Councillors Approve Playscheme Role

Meriel WIlliams at the holiday club

Councillors have approved the creation of a new job, which will ensure the popular holiday playscheme is “more secure and sustainable.“

Up to 16 children can be accommodated during the 4-hour long morning sessions which have been run in the Christmas, Easter and Summer school holidays and Autumn half term since 2005.

This year, the youngsters enjoyed swimming session, art and craft activities, model making and off-island visits.

Members have heard that a playscheme Assistant Manager is needed to support the Early Years Professional, Meriel Williams.

At the moment, addition support comes from ‘bank’ staff but the seasonal nature of the work could mean it is difficult to meet the Ofsted requirement of having two members of staff supervising kids.

One staff member needs a Level 3 qualification related to childcare/early education and paediatric first aid and currently only Meriel has this.

Children’s Centre and Extended Services Manager, Joel Williams, says, “We’re very aware that if she was ill, away from Scilly or unable to work we would struggle to have the required staffing in place to open the doors.  This could impact on working parents and others who rely on the services the play scheme offers.”

Joel adds that the post holder will be employed as part of our bank staff on a casual basis.