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Farms for City Children

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Farms for City Children
Wick Court
Overton Lane

Tel: 01392 276381

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Housekeeper - £19,000 to 21,000pa


About Farms for City Children

Farms for City Children is a vibrant Charity that welcomes children from cities and disadvantaged communities
to experience the adventure of working together on our farms in the heart of the British countryside. Whether
they stay for a whole week with their school or come with a local group for a day visit, this unique experience
can be life changing. Visiting children are immersed in the natural world of food, farming and countryside life
where they participate in the seasonal tasks of the day: sowing, growing and harvesting in our kitchen gardens;
caring for livestock and looking after the land; and cooking up a home-grown feast in the farmhouse kitchen.

Spending time working alongside real farmers fosters children’s independence and helps them to grow
in confidence, develops their self-esteem, and encourages them to become more resilient. At our heritage
farms and in partnership with our commercial farming neighbours, children experience the benefits of
collaboration, enjoy plenty of physical activity, good food, and fresh air, and discover the magical rural
environment that is full of new words, sounds and experiences to inspire their creativity.

“Some of the children we took to the farms had very difficult and chaotic lives. We
took them out of a very difficult environment where they were unable to socialise and
didn’t know how to share and put them into a totally different world. It was a haven
where they could thrive.”

Teacher from London

Further details about the Charity are available on our website

Job Description – Housekeeper
Job Title Housekeeper
Location Farms for City Children, Wick Court
Reporting to Farm School Manager/Office Manager
Contract type Full Time, Permanent

Benefits Farms for City Children will contribute 6% on top of the annual salary into the Charity’s
NEST Pension Scheme. A tax efficient, Salary Exchange (also known as Salary sacrifice)
scheme is operated for both pension contributions and childcare costs.

Role Overview
The Housekeeper is central to the efficient running of a large house used as residential accommodation for
groups of up to 39 children and their accompanying adults. As an important part of the house team, the
Housekeeper will work closely with the Farm School Manager, Office Manager and Kitchen Team to ensure
the needs of resident groups are met and that the highest standards of health and safety, hygiene and
cleanliness are maintained. This role will have regular and direct contact with our visiting children and
adults, with a key role in welcoming them upon arrival, supporting their induction into the house and
maintaining a warm and friendly relationship throughout their stay.

Main responsibilities

• Support the farm management team to create a warm, child-centred environment in which all
visiting children flourish
• Ensure that the house is kept clean and tidy, the laundry is well managed and handwashing
facilities are kept clean and well stocked
• Ensure cleaning equipment is in good condition, are stored safely and COSHH information kept
up to date, with suitable materials available for staff and children
• To be responsible, working closely with the Farm School Manager, for Health and Safety in the
• To actively seek feedback from groups in residence to ensure that we are able to respond
positively to any needs
• To ensure waste is safely disposed of and recycled wherever possible
• To support the kitchen team at busy times, especially around setting up, serving, clearing and
cleaning in the dining room

Strategy, Ethos, and Values

• Champion quality and excellence, seeking-out and sharing constructive feedback from
beneficiaries to support the continual evolution of the operations at Wick Court
• Model the values and ethos of the Charity and ensure these are upheld at all times
Continuous professional development
• Maintain a commitment to continuous professional development including undertaking
professional and technical training as required by the Charity
• Keep abreast of best practice by developing links with Housekeepers on our other sites as well
as external reference points


• Attend and contribute to Health and Safety and team meetings, proactively contributing ideas
and suggestions in advance, and preparing reports as required
• Any other work as directed by the Farm School Manager, appropriate to the role

Person Specification – Housekeeper

This role is only open to applicants who have the permanent right to live and work
in the UK.

Training, Experience and Qualifications

• Grade C GSCE or equivalent in Maths & English
• Relevant experience of managing housekeeping in a residential setting
• Experience of complying with health and safety requirements in a work place environment


• Experience of working in an environment where children are present and undertaking training
in Safeguarding
• Certificated training in health and safety or food hygiene

Knowledge and Skills

• An engaging communicator with the ability to connect with children of all ages
• A friendly and supportive colleague who fosters constructive and collaborative relationships
across the Charity and seeks opportunities to share knowledge and learn from others
• Self-driven, with the ability to plan, prioritise and manage time effectively
• Calm under pressure


• Demonstrable commitment to continuous professional development

Additional Information – Housekeeper

Disclosure and Barring Service

This post is subject to a DBS check.
Hours of work

The post is a full-time role including some weekend and evening working.

Annual leave

The annual leave entitlement for this post is 25 days per year plus public holidays.

Probationary period

The appointment will be subject to a probationary period of 1 month.


All appointments will be confirmed only upon receipt of satisfactory references.

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Closing date for applications: 12th September 2021

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