CAREGIVER
(Play on Wheels)

Opportunity closing date:
Friday, 06 August 2021


Opportunity type:

Permanent (Full-time)


Start Date:
01 September 2021

Location:

Langa and Gugulethu, Cape Town

Reports To:

Occupational Therapist

To Apply:

Send CV and cover letter to lindie@project-playground.org

 

Background

 

Project Playground is a registered Trust operating for children’s rights to development and opportunities. Founded in 2010, we have ten years of experience in developing and facilitating programs aimed at strengthening the self-esteem and ambitions of children and youth through structured after school programs. Programs offered include education, sports and the arts, as well as an in-house social work and occupational therapy division with focus on therapeutic intervention and family strengthening initiatives.


Project Playground additionally runs two day-care facilities for children living with profound disabilities. The Organisation recognizes the right for any child to have meaningful spare time, and the complex socio-emotional, physical and economic needs a child living with disability has, often prevents that.


A Project Playground caregiver is a person who provides direct care to the children living with disability enrolled at the centre. They balance support versus the opportunity to develop, so that the child may grow to be the best version of themselves. The team consists of administrative heads, an occupational therapist, social workers, caregivers and the child’s parents. The caregiver’s responsibility lies in actioning the therapeutic and educational care the child needs, and reporting back to the programme implementer on the progress made.

Essential experience and characteristics

  • Deep passion for children’s rights

  • Good observation skills

  • At least one year of experience in the NPO sector

  • Experience working with children with disabilities and their families

  • Ability to work in a team to address the complex socio-emotional, economical and physical needs of participants

  • Independent and strong work ethic

  • Computer literacy for reporting

  • Loyal, honest and democratic

  • Punctual and meets deadlines

  • Strong integrity

 

 

Specific responsibilities

 

INTERVENTIONS

  • Accompany children on transport runs and activities

  • Care for the basic needs of children with physical and intellectual disability. This includes lifting, positioning, adjusting posture, feeding, changing nappies and other personal needs

  • Do team discussions to improve the efficiency of goal-directed activity

  • Effective preparation and implementation of Daily Programme as outlined by Occupational Therapist with inputs from other therapies

  • Following activities to achieve individual goals as guided be occupational therapist

  • Do home visits as outlined by the organization

 

STAFF DEVELOPMENT/TRAINING

  • Attend and present trainings as needed for personal development

  • Attend meetings as needed

 

REPORTING

  • Keeping daily records as required by the organisation

  • Submit weekly, monthly, quarterly and bi-annual reports as needed

 

To Apply

 

Send CV and cover letter to lindie@project-playground.org

Closing date: 6 August 2021

 

If you have not been contacted by 10 August 2021, please consider your application unsuccessful.