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 | Group Assistant

As a Group Assistant you will be required to be an energetic, enthusiastic individual with a passion for working with children. You will assist the Group Co-ordinator to ensure the children in your group are happy, settled and safe.

The main element of your role is to get to know the children in your group, their likes, personalities and what they are really looking forward to – then deliver it! Through the activity timetable, you will organise a wide variety of exciting, engaging and fun activities that are age relevant for your particular group.

You will act as a positive role model, promote a healthy lifestyle and consider the children’s welfare at all times. You may also assist a specialist if many children in your group choose their option, so they have a familiar face with them.

Age of children: 4½ -14 years

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

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

Requirements: Experience or qualifications working within a childcare setting.

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 a Group Assistant:

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.

When you arrive at camp each day, you may have the important role of being a ‘runner’. You will be the first staff member the child meets and as such their first impressions will be with you. You will need to settle any nerves, be positive and encouraging and introduce them to their Group Co-ordinator who will continue the settling process and introduce them to other children in their group. Generally there are a few games organised for early arrivals so that from the moment they arrive at camp they are engaged, excited and getting ready for their fun day ahead!

Throughout the day you will stay with your group and use your knowledge of the individuals to help them get the most out of the activities. Pending the age group you are working with, they will need different levels of support from you, some need help making new friends, some need you to be their familiar face in a new environment and others need support through the new challenges.

When the end of the day is approaching and the main timetable of activities has finished, you will then act as a runner again. Following our security procedures, you reunite child and parent together again, with hopefully an excited and worn out child who can’t wait to come back and a very happy parent.

Easter and summer camp jobs available. 

This an example of what may be involved in your day as a Group Assistant, 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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