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Staff Testimonial

I worked at Barracudas in Bedford for 1 week at Easter as the Dance and Drama instructor and 4 weeks in the summer as a Lifeguard in 2016. Everyday is different at Barracudas, there are lots of great and fun activities for the children which are also fun for the staff to instruct and get involved in too. The staff are all very friendly and by the end of camp you are all great friends. The management team are all very helpful and guide you well when needed. Working for Barracudas has given me the extra experience I have needed to pursue my goal of becoming a teacher and has given me great confidence towards my current teacher training. I have also learned different sports and skills that I can use in the future. Barracudas is an incredible company to work for and I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like to pursue a career working with children.

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Nicola Nicola 2nd November 2016
Bedford

Roles | 1:1 Support Assistant

 

Whatever your role at any Barracudas camp, your primary responsibility is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of children in your care, to safeguard them and protect them from harm. Once these fundamentals are ensured you should aim to give each of them such an amazing experience they can’t wait to come back!

Responsibilities: Barracudas is an inclusive setting and we may have children that attend who have additional needs, some of whom require individual support. As a 1:1 Support Assistant you will work with one specific child throughout the day, ensuring their individual welfare needs are met and that they are involved and integrated within the activities. It is likely that you will have regular contact with the child’s parents as you will be acting as their key worker. Please note that the camp you apply for might not require this role and therefore a general role might be offered to you in the first instance if suited. 

Duties include: 
• Implement strategies to support the child’s integration with peers
• Remind the child of boundaries to create a safe and fun environment during activities
• Maintain the support, welfare and enjoyment of the child
• Help the child to understand instructions by demonstrating these and through repetition
• Providing feedback to parents about the child’s progress
• Help grow the child’s confidence, independence and self esteem

Requirements:
• Previous experience working with children with additional needs is desirable, however if you have an interest in the role and are suitable for the position your application will be considered.
• Aged 18 or over by the time you start
• You will be eligible to work in the UK
• You will provide satisfactory references
• You are enthusiastic, caring and organised
• All staff must obtain an enhanced DBS check through Barracudas
• If new to Barracudas you will have to attend an Assessment day. These take place over the weekends at various locations. You can view the 2018 Assessment Day dates here .This day will contain a mixture of practical and theory based workshops
• All staff need to attend an Induction Training Day (this will most likely take place within a 7 day period before your camp opens)

Age of children: 4½ years – 14 years
Salary: £290 - £385 per week (dependant on age, qualifications and experience)
Hours: 8.30am – 5.30pm

NB: The above is an example of what may be involved in your duties as a 1:1, and is listed 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