Early Years Play session Volunteer

Hours: 4 hours per week


  • To support the Family Engagement worker in the general running of a stay and play session
  • To support children and their families to engage with play activities on offer
  • To create a welcoming and supportive environment for children and families to play

Main Responsibilities

  • To support in the preparation of the room and/or relevant activities at least 15 minutes before the families arrive for each session
  • To support the Family Engagement Worker in the co-ordination and delivery of the sessions including outings/trips off-site/activities
  • To facilitate playful engagement between children and families during the sessions
  • To support the Family Engagement Worker with monitoring and evaluation
  • To support the catering and administrative duties relating to the sessions, as appropriate
  • To follow relevant High Trees policies and procedures for delivering services to children and young people
  • To inform the Children Young People and Families Manager of any issues pertaining to the families taking part in the sessions


  • A minimum attendance of four hours during the sessions (plus 15 minutes prep time pre-session)
  • Attendance for a minimum of three weeks

Skills required

  • Reliable and punctual in attending the sessions
  • Good social and communication skills
  • Ability to interact positively with children and families
  • Additional skills such as arts & crafts, cooking etc are very welcome


  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community
  • Hands-on experience in early years play
  • Ongoing training opportunities, both internal and external
  • A reference for future employment and/or training
  • Termly social event and an annual volunteer celebration

To apply, please complete the downloadable application form and send it, along with your CV, to elen.evans@high-trees.org

Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Handbook