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!


Niamh Niamh 14th September 2017
Hemel Hempstead

Roles | Early Years Manager

The Early Years Manager has overall responsibility of all things EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) including the children, early years staff and the implementation of the EYFS itself. As the early years groups are on average only 14% of the total numbers of children on camp, you get the opportunity to lead and manage without the total responsibility of the whole camp. There are also additional managerial or admin tasks that you are expected to undertake that will develop your understanding of senior duties. The Early Years Manager is responsible for monitoring the Early Years Co-ordinators in the skills and behaviours that safeguard and promote good practice.

You will also be the named person for Ofsted, responsible for liaising directly with an inspector in the event of an inspection. Also the nominated designated person on camp for all safeguarding matters, liaising with Central Office designated persons and other authorities to ensure all children and staff are kept safe.

Age of children: 4½ - 6 years

Salary: £390 - £450 per week (dependant on qualifications and experience). 

Requirements: Early years qualified, you would also need to attend senior staff training days.

A day at Barracudas for an Early Years Manager:

Your day will start with a site tour with the rest of the senior team to ensure that all areas of the camp are safe and are ready for the children and the fun packed day ahead. Once this is done, you will be at the registration area, welcoming children to camp and speaking to parents, representing the camp and the senior team in your blue shirt. 

Everyday, you will need to be in 2 of the 6 sessions with the Early Years groups, interacting with children and monitoring the staff overseeing the group. You will need to monitor the progress of children and will be a key person available to speak to parents about their child should they request to. You will also be the nominated person for an Ofsted inspection.

During your day you may be responsible for answering the camp phones, speaking to parents who need to collect early or staff from the central office about bookings. You may be assisting the Camp Manager with staff evaluations, or showing the Early Years base rooms to an Area Manager carrying out an audit; no two days will be the same!

At the end of the day, you may be back at the collection point, seeing children off and there for parents to speak to if needed. One last check of camp to make sure everything is secure, and you are ready for the next fun packed day tomorrow. 

The above is an example of what may be involved in your day as an Early Years Manager, 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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