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Play Service Manager  Full-time: £23,698.00 to £26,293.00 /year

The Play Service Manager is a relatively new role managing a commissioned Early Help service providing support for children and families before the statutory threshold is met or joint working. Referrals for the service come from parents and families themselves, schools, social care, Parent Support Advisors, Health Visitors, GPs and from multi-agency EHAP. You will need to have or be able to develop good knowledge of services for children and families in the local area to ensure that our service is not duplicating and enable effective partnership working.

The successful post holder will need to work within all agency and LSCB Safeguarding Procedures and Policies and ensure that the service protects and safeguards children and young people at all times.

As a voluntary sector organisation, staff are able to use their own initiative and be creative in your response to situations, using a solution focused approach whilst fully supportive of the ethos and principles of community development, playwork and the family partnership model.

The role is based in the BAPP office in Odd Down Community Centre which is a fully accessible community building with unrestricted on street parking and served by a public bus service. Staff work in shared office spaces and you will be joining a small, friendly team

Responsibilities and Duties:

You will be assessing families in line with the criteria of the service and making recommendations to a joint partnership meetings before allocating services. The job involves supervising and supporting staff and so you will need to be an excellent communicator as the role also involves working with a range of partners and service users in a non-judgemental way ensuring the voice of the child is central. You will support and manage a staff team of Family Play Support Workers and Community Play Support Workers to provide whole family support, Nurture Groups in schools and Family group work for children, young people and families across B&NES including holding a small caseload as required. During the school holidays, leading the team to facilitate and provide a range of community based play opportunities at Playdays.

You will be working with schools to agree and put into place a Nurture Group programme which will involve good communication at all levels. Other promotion may include use of social media, press releases, presentations

Caseload management is done through a shared database and online outcome tools for which you will nee as well as funding applications so you will need to have confident IT skills, excellent time management and ability to prioritise workload in order to meet deadlines

Qualifications and Skills:

Ideally you will have a Degree in a related field and have excellent written and oral communication skills, a Playwork or Youthwork qualification and experience of managing projects and staff.

You may have worked in the playwork or Youthwork sector or have a background in social care, family support or pastoral education.

You will have experience of project managing, ideally in a similar setting of play/ family support services for vulnerable families/ community services including managing and supervising workload and responsibility of staff teams

You will have recent experience of working collaboratively to deliver services which may include a small caseload as well as experience of networking and establishing relationships with statutory, private, voluntary and community sector organisations including schools in order to develop & deliver new services for the organisation

Confident at report writing including analysis of data, use of Word, Excel and Powerpoint


  • Pension scheme
  • Access to Training and Continuing Professional Development including funding support where approved by Trustees with a Training Agreement
  • Annual leave of 25 days plus statutory Bank Holidays
  • Free parking


Community Play Support Worker 16 hrs/wk


We are seeking to appoint a part time Play Support Worker who is flexible, able to work on their own initiative and able to work on their own with children and families and most importantly, who understand the benefits and importance of play for children and parents!

You will have a relevant qualification and at least 1 year's experience of working with primary/secondary age children, have excellent communication skills and hold an Enhanced DBS Disclosure or be willing to have a check.

16 hour/week working on a Monday and Tuesday, working with two colleagues facilitating and running two school Based Nurture Groups and two community based Family Play Hubs after school. Work will also include work with the family, supporting them to make positive changes and attending relevant multi-agency meetings where required.

We provide regular supervision, a great team of colleagues, paid Annual leave and Pension contributions as well as access to training.

To request an application pack to apply, please email

Salary: £17,298.00 to £19,430.00 pro rata/year


Please speak to Caroline in the BAPP office for further information and to be sent an application pack, please email

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