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

Roles | Early Years Co-Ordinator

As an Early Years Co-Ordinator you will be working with our youngest children on camp (those who are still 5 years on 31st August). This group have huge amounts of fun, but we are never sure who has the most, the staff or the children themselves!

Ideally you will have knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage if not, experience working with this age range is essential. Some children may not have started school yet, so daily routines may need explaining and reinforcing as they learn new skills.

Age of children: 4½ - 6 years 

Salary: £250 - £370 per week (dependant on age, qualifications and experience)

Hours: 8:30am-5pm or 9am-5:30pm

Requirements: Early Years Co-Ordinators must have undertaken a minimum of 300 assessed placement hours, or hold a relevant childcare qualification.

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

A DBS check is required for every member of staff who works for Barracudas.

A day at Barracudas for an Early Years Co-Ordinator:

Ahead of camp, you will have access to online resources and staff handbooks to ensure you pass your online test.  This gives you a baseline knowledge of Barracudas childcare procedures before your induction training.

Your baseroom is the early year’s hub. Although you and your group have access to all the facilities on camp the same as everyone else, the baseroom is their room that they return to after each session. It is decorated with their artwork, full of early years role play equipment and a place where they leave the belongings for the day.

This is where you will start your day, waiting for your group to arrive. When a child arrives into the baseroom, you will spend some time settling them in, getting to know their personalities, explaining how the day will be and assisting with new friendships around interests and games. Any lingering nerves are soon forgotten as fish are coloured, car tracks are raced and puppet shows are delivered to admiring audiences!

Throughout the day you will be ensuring enough water is drunk to keep hydrated, fair play and kindness is rewarded and the healthier options in the lunch box are eaten first! You will lead early years games and sessions and offer your group the options as per your allocated timetable.

When the end of the day is approaching and the main timetable of activities has finished, you will then continue to care for your group and organise some games and activities until parents arrive to take them home, tired but full of the excitement of the day and looking forward to returning for more next time!

Easter and summer camp jobs available.

The above is an example of what may be involved in your day as an Early Years Co-Ordinator, and is designed 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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