Development Officer - Female (The Play Gym and Hubert St Kitchen)

Main description of role/job purpose:

  • To work with local families who have children under the age of 4 to improve their lives and give them the best possible start in life.
  • To develop The Play Gym and Hubert St Kitchen at WomenZone to provide local families with a fantastic opportunity to develop their own learning and understanding around their children’s social, physical and emotional development
  • Improving health, social and emotional development and communication of 0 – 3 year olds, and to share lessons from this to promote wider change.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assess local needs, develop and implement a plan of activities for children under 4 in consultation with their parents and other similar provisions in Bradford.
  • To involve children under 4 through high quality play opportunities delivered by experienced and qualified play workers.
  • To develop and launch a community café to integrate with Play gym to educate parents on nutritional needs of their children.
  • To support parents through play sessions to bond with their children and learn how to promote their child’s development through play at The Play Gym. 
  • Recruiting and training volunteers to enable them to support activities for children.
  • To develop a programme of engagement workshops/events/facilitated discussions with parents and other similar provision i.e. Bradford Better Start.
  • To develop unique and innovative activities through The Play Gym to engage disadvantaged parents, particularly target those who have complex needs such as domestic abuse and are experiencing debt and poverty. 
  • To support women with complex needs by hosting awareness raising workshops with Bradford Better Start and other provisions such as Staying Put, ANAH project and Horton Housing etc. 
  • To host and run workshops within The Play Gym and Hubert St Kitchen as part of the structured programme of BSB ‘s activities including Henry, Cook & Eat, Forest school outdoor play and imagine story time workshop
  • To deliver physical and wellbeing activities for mothers as well as hosting group activities for mothers and children.                
  • To educate and encourage mothers about bonding, personal and language development across the age range of 0-3 years in a safe space
  • Deliver awareness programmes for mums and dads with regard to child emotional development and communication skills.
  • To identify and invite speakers/professionals to deliver workshops on; supervising tooth brushing and healthy oral hygiene for under 4- Strengthening parental bonds- Improving family diet – reducing sugar and salt- Improving family exercise – linking in with our current Active Families project.
  • To facilitate 1-1 and group information, advice advocacy and mentoring sessions around dealing with multiple challenges – e.g. budgeting on a low income, accessing employment, Freedom Project sessions (identifying and addressing domestic abuse)
  • To actively seek ways to improve partnership working with other agencies in order to provide seamless and co-ordinated services for under 4 and parents
  • To take part in relevant meetings and forums in the area of operation in order to highlight the needs of people participating in the project.

Duties & responsibilities:

  • To develop marketing material for the project.
  • To represent the project and attend relevant meetings.
  • To follow monitoring and evaluation systems provided and produce reports to the funder.
  • To undertake such training and professional development opportunities as may arise from time to time.
  • To undertake other duties which are appropriate to the nature of the post as required by the line manager from time to time.
  • The delivery of this project needs to be within flexible hours.
  • Refer cases to relevant authorities.
  • Work within the Every Child Matters agenda, and related strategies at national and local level.
  • To liaise with and work in partnership with voluntary, statutory and community groups and agencies.
  • To attend regular supervision, team meetings and training and maintain own professional practice, identifying own training and development needs.
  • To undertake a range of outreach activities via community, schools, home visits, and through other channels.
  • To support parents of under 4 to encourage involvement with the project.
  • To assist with the promotion and marketing of the project through promotional activities, developing publicity material and use of internet and social media.
  • To maintain accurate and up to date records of work undertaken.

Internal Relationships:

  • Other members of staff at WomenZone.
  • The Management Board.
  • Members of the executive committee.

External Relationships:

  • Officers of local authority, government departments and other public agencies.
  • Members/representative of sports organisations/bodies.
  • Members of the public including residents, community groups and other voluntary organisations.

Responsible for:

  • Project worker for Hubert St Kitchen, sessional staff and volunteers.

Personal attributes:

  • Driving Licence, being prepared to travel within West Yorkshire.
  • Practical/Flexible & non-judgmental approach.
  • Team player willing to attend regular team meetings.
  • Competent use of Information Technology.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a demanding voluntary sector organisation.
  • Excellent Communication skills, including evaluative recording, planning documents, report writing.
  • Willing to undertake evening and weekend work if required.
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and to work in an anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive manner.
  • Innovative and creative approach to developing solutions and problem solving.

Essential Experience/Qualifications:

  • The post holder will have a BA (Honours) degree in relevant field.
  • Experience in Project management and development, outreach and collaborative work. 
  • An understanding of 0 – 3-year olds emotional needs and need of parental bonding.
  • Experience of working within the BAME community.
  • At least 2 years’ experience developing and manging projects.
  • Planning and delivering work programmes for children.
  • Proven track records of partnership building and working to outputs.
  • Experience of setting up monitoring and evaluations systems and report writing.
  • Good knowledge of the legislation surrounding working within the defined age group of children.

Desirable Experience/Qualities:

  • Level 3 qualification (or above) in Health & social care, community studies and willingness to undertake additional training and CPD as required.
  • Understanding budgets linked to monitoring and compliance with funding requirements.
  • IT experience.

Job Description

Application Form


Closing date: 23rd July 2021 5:00pm
Hours: 25
Salary: £25,295
Salary Frequency: Per annum
Further details available at:
This job is connected with: WomenZone