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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 | Area Manager

Whatever your role at any Barracudas camp, your primary responsibility is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of children in your care, to safeguard them and protect them from harm. Once these fundamentals are ensured you should aim to give each of them such an amazing experience they can’t wait to come back!

Responsibilities: To oversee a small cluster of camps in your geographical area. You will be the first point of contact for camps both over the phone and in person. Area Managers are responsible for providing their camps with support and advice on a day to day basis and enhancing Barracudas reputation with the schools, staff and customers. At the start of the season you will be issued with a plan of which camps to head to each day, but this will change as and when needed throughout the season.

Duties include:
• Observe registration, collection and activities on camp
• Audits – every camp will have audits throughout the season. The audits consist of both positive areas as well as areas for improvements
• Feedback your findings from audits and provide support to camps afterwards in areas that require improvement
• Assist the senior team during OFSTED inspections
• Ensuring all paperwork is up to date and filled out correctly – provide guidance on admin tasks if being done incorrectly
• Assisting with staffing or training queries
• Communicate with Central Office to provide them with necessary information
• Answer any Barracudas policy or health and safety questions the senior or general staff may have
• Make sure equipment is being used and demonstrated correctly
• Monitoring and overseeing petty cash
• Deal with confidential issues

Requirements:
• Experience working as a Camp Manager
• Attend the Area Managers Training Day
• You will be eligible to work in the UK
• Obtain an enhanced DBS check through Barracudas
• You will provide satisfactory references
• Be available for Induction Training Day and at least 1 set up day (these will be in the 7 day period prior to camp opening)

Salary: £475 - £600 per week (dependant on age, qualifications and experience)
Hours: 8am - 6pm

NB: The above is an example of what may be involved in your duties as an Area Manager 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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