Play Team Member (Lunchtime Midday Assistant)

The Alderton Junior School, Loughton

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Job Ref No. ECC2473-127S Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: Scale 1
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Fixed
Application Close: 01/12/2023 Midday Date of Interviews: 6th December 2023  

Job Description

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We are looking to appoint two patient, caring and enthusiastic Play Team members to join our Alderton Family lunchtime team to manage the effective running of lunchtimes, providing compassion and kindness to all our pupils while facilitating play.

We are an OPAL school (Outdoor Play and Learning) where the focus is on creating a safe and stimulating play environment by facilitating play opportunities and acting as an ambassador for play. This is a great opportunity for an individual who is reliable, flexible and positive who enjoys interacting with children and who likes working as part of a team.

Previous experience of working in a school or nursery would be an advantage, but training and support will be provided. Candidates will also need to have a good standard of English and be able to communicate effectively in writing.

Essential Skills and Abilities:

* Able to communicate and interact effectively with both children and adults

* An enthusiasm for working with children outside

* The stamina and resourcefulness to initiate active games and demonstrate safe play

* The ability to manage risk safely and confidently

* The ability to work within specific routines and systems as directed (e.g. in the lunch hall)

* Able to support pupils to maange their behaviour in a supportive and calm manner

Previous applicants need not apply.

Information about the School

The Alderton Junior School is a 2 form entry Junior School for pupils between the ages of 7 to 11 years. We are a forward-thinking school, working in collaboration with 15 other local schools as part of the Epping Forest Schools Multi-Academy Trust. Situated in Loughton, Essex, close to transport links into Central London but with the countryside, community feel of the Epping Forest Area.

Our vision is clear, to provide pupils with an exceptional education that is inclusive and challenging for all learners and provides wider opportunities for all. We are the Alderton family. We nurture every individual so that everyone who joins our family feels that they are safe and that they belong. We instil in our pupils our school values and we believe strongly in the power of hope, compassion, kindness, collaboration and belonging. The Alderton Junior School provides 240 children with exciting learning opportunities that enhance their academic as well as social and physical development.

For further information, including the Job Description and the Person Specification, download the recruitment pack from our website or contact

Visits to the school are encouraged. Candidates should contact the school to discuss arrangements for an appointment. Candidates are also encouraged to review the information on our website.

We are an Equal Opportunities employer and we are committed to safeguarding our school community. The appointment will therefore be subject to satisfactory references and enhanced DBS checks.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Contact Information

Tammy Eaton
Alderton Hall Lane, Loughton
Essex, IG10 3HE
Telephone: 020 85082521

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