Cleaner / Housekeeper

England, Essex, Colchester
05 Jan 2021
02 Feb 2021
Job role
Support Worker
Contract Type
Part Time

Cleaner / Housekeeper

Permanent, Part Time

Up to £17,136.40 per annum (pro rata)

Location: Colchester

Closing date: 19th January 2021

Please note this is part time role 20 hours per week

The role

The Domestic Assistant contributes to the maintenance of laundry, kitchens, toys and family rooms within family centres to ensure cleanliness and high standards of food hygiene for young people and their families.

Utilising skills and experience in effective laundry management to maintain cleanliness in family rooms, together with some kitchen experience will be an important element in undertaking this role.

You will:

  • Ensure family visiting rooms remain tidy and clean throughout shift, to ensure environment is welcoming to both children and their families and other visitors.
  • Responsible for ensuring all laundry duties are undertaken efficiently and in a timely way.
  • Contribute to kitchen efficiency by utilising equipment to ensure cleanliness of kitchen tools, crockery and pans are maintained to a high standard on a regular basis.
  • Undertakes kitchen and dining room duties which may incorporate basic food preparation to ensure hygiene and cleanliness maintained.
  • To undertake the full range of cleaning tasks, including toilets, the cleaning of Window's, polishing etc, including periodic special and spring cleaning paying special attention to and sterilising equipment regularly used by babies/children including soft play.
  • Ensure replenishment of hand towels, toilet rolls, soap etc throughout the building.
  • To monitor supplies of cleaning materials and notify the manager when stock needs ordering.
  • To be responsible for the loading and unloading of the dishwashers.
  • Have specific individual and shared targets and objectives as defined annually within the performance management framework.
  • Have a role in monitoring health and safety in the workplace
  • To work in line with the Essex Family Centre Service Practice Guide for Information Governance (2006)
  • To work in line with Safeguarding Procedures, ensuring concerns are reported correctly.
  • To attend meetings/Supervision as required.
  • The duties of the post may vary to meet the changing needs of the Family Centre.
  • Any other duties compatible with the post held, which may be reasonably required from time to time.
  • Skills and Knowledge

  • Educated to RQF level 2 (GCSE) or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of Health and Safety experience and any relevant qualifications and evidence of training incorporating moving and handling of objects.
  • Evidence of a First Aid qualification, training and experience.
  • Knowledge and experience of basic food hygiene.
  • High standards of cleanliness.
  • Understanding of working in a setting for young people who are receiving a period of residential care.
  • Ability and experience of working on own initiative and a flexible attitude.
  • Friendly demeanour, empathetic towards others.
  • As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

    Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link:

    Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

    We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

    If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please email or call us on 0333 013 5888. Lines are open Monday to Friday 08:30 - 16.30.