Make a difference
Come and work with us if you share our values and passion for supporting children and young people with learning disabilities and their families
Working with KCA means that every day will be different and you will be part of a team providing support to society’s most vulnerable children and young people.
You will have the privilege to be part of children’s joys, triumphs, failures, frustrations, sadness and laughter. However, most of all you will be there to provide the right support to make a life worth living and enable access to everything life has to offer, just like for everyone else.
Job Title: Special Needs Play Worker
Hours: 37.5 hours a week (including weekends)
Salary: £23,303.00 per year
Type of contract: Permanent
Annual Leave: 33days per year.
To apply: please take the time to read the job description below and send your CV covering your work experience and explain any gaps in your employment.
Closing date: Sunday 26 November 2023.
Interviews: Tuesday 5 December 2023, at our centre in Harrow.
KCA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Background checks and an enhanced DBS will be required. You need to be 18 and over to apply.
KCA is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all groups.
Since 2002, we’ve maximised opportunities for children with learning disabilities aged 5 to 25, including those with physical disabilities, ADHD, autism and complex communication needs to reach their potential and live the life they want in a fulfilling way.
Our Values: Inclusion, Choice, Kindness, Ambition.
We focus on ensuring that children are helped to do the things they enjoy and aspire to, while they also develop and learn skills.
The play worker aims to enable children & young adults with learning disabilities and complex needs to enjoy mainstream activities in our centre and in the community.
You will provide care and activities on 1:1 or group basis. You will be caring for children & young adults with high support needs including behaviours that challenge. Your goal will be to ensure that children enjoy and achieve through play activities and learn skills in a fun and stimulating environment.
You will work in our centre or the community. All staff at KCA promote vision, aims, policies and procedures and follow KCA’s child protection and safeguarding procedures.
You will ensure every child’s individual needs are met.
Safeguarding children will be your priority.
You will Speak Up against practices that don’t support safeguarding or Our Core Values.
You will get to know the families and attend meetings as required. Update parents on their child’s day and development. You will set and maintain the highest standards for children and their parents. Embrace and promote our high standards in every part of your role.
Take pride in your activity planning, observation, and assessment procedure. Ensure that service users observations are detailed, reflective and provide challenging next steps. Ensure you encourage and praise service users’ development and achievements. You will have responsibility for your safety and others.
You will create an environment that is clean and welcoming, with well-kept play resources. You should take action to remove potential hazard.
You will support children and young adults to access care, education, informal learning, play and a range of fun and enjoyable experiences which help them to develop to their full potential as individuals. Additional duties may be assigned as needed. The activities will include daily living skills such as personal care, cooking, and cleaning, attending appointments. As well as supporting people to achieve ambitions. You will set up and activities of shared interest, ensure children have a good time and maintain friendships and relationships.
“The best part of my job is making a difference to the lives of so many young people: people who have had a challenging start to life. Teaching and modelling are vital to theses children so that they thrive in the future. Over the 8 years I have been at KCA I have seen many children grow up and I love to see how they develop their skills. The job does have challenges however the team is extremely supportive and is always there to provide support. Its not only a job its also a family”Stephen, sessional playworker