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Play Leader (7335)

  • Salary:
    £12.85 per hour
  • Directorate:
    Developments Spring
  • Contract Type:
    Fixed Term Part Time/Term Time
  • Closing Date:
    16 August 2022
  • Number of Roles:

Role: Play Leader 

Salary up to £12.95 per hour (depending on qualification and experience)

Contract/Hours: Permanent Part Time Term Time 20 hours per week.  Our Play Leader covers breakfast club (7.30-9.00am) and after school club (15.00-17.30pm) 5 days per week.

Additional hours available during school holidays to help with our holiday clubs. 

Location: Wallingford, Oxon

Closing date: Midnight on 1st August 2022,

Spring RAF Benson is a large purpose-built nursery and new out of school club that supports the children and families of RAF Benson and the surrounding areas. We are looking for a Play Leader to join our team, this is a great opportunity for someone who has a desire to work with children and can demonstrate the ability to lead a team of Play Workers.

Perks: We have some of the best employment terms and benefits package in the sector, including generous leave entitlement, paid time off to deal with family emergencies and paid maternity leave – as well as lots of benefits to save you and your family money and to save for your future. Check out more on our careers portal.

We may stop taking applications early than advertised if we find the right person. So, try to get your application in early.

We're thrilled that you're considering a career with Spring. Spare us five minutes, and we'll tell you what you need to know…

About Spring

We are proud to be part of the Action for Children family, a national children's charity and our success in Spring makes a difference. With over 150 years of experience in caring for children and young people, we are an award-winning quality and ethical provider. Any profit we make is aligned to support vulnerable children and young people in need across the UK, through the work of Action for Children. We believe all children deserve the best early start in life. It's our mission to be the best provider of outstanding quality early education to children throughout the UK, that is accessible to all. We are looking to learn, have fun and make friends in our bright and engaging settings.

 We are open to discussions at interview stage regarding job share on this role if this is something you are keen to explore. There is also a potential for additional hours during school holidays to help with our holiday clubs. 

What you'll be doing

In the role of Play Leader you will be; 

  • Ensuring a safe, caring and welcoming environment for all children attending Spring  & Spring Oscars Out of School Clubs all times, whilst promoting the emotional, physical, social, psychological, developmental, and educational well-being of children is paramount
  • Leading and be responsible for the day to day management of a Spring & Spring OSCARS before and after school care, providing care and play opportunities in a safe and secure environment
  • Setting-up and preparing the club ready for each day, and to ensure that any snack or breakfast is prepared in line with healthy eating guidelines. Encourage children to be independent in preparation and serving of snack and engage with all children in tidying up.
  • Managing a team of Play Work staff and provide induction, supervision, team meetings, appraisals and identify training and development needs. Ensure the staff team are fully briefed and understand their duties.
  • Communicating  with all relevant partners which may include, colleagues, host venues, parents and regulators. Ensure the effective and accurate completion and recording of company and regulatory documentation i.e. self-assessment, action plans & take a lead role in providing information to the regulators during visits/inspections.


What we need from you

In the role of Play Leader, we're ideally looking for someone who has:

  • A recognised Early Years qualification at Level 3 on the Framework (England & Wales) or equivalent demonstrable experience
  • Experience of working in a senior role within a nursery or out of school setting or experience of working with children of school age .
  • Leading a staff team, including supervision, work allocation, assessment or training and professional development needs.
  • Paediatric 1st Aid at Work or be willing to undertake

Whether this is a career change for you or the next step in your journey, we'd love to hear from you.

We work together to reach our mission to give children a healthy start in life. Given this and how having a diverse workforce enriches the lives of the children and young people we work with we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion and welcome applications from everyone. We value and celebrate the diversity of those that work with us and as an inclusive workplace we want all our current and future staff to feel able to be themselves in the workplace.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Good luck! We can't wait to hear from you.

Application process: There are 5 sections for you to complete, Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration – please refer to the JD and Person Specification when applying. We also want to know what unique qualities you can bring to help us reach our vision for children and families.

Talent pool: We're sure you've got what it takes to join our ambitious team. If you're unsuccessful this time around, we'd like to hold your details in case similar jobs come up that you might be better suited for. But, feel free to let us know if you'd rather we didn't do that.


If you need support with your application, please contact Shannon Neander on We'll be happy to give you any support you require.

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Spring - RAF Benson
Royal Air Force, , Benson, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England, OX10 6AA
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