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Early Year’s Play Volunteer

Our Well One Team are excited to replicate the success of their Play Scheme by broadening their reach. They’re working in partnership with local primary schools and community centres to deliver Early Year’s Play Workshops to support parents build and strengthen their relationships with their young ones. Countless studies have proven the significance of development within a child’s early years, and a lack of income and resources can often prevent parents from utilizing this vital period of social and emotional absorption.

As an Early Year’s Play Volunteer, you will travel to local schools and lead workshops for parents and young children. You will be fully trained so that you’re both confident and well-informed enough to deliver sessions both independently and collectively with other volunteers.



St Pauls Way Community Centre & local primary schools

Useful Contacts

Sadia Yasmin
Volunteering Officer
0777 941 6360


  • To look after children’s social, emotional and intellectual needs through play
  • To plan, create, lead and set up play activities and clear away afterwards. This includes organising & preparing the resources.
  • To travel to different sites (local community centres & primary schools) and lead/ provide assistance to early years provision
  • Work alongside other volunteers and staff to provide fun, creative, innovative and educational environment for all children within the play workshops.
  • To build good relationships with families and their children.
  • To supervise the space, ensuring equipment is used properly and is safe for children to play with.
  • To report accidents, incidents or any concerns you have about children to Staff.

Adhering to Poplar HARCA’s policies and procedures at all times, including: Safeguarding; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Health & Safety; Data Protection; Confidentiality; Recording policies and procedures.

What we would like from you

  • Experience of working with children
  • Ability to relate to children and communicate with them effectively
  • Be approachable, welcoming and trustworthy
  • Be reliable, punctual and non-judgemental
  • Have a positive attitude to working with individuals from different backgrounds

Ideally you will be able to volunteer for at least three months on a regular weekly basis.

Poplar HARCA will carry out a DBS on your behalf for this role

What we can offer:

  • A full induction, followed by the right training and ongoing support
  • The opportunity to gain experience within childcare
  • A named supervisor who will give you regular feedback, allowing you to track your progress and work towards meeting your particular goals
  • Priority for any further training we have on offer
  • ‘Out of pocket’ travel and food expenses with proof of receipt
  • An honest reference regardless of how long you are with us
  • A supportive space to be in and a safe, artistic environment without discrimination
  • Invitations to volunteer social events
  • Access to other volunteering opportunities

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