Who we are looking for

We are looking for an experienced early years practitioner who likes working in a small friendly setting, shares our commitment to high professional standards, is keen to develop and grow in a close-knit supportive team environment and is devoted to the children and families we work with and for.

We offer excellent opportunities for professional development, competitive pay and rewards including an 8% employer non-contributory pension on the full gross pay in contributions, where staff pay nothing! Free gym membership in Mary's gym fitted with a changing room and showers. Staff can also receive a 50% discount on childcare costs (Holiday Play Scheme places).

About Mary's

Mary's provides children, youth and community services to local residents out of Mary'sCommunity Centre and our childcare services are a key part of our growing work.
Mary's holiday childcare service is open 9 weeks of the school holidays catering for 6 - 12-year-old children from 8.30 to 5 pm.

This summer holiday time position is for 40hrs hours a week for 4 weeks. Possibility of becoming a bank staff member for other childcare positions within the organisation and for further playscheme programs

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to:

  • Be part of a dynamic and developing team
  • Work in a positive, creative and supportive environment
  • Develop their experience in working in a community setting
  • Gain a free gym membership
  • Benefit from subsidised childcare costs

Visits to our setting by interested candidates are welcomed and actively encouraged.
Please call Reception on 020 7704 2873 to book your visit. Complete an application form Mary's Application Form

Childcare Services 

Job Description

Job Title: Playscheme playworker -Full-Time

Contract: Fixed-term (4 weeks 25th Jul - 19th Aug) 

Hours: 40 hours per week 8.30 - 5.30     

Salary: £12.38  per/hr including holiday pay

Responsible to: Childcare Services Manager

Support Team: Childcare Services Team 

The Job 

The purpose of this position is to be a part of the childcare team in the day-to-day running of the Playscheme.  

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To be responsible for the provision of creative and appropriate play opportunities, preparation of activities, organisation of programmes etc, within a safe caring environment that must meet the needs of children with differing abilities. 
  2. To contribute to the organisation of programmes and preparation of activities to meet the needs of all children attending the scheme.
  3. Ensure that all children are treated as individuals regardless of race, culture, gender or disability.
  4. To ensure the safety and accountability of all children at all times. 
  5. To assist in the day-to-day administration; records/registration/timesheets etc. 
  6.  To maintain a good and informative rapport with parents and other colleagues. 
  7. To be responsible for developing and maintaining a working relationship with associated groups e.g. when visiting off-site venues. 
  8. To be responsible for ensuring that the building/equipment/materials are kept tidy and in good working order. 
  9. To work within an equal opportunities framework and agreed policies. 
  10. To administer First Aid as appropriate. 
  11. To provide refreshments as required and to be aware of food/safety/hygiene regulations.
  12. To attend planning, training and evaluation meetings. 
  13.  To ensure the Health and Safety requirements within the play environment are met at all times. 
  14.  To undertake such other appropriate duties as may be assigned. 
  15.  To undertake training as requested.
  16. Be aware of the importance of confidentiality with regard to information to which you may have access concerning children/staff/parents/carers.

All job offers are subject to the completion of suitable references, health and DBS checks.

Person Specification  



Skills, aptitude, knowledge and experience

  • An understanding of the principles of playwork
  • A commitment to the provision of high-quality childcare
  •  A positive approach to learning and gaining new skills through teamwork and training opportunities
  •  Enthusiasm for consulting with children
  •  Creativity to devise new ideas and engage the children in activities
  • Experience in working with children.


  • Previous experience of play work with children aged 6-12 in a voluntary or paid capacity
  • Interest in the care, learning and development of young children
  •  An interest in art, imaginative play, games and sport


Personal qualities

  • Excellent communication skills, with children, colleagues, advisors and parents/carers.
  • The ability to demonstrate knowledge and application  of literacy and numeracy and the ability to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English 
  • Patience, punctuality, reliability and trustworthiness
  • A positive approach to inclusive practice, with children, parents/carers and colleagues
  • Enthusiasm for working with children and young people                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


  • Good organisational and planning skills 
  • Flexibility/ adaptability 
  • Able to work in small teams




  • Playworker Qualifications or Level 3 childcare qualification
  • Some understanding of the importance of Health & Safety in the workplace 
  • GCSEs or equivalent grade C or above in English and Maths



  • similar Health & Safety certificate 
  • First Aid certificate paediatric or general
  • Completion of other relevant courses



Download the Job Description and specifications here and complete the application form Mary's Application Form.


Mary’s is an Equal Opportunities employer