Staff Testimonial

I have just completed my 4th summer working for Barracudas. I started in 2014 as a group assistant and have worked every Easter and summer since. I progressed into the Early Years Coordinator role and as of this year became an Early Years Manager. In this time I’ve worked at two different camps and have thoroughly enjoyed working at both. Working for Barracudas has been really convenient for me, as I started just before I began training to become a Primary School Teacher, which meant I was able to work somewhere for the holidays, not only that I enjoy, but could gain a wealth of experience from. I have worked with a range of people, many that work with children outside of Barracudas also, but all have the same passion and enjoyment working with children. I’ve made some friends for life from working at camp! Going to work every day and being able to have fun with kids and act like a big kid yourself sometimes is a fun way to earn some money over the holidays. I’ve always been supported from when I started, whether it be by red shirts, blue shirts or by the area team or head office now I’m a blue shirt myself; Barracudas has really enhanced my professional development, especially in finding different ways to adapt activities to different children, behaviour management, and leadership skills, all which I can use away from camp. I would recommend working at Barracudas to anyone, but especially to those who would like a career working with children, the experience is invaluable!

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Niamh Niamh 14th September 2017
Hemel Hempstead

Roles | 1:1 Support Assistant

Responsibilities: Barracudas is an inclusive setting and we may have children that attend who have additional needs, some of whom require individual support. As a 1:1 Support Assistant you will work with one specific child throughout the day, ensuring their individual welfare needs are met and that they are involved and integrated within the activities. It is likely that you will have regular contact with the child’s parents as you will be acting as their key worker. Please note that the camp you apply for might not require this role and therefore a general role might be offered to you in the first instance if suited. 

Duties include: 
• Implement strategies to support the child’s integration with peers
• Remind the child of boundaries to create a safe and fun environment during activities
• Maintain the support, welfare and enjoyment of the child
• Help the child to understand instructions by demonstrating these and through repetition
• Providing feedback to parents about the child’s progress
• Help grow the child’s confidence, independence and self esteem

Requirements:
• Previous experience working with children with additional needs is desirable, however if you have an interest in the role and are suitable for the position your application will be considered.
• Aged 18 or over by the time you start
• You will be eligible to work in the UK
• You will provide satisfactory references
• You are enthusiastic, caring and organised
• All staff must obtain an enhanced DBS check through Barracudas
• If new to Barracudas you will have to attend an Assessment day. These take place over the weekends at various locations. You can view the 2018 Assessment Day dates here .This day will contain a mixture of practical and theory based workshops
• All staff need to attend an Induction Training Day (this will most likely take place within a 7 day period before your camp opens)

Age of children: 4½ years – 14 years
Salary: £290 - £385 per week (dependant on age, qualifications and experience)
Hours: 8.30am – 5.30pm

NB: The above is an example of what may be involved in your duties as a 1:1, and is listed to give you an insight into what the role entails. Your day may be similar to this but not identical and will include a range of other tasks and responsibilities

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