Staff Testimonial

Best Holiday Job! Last year I worked as an MA in Norwich, this year SSI in Wokingham. The atmosphere at Barracudas is something I've never experienced before in a work place, it provide an amazing working environment. I've never been so willing to "get up and go to work"- my days would go so quickly, and I'd enjoy it all. Both teams I've been apart of have been brilliant, everyone is lovely, fun loving and enthusiastic. I'm currently studying medicine at university and this may seem like an odd choice of holiday work- but absolutely not! I've learnt so much in such a short amount of time: 1. How to communicate with children better, how to explain things clearly so they understand first time. 2. How to liaise with parents both face to face and over the phone 3. Understanding how best to tackle "sticky situations" 4. How best to manage people 5. Learning behaviour management skills ^these are just a few examples of skills I've gained this Easter.. The list would go on and on.. I think working in 2 different camps has benefited me enormously as I've been able to see different ways of doing things/ tackling things. For example "Explore "n" Play" session- witnessing 2 different styles has only given me more ideas for the future. Honestly, this job is perfect for anyone who has an interest in working with children: social work/teaching/physio/OT but is also indescribably valuable to anyone working with people- learning how to run structured sessions whilst having to constantly behaviour manage and be aware of H&S legislation, will benefit almost anyone! A more senior role is perfect for those wanting to improve and demonstrate managerial skills (which employers love!!) I'd also like to mention, your work with the children is not in vain at all- parents were so appreciative of our work! On our last day of camp parents were so grateful for the care we'd shown their children and how much fun their children had had. I've had numerous part-time/holiday jobs and this tops them all!

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Bethany Bethany 9th April 2016
Wokingham

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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