Volunteer Title: Volunteering role with the new Barnardos Parent & Toddler Service

Description of Project, Service or Department

The new Barnardos Drimnagh Parent & Toddler Service (Dublin South West, Children’s Service Department) will operate from January 2018, every Thursday morning, from approximately 10am to 12 noon, at the St John Bosco Youth Centre, Davitt Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12.

The service will be provided in partnership with the Child & Family Agency (Tusla) and the HSE. And, will deliver an evidenced based programme called Peep for the participating parents and their children (aged from birth to three years of age). Peep stands for Parent Early Education Partnership and is about valuing and building on what parents already do. 

The Peep programme aims to help parents and carers to:

  • value and extend learning opportunities in everyday life
  • improve the quality of the home learning environment
  • develop secure attachment relationships with their babies and children

By supporting parents/carers, the Peep programme aims to improve children’s:

  • personal, social and emotional development
  • communication and language
  • early literacy development
  • early numeracy development
  • health and physical development

The routine of such a programme will be structured as follows:

  • Welcome
  • Play time
  • Snack time
  • Activity – information / discussion time
  • Outside time (venue and weather permitting)
  • Song time

Outline of Volunteers Tasks and Responsibilities

A volunteer with an interest and experience in early year’s development, play and positive parenting is required for the Barnardos Parent & Toddler child service to assist with:

  1. Preparing a child centred environment
  2. Welcoming parents and children to the service
  3. Interacting in a positive and friendly manner with both parents and children
  4. Planning and supporting activities as part of the Peep programme as led by a Barnardos Project Worker
  5. Supporting parents to build friendships
  6. Assisting in the preparation of refreshments for parents and children (light snacks)
  7. Helping set up / tidy up toys and equipment
  8. Participating in the planning and reviewing of programmes
  9. Assisting project staff to ensure a high standard of health and safety and good practice
  10. Feeding back and completing with staff, when required, incident forms if any issues arise regarding child protection or health & safety
  11. Facilitating staff to promote the parent child relationship of service users
  12. Facilitating staff in encouraging parents to actively play with their children
  13. Playing with the attending children in a child led manner

Training and Support Plan

  • The service will provide induction, and hands on follow up training with volunteer as required
  • Where possible the volunteer will attend training as provided centrally in Barnardos, and where linkages are available locally to other training providers
  • Supervised by project staff as assigned

Time Commitment

As we try to ensure consistency of service to families and children attending the project we are seeking a minimum commitment of one session a week (Thursdays from approximately 9.30am to 12.30pm) for at least a 6 month period.

Person Specification

  • Friendly and polite
  • Confident (dealing with general queries – following training)
  • Patience to deal with the various requests that can arise
  • Flexibility
  • Awareness of confidentiality in relation to service users
  • Understanding of child development
  • Have the capacity to work in a disadvantaged community
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to respond in a positive and age appropriate way to children’s needs and behaviour
  • Ability to show initiative
  • A willingness to learn and experience new ideas
  • A willingness to accept and comply with Barnardos ethos, policies and procedures
  • A willingness to share experience, expertise and a willingness to accept support
  • To have a sense of humour
  • Willingness to play with children at their level, to sing nursery songs, to read stories and to engage in messy play (with paint, glitter etc.)

 

 

 

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