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Temporary Flying Start Playgroup Assistant - Cardiff

Full Time
Job Sector:
Child Care, Education / Teaching, Nursing / Social Care
South Wales
Salary description:
£11, 364.82 per annum (actual salary including holiday entitlement)
Start Date:
Wales Pre-school Providers Association
Job Ref:

Flying Start Playgroup Assistant (Temporary)

To cover maternity leave between December 2017 – July 2018, with the possibility of extension to November 2018

Responsible To: Playgroup Leader
Salary: £11, 364.82 per annum (actual salary including holiday entitlement)
Hours of Work: 33.75 hrs per week term time only Monday - Friday

Closing date – Friday 24th November 2017

Interviews  - Wednesday 6th December 2017


  • Fun Start Playgroup, St Mary the Virgin Church in Wales, Primary School, North Church Street, Butetown, Cardiff, CF10 5HB
  • Happy Days Playgroup, Adamsdown Primary School, System Street, Cardiff, CF24 0JS

Purpose of the Job

To work as part of the playgroup team, support the playgroup leader in providing safe, high quality education and care for children aged between two to three years. To fulfil legal and statutory requirements, contribute to and implement playgroup policies; in addition to acting as a key worker for a group of children and communicating progress on a regular basis with their parents.

Main Duties

  • To ensure that the playgroup is a safe environment for children, that equipment is safe, standards of hygiene are high, and safety procedures are implemented at all times.
  • To set up playgroup activity equipment before the children arrive at the playgroup and tidy away equipment at the end of the playgroup session.
  • To lead on playgroup activities and offer appropriate stimulation and support to the children.
  • To work closely with the children, other members of staff and parents.
  • To help ensure there is a good, happy and positive atmosphere at all sessions.
  • Take time to listen and respond to children, encourage participation and support them in their development.
  • To maintain equality of opportunity for all children within the playgroup.

The Children

  • To be the key person for a group of children at the playgroup, to be responsible for those children and to ensure that their progress is regularly observed and effectively assessed. You will be expected to celebrate the child’s achievements with their parents/carers and work together with them to provide appropriately for their child’s wellbeing, enabling them to make progress.
  • To communicate with parents/carers, informing them about the playgroup and its curriculum,
  • exchanging information about their child’s progress and encouraging parental involvement.
  • To follow guidelines and procedures for child protection as recommended by the registering authority; report any accidents or incidents to the playgroup leader.
  • To change the nappies of smaller children, if required.

Records and Planning

  • To participate and help with the drawing up of daily, weekly and monthly programmes of activities and events in accordance with desirable learning outcomes, as defined by the Foundation Phase framework, and to monitor the effectiveness of the pre-school learning environment.
  • To ensure records are properly maintained, such as: daily attendance register, accident & incident report books.
  • To read and be familiar with the playgroup’s policies and the statutory requirements for sessional care.  
  • To contribute to, suggest changes and implement all playgroup policies and procedures.
  • To attend staff meetings and planning sessions as required.
  • To maintain documentation in accordance with Data Protection Act.
  • To keep confidential any information regarding children, their families or other staff members.

Other Agencies

  • To liaise with the CSSIW, social services and other professionals as necessary and ensure that all legal and statutory requirements are implemented.


  • To undertake training courses and practical training as required.

Probationary Period: Six months.

DBS Check:  Post is subject to satisfactory DBS check.

This job description is as currently applies and will be reviewed regularly as part of development and performance review, and may be subject to other variances. You may be required to undertake other tasks that can be reasonably assigned to you from time to time.

Person Specification

E = Essential    D = Desirable

  • Experience of working with pre-school aged children (two to statutory school age) (E)
  • Knowledge and practical experience of CSSIW legislation relevant to the provision of sessional care for pre-school age children (E)
  • Knowledge and practical experience of Foundation Phase curriculum relevant to the provision of sessional care for pre-school age children (E)
  • Knowledge and understanding of Welsh Government Initiative Flying Start programme (E)
  • Ability to produce detailed appropriate planning for all children’s needs (E)
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals and organisations, including parents (E)
  • Ability to work as part of a team and work on one’s initiative (E)
  • An understanding and commitment to equal opportunities (E)
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality (E)
  • An understanding of play and child development and the ability to meet children’s individual needs (E)
  • Experience working with children with additional needs and any procedures settings must follow (E)
  • An ability to demonstrate a wide range of practical play work skills (E)
  • Current First Aid certificate (D)
  • Current Basic Food Hygiene certificate (D)
  • Current Child Protection certificate (D)
  • Experience of implementing risk assessments and policies (D)
  • Ability to incorporate limited Welsh into the children’s learning (D)
  • Level 2/3 childcare/early years’ qualification is desirable, although not essential

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Company Description

Wales Pre-school Providers Association (Wales PPA) is a national charity and membership organisation that promotes and supports bilingual pre-school care, education and learning through play across Wales.

Our association supports the development and implementation of the Welsh Government’s policy agenda and commitment to childcare, education and play.

We help to ensure there are sufficient play opportunities for pre-school children that are child-focused and help promote their personal and social development.

We’re here to ensure families are given the opportunity to experience high quality, affordable, and accessible childcare in Wales.

Our mission: to enhance the development, care and education of bilingual pre-school children in Wales. Working in partnership with families, parents and carers to understand and provide for the needs of children through high quality pre-school provision. Support adults to gain skills and confidence to make the best use of their knowledge and resources, for the benefit of themselves and their children.

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