PlayTalkRead Play Worker (with driving)

  • Full time
  • £21,014 – £22,386
  • Regular travel across Scotland with additional days at the Edinburgh office
  • Closing 1st July 2022

  • Advertised from 14th June 2022
  • 260 days per year including the occasional weekends. Fixed Term to 31st March 2023 (potential for extension)
  • 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 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.

We are recruiting for a Play Worker who will have driving responsibilities to join the PTR Roadshow. This post will form part of a new team within the wider service and focus on activities to support the early development of speech and language through play.

As part of our new playworker team, you will travel across Scotland to deliver sessions for children and families, ensuring that parents and carers receive evidence-based information about ages and stages of early language and communication development that they can directly link to guidance, tips, and activities that support their child at each stage.

You will work with partners to identify families most in need of this support, work with schools to deliver parent workshops, and work with the wider PTR team to promote the overall ethos of PTR.

Having the right mindset, attitude and approach are 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 mindset, 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 car.

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

You can complete the application form online. It is important that you can demonstrate in your application form how you meet the essential criteria listed in the Job Details.

All applications must be submitted by 5pm on 1st July 2022.