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I have worked at barracudas for five years now and have moved up roles from being a lifeguard to group coordinator to early years manager. Barracudas is just good fun, you get to work with great, like-minded people and help children have an exciting day. Also, I do like that there's opportunities to grow in the roles on camp. I started when I was 17 and I had developed my skills and this has been recognised by management, giving me the opportunity to progress. Working at barracudas has given me great experience and helped me so much while I was training to be a primary school teacher and once I had qualified. You learn so much from other staff across camp, that you become an expert in creating exciting and fun activities. At times I have been inspired. I would recommend barracudas to anyone with/wanting experience with children and who is willing to work hard. The people that work the hardest get the most out of the experience. It genuinely is a fun job and you meet really good friends.


Chloe Chloe 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.