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SENIOR PLAY RANGER POST

North Edinburgh Arts is looking for a Senior Play Ranger for our Play Rangers project:

  • 17.5 hours per week, £16.50 per hour freelance post, fixed term to 31st March 2023 (potential for extension as funding allows)
  • Working Times: Tuesdays 2.45 – 6.15pm, Wednesdays 2.45 – 6.15pm and Fridays 12-5.30pm, plus 5 hours per week flexible admin time

NORTH EDINBURGH PLAY RANGERS OVERVIEW

North Edinburgh Play Rangers offer 4 weekly outdoor drop-in free play sessions for children and families in Muirhouse and West Pilton, using the models of best practice set out within the Inspiring Scotland Play Ranger Toolkit (https://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk/hub/play-ranger-toolkit). We work with any children (ages 5+) from the local community, drawing participants from Muirhouse and West Pilton, as well as parents participating with their children, including the under 5s.

JOB OVERVIEW

Duties:

  • Provide outdoor play opportunities all year round
  • Facilitate freely chosen and self-directed play opportunities
  • Encourage children to help plan and choose the kinds of activities that they would like to do enabling them to experiment and learn about themselves and the world around them while allowing them to experiment and take risks within the safety of the project
  • Supervise children at all times making sure that safety procedures are followed conforming to the organisation’s Child Protection and Health & Safety policies and other relevant policies and complete any appropriate reports e.g. accident forms
  • Encourage good behaviour and deal with any challenging behaviour in accordance with the project’s policies and procedures.
  • Ensure non-discriminatory practices at all times – in line with the Equal Opportunities policy
  • Preparation and clearing up of activities/areas
  • Contribute to joint working and partnership working both within NEA and with outside organisations, ensuring positive relationships with all concerned.
  • To liaise with parents, carers, professionals and partnership agencies
  • Organising of sessions, equipment and food.
  • Daily supervision of team of freelance sessional workers / Play Rangers

Health & Safety:

  • Ensuring that all areas/equipment used is free from hazard/danger
  • Reporting/removing any items considered dangerous
  • Ensuring all reasonable precautions are taken with regard to the children’s and your own safety
  • Understand and implement Dynamic Risk Benefit assessments

Administration/Procedures

  • Ensuring familiarity and adherence to organisation’s procedures/policies
  • Attendance at team meetings and training sessions as required
  • Maintaining registers
  • Leading on project evaluation and report writing
  • Some fundraising and marketing support

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential criteria

  • Play Worker/Youth Work/Child care worker or relevant qualification/equivalent experience.
  • Experience working with children and young people with different backgrounds, ages and abilities.
  • An understanding of the principles of play and the role of adults.
  • Ability to think creatively about delivering ‘Free Play’ sessions and obtaining resources.
  • Awareness of Safeguarding Guidelines and relevant legislation.
  • Excellent communication skills with children and adults.
  • A commitment to partnership working.
  • Good team worker and ability to use own initiative.
  • Administration skills: social media awareness, keeping records, logs, policy implementation.
  • A heightened awareness of Health and Safety issues and Risk Assessment (dynamic).
  • Experience of reporting and evaluation, including writing reports.
  • Commitment to the success and sustainability of the project.
  • Personal skills to include: adaptable to varied workload, flexible approach to working hours, willingness to work in all weathers, good physical health, patient and tolerant, organised and efficient.

Desirable criteria

  • Basic First Aid.
  • Knowledge of local community.
  • Experience of consultation techniques with children.
  • Ability to advocate for children’s rights and promote participation in decision making.
  • Experience in project planning and delivery.
  • Experience in supervising staff.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and CV to admin@northedinburgharts.co.uk.

Closing date: 5pm on Tuesday 28 June


PLAY RANGER

North Edinburgh Arts is looking for youth workers/play workers for our Play Rangers project:

· Play Ranger sessions run three times per week, but we are currently looking for team members for Tuesdays (2.45pm-5.45pm) and Wednesdays (2.45pm-5.45pm).

· Additional development/training time available, e.g. for team meetings, and visits to other projects, is often available.

· Sessional rate of pay £15 per hour, with workers employed as freelance staff.

NORTH EDINBURGH PLAY RANGERS OVERVIEW

North Edinburgh Play Rangers offer 4 weekly outdoor drop-in free play sessions for children and families in Muirhouse and West Pilton, using the models of best practice set out within the Inspiring Scotland Play Ranger Toolkit. We work with any children (5+) from the local community, drawing participants from Muirhouse and West Pilton, as well as parents participating with their children, including the under 5s.

JOB OVERVIEW

Duties:

· Provide outdoor play opportunities all year round

· Facilitate freely chosen and self-directed play opportunities

· Encourage children to help plan and choose the kinds of activities that they would like to do enabling them to experiment and learn about themselves and the world around them while allowing them to experiment and take risks within the safety of the project

· Supervise children at all times making sure that safety procedures are followed conforming to the organisation’s Child Protection and Health & Safety policies and other relevant policies and complete any appropriate reports e.g. accident forms

· Encourage good behaviour and deal with any challenging behaviour in accordance with the project’s policies and procedures.

· Ensure non-discriminatory practices at all times – in line with the Equal Opportunities policy

· Preparation and clearing up of activities/areas

· Contribute to joint working and partnership working both within NEA and with outside organisations, ensuring positive relationships with all concerned.

· To liaise with parents, carers, professionals and partnership agencies

Health & Safety:

· Ensuring that all areas/equipment used is free from hazard/danger

· Reporting/removing any items considered dangerous

· Ensuring all reasonable precautions are taken with regard to the children’s and your own safety

· Understand and implement Dynamic Risk Benefit assessments

Administration/Procedures:

· Ensuring familiarity and adherence to organisation’s procedures/policies

· Attendance at team meetings and training sessions as required

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential criteria:

· Play Worker/Youth Work/Child care worker or relevant qualification/equivalent experience.

· Experience working with children and young people with different backgrounds, ages and abilities.

· Ability to think creatively about delivering ‘Free Play’ sessions and obtaining resources.

· Awareness of child safeguarding and relevant legislation.

· Good team worker and ability to use own initiative.

· Personal skills to include: adaptable to varied workload, flexible approach to working hours, willingness to work in all weathers, good physical health, patient and tolerant, organised and efficient.

Desirable criteria:

· Basic First Aid.

· Knowledge of local community.

· Experience of consultation techniques with children.

· Ability to advocate for children’s rights and promote participation in decision-making.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and CV to garden@northedinburgharts.co.uk.

No closing date: recruitment is ongoing.