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I have worked as a lifeguard at a pool for 5 years before deciding to work as a lifeguard for Barracudas and I do not regret my decision. I have loved my new job, I get up every morning looking forward to the day. There's always something to do, it's fun for you as well as the kids, I've loved it and can't wait to go back. Thank you!

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Rebecca Rebecca 2nd April 2016
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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.