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Seeking talented creatives with child care experience!

Are you a talented creative who loves spending time and has experience in working with children? We’re hiring London based multilingual creative sitters! Creative sitters look after children (like nannies or babysitters) but also share their creative craft and/or languages with the children they care for! We’ll train you and provide continued guidance so you feel supported every step of the way, from your application to when you’re on the job. We don’t just offer you the perfect job between your creative commitments, we also strive to give you development opportunities with continuous training throughout the year and various types of work that is sure to increase your skill sets. Join our growing community of creative sitters!

What are you going to do:

About CocoRio

CocoRio is a Creative Child Care agency employing freelance creative professionals with experience working with children to provide a smarter child care service combining creative education with child care. Many of our sitters are also multilingual and can teach the different languages they speak through creative play. We cater to children aged 0-15 years old as well as children with SEND. 

 

About the Role

Our creative sitters are responsible for all child care duties as well as creative/language activities for the children they care for. The child care side of the job includes mealtimes, routines, helping with homework, picking children up from school and most importantly keeping children safe at all times. The activity side includes delivering creative and language learning activities previously planned according to the child’s age and abilities, including adapting to the child’s response, making sure to fulfil the family’s requests that have been previously agreed. 

 

Families may have different reasons for booking a creative sitter, including respite care, interest in fostering the development of a specific skill/language, or entertainment. In all these scenarios, safety and wellbeing of children are always our sitters’ top priorities.

 

Our sitters are responsible for liaising with the family at the beginning of the session, asking questions about the family’s requirements and routines, as well as at the end to obtain feedback. 

 

The first few hours with a new family/child are focussed on getting to know each other, and on encouraging the creation of a relationship of trust between the sitter and the child and the sitter and the family. Indeed we believe that a trusting relationship is the base for any interaction with children in a child care role.

 

Our sitters hold zero hour freelance contracts with the CocoRio agency. Most of our roles are ad hoc, encouraging flexible hours working around your availability. We also have some roles requiring regular commitment. 

 

Our sitters can be put forward to lead entertainment sessions at children’s birthday parties and events if this is appealing to them and they have experience working in group settings.

CocoRio hosts regular training sessions and provides support to sitters who would like to discuss activity ideas, challenging situations on the job and more.

 

Our hourly rate for sitters is £12 - £20 per hour, depending on the nature of the job - normally £15. Our sitters must be willing to register as Self Employed and will be responsible for paying their own taxes.

CocoRio doesn’t pay any travel expenses. We will try to match you with families local to you but depending on where you live, this may not be possible and you should be willing to travel to families who are up to 1 hour away.

 

CocoRio’s Values

  • Trustworthy - We take working with children very seriously and their safety is paramount. For this reason, all our sitters go through a three stage vetting process and undergo regular training to ensure we only send you the very best. 
  • Friendly - Our sitters and staff are very friendly and offer a personalised and unique experience!
  • Approachable - It is easy to book a CocoRio sitter and we will try to accommodate all your requests as best as possible. Come to us whatever your child care and creative/language learning activity needs, we’re here for YOU!
  • Sustainable - Creativity doesn’t need expensive tools. We encourage our sitters to  explore the recycling bin, the pantry and the park before thinking about purchasing new materials. We LOVE upcycling! We also enjoy following the change of seasons by engaging with natural elements - from flowers to sand to snow!
  • Diverse - Our sitters come from all over the world and have different creative expertises, child care experience, backgrounds and speak different languages. And we value each of their UNIQUE stories. The diversity in our books allows us to make the perfect family-sitter match, but if you aren’t 100% happy, we’ll send you someone else!

 

Person specification 

CocoRio is looking for creative professionals of all kinds (musicians, actors, dancers, painters, etc.) who have professional experience working with children and are committed to children’s safety at all times. We are looking for candidates who are confident working with different age-groups and have an understanding of children’s development, health and safety and safeguarding, who are proactive in their session planning, devising activities that are age appropriate and that aim at fostering the healthy development of the child, as well as being a lot of fun!

Our sitters need to be responsive on the phone and on email, as the agency needs to know their availability for upcoming jobs. 

 

Essential

  • Creative professional with experience working with children
  • Committing to children’s safety at all times
  • Understanding children’s development
  • Understanding health and safety and safeguarding
  • Proactive in session planning of age-appropriate activities
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Responsive on the phone and on emails
  • Sharing CocoRio’s values

 

Preferred

  • Holding child care degrees/qualifications
  • Speaking additional languages
  • Holding a First Aid training, Enhanced DBS check, Safeguarding certificates
  • Previous work in nurseries/teaching roles or in children’s entertainment roles

 

Please send us a cover letter and we will then ask you to complete our application process.

 

CocoRio Safeguarding statement

We believe that

  • Children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind
  • We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.

 

We recognise that

  • the welfare of children is paramount in all the work we do and in all the decisions we take all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have an equal right to protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

 

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by

  • valuing, listening to and respecting them
  • appointing a nominated child protection lead for children and young people, a deputy and a lead trustee/board member for safeguarding
  • adopting child protection and safeguarding best practice through our policies, procedures and code of conduct for staff 
  • developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures
  • providing effective management for staff through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures so that all staff and volunteers know about and follow our policies, procedures and behaviour codes confidently and competently
  • recruiting and selecting staff safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • recording, storing and using information professionally and securely, in line with data protection legislation and guidance 
  • using our safeguarding and child protection procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately
  • using our procedures to manage any allegations against staff appropriately
  • ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, staff, by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance
  • building a safeguarding culture where staff, children, young people and their families, treat each other with respect and are comfortable about sharing concerns.

What we offer:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Good salary
  • Ad hoc and regular work

What we ask:

  • child care experience
  • Creative background (musician, dancer, actor etc)
  • awareness in child development
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • 6 to 12 months
  • 1 to 2 years
  • At least finished college A levels

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Extra information

Status
Closed
Education Level
Secondary School
Location
London
Working hours per week
2 - 35
Type of Contract
Casual / Part Time Jobs, Evening Job
Salary indication
Between £10.00 and £20.00 Per Hour
Responsible for
Looking after children while sharing your creative skill set with them (music, painting, dancing and anything in between!)
Profession Sub-category
Teaching / Instructors / Guides, Home Care
Full UK/EU driving license preferred
No
Car Preferred
No
Must be eligible to work in the EU
No
Cover Letter Required
Yes
Languages
English

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