South Dublin County Childcare Committee: Play Specialist


Play Specialist

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families from Ukraine? Do you have a genuine love for play and its transformative power? We have an exciting opportunity for a Play Specialist to join our dedicated team and provide stay and play sessions tailored to the needs of children and families from Ukraine.

South Dublin County Childcare Committee was established in 2002 to strategically co-ordinate the sustainable development of an accessible and holistic quality childcare infrastructure in South Dublin County. South Dublin CCC is funded by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY)and acts as the local agent for DCEDIY in South Dublin County.

As Play Specialist, you'll play a crucial role in supporting the implementation of our annual statement of work, working closely with the Manager and our dedicated team.

Your core duties will include:

  • In conjunction with the Development team within South Dublin CCC, provide Stay and Play sessions within the Ukrainian accommodation centres.
  • Work in partnership with the other team members and other stakeholders in implementing additional projects as required to support the Ukrainian families.
  • Work in partnership with other stakeholders to ensure families access supports available to them in the community.
  • Complete administrative tasks in relation to the provision of Stay and Play sessions and other supports such as weekly session progress reports, session attendance records, reporting to Pobal/DCEDIY, organisation of resources.

As a Play Specialist, you will be at the heart of our mission, creating a safe and engaging space where children and their parents can come together to play, learn, and connect, designing and implementing culturally sensitive play activities for children and families from Ukraine.

To succeed in this role, you'll need a nationally recognized Level 6/7 qualification in childcare/early year’s education child psychology, counselling, social work, trauma informed care or a related field, at least one years of experience in a leadership role. Knowledge of child development theories, play therapy approaches, and trauma-informed care is essential and previous experience working with children and families, particularly from diverse cultural backgrounds, is highly desirable. Fluency in Ukrainian language and familiarity with Ukrainian culture is a plus. You will need excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to connect with children, parents, and families effectively. We value personal attributes such as commitment, motivation, and a proactive approach to problem-solving.

At the South Dublin County Childcare Committee, we're committed to the ongoing professional development of our team members and offer a supportive and dynamic work environment. If you are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of children and families, we would love to hear from you. Together, we can create a nurturing environment where children from Ukraine can thrive through play.

This position is a special purpose fixed-term contract with part time hours – 20 hours per week, until December 2023, with flexibility required for evening and weekend work.

This role is aligned to Grade 4 of the Local Government Salary Scales. Our current office is in Clondalkin, Dublin, with hybrid working options available.

South Dublin County Childcare Committee is an equal opportunity employer.

A full job description and application form is available from

Candidates will be short listed based on information supplied in their Application Form.

Provisional Date for Interviews: 20th June 2023

Application is by Application Form only which should be emailed to the Manager at

Deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on the 7th June 2023.

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Region: Clondalkin, Dublin / Hybrid