Opportunity closing date: 14 January 2024

Opportunity type: Employment

HOPE Cape Town seeks to appoint an early childhood educator/ child worker (with special needs experience) to be our Play Lab coordinator in Delft Cape Town

HOPE Cape Town is a registered non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, dedicated to raising

the quality of life of people and communities. Emphasis is placed on children, adolescents and their families in situations of poverty, HIV and related illnesses.

Firmly grounded in the third decade of delivering service and programs in marginalised communities, HOPE Cape Town’s vision and strategy beyond 2023 focus on:

  • First 1 000 Days program for new mothers, babies and toddlers;
  • Paediatric HIV medical care/ retention in care and occupational therapy; Preventative healthcare and support
  • Early learning and school preparedness for pre-school children;
  • Screening and support for neuro diverse children (specifically in the reception year of schooling)
  • Literacy and Numeracy assistance and school retention for primary school learners; Improving Maths, English, Information Technology and school retention for high school learners;
  • Dual Vocational Training and Education for Youth;
  • Skills development, artisanal opportunities and income generating projects for adults; Democratic practice and community participation;

Position description:

We are looking for an experienced and motivated early childhood educator/child worker who is passionate about playful and inclusive learning as well as community development. The purpose of this position is to take responsibility for the establishment and running of an exciting new project within the Bayerngarden Centre for Early Childhood Development – the Play Lab. The ECD is part of our secure community centre complex – The Nex Indawo Yethu in Delft. The project incorporates play-based and playful learning to support various groups of children, mainly aged 3-6 years old, with many of the children having neurodevelopmental delays or special learning needs.

This is a 40-hr per week position.

Please note this will not be regular school-setting job.

Play Lab coordinator duties:

  • Exemplary play and learning facilitation – model positive, educational, creative and respectful ways to interact with children and their caregivers through play.
  • Facilitate age-appropriate activities that engage children (and their caregivers) in play and learning experience, including inquiry-based activities that ignite creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking and innovation.
  • Establish a support and respite program with community ECDs who have children with delays or who need extra support. This includes liaising with the ECD teachers on a regular basis.
  • Provide stimulating childcare for children while their parents attend various support groups.
  • Design, organise and host outing days for groups of children from community ECDs.
  • Establish and facilitate caregiver-toddler activity groups.
  • Organise, manage and supervise recreational/extra-mural projects.
  • Create and maintain a physical environment that is safe, comfortable and engaging to participants, including daily set-up and clean-up.
  • Adapt to community needs and initiate new ideas or programs within the space.
  • Design and implement workplace procedures and policies.
  • Liaise with community ECDs, other non-profit organisations and stakeholders in order to establish partnerships and communication pathways.
  • Ensure compliance to all regulatory body requirements.
  • Modify existing ECD curriculum to meet each child’s learning requirements and contribute to individual lesson plans tailored to their specific needs.
  • Assist and inspire learners to achieve learning milestones.
  • Keep track of and reflect on children’s progress.
  • Monitor children’s behavioural patterns and arrange appropriate interventions if needed.
  • Solve problems as they arise with other team members and handle day-to-day operational issues.
  • Inform caregivers about their child’s performance and potential problems.
  • Supervise and work together with an assistant and volunteers.
  • Collaborate with the larger Bayerngarden team.


  • Be passionate about using play-based and playful learning.
  • Experience working with children who have special learning needs and neurodiverse children.
  • Interest and ability in working with children and families from diverse backgrounds.
  • Possess a recognised relevant degree in a category of early childhood work (e.g. 4-year foundation phase teaching qualification (B.Ed), social work or allied health degree).
  • Ability to teach in English (communication skills in Afrikaans / Xhosa advantageous)
  • Intermediate level competency using Microsoft Applications (MsWord, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Registered with appropriate regulatory body/organisation.
  • A dynamic, energetic, friendly, positive facilitation and leadership skills required. Must be prepared to play!
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, as well as work within a team.
  • Creative thinker, who can quickly adapt to new ideas and respond appropriately, use initiative and a problem-solver.
  • Drivers licence with independent transport
  • No criminal record

To apply:

Please draft a letter of motivation addressed to the Administrator detailing why you are interested in this opportunity along with your CV and at least 3 contactable references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Please use: Play Lab coordinator application in the title line of the email.

Please Note: Only applications which comply to minimum requirements (with all requested documentation provided) will be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview phase.

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