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Playworker - Cranmore Little Acorn & Kids Club

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
£22,737 - £23,500 Per Annum
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

Job Details

Play worker - Cranmore Little Acorns 

Dates;   Apply by 17th June 2024 at 12pm

Location;   Cranmore Infant School, Northland Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4SA

Telephone; 0121 705 3443

Contract type; Permanent                                                                                   Contract term; Full Time 

37 hours per week                                                                                   Salary; Grade B (£22,737 – 23,500 pro-rata) 


Little Acorns delivers a high quality service between the hours of 7.30am and 6.00pm. 

We are seeking to recruit a full time play worker to join us in providing high-quality, safe and stimulating care in all Little Acorns provisions which includes baby room, pre-school, before and after school club and holiday club.  The role includes supervising the children, ensuring their safety at all times, engaging with them in aspects of play and conversation, setting up activities for children to take part in, meeting and greeting parents and providing them with feedback on their child’s time at the setting.

Ideally applicants will have a relevant Level 2 NVQ (or equivalent) or above, preferably in play work, and have some experience of working with 0–7 year olds in a play environment.

If you are enthusiastic, honest, reliable, hardworking and most importantly willing to have fun and enjoy working with children we look forward to receiving your application. The full job description and person specification is as attached. You will work 37 hours per week. Actual start and finish times per day tbc.

Cranmore School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Any appointment will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and satisfactory references will be a requirement for the successful candidate. 

Only successful applicants will be contacted after the closing date.

Applications Close;  Mon 17th June 2024

Date of Interview;  Thursday 20th June 2024

Please send completed applications to Shabir Sheen - Business Manager -

Attached documents
Playworker Job Description and Person Specification Sep 22 (1).pdf
Recruitment Monitoring Form v1.doc
Advert Playworker June 2024 - 37 hours (1).pdf
Standard Job Application Form DBS [SCHOOLS] v4.1 December 2019 Updated.doc


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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council


Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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0121 704 6000
Council House
Manor Square
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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