Volunteers Needed: Volunteer Play Assistant

Support the Library's English Language Learning program and newcomer families

Help remove a big barrier for newcomer parents

Newcomers want to develop essential language skills in English in order to enjoy fully their new home. If you're a newcomer parent with young children and no access to childcare, however, there is one big barrier to participation: what to do with the kids during classes.

We can remove this barrier with a little help from neighbours, like you.

About Volunteer Play Assistant

The Library's Volunteer Play Assistant is an adult volunteer position supporting newcomer parents by providing a supervised play program for their preschool children while they take ELL classes. Your help with their children enables their participation.


Halifax North Memorial Public Library

What you'll be doing

  • Prepare materials for activities, such as cutting craft items.
  • Set up the play area with a variety of toys and games as well as space/supplies for more structured activities.
  • Supervise children ages 1-5 in the use of age-appropriate toys and games.
  • Deliver simple craft/ story activities which have been planned by library staff.
  • Clean up and put away materials after the session.

About you

  • Are at least 18 years of age.
  • Have great interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Are friendly and outgoing and enjoy meeting new people.
  • Are reliable and punctual.
  • Have experience working with pre-school aged children.
  • Can lead children in engaging and age-appropriate play activities within a structured session.
  • Can interact effectively with both parents and children from a wide-variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • Will take cultural sensitivities into consideration when leading activities.
  • May have some competency in a language other than English (asset, not a requirement).

How much time it takes

While the Fall 2022 ELL session schedule is not yet final, the minimum time commitment would be for one weekly 2-3 hour session. Daytime, late afternoon and evening sessions are available.

Criminal Records Check

All volunteers will require a Criminal Records Check. The Library will initiate these through MyBackCheck.com and will also cover the cost.

Volunteer Now!

Heather MacKenzie
Volunteer Services Manager