£29,553- £36,265 (depending on experience)


Barnet (North London)


37.5 hours per week (full time)




Lead Play Specialist


3rd July 2022




Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice help babies, children and young people who are seriously unwell make
the most of every day. Working with talented individuals who share our passion to improve the lives of
seriously unwell children and their families, we’re changing the landscape for paediatric palliative care
in North and Central London, as well as Herts Valley.


You’ll be based in The Ark, our new award-winning building set in a North London nature reserve. It’s a
place of laughter, play and real connection, with an atmosphere that’s both supportive and inclusive.


With thanks to funding from the Starlight Children’s Foundation, the charity dedicated to supporting the
power of play to make the experience of illness and treatment better for children and their families, we
are recruiting a Play Specialist to join our growing Noah’s Ark Play Team.





Starlight Children’s Foundation and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice know that when illness intervenes in a
child’s life, protecting play as a vital part of their development is crucial.


As well as delivering quality support to children who are seriously unwell at The Ark and within children’s
homes in the community, over the course of 36 months, you will contribute to research led by Starlight
Children’s Foundation. Utilising a logic model developed in partnership with Starlight and their University
partner, you will gather insights and impact data from the families you’ll work with, supported by the
team at Starlight. This data will be sent to Starlight and their University partner, who will analyse it to create
a persuasive narrative promoting greater support for play in healthcare.

Once the partnership with Starlight comes to an end after 36 months, the post holder will remain a Noah’s
Ark employee.




You will enjoy creating engaging activities and play experiences for those in your care. You will ideally
already have experience as a Play Specialist and be passionate about using play to build long-lasting
relationships with babies, children and young people. Unlike many Play Specialist roles where relationships
can be limited to a child’s time in hospital, this role will often develop over time, allowing you to truly
understand and adapt to the needs of the families we support.


Knowledge of developmental play for children with complex needs and being able to adapt your skills
to work in both a community and hospice setting will be essential. Your work will be varied, with sessions
led by the child, requiring you to flexibly use your key skills to support their individual needs in the moment.
You will work with many other departments at Noah’s Ark, with a focus on Child in Need Safeguarding
and bereavement. Through all your work and your input into Starlight Children’s Foundation’s research,
we will actively encourage you to continually progress your professional skills.


A full driving licence and access to your own vehicle for business use is essential to cover our wide
operating region. As a valued member of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, we will offer you free uniforms,
free DBS, ongoing professional support and role specific training.