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Children's Play Workers

Children's Play Workers

Salary circa £21,000 per annum (full time equivalent)

Full time 36 hours per week Monday to Friday plus occasional emergency on call shifts for which an additional payment will be made

Part time 20 hours per week Monday to Friday plus occasional emergency on call shifts for which an additional payment will be made

Your Sanctuary is looking for two Children's Play Worker to help support children who have experienced domestic abuse.  Based at our refuges in North West Surrey, you will assist our specialist Children's Workers in the delivery of the Therapeutic Children's Service by planning and providing a routine of play activities for children from birth to 5 years' of age.  You will also help parents to build their confidence and skills by modelling good play behaviour and encouraging their involvement. Finding appropriate nursery places and supporting a smooth transition in and out of refuge are key elements of the job.


This is a role in which you can make a real difference to children's lives by giving them the opportunity to enjoy and learn through play whilst increasing their self-esteem and addressing any early attachment difficulties present.  Experience of working with children of nursery and pre-school age who have been affected by trauma and/or who have emotional support needs is essential.  You must be knowledgeable and understanding of child development and safeguarding issues, have excellent communication skills and be kind, patient and approachable.  Additional knowledge regarding adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and attachment theory would be beneficial but not essential.  

One post is full time 36 hours per week Monday to Friday and the other 20 hours per week with some flexibility on working hours/days. We can offer you the opportunity to develop your skills and experience whilst being part of a friendly and supportive team and we provide 25 days annual leave per year plus public holidays (pro rata for the part time post), a contributory pension scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Applicants must have a full driving licence and access to a reliable car for work purposes as well as living within a reasonable driving distance of offices in Woking, and be able to undertake occasional on-call duties as part of a rota. 

Your Sanctuary is fully committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and our recruitment practices will reflect this.  Successful applicants will be required to undergo a full referencing and DBS process before any offer of employment is confirmed.  More information can be provided upon request.

Closing date:  Monday 24th January (9am) although please note that applications will be considered upon receipt so the post may be filled before this date.

A full job description/person specification is below along with a covering letter with full details of how to apply.  Please send your CV and covering letter, which should include a paragraph on how you meet the requirements for the post, to

No agencies please.