Job Title: Holiday Play Scheme Coordinator (School Holidays Only)
Location: YMCA Hawker
Contract: Permanent
Hours of Work: 40 hours per week, (School holidays only)
Salary: £21,819.20 per annum ( Pro rata)
Closing Date: 30 April, 2018

It is an exciting time to join YMCA St Paul’s group. The YMCA London South West, East London and Slough have recently merged their businesses and a further merger with West London YMCA is planned to complete in April 2018. This new organisation will have a growing presence across London and Slough.

We support vulnerable and homeless young people by providing hostel accommodation, pastoral care and community activities, as well as supported living and affordable move-on housing. We have recently been in the news after the successful innovative development of the Y Cube, a low cost modular home solution. We aim to provide a safe and secure environment where people are respected, heard and valued.

But that’s not all we do. We support children, providing daily activities such as soft play, breakfast clubs, afterschool clubs and holiday play schemes. Our health and wellbeing centres offer people the opportunity to nurture their mind, body and spirit with gyms, group fitness classes and counselling, and we train local volunteers to work with our dedicated staff, as we fully believe in the positive benefits of community participation.

We’re affiliated to YMCA England, our national body, and share its passion to stand up for young people, to speak out on national issues that affect their lives and help them to find confidence in their own voice.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a team in the planning, delivery, and review of high quality childcare and play opportunities for children at YMCA Hawker. Building on the success of our Wild Play Days (7-11 year old camps) we are looking for a new coordinator to build our new Holiday Playscheme around outdoor play and adventure. You will be responsible for: creating an inclusive and safe environment for children; reporting and recording information about the setting; supporting and developing staff; ensuring that the setting operates within its budgetary parameters, and maintaining accurate financial records.

We are looking for someone with a playwork or forest school background, who is able to lead on this provision, be creative in their approach to a variety of play opportunities, and provide a range of activities to meet the needs of children of different ages and skill levels. It is essential to have: an NVQ Level 3 (Playwork/Childcare) qualification or equivalent (or be working towards this); an understanding of the Playwork Principles and Statutory EYFS requirements; knowledge of child protection processes; experience of leading and developing creative outdoor activities and play opportunities for children; good planning and organisational skills; excellent communication and interpersonal skills.  This role is subject to safeguarding checks including a DBS check in line with YMCA St Paul’s Group procedures

YMCA St Paul’s Group is an equal opportunities employer. We value the importance of diversity and positively welcome applications from all members of the community, including those with disabilities.  As a responsible employer, we follow safer recruitment guidelines and will not accept a CV in lieu of a completed application form. The successful candidate will be expected to declare all previous offences and to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

YMCA London South West is a Christian organisation and as an employee you will be required to respect its ethos and uphold its values.


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The closing date to complete this application is 30 April 2018 Charity No: 1041923