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Best Holiday Job! Last year I worked as an MA in Norwich, this year SSI in Wokingham. The atmosphere at Barracudas is something I've never experienced before in a work place, it provide an amazing working environment. I've never been so willing to "get up and go to work"- my days would go so quickly, and I'd enjoy it all. Both teams I've been apart of have been brilliant, everyone is lovely, fun loving and enthusiastic. I'm currently studying medicine at university and this may seem like an odd choice of holiday work- but absolutely not! I've learnt so much in such a short amount of time: 1. How to communicate with children better, how to explain things clearly so they understand first time. 2. How to liaise with parents both face to face and over the phone 3. Understanding how best to tackle "sticky situations" 4. How best to manage people 5. Learning behaviour management skills ^these are just a few examples of skills I've gained this Easter.. The list would go on and on.. I think working in 2 different camps has benefited me enormously as I've been able to see different ways of doing things/ tackling things. For example "Explore "n" Play" session- witnessing 2 different styles has only given me more ideas for the future. Honestly, this job is perfect for anyone who has an interest in working with children: social work/teaching/physio/OT but is also indescribably valuable to anyone working with people- learning how to run structured sessions whilst having to constantly behaviour manage and be aware of H&S legislation, will benefit almost anyone! A more senior role is perfect for those wanting to improve and demonstrate managerial skills (which employers love!!) I'd also like to mention, your work with the children is not in vain at all- parents were so appreciative of our work! On our last day of camp parents were so grateful for the care we'd shown their children and how much fun their children had had. I've had numerous part-time/holiday jobs and this tops them all!

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Bethany Bethany 9th April 2016
Wokingham

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How Can We Help Develop Your Childcare Skills?

As a childcare company, Barracudas not only offer their staff experience in working with children, but we develop peoples skills and knowledge in childcare so that in the future they can go on to further a career with children if they choose to.

If you have little to no experience working with children, but you know that you want a career in working with them, Barracudas can provide you with the childcare experience which could help you follow on to other jobs. As we have a number of different ages of kids that come to us (4.5-14 years) working at camp can allow you to find out which age range of children you enjoy working with. Whether it’s the little Minnows or the more mature Barracudas you can test the waters to see which age suits you best.

The training programmes we offer staff members are there purely for you to develop skills. They are free, so we have eliminated the main obstacle for many of you (£££). We offer a Paediatric First Aid course which is not only useful for working in childcare, but any employer would see it as a brilliant asset for you to be first aid trained. The course also includes a certification in Epi Pen administrator for anaphylaxis which if you ask me is just an added bonus! We offer a Multi Activity training course which teaches you about the health, safety and wellbeing of the children when using certain pieces of equipment. Unlike the first aid, this is not a Nationally recognised qualification; but it still gives you experience in working with children in a way where you are teaching them to use equipment and developing new skills.

As a company, we value ourselves on the fact that we allow people to grow when working with us; many of our staff members have gone on to become school teachers and work in other childcare settings. A number of our staff that have started off in a red shirt position, have then continued to develop their knowledge with us and have gone on to a senior blue shirt position on camp.

For many of our staff members, the seasonal nature of our company is perfect for them. Whilst working for us, they are able to explore new areas to childcare that they wouldn’t necessarily do in their normal day to day job, this enhances their confidence and experience in childcare work. At Barracudas we don’t just teach you what you need to know to work for us, but we allow you to take the skills you learn into your future.