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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 | Roaming Staff

As a Roaming Staff Member you will have a camp that you will be based at throughout the season however you will be working at several other camp locations. When we require an additional member of staff at a camp due to sickness, you will be required to travel to that camp and work with that camp team until further notice. You will need to be flexible and adaptable as the role will involve some last minute changes and you will be expected to travel to surrounding camps within a cluster. 

Age of children: 4½-14 years

Hours: 8:30am-5pm or 9am-5:30pm. The first Monday morning of camp will start at 7:45am for all staff and will be paid accordingly at the end of the season. There after you maybe requested by your Camp Manager to start at 7:45am as required, this will be paid to you accordingly. 

Requirements: You will need to have a full valid UK driving license and access to a vehicle.

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 Roaming Staff:

Ahead of camp, you have access to online resources to help plan sessions and gain information on the fun activities we offer! This will allow you to gain an insight before your time on camp. 

When you arrive at camp for your shift, you may be a runner, taking children from the registration point to a designated area on camp where an all camp activity may be taking place, or to the child’s base room where they will join the rest of their group. Being involved in one of these activities means getting the children active from the moment they arrive at camp, ready for their fun day ahead!

During the day you will be employed at a base camp, however you may be needed to go to another camp within an area to cover staff shortages due to sickness. Head office may call and ask you to head over to a camp within your cluster and work in a variety of sessions. These sessions could range from exciting circus skills to adventurous go-karting! Additionally, you may have to support an instructor lead session, for example swimming or arts and crafts. Within your day, you may be joining or helping a group of children in various activities such as pop lacrosse, football or water fun to name a few. We offer a wide variety of activities for you and the children to enjoy!

When the end of the day is approaching, and the main timetable of activities has finished, you will then act as a runner again. Parents and carers arrive at the collection point, and you will be collecting the children and sending them home all tired from the fun, ready for another exciting day! 

Easter and summer camp jobs available.

The above is an example of what may be involved in your day as Supply Staff, and is designed to give you an insight into what the role entails. Your day may be similar to this but not identical, and this will include a range of other tasks and responsibilities.