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Come and work with us if you share our values and passion for supporting children and young people with learning disabilities, and their families receive services that respond to what they want, and are respectful to them, shaped by them, and meet their needs

Work with us and make a difference !

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.


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 these 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. It’s not only a job, it’s also a family.

Stephen, sessional worker at KCA for over 8 years

Current vacancies

Sessional Summer Special Needs Play Worker

pay: £10.92 p/h

Are you interested in working with children with learning disabilities?
We are recruiting for Summer 2022!

  • Are you a student, a teaching assistant or are you simply looking for a new challenge?
  • Are you looking for sessional, flexible work that can fit around your commitments?
  • Are you looking for work during school holidays or weekends?

If so – this could be a great opportunity for you to help us provide safe, fun activities for children with learning and physical disabilities, Autism and other conditions.  

We are recruiting staff with a range of skills including those who may be new to this role. We provide Saturday, Sunday and Holiday activities throughout the year and also a range of term time activities.

We are looking for people who are:

  • Flexible
  • Enthusiastic
  • Resilient
  • Non judgmental
  • Able to communicate with children
  • Able to work as part of a team

As a special needs play worker you will help children with learning disabilities to enhance their life opportunities by providing play activities that are child led and include storytelling, dance, drama, music, cooking, arts and crafts, sports, group games, messy play.

You need to be available to work on an as and when basis depending on your availability and the needs of the service.

In return we will offer you training, support and an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of children. 

What does the job involve?

Depending on each child’s needs, you will provide activities which aim to support them with:

  • Understanding the world.
  • Expressing themselves .
  • Developing their emotional and social skills.
  • Developing independent skills.
  • Physical activities.

The support you give, could include helping children with:

  • Communicating their wishes.
  • Eating.
  • Supporting positive behaviour.
  • Personal care.
  • Health needs.

How will you deliver this support?

You will work in our centre, the community or the family home.

All staff at KCA promote the 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 set and maintain the highest standards for children. Embrace and promote our high standards in every part of your role. Take pride in your delivery of activities, observation and assessment procedure. Be a key player to ensure KCA receives excellent outcomes in internal audits and those of external agencies such as Ofsted or the local authority.

You will create an environment that is clean and welcoming, with well-kept play resources.

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 should take action to remove potential hazards, (mopping spills, reporting damage) and all incidents and accidents are reported.

You will support children to play and access a range of fun and enjoyable experiences which help them to develop to their full potential as individuals.

Selection Process Information:

Please include as much relevant detail in your application to demonstrate how you fulfil the requirements of our job role, as outlined above and in the Job Description. Experience can be from previous employment, education, training, volunteering etc.

You must submit your application by Monday 30 May 2022. 

To apply: please complete the full application form and submit it to:

Need more Information?

For more information please visit Supporting children with learning disabilities and their families in Harrow > Kids Can Achieve.

Working with KCA means that every day will be different and you will be part of a team who is committed to help children with learning disabilities achieve their full potential.  

KCA is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce of staff and we welcome applications from all groups.

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.

Special Needs Play Leader

Hours: 37.5 p/w (12 months contract initially)
Pay:        £24,000 per annum 

Are you?

Interested in developing your career and learn management skills

Creative and passionate about learning and play

Do you want?

To use your experience in childcare, to lead play activities for young people with learning disabilities and offer them the same learning opportunities as for everyone else, both in our centre and the community.

To work in a dynamic and exciting service which is undergoing change.

Then this opportunity may be for you!

We are looking for an individual who is looking for the opportunity to make a difference and develop the provision of services to children with disabilities. You must have experience of working in childcare, out of school or education environments and understanding of Learning Disabilities.

Come and work with us if you share our values and passion!

The Youth Leader is responsible for delivering sessions both in the centre and the community, as part of a group or 1:1 support. They lead and plan activities for children & young people giving them the opportunity to learn through play, make choices and meet friends, develop independent skills through structure and target setting. They lead our play workers during sessions in order to enable young people with learning disabilities and complex needs to enjoy mainstream activities in the community or our centre. They support the Manager with the day to day management of the provision . 

In order to deliver the role effectively a degree of flexibility is needed and the post holder is required to work evenings and weekends.

We offer:

Continuing opportunities for learning and development together with regular supervision and support. Generous pension scheme. 33 days annual leave. Free car-parking.   

Please take the time to read the attached job description and person specification before applying. If you want to find out more about this role contact Ilias Kostalas, Head of Children and Families on 07739 627 514. 

To apply: please complete the full application form and submit it to:

Extended Closing date: Thursday 26 May 2022.

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.

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