Play Worker

Last updated 1 hours ago
Location:New South Wales, Wollongong
Job Type:Contract/Temp

The Newpin program specialises in the development of emotional maturity and well-being of parents who have children placed in Out of Home Care due to child protection concerns. Newpin promotes the skills that parents need to manage practical as well as emotional challenges in the parenting of their child/ren; as well as increasing the elements of safety within the family.

About the opportunity
This is a full-time contract working 35 hours per week until June 2023 in our Newpin office in Port Kembla. As the Play worker your role will be to provide support for the development of children by providing therapeutic play opportunities, educational programs and support for parents and children in their interactions in the family playroom. The children attending the program will have experienced trauma and be living outside their family. Your role is to provide a safe and therapeutic play space, providing support for parents and children when they attend the Centre to nurture and repair their relationship

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work within a trauma informed practice framework to provide informal and formal therapeutic interventions for groups, individual parents and children. This includes contact visits for children in OOHC and their parents, playroom activities, time in the lounge room and lunch times.
  • Management of restoration family work/casework for families attending the program according to the program’s procedural requirements including;advocacy and referral to ensure service provision is responsive to the families changing needs.
  • Participate in case conferences for families working towards restoration to ensure a clear Case Plan is drawn up and agreed to by all parties.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships and effective communication with Family and Community Services staff to facilitate effective practice and the best outcomes for Newpin parents and their children

About You

  • Certificate or Diploma in childcare or relevant child-related training.
  • 2 years’ experience in working with children.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the importance of play in children’s learning.
  • Knowledge and understanding if the importance of school readiness and education.
  • Knowledge of child protection and the impacts of trauma.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with children (0-6) who are displaying challenging behaviours.
  • Demonstrated ability/ knowledge of using play as a therapeutic and educational tool with children.
  • Interpersonal skills and characteristics will include warmth, flexibility, and ability to think and act appropriately in crisis, excellent communication skills and empathy.
  • Current drivers licence and NSW Working with Children’s check

Applications close 28th September.

Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks which include a National Police Check and Reference Check.

Uniting has identified this position as an essential role within the Newpin program. While we will always provide a safe working environment and take into consideration all relevant Government, Health and/or Emergency Services advice, in this role you will provide critical services to our clients that we expect will continue to be delivered in some capacity during events such as pandemics and natural disasters.