Job Title: Children additional needs support worker

Location: YMCA Hawker

Contract: Bank

Hours of Work: As and when required during after school club (2.30pm – 6.30pm) and holiday play scheme (8am – 6pm).

Salary: £9.40 per hour

Closing Date: 27 March 2018


Organisation Context


It is an exciting time to join YMCA St Paul’s group. The YMCA London South West, East London and Slough have recently merged their businesses and a further merger with West London YMCA is planned to complete in April 2018. This new organisation will have a growing presence across London and Slough.

We support vulnerable and homeless young people by providing hostel accommodation, pastoral care and community activities, as well as supported living and affordable move-on housing. We have recently been in the news after the successful innovative development of the Y Cube, a low cost modular home solution. We aim to provide a safe and secure environment where people are respected, heard and valued.
But that’s not all we do. We support children, providing daily activities such as soft play, breakfast clubs, after school clubs and holiday play schemes. Our health and wellbeing centres offer people the opportunity to nurture their mind, body and spirit with gyms, group fitness classes and counselling, and we train local volunteers to work with our dedicated staff, as we fully believe in the positive benefits of community participation.
We’re affiliated to YMCA England, our national body, and share its passion to stand up for young people, to speak out on national issues that affect their lives and help them to find confidence in their own voice.

During these exciting times we are looking for Children’s Additional needs support worker who passionate about helping children and young people feel included regardless of their disabilities? Have you got the skills required to help children achieve individual goals and outcomes? Then we are looking for you! We are seeking Children Support Workers who are able to provide one to one support for children and young people with a variety of additional needs (social, emotional or physical), helping them to access the full range of play opportunities that we offer. The post holder will take an active role in creating plans to best support each child or young person in a safe and stimulating environment and communicating regularly with parents and carers. This job offers a fantastic opportunity to work with individual children and young people on an ongoing basis, aiding their development, play experiences and building relationships with them, helping them to work towards achieving key goals and targets.

It is essential to have experience working in an environment supporting children who have additional or complex needs, working in a team environment; knowledge of child development and key stages; recognising the different additional needs children may have and actions to take in respect of safeguarding concerns; be effective communicators and committed to inclusion and equal opportunities for all. It would be beneficial for candidates to have experience of providing constructive and stimulating play for children.

YMCA St Paul’s group is an equal opportunities employer. We value the importance of diversity and positively welcome applications from all members of the community, including those with disabilities. As a responsible employer, we follow safer recruitment guidelines and will not accept just a CV in lieu of a completed application form and if selected for interview you will be required to complete an application form. The successful candidate will be expected to declare all previous offences and to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

YMCA London South West is a Christian organisation and as an employee you will be required to respect its ethos and uphold its values.

For a full job description and an application pack, please visit our website at:

Job Description
Guidance Notes
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form


The closing date for completed applications is 27 March 2018
Charity No: 1041923