PlayTalkRead Play Worker

  • Full time
  • £23,008 – £24,608
  • Edinburgh office base with regular travel across Scotland
  • Closing 26th February 2024

  • Advertised from 7th February 2024
  • Enhanced sick pay, Employee Assist Programme, Pension


Smart Play Network is a dynamic, forward thinking play organisation and charity supporting and delivering a range of play services in Scotland.

PlayTalkRead is a Scottish Government Early Years campaign aimed at promoting positive parenting in order to give children the best start in life and a strong platform for healthy growth, development and attainment.

Are you a fun and enthusiastic individual who enjoys working as part of a high energy team? Do you like to travel? Are you passionate about making a positive impact on families and understand the importance of parent and child relationships? Then this may be the job for you.

Our PlayTalkRead Roadshow travels across all of Scotland’s 32 local authorities to inspire and support parents and carers to interact with their babies and little ones through fun, simple and inexpensive activities.

As a key member of the play worker team you will also be responsible for driving our converted vehicles to and from locations across Scotland (full training will be given). Working away from home is an integral part of the role and offers a great opportunity to see Scotland while making a difference!

Having the right mind-set, attitude and approach is as important for us as having the right experience and skills.

We appreciate that the best person might not have all the criteria we have listed, so if you feel your experience and skills will help you to make a great contribution in this role and you have the right mind-set, we would welcome an application from you.

Candidates must be over 25 years old, have held a Category B UK driving licence for a minimum of 2 years and have their own car.

When applying, please refer to the job details attachment for full list of essential criteria.

Application notes

If you would like an informal chat about the Play Worker role please call us on 0131 652 2655 or email us at

Please complete the attached application form and submit to by midday on Monday 26th February 2024.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Stage 1 phone interview. Successful candidates will then be invited to a Stage 2 interview in person, dates to be confirmed.