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PlayBaby Play Helper Volunteer

Playgroup Tasmania Inc
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The role of PlayBaby Play Helper Volunteer is to support the PlayBaby playgroup program by leading a PlayBaby playgroup. PlayBaby groups are for families and carers with a child or children aged 0 –12 months and expectant parents. It is anticipated there will be two volunteers for each PlayBaby playgroup.

Requirements of the role may include: •Working closely with Playgroup Tasmania staff and another PlayBaby volunteer to establish a PlayBaby playgroup •Opening the venue and setting up/cleaning up the playgroup space and activities •Creating a welcoming and safe environment for babies and caregivers •Engaging with children and adults in the playgroups •Providing support to playgroup participants to engage in the playgroup experiences, encouraging parent/caregiver participation in play and parent-child interaction •Supporting administrative tasks (e.g. family sign in, completion of any forms) •Promotion and messaging about the PlayBaby playgroup (e.g. Facebook updates)

Volunteers should have the ability to: •Interact with each participant (babies and family members)in a warm and friendly way •Initiate and maintain respectful communication with playgroup participants •Respect each participant's background, abilities and parenting practices •Demonstrate a commitment to Child Safety

It would be valuable for volunteers to bring the following skills and attributes to this role: •The ability to build rapport with children and families •Knowledge of locally available services that support family wellbeing •Demonstrated positive values of accountability, respect, teamwork and reliability •Ability to relate to and communicate with people of differing abilities and from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds •Sound knowledge of the value of different styles of play for babies and how parents and care givers can best support this play •Ability to remain objective and keep all information concerning participants strictly confidential •Capacity to commit to a minimum of 2.5hours a week for a minimum of six months