Trainee Play Therapist

35 Hours per Week - Full Time

8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday

Job Reference: TPT_100521

Contract Type: Temporary - 2 year

Salary: Grade 4 £23,136 – £24,399 inclusive of allowance

Closing Date: 11th June 2021 (12 am)

Interview Date: 21st  June 2021

Start Date: As soon as possible 

Play therapists use play as a communication tool to help children understand their world and deal with emotional distress and trauma.

We are looking for a graduate who would like to train to be a Play Therapist at North Primary. We will pay for your training and you will have a salary throughout. 


As a play therapist, you'll help children and their families work through difficult life issues and experiences, including:
●    abuse and neglect
●    bereavement
●    depression and anxiety
●    divorce and family separations
●    learning difficulties
●    psychological problems
●    traumatic experiences and violence.


Complex issues cannot be treated in the same way as with adults. You'll need to understand the nature of how children express themselves and their understanding of the world using play.

You'll need to have:
●    experience and understanding of child development
●    communication and interpersonal skills to work with both children and the adults
●    respect for children without judgement
●    empathy and sincerity towards others
●    emotional resilience and self-awareness
●    strong observation and listening skills
●    creativity and imagination
●    the ability to work well with other professionals
●    the ability to deal with confidential matters appropriately
●    a trustworthy and open nature
●    organisation skills when managing work for a range of employers and clients.


●    accept children through self-referral and referrals from teachers, the SENCO and the Safeguarding Lead
●    assess each child and their individual needs
●    determine a course of therapeutic treatment
●    provide therapeutic interventions in individual and group therapy sessions, and sometimes involving parents/carers or siblings, normally on a weekly basis, to help children better cope with the issues they're facing
●    build up a relationship of trust with children and their parents/carers
●    create a safe and stable environment in which children can express themselves through play
●    review therapeutic interventions on a regular basis
●    work as part of a multidisciplinary team with other healthcare professionals, such as social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and medical practitioners
●    attend meetings, maintain records and produce reports on activities and progress.


What to expect
●    Providing therapy to children is challenging, especially with cases involving abuse and violence. You need to allow for dealing with the pressures of this type of work by looking after your own emotional wellbeing. For example, many play therapists have therapy themselves to maintain a balance between their working and personal lives
●    You will be an integral part of the school staff, leading and attending training sessions where appropriate


North Primary school is a friendly and caring school that is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. Further information can be found at


For an application pack, please visit our school website: or contact the school office on 020 8571 7749. Completed application forms should be sent to

CVs will not be accepted 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application closing date: Friday 11th June 2021 by 12pm
Interviews will take place:  21st June 2021
For any questions, please contact the school office and ask for the opportunity to meet via zoom, or speak on the phone with Nicola Forster, Headteacher