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I worked at Barracudas in Bedford for 1 week at Easter as the Dance and Drama instructor and 4 weeks in the summer as a Lifeguard in 2016. Everyday is different at Barracudas, there are lots of great and fun activities for the children which are also fun for the staff to instruct and get involved in too. The staff are all very friendly and by the end of camp you are all great friends. The management team are all very helpful and guide you well when needed. Working for Barracudas has given me the extra experience I have needed to pursue my goal of becoming a teacher and has given me great confidence towards my current teacher training. I have also learned different sports and skills that I can use in the future. Barracudas is an incredible company to work for and I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to pursue a career working with children.

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Nicola Nicola 2nd November 2016
Bedford

Roles | 1:1 Support Assistant

Barracudas is an inclusive setting and we often have children attending camp with additional needs, some of whom require individual support to ensure they are able to access the camp and al it has to offer. As a 1:1 Support Assistant you will work closely with one specific child throughout the day, ensuring their individual welfare needs are met and to enable them to make the best possible progress. You may need to implement strategies to support their integration with peers, remind them of boundaries and ensure everyone's safety during activities. 

Ahead of camp a form will be completed by the child’s parent/carer about their needs, likes, dislikes etc. which will be passed to you to help prepare unique strategies to support the child before you meet them on their first day. You will also have the support of a named Barracudas SENCO who will know more about the child. We also supply various resources to support you including visual timetables, emotion cards, reward cards & stickers which are all available to you, and your camp will agree a time out area just in case it is needed.

No two days will be the same in this role and it may be that over the course of a season whilst employed for Barracudas you are the 1:1 Support Assistant for a number of different children at different times.

Whilst they are at camp the support, welfare and enjoyment of the child will remain the main focus of this role.

Age of children: 4½ years – 14 years

Salary: This will be discussed at time of contracting and will be dependent on age, qualifications and experience. 

Hours: Your hours and days will match those of the child you are supporting, usually 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.

Requirements: Previous experience working with children with additional needs is desirable, however if you have an interest in the role and are suitable to the position your application will be considered. 

If you are a new staff member you will be required to attend and Assessment Day. This day will contain will contain a mixture of practical and theory based workshops.

A DBS check is required for all staff who work for Barracudas.