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Play Session Leader

Richmond upon Thames & Hounslow, London (Greater)
up to £27,000 + benefits
Closing date
18 May 2024

Job Details

Can you assist in the delivery of high-quality activities for children with disabilities, their siblings and parent-carers? 

Skylarks Charity is seeking a part-time Play Session Leader who will be part of a dedicated team supporting children with additional needs and their families.

Reporting to the Senior Activities Leader, you will help deliver our activities and services. Most of the charity’s activities occur in the Richmond and Hounslow boroughs, being delivered both online and face-to-face, both in term time and holiday time.

If you are an enthusiastic and committed person who is alert to the needs of disabled children and their families, then we would love to hear from you.

We expect you to live our organisational values. We believe that diversity of people, ideas and cultures enriches our insights into our work and our relationship with each other. Being an inclusive organisation matters a lot to us. 

The post offers significant opportunities for the development and growth of existing services and the organisation as a whole.


Play Session Leader

Skylarks Charity 

JOB TITLE: Play Session Leader

RESPONSIBLE TO: Senior Activities Leader

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Delivery of activities for children with SEND, their siblings and parent-carers

CONTRACT: Part-Time, Permanent

HOURS OF WORK: 20 hours per week (Negotiable between 15 and 30 hours) The candidate must be able to work from home for administrative purposes.  There will be some flexibility in the delivery of hours.  Must be available Monday-Friday, including Tuesday till 7 pm.

SALARY: Up to £28,000 pro rata  
HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT: 33 days annual leave, including public holidays, pro rata

PENSION SCHEME: See separate Policy

LOCATION: Richmond, Hounslow and various other locations across the local area. Administration duties from home



To deliver a programme of activities for Skylarks families.  This will include our play sessions, activities and workshops for children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs and their siblings, information workshops, support groups, and activities for parent-carers to increase their well-being.

To ensure the safety and well-being of the children and to support the families, children and our volunteers during the sessions.  

Help the Operations Team with volunteer management, including the induction and support of volunteers.



  1. To work with the Senior Activities Leader and other Play Session Leaders to deliver our Play Sessions (Monday - Friday, including Tuesday afternoon/early evening) 
  2. To assist in the smooth running of off-site and holiday activities such as Pedal Project, All Aboard Club, horse-riding, and outings at various locations (eg Hampton, Ham, Barnes and Hounslow) in conjunction with the Senior Activities Leader. The work will also involve being on-site at our new centre in Hounslow on Wednesdays and Thursdays when it opens later this year.
  3. To assist in the delivery of online activities using Zoom, such as interactive drama/music and online support groups, in conjunction with service providers.




To arrive before the session starts and set up the premises with toys and equipment suitable for that session safely and correctly, with the assistance of staff and volunteers. This may involve moving heavy items such as tables and chairs. To share any issues related to premises or equipment with the Programme Manager or Senior Activities Leader To work with the Operations Team to ensure that all equipment needed for each session is ready for use

To work with the Operations Team to ensure that the charity’s policies and procedures are followed by staff and volunteers: our Risk Assessments, Child Protection duties, First Aid duties and Health & Safety requirements.

To support the induction process with volunteers, along with the Programme Manager, to ensure they are aware of the policies of Skylarks, including Child Protection, Health & Safety requirements, Fire Drill and First Aid 

To supervise the volunteers during the sessions and direct them to where they are needed. To ensure each activity is adequately supervised and report any shortages to the Senior Activities Leader.  

To work with the Senior Activities Leader to ensure the playsetting is run according to our policies and procedures (when applicable)

Along with other members of the Operations team, to greet new members, explain services offered by Skylarks, explain Members Guidelines and refer to other appropriate services

Greet children and their families when they arrive, provide support to parents and carers during the play sessions, interact and play with the children, and encourage children’s participation in activities.

To open and stay after the end of the session to tidy away toys and equipment correctly (with the assistance of volunteers) and to ensure premises are left clean and tidy.

To ensure our Member Guidelines are adhered to.

To take part in a debrief with the Operations team at the beginning and end of sessions.

To carry out all duties in accordance with the policies and procedures of Skylarks

This role will involve work outside normal office hours, including evenings, school holidays and occasional weekends.

Any other work commensurate with the level of this post as required by the charity



At Skylarks, our vision is to help create a world where children with additional needs can thrive. 

Read what it is like to work at Skylarks Charity here.

Our Story

Skylarks provides a supportive and active community. We care for the whole family, providing opportunities to join in, develop and feel empowered. We want to remove the isolation that can be felt by families and their children who have a disability or additional needs. We are based in Richmond upon Thames but have an open-door policy. Anyone, from anywhere, is welcome! 

The charity was originally founded as Me too & Co by a group of parent volunteers in 2006 to fill a gap in the local community where there was a lack of support. You can read more about our founder and beginnings here. In April 2019, we rebranded and officially changed our name to Skylarks Charity (or Skylarks for short) with the support of our corporate partner Haymarket Media Group. Most recently we have been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the wonderful team of dedicated volunteers we have supporting our cause. 

Over 3000 families have now registered to use our services and the list is growing! Over the past 15 years the organisation has continued to grow. We have expanded from first providing inclusive play sessions to now offering a wide range of therapies, activities and services that are often otherwise inaccessible to families. These include services such as hydrotherapy, counselling, inclusive activities like drama and karate and free advice for Special Educational Needs (SEN). 

Our independence as a charity means we are able to develop our programme in line with the needs of our families; something that has always been and remains important to us. We do not apply for or receive any statutory funding from government or local authorities.

Why Join Skylarks?

It’s an exciting time to join our team as we look to spread our wings, expanding to deliver to more families across the surrounding boroughs.

From meeting inspiring children and families to watching them grow and flourish, Aaron Guiver, managing director, describes why Skylarks is such a rewarding charity to work for. Read full story here.

Skylarks has continued to grow significantly over the last few years, with a 30% year on year increase in the number of services we deliver to families. Skylarks believe in innovating and adapting its services depending on the needs of the families we support. We have a small but dedicated team and we are always looking to add exciting new members to our inclusive team.

Check out our latest vacancies below.

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306 Richmond Road
Richmond Upon Thames

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