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Play Coordinator-Closing date: 9:00am Tuesday 7th November 2023

Play Coordinator

Employer: Derby Diocesan Academy Trust 2 

Location: Arboretum Primary School 

Grade B, point 4.  £10.99 per hour (Salary £21,189 p/a FTE equivalent to £7,577 p/a for 15hrs 35mins)

Hours:  Part time - 15 hours 35 minutes per week

Working pattern: Term time + 5 Inset days per year

Required: As soon as possible

Closing date: 9:00am Tuesday 7th November 2023

Interview:  Tuesday 14th November 2023


We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic Play Coordinator to join our Play Team.  We are excited to be using the OPAL approach to play, to give all our children amazing play experiences, and our Play Team are a critical part of making this happen. 

The role involves being part of the team that implements the OPAL approach within school.  The successful candidate will obtain, store, monitor and replace a diverse range of play resources.  They will be outside every lunchtime to supervise and support the children in ready, respectful and safe play, in line with the Play Policy and Risk Assessments.  They will help to train and support other members of the play team in the OPAL approach, and work with children to inspire amazing play throughout the school.


The hours will be 15 hours 35 minutes per week, which will consist of core hours every lunchtime from 11:20am to 1:25pm plus 6 additional hours each week which would be worked flexibly to suit the role.


We are a large 643 place primary (which includes 32 children in our 2 year old unit and 78 in our 3 year old nursery), with a rich ethnic mix of delightful and well-behaved children. Our modern school has been refurbished and extensively extended and sits in large attractive grounds.  We pride ourselves in our caring ethos and the value we place in our dedicated and friendly staff teams.  We are a popular school, and have a waiting list for most year groups.

DDAT welcomes a diverse population of both children and staff and is committed to promoting and developing equality of opportunity in all its functions.


DDAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to satisfactory references, online checks, completion of a probationary period, pre-employment and Disclosure Barring Service checks. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.


This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare any cautions, convictions, reprimands and final warnings that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013 and 2020).


We warmly invite prospective candidates to visit the school to find out more about us and the role.  To register your interest, call the school office on (01332) 291140 or email  .  Please also take a few minutes to watch our school video on the Welcome page of our website to get a true flavour of Arboretum Primary School.


For application details, please see attached, where you will find job details and application forms.   Alternatively, you can call into school to collect an application pack. 

Please complete the DDAT Support Staff Application Form and the DDAT Monitoring form, including the contact details for TWO referees whom we may contact regarding your application.  Please note that applications that do not include referee details will not be considered.


All applications must be made on the correct forms – we do not accept CVs or any other form of application.

Completed applications can be returned to the school, or preferably via email to