This is a great opportunity for a disabled person (including D/deaf) interested in gaining experience working with children to work with Royal Blind Kidscene at their after school and holiday club. Royal Blind would particularly welcome applications from anyone with, or experience of, a visual impairment.
Payment: UK Living Wage rate of £9.30 per hour
Accountable to: Club Manager, Royal Blind Kidscene
Contract: 420 hours, to be worked part-time between 12-20 hours per week.
Location: Kidscene, 43 Canaan Lane, Edinburgh, EH10 4SG
Closing date: 10.00 am on Wednesday 11 March 2020
Interviews will likely be held on either Wednesday 1st April or Thursday 2nd April 2020.
For more information on the internship programme (including British Sign Language translation) please click here
If you wish to discuss this opportunity further or need a British Sign Language interpreter to complete an application please get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via Contact Scotland BSL https://contactscotland-bsl.org/. Inclusion Scotland’s contact number: 0131 370 6708.
Royal Blind is Scotland’s largest charity supporting people with a visual impairment lead fully included and fulfilling lives.
Kidscene is our after school and holiday club welcoming children with and without disabilities in an integrated environment in the Morningside area of Edinburgh.
This internship will provide a positive work experience for someone on the We Can Work programme. The aim for Royal Blind is to give the successful candidate the experience, training and confidence to be a valued member of our Kidscene team.
The main duties of the successful candidate will be to assist with the planning and implementation of day-to-day activities of the after school and holiday clubs and provide quality play and care within the framework of the club’s policies and procedures.
Kidscene looks after up to 35 children in its clubs and we have a team of 8 who support the children while they do different activities. These activities can include arts and crafts, baking or outdoor games.
Main duties and tasks
- Assisting with planning, preparing and delivering quality play opportunities for children of all abilities within a safe and caring environment.
- Communicating with children and involving them in planning activities.
- Accompany other team members while collecting children from local schools.
- Help with the care of children while they are at the clubs and deliver them safely to parents or carers at the end of the day
- Providing refreshments and ensuring that hygiene and health and safety standards are met.
- Encouraging parental involvement in the club.
- Supporting with good communication with all members of the organisation, parents, schools and childcare and play related agencies.
- Undertaking appropriate and relevant training.
- Keeping the work environment healthy, safe and secure.
- Working within the framework of the club’s policies and procedures.
- Taking on duties/tasks as delegated by the After School Club Manager
Essential skills and experience:
- An understanding of equalities and the barriers disabled people and children may face.
- Understanding the issues involved in the delivery of quality play care.
- Understanding the issues of equal opportunities.
- Good planning and organisational skills, including ability to prioritise workload, with appropriate support.
- Provide and support with safe and creative play.
- Good communication skills and awareness of how to tailor communications to different audiences/different purposes.
- Able to work flexibly as part of a team, with any support you might need to do this.
- Ability to use good judgement in knowing when to act independently to make decisions / resolve problems, and when to seek further guidance and advice.
- Have a clear need for the opportunity, and be able to show how it will help you overcome barriers to achieving your career goals. (this is assessed in the sections motivation for applying, skills development, and current employment status.)
- Must define as Deaf or disabled which includes physical, sensory and mental impairments, autistic spectrum, learning disabilities, learning difficulties such as dyslexia or long term health conditions. (You do not need to give details in the supporting statement unless you wish to. If you do, this will not be removed from the application before the shortlisting panel sees it.)
- Experience of working within a play-based setting with children with additional support needs.
- Competent in using IT to support play and club administration.
- Ability to work on own initiative.
- Appropriate child protection training
To apply for one of the We Can Work Internships you must define as disabled as under the Equality Act 2010 which defines disability as: someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
This may include:
- A physical impairment
- A sensory impairment
- A mental health condition
- A learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
- Learning disability
- Any other disability or impairment
- Diagnosed as HIV positive, or with cancer, multiple sclerosis or other long term chronic condition
- You must also be unemployed, under-employed (meaning that your current employment does not match your skills or required working pattern) and demonstrate a genuine need for the internship opportunity. For more details please see the application pack.
If you would like to discuss this opportunity with the employer prior to submitting your application, please contact: Emma McCabe, HR Officer, email@example.com
Completed applications to be forwarded by 10.00 am on Wednesday 11 March 2020 to:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
22-24 Earl Grey Street,
Please download and save the following documents:
Job Description: Play Assistant Role Description
Candidate Privacy Notice: 2.5 Internship Candidate privacy notice
Equalities Monitoring Form: 2.4 Equalities-Monitoring-Form-2018
Internship Application guidebook: Accessing-Work-Guidebook-PDF