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Assistant Playworker - Playscheme

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As an assistant playworker at playscheme, you’ll be working with experienced Playworkers to deliver free play playschemes during Easter and summer holidays. Sessions last 2 hours for children aged 5-12, and staff have half an hour at the end and at the beginning for setting up and clearing away.
This role requires membership of the PVG Scheme. This can take up to three weeks to process.
Play Midlothian’s playschemes run in Woodburn, Mayfield and Gorebridge, and volunteers are usually placed at one location, though volunteers who wish to attend more than one location are welcome to do so.
You’ll work with other playworkers to set up the play environment at sessions. This can mean arranging resources in an interesting way, or just putting different things out next to each other. During sessions, all playworkers are tasked with facilitating play. This might mean supporting participants to negotiate over resources, helping children manage risk, being involved in play when you’re invited, or simply helping children get involved. After the session you’ll help clear up, and contribute to completing a session evaluation.
Full free play training is provided, so no prior knowledge of play is necessary. Induction training also includes explanations of all policies and procedures relevant to the role.

Organisation aims and objectives

Play Midlothian wants a world in which every child can exercise their right to play and access quality play opportunities, within their community, that meets their play needs and support the child to flourish. Play Midlothian’s mission is to strongly influence, support and promote play and the child’s right to play in Midlothian – and when relevant beyond. Play Midlothian works towards its mission through building the capacity of play providers, improving quality of play opportunities, advocating for play, increasing understanding of play and providing services for children were gaps in provision exist.










Minimum commitment 3 hours per week.


Experience required: Enthusiasm, willing to learn, not afraid to do silly things for play.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Reasonable transport costs.
Training details: Induction training, free play, Risk-benefit and child protection training; ongoing training as agreed; ongoing support and supervision commensurate with the number of hours committed.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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