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 Co-Ordinator

As a Group Co-Ordinator you will be an energetic, enthusiastic individual and have experience of working with children. Group Co-ordinators are dedicated to their groups so once the season has started, we try to keep you with the same age group as some children will return each week and you will be their familiar face.  

Whether ensuring they have enough water, wear sunhats or remind them to wash their hands before eating, you will be looking after their happiness and welfare. You will use the timetable from your senior team to ensure they have an exciting, fun and safe time and your childcare skills to ensure they are cared for.  As the more experienced person in your group, you will also be available to advise less experienced Group Assistants.

Age of children: 6 - 11 years 

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

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

Requirements: Experience and/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 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.

As the children arrive in the morning, they are brought to their baseroom where you will be waiting for them. Your priority is to ensure they settle in and any nerves are soon forgotten. There will be resources in the room to help you and as more and more of your group arrive, you can organise different games for different interests to help them settle in.

Once the timetable starts at 9.30, you will spend the day with your group leading them through their choices in the timetable and ensuring the promises of quality childcare made to parents are fulfilled in every way. Depending on the age of the children you are working with, they will need different levels of support from you; help to make new friends, encouragement to try something new or positive feedback on effort made for artwork or scoring goals!

During the day, you may assist or lead the children in various activities, promoting good behaviour as you go. 

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 until their parents arrive to collect them, reminding them to take all their belongings home and get ready for another fun packed day tomorrow!

Easter and summer camp work 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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