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Staff Testimonial

I started working at the beginning of summer 2016 as a Senior Sports Instructor at Harlow camp. What I enjoyed most at camp was, the range of different activities was so broad it made making the experience as enjoyable and varied as possible. Working with barracudas has helped me to improve my leadership skills through a hands-on experience. Also this has helped me to gather skills and ideas on how to differentiate any game to get maximum enjoyment for the children. I would definitely recommend Barracudas to anyone, as there really is no job like it. Every day was different and you get paid to have fun with the children at camp! All the staff were fantastic and the facilities are amazing! I can't wait to go back!


James James 2nd November 2016

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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.