Childcare during English lessons

Posted: February 08, 2024

Childcare volunteers take care of under school-age children while their parents are attending to their English lessons. There are usually 2-3 childcare volunteers during each session, and the aim is to keep the children happy and occupied with play, singing and reading. We don’t do any personal care and the parents are responsible for taking care of toileting, other personal hygiene or comforting their child/children in case of any upset.

The most important quality in this role is kindness. You should also be trustworthy and happy to play with children. It is important that you understand child safeguarding issues (we provide safeguarding training in induction) and all our childcare volunteers will have their DBS check before they can start with volunteering. The sessions are two hours long.

An enhanced DBS check is necessary for this role. Further information can be found here.

We hope that volunteering with us will benefit you in a number of ways

  • You will meet a group of passionate people.
  • You will become a part of a team.
  • You will develop your skills, learn new ones and gain work experience.
  • You will make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.

What you can expect from us

We will:

  • treat you with respect, consideration and appreciation;
  • ensure you have a clear idea of what your role is and how to do it;
  • provide training and support you may need to carry out your role;
  • ensure your safety while volunteering for us;
  • keep you updated about our activities;
  • value and recognise your contribution;
  • support you through regular meetings and feedback on your work;
  • update you on the difference your work is making

What we expect from you

We expect you to:

  • understand our values and behave appropriately by treating other volunteers and the people you help with respect and consideration;
  • work with us to fulfill our mission and to achieve our objectives;
  • be committed and reliable;
  • carry out your role according to our guidelines, policies and procedures, and to the best of your ability;
  • flag up any problems immediately and to the relevant person;
  • attend relevant training and meetings, where needed;
  • talk to us and let us know how you’re getting on;
  • provide as much notice as possible if you are unable to fulfill your commitment or if you no longer wish to volunteer for us.