Stay, play and learn

Volunteers needed for new library activity for parents, carers and children aged 0-5.

Stay, Play and Learn is a new drop-in activity, for parents/carers and their children (aged 0-5) to come along and have a fun taking part in play and activities.

What volunteers will do

The sessions, based around language and communication, give you the opportunity to engage with parents and children and help them develop new skills through play. You will:

  • play with them, encouraging them to try new activities
  • encourage parents/carers to share books and talk with their children
  • encourage parent/carers to borrow books to take home
  • help parent/carers to socialise in a safe environment.

There will be a range of equipment for play and some making activities, ending with a Rhymetime Session.

Purpose of the activities

  • Provide appropriate support at a Stay, Play and Learn session.
  • To provide an enjoyable experience for families to share. An informal opportunity for children to develop early literacy and social skills, through rhymes and activities.
  • Role model interacting/play with children to support their development.

Skills needed

  • To plan and deliver Rhymetime and Storytime sessions.
  • Volunteers need to be friendly, patient, enjoy working with children (under 5s), their parents and carers, as part of a team.
  • To be happy to sing in public.
  • To be outgoing and have good interpersonal skills
  • Setting up resources and activities. Tidy away resources after the session.
  • Any other tasks as agreed by the staff and volunteer

Benefits for volunteers

  • Gain experience in working with children and families.
  • Gain confidence.
  • Make a difference to the families you are working with.
  • Meet people. Volunteering can help you meet people and make new friends.

Training and support

You will be supported by the library manager at your chosen library. This support includes taking responsibility for your wellbeing and overseeing your expenses. You are encouraged to have regular contact with your library manager to talk about what is going well and any concerns you may have. Children, education and families staff are also available for added support.

  • You will receive induction training. We will refund your travel expenses for any induction or refresher training outside the library.
  • Regular contact with library staff will ensure that things are going well. 
  • You will be required to enrol on the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Website to undertake a Generalist Safeguarding training course.
  • You will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This will be arranged by us.
  • You will need 2 references from someone who has known you for more than 2 years.
  • You will have to be aged 18 years or over.

Your responsibilities as a volunteer

Please see our Library Volunteer Charter (pdf format, 155KB), which sets out what you can expect and what your responsibilities are as a library volunteer. Training and support will be provided.

  • Report any safeguarding concerns to your lead contact.
  • To be aware of and observe health & safety guidelines.
  • To adhere to confidentiality as set out in the policy.
  • To treat people equally and with respect, being fair, honest and considerate.
  • If unable to attend your session, you are required to inform your lead contact at the earliest available opportunity.

How to apply

We appreciate the support volunteers provide. If you are interested in applying, please fill in the online application form.

Select the library you would like to apply to:

More information

If you have any further enquiries, please email Val Knight, the Library Community Co-ordinator: Valerie.Knight@oxfordshire.gov.uk.