Childcare Office

Playworkers Induction Policy

New Playworkers will be issued with a role description, a copy of the Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playschemes (CUHP) Playworkers Induction information and shown how to access a copy of all our current policies and procedures on our website. Playworkers will also undergo a thorough induction process firstly with the Playscheme Co-ordinator at the Childcare Office and secondly at the Playscheme. A mentor will be assigned at Playscheme to help them settle in.

The induction will include Site Co-ordinators introducing new Playworkers to colleagues, children and parents.

Policies and procedures will be shown and explained to Playworkers. They will be shown where they are kept onsite. All Playworkers will be given a copy of the Safeguarding Policy and asked to sign to say they have understood and will implement this policy. Time will be given for discussions around the practical implications of the CUHP's policies and practices. Particular attention will also be drawn to the Health and Safety policies.

Playworkers should be made aware of CUHP's obligation to fulfil the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum.

As part of the induction, the Playworker will have opportunity to discuss and talk through CUHP's everyday practices. These will include:

  • Playworker structure.
  • Playworkers shifts/rota.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Rest Breaks.
  • Playworkers Absences.
  • Day-to-day management and running of CUHP.
  • Responsibilities.
  • Code of conduct (including confidentiality).
  • Review and work management.
  • Training and qualification development.
  • Policies and procedures.
  • Safeguarding.
  • Whistle Blowing.

Showing new Playworkers around the premises should include:

  • Fire exits and assembly point.
  • Toilets.
  • Playworkers room.
  • Kitchen.
  • Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playscheme front desk (including telephone, office equipment and where documentation is kept).
  • Storage areas.
  • First aid box.
  • Collection points.
  • Equipment that belongs to the Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playscheme.
  • Outside play areas.
  • Any hazards to be aware of.

Playworkers Development and Training

The Playworkers are the CUHP's most valuable resource, as it is only through their commitment and effort that good quality provision can be both established and maintained. We are therefore committed to providing good training and development opportunities for Playworkers so that they are able to perform their roles both efficiently and effectively.

CUHP is committed to providing Playworkers:

  • A full induction process.
  • A process of job review.
  • An up to date record of Playworkers qualifications and training.

This will help to ensure that Playworkers' development needs are being met and that Playworkers training and qualifications are meeting the requirements of CUHP and any legislative requirements.

Playworkers Meetings

Playworkers meetings take place once a week at each site while the Playscheme is running and must be attended. The dates for these meetings are confirmed in the Playworker notes which are emailed to Playworkers prior to the start of Playscheme.

Playworkers meetings allow time for planning and problem solving, information and task sharing and acknowledging work issues. These are also opportunities for Playworkers to reflect on their work performance and review any difficulties they may be facing.

Training Opportunities

CUHP will do all it can to support Playworkers that are working towards improving their qualifications and training experience. All Playworkers are encouraged to take up training opportunities to expand their professional development and ensure an up to date knowledge of childcare issues.

It is the Playscheme Co-ordinator's responsibility to identify and promote suitable training courses for Playworkers and strongly encourage them to take advantage of these. Support will be given to help Playworkers overcome any barriers to accessing such training.

Playworkers will be expected to attend training courses and update skills as and when requested by their Playscheme Co-ordinator.

Policy reviewed 21 December 2011.