Messy Stay and Play - Group Assistant

Children's Centres - Portishead

Name: Messy Stay and Play - Group Assistant
Organisation: Children's Centres - Portishead
Location: Portishead Children's Centre, St Barnabas Centre, West Hill, Portishead, North Somerset, BS20 6LN
Type: Part Time
Thursday 9.30 - 12.00 Term time only Also required to attend the following training sessions, bookable after opportunity accepted, and within six months of start date. Child Protection Basic Awareness course (3 hours) Level 1 Baby Friendly Initiative training session (3 1/2 hours)


Could you encourage children to discover the fun to be had with pasta, flour and water, mud, paint, rice and much more?
If so, this opportunity could be just what you need.
We are looking for a volunteer who is happy to get down and play with messy activities, usually outdoors, to help children under 5 discover fun and creativity.
Main tasks and responsibilities will include:
assisting with setting up and tidying
welcoming parents/carers and their children to the group
role modelling within the group through play and joining in with activities
encouraging group members to engage with the activities
ensuring the risk assessment is complied with
assisting with session reviews and planning
attending a 3 hour Child protection Basic Awareness course
attending a level 1 Baby Friendly Initiative training session

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Organisation Description

Children’s centres provide services for families with children under five. They host drop-in advice clinics, parenting workshops, parent and toddler groups and even speech and language services. Many also host regular activities for children under five.


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Cause / Interests

  • Art and Culture
  • Children
  • Environment
  • Families

Types of Activity

  • Art
  • General and Helping

Skills and Qualifications


Volunteers do not require any formal qualifications, but should have;
an approachable, friendly and helpful manner
self confidence and an ability to put others at ease
a non-judgemental attitude
good listening and communication skills
experience of being around young children either as a parent, carer, family member, at work or as a volunteer
an understanding of the challenges of parenting
an understanding of the importance of play
the ability to understand the importance of health and safety procedures, as they apply to the group


Outcomes for the volunteer could include;
experience to add to a CV or a job application
a reference for future volunteer organisations or potential employers
development of skills in working with a group
development of personal qualities such as self-esteem and confidence
satisfaction of supporting a valuable role in your community
experience of working with families with particular needs
pride in passing on your skills, knowledge and experience
enjoyment of working with children and parents / carers

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 14
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Expenses: Yes
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: Can be supported
Offer: NA
Training: Child Protection Basic Awareness course. Baby Friendly Initiative training session.
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, Trial Period, DBS Check, Interview