Helping with children and babies after school, 2 nights a week from 4:15 until 6:15.
Duties include: reading stories, playing games, organising craft activities, cleaning, washing dishes and tidying up.
Logistics: Either walk to the Junior School & meet up with the WC school run, return to the setting, get changed & have a snack/drink then starting work at 4:15 or arriving independently at 4:15. Need to be collected at 6:15.
Person Specification: Applicant needs to be:
hard working, able to listen to instructions good memory reliable honest
They need a work permit - but I will organise that
This sounds patronisiing and obvious - but remember that although s/he may look, speak and mostly act like an adult, s/he is NOT an adult, doesn't have adult experiences, understanding or judgement, and can't fairly be expected to. I work with teenagers, 13 to 18, and they can be surprisingly ignorant (and I mean that in the genuine sense of the word) about how and why we do things.
I have had quite a few 17/18/19yos as trainees & they can be very hard work (typified by the one that wiped the floor with the dishcloth then put it back in the washing up bowl & carried on washing up with it )
I have a 15yo atm but she wants to cut her hours (well reduce her days but work the same hours) & that will fit for me if I can find another 2 to work
There are specific rules with regard to emplying a school aged youngster. You have to apply for a permit from the Education Welfare Officer and make sure you adhere to the rules on hours etc. 4.15-6.15pm is within the two hours on a school night rule.
You have to perform a specific risk assessment taking into account the lack of maturity of a young person and share the findings with thier parents.
I know. I run an activity for children on a Friday night 4.30pm - 7.30pm. One girl left then came back to work for us and she could not work beyond 7.00pm or more than 2 hours assisting with the little ones yet she could stay all night taking part.
After school gets quite hectic with homework and tired babies & cooking tea & writing diaries - a youngster can do some of the running round for me (particularily when roundes is suggested - I think I am getting old), then they can do the dishes & clean the setting
I sound so lazy don't I - sorry but 10.5 hour days are getting me down atm - must be the heat