Playworker - Playranger Service
  • Employer: Guildford Borough Council
  • Reference: 3/21/149505
  • Published: Tue 27/04/2021, 15:50 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 21/05/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Flexible Hours
  • Hours: Casual hours per week
  • Salary: £9.87 per hour
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Woking Road Depot, Woking Road, Guildford GU1 1QE, Surrey

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Playworker - Playranger Service

Salary: £9.87 per hour inclusive of accrued holiday entitlement.

Hours per week: casual appointment – hours available between 3.00pm and 6.00pm daily on a rota basis, plus regular weekend work available. 

Guildford Borough Council has immediate opportunities available for play workers to deliver our outdoor community play sessions for children and young people. The Guildford Playranger service is looking for highly motivated and organised individuals who are able to advocate for and demonstrate the value and importance of good quality, outdoor play for children in the borough.

The Playranger team assists in the day-to-day delivery of the Playranger service, providing accessible and challenging outdoor play opportunities in local parks and open spaces across the borough. The Playranger sessions have an overall aim to encourage, support and widen accessibility to play opportunities for children within the borough; to play freely and enjoy the benefits of playing in the outdoors in their community. The primary age range of children for this service is eight to twelve years old.

The role is varied over the course of the year and you will be expected to deliver outdoor play sessions, events and activities in all weathers.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake essential training and will have access to a range of extra training opportunities related to the role.

This post requires an enhanced DBS disclosure for regulated activity working with children. Guildford Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Job Profile

We are looking for someone who is able to demonstrate an understanding of the Playwork Principles and have a passion for working with children from diverse backgrounds and communities, through supporting their need to play.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate experience in working with children or young people and hold a full driving license. In addition, a level 2 or 3 qualification in playwork, childcare or youth related discipline is desirable but not essential. Knowledge and experience in sports and bush craft activities is also beneficial.

It is in the nature of the work that tasks and responsibilities are in many circumstances unpredictable and varied. All staff are expected to work in a flexible way when the occasion arises. 

Hours of work

The hours of work for this post are offered on a casual basis. Hours are available Monday to Friday between 3.00pm and 6.00pm. Regular weekend work available.

Working hours will be outdoors and involve the direct delivery of play opportunities to children and young people. 

How to Apply

Our preferred method is online application however if you do require a hard copy application pack please contact Human Resources, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB. Telephone (01483) 444111 (24-hr). Alternatively e-mail quoting the relevant post number. Please note that we do not accept CVs, please ensure that you complete the application form fully.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and post-holders to share this commitment. To fulfil this commitment we have robust systems in place for the safe recruitment of staff and volunteers.


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