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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 | Early Years 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 and manage the EY children and staff at your camp setting. Each camp will have between 1 – 3 Early Years groups and a number of EY staff based on what your camp requires, allowing the Early Years Manager to fully focus on the EYFS framework as well as other senior team duties.

Duties include:
• Responsible for ensuring EYFS is implemented
• Named Designated Person on camp (dealing with child protection/safeguarding issues)
• Main contact for OFSTED if they arrive for an inspection
• Communicate with Central Office to provide them with necessary information
• Complete all management tasks for EY children such as communication with parents, admin tasks and managing the EY staff
• Assisting the Camp Manager with daily tasks e.g. site tours, equipment checks, financial records
• Assist with onsite induction training for staff – the EYM will lead Ofsted/child protection areas of the training ahead of camp
• Be with the Early Years groups 2 out of 6 sessions per day – doing observations with EY staff and getting to know the children
• Updating SEF

Requirements:
• Attend Senior Training Day – date/location TBC
• Early Years Qualified (Primary qualified, CACHE L3, Primary PGCE, BA Primary Education)
• Early Years experience
• 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)

Age of children: 4½ - 6 years
Salary: £440 - £475 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 Early Years 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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