Out of school clubs
What’s the job all about?
After school clubs, breakfast clubs and holiday clubs offer play care for children aged from 3–14 years. Many take place in local schools, while others are based in village halls, community centres or day nurseries. As a club playworker you help the senior playworker organise fun activities for the children, including arts and crafts, games and physical play.
Many clubs have children with a wide range of ages, so you need to be able to meet a variety of needs: one moment you could be helping with homework, the next playing with building blocks.
What are the opportunities for you?
Club organisers create a relaxed, informal setting where children can ‘chill-out’ and play with their peers. Playing your part in providing a fun, safe, friendly club can be extremely satisfying. There are many of these clubs running in Wales, so there could be plenty of job opportunities, especially as the organisation responsible for supporting out of school clubs in Wales – Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs – is very active in helping new clubs get off the ground.
What qualifications will you need?
Out of school clubs must run a 1:8 staffing ratio for the clubs and staff must have a minimum Level 2 qualification. Ideally you should hold a First Aid and Food Hygiene certificate and have undergone child protection training. If you want to become a Senior Playworker, you will need to be qualified to at least Level 3 in Playwork. Clubs for children under 8 years old must be registered with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales in Playwork. Clubs with children between 8–14 years do not need to be registered. New out of school clubs also have to be registered with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, if they operate for more than two hours a day.
For more information on working in an out of school club on the qualifications listed please contact the Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids' Clubs on 02920 741000 www.clybiauplantcymru.org.