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Staff Testimonial

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

Roles | Dance and Drama Instructor

 

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: As a Dance and Drama Instructor, you will be leading a variety of dance and drama activities to all ages on camp, such as Squeezing Circle, Bang/Splat, and Grandmas/Grandpa’s Footsteps just to name a few. You will be expected to lead exciting and engaging sessions making sure all the children are getting involved. You will also be leading the Upstage Skills Builder course workshop that will cover improvisation, mime, mask movement, stage make up and character creation. There will also be the opportunity for children to put on a talent show every Friday to perform to their parents/carers which you will help organise and lead. 

Ahead of camp, you can read up on session ideas in our Dance and Drama Manual that you will have access to. This will provide you with ideas and inspiration on what to base your sessions on. You can also bring your own ideas to camp.

Duties include:
• Setting up and maintaining your dance and drama room/area that is suitable and inviting for the children
• Following policies and procedures to create a safe and fun environment
• Plan and deliver a wide variety of exciting and safe dance and drama activities that are age relevant 
• Providing safety instructions and demonstrations of equipment and ensure these are adhered to
• Working alongside a general staff who may come along to assist with your sessions
• Deliver the Upstage Skills Builder course
• Depending on the size of your camp there might be 2 Dance and Drama Instructors required, therefore you might have to job share and liaise with each other 

Requirements:
• Experience in dance and drama
• 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 weekend at various locations. These take place over the weekend at various locations. You can view the 2018 Assessment Day dates here. This day will contain a mixture of practical and theory based workshops and you will be able to demonstrate your dance and drama skills

• 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: £281 - £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 Dance and Drama Instructor, 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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