Job description


Play Worker Oscars and Spring Qualified - Additional Educational Need (11515)

  • Salary:
    £22,300 per annum
  • Directorate:
    Developments Spring
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    22 February 2024
  • Number of Roles:

Role: 11515 - Play Worker Spring Oscars SCOT (Qualified) with Additional Needs Experience

Location: Edinburgh (Spring Oscars Pentland)

Salary: Up to £22,300 per annum

Contract/Hours: Permanent Full Time – 37 hours per week

Closing date: Midnight of 22nd February 2024

Benefits: 20 annual leave plus public holidays, free breakfast and after School childcare and 50% off holiday club childcare, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, annual staff awards, employer contribution pension scheme, Blue Light discount and employee discount portal with all your favourite brands, and much more. For more information check out our career's portal. 

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

About Oscars

Come and work in a key role with the wonderful growing team at Oscars , where our new management team encourage and support progression on our career pathway.

We offer warm and friendly childcare for children aged 5 to 14 years. Many of our sites are located within the local primary schools fostering close links with the surrounding community. 

Our aim is to provide quality out of school childcare to children.  We offer play and educational opportunities in a safe welcoming environment focusing on the social and educational welfare of each child. We are proud of our highly qualified and dedicated team who are passionate about nurturing children and promoting their well-being.  

Hours / Shifts

For a Full Time Play Worker, the hours would be Breakfast Club and After School Club, with flexible administration time to create your full working week. The club shifts are:

Breakfast Club - Monday to Friday from 7.15am to 9am
After School Club - Monday to Thursday from 2pm to 6pm, and Friday from 11.30am to 6pm

We can also offer Part Time and Casual roles.


What you'll be doing

In the role of Play Worker (Qualified) you'll be:

  • Ensuring a safe, caring, stimulating and fun environment for all children at the club.
  • As an Additional Needs Play Worker you will help children with disabilities to enhance their life opportunities by providing play activities that are person centred.
  • Engaging effectively with the children during their time in the club.
  • Planning and taking part in play and leisure activities for children.
  • Assisting with the setup of the club so it's ready for when the children arrive and that any snacks or breakfasts are prepared in line with healthy-eating guidelines.
  • Thoroughly enjoying your role and making each day count for the children in our care.

What we need from you

Additional Support Needs experience is welcomed but not essential if you have previous child care experience. We will provide you with everything you need to succeed and even give you the opportunity to gain a qualification in a childcare setting! All you need to have is the passion, commitment, energy, and motivation to come and train with our experts!

In the role of Play Worker (Qualified) we're ideally looking for someone who has:

  • SCQF Level 7 (which is equivalent to SVQ Level 3) or HNC in Childcare and Education or a Play work qualification.
  • Additional Support Needs experience.
  • First Aid qualification and Basic Food Hygiene Certificate or the ability to achieve.
  • A real passion to work with children, make a difference and help them thrive.
  • On occasion you may be asked to work in other sites within the local area any travel/mileage costs will be paid in these circumstances.

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.

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


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

At Spring Oscars we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within the organisation. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups.

Male staff are often under-represented within this sector and we would like to encourage more male applicants for our roles.

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.


Don't meet every single requirement?

If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.


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 our Recruitment Partner Lynn Kelly on

 We'll be happy to give you any support you require.


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As part of our promise and commitment we offer a guaranteed interview and constructive feedback to applicants who identify as care experienced and who meet the minimum criteria for the role.

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