About this role
Our pre-schools provide children aged 2-5 with learning and development in a safe, stimulating, positive environment.
Volunteers work alongside staff to engage appropriately with children in their play, support with setting up and clearing away, and help keep the setting a clean, safe space. This role includes working outside all year round.
What is the time commitment?
This role is for 4 hours per week approximately. Minimum commitment for 6 months.
Who will you be helping?
Children, Families, Pre-schoolers (3-5yrs)
Young children thrive on adult attention and interaction. You will be supporting their development by being able to offer an interested pair of listening ears and a play partner who can progress their learning.
What difference will you make?
You will be helping young children to build confidence, extend their speech and vocabulary skills and gain independence in preparation for school.
You will also be helping our early years staff team by offering extra support with activities and enabling them to offer wider learning experiences that require an additional pair of hands to manage safely, such as outings in the local community.
Pre-school offers children 3 hour sessions; morning and afternoon. Ideally a commitment to at least one full session per week; term time only.
Who are we looking for?
There is no typical Family Action volunteer. We want our volunteers to be as diverse as the people we support. We need volunteers with a range of life experiences, skills and knowledge. In return for giving your time and talents, you will receive quality training, ongoing support, and the reward of knowing that you are making a real difference. This role will particularly suit volunteers who:
- Are self-motivated, energetic and committed individuals
- Have experience of engaging with young children
- Have a good standard of spoken English
- Are confident meeting new people
- Have an understanding of the need to keep children safe and will adhere to our safeguarding policies.
What's in it for you?
Family Action volunteers tell us that volunteering with us can be challenging at times, but it is also very rewarding. Many of our volunteers also report that volunteering has helped them with:
- Gaining experience in an Early Years setting
- Learning more about early childhood development
- Support to gain a relevant Early Years qualification if required
- Developing new skills; increased confidence and self-esteem
- Opportunity to improve future employment prospects
- Opportunity to build a portfolio of your training, skills, experience and qualities
- Being part of a team and becoming a part of Family Action, a national charity with 150 years of experience supporting families
- Support and guidance from project coordinator including 1-1 and group supervision
- Regular training and development opportunities.
How can you find out more?
You may like to chat with a member of staff about whether this is the right role for you, or you may be ready to apply right now.
Either way, just click the ‘I’m interested’ button below to leave your contact details, and a member of staff will be in touch to discuss your next steps in becoming a Family Action volunteer.