Play Co-ordinator (Part-time)

We are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and energetic individual to join our team within a play services capacity.

Milton Keynes Play Association is one of the oldest charities in Milton Keynes having started in 1971. There are three core services that we offer; play, training, and the provision of resources. These three together allow MKPA to encourage the development of individuals and organisations through play in the local community. We also offer a wide range of activities and courses as well as stage fun and exciting events across the region.

During the summer we deliver many open-access play sessions across Milton Keynes as well as other sessions during the year. We are looking for an individual who has a focus on care and quality, can lead teams and loves enabling child-lead play.

Job Title: Play Co-ordinator

Hours of work: 20 hours per week, flexible hours, for most of the year with the requirement for full-time during and in the lead up to the summer holidays. (May include some evening and weekend work).

Location: Milton Keynes and Surrounding areas

Duties and Key Responsibilities:

Deliver high quality play opportunities in safe environments, ensuring the effective operation of each session, as set out in our policies and procedures.

Identify safe play spaces for our sessions and resources so children can play independently.

Co-ordinate teams of playworkers to support children’s needs by either joining in or supervising in an unobtrusive manner.

Engage and maintain excellent relationships with schools, parishes and others to deliver commissioned play sessions (including meetings and the facilitation of external play sessions).

Promote open access play sessions and other play services.

Qualifications and Experience:

NVQ Diploma Level 3 or equivalent in Playwork or Playwork experience in the last 2 years (desirable).

Experience in managing teams and rotas.

Excellent managerial and organisational skills.

Recent experience in using Excel, Word and report writing.

Full UK driving license.

The ability to identify and remain focussed on priorities.

Good customer service and interpersonal skills are essential.

Experience of grant/funding applications (desirable).

A first class communicator at all levels.

Knowledge of digital marketing (desirable).

Be able to fulfil the role including all of its physical requirements (this will be a hands on role)

Understanding equal opportunities.


Attractive remuneration package.

Encouragement and support for training and personal development.

A pivotal role in a great team that makes a difference to children, families and the wider community.

Salary indicator:

£10 – £12 per hour dependant on qualifications and experience.

We are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people we serve. As such this post is subject to necessary safeguarding checks including an Enhanced DBS.

MKPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MKPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

We look forward to receiving your application.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to

Closing date for applications: Friday 1st February 2019

Interviews to be held: Wednesday 6th February 2019