycamps and nursery team, parents and carers, and others at wider YMCA teams.
  • Act in the interests of your own safety and the safety of others at all times
  • Attend training sessions and staff meetings as necessary.
  • Anything else reasonably requested by the management of the charity.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience of play and supervision of children aged 5-12.
  • A basic understanding of the developmental needs of children.
  • Some knowledge of health and safety (training will be given).
  • Some knowledge of safeguarding (training will be given).

Personal Attributes

  • A genuine enthusiasm for helping children to thrive.
  • Ability to make activities fun.
  • Ability to communicate with children and parents.
  • Can remain child-focussed in a busy environment.
  • Enjoys being part of a team.
  • Friendly and approachable manner.

Successful applicant will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via Disclosure and Barring Service.

We are an equal opportunities charity with commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace. A copy of this policy will be made available on request.

Please apply now for this rewarding position and be part of an amazing charity who continue to support and achieve wonderful things within the community.

Job Type: Zero hours contract

Salary: £10.42 per hour


  • Childcare
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking


  • Holidays
  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person