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Staff Testimonial

I have worked at barracudas for five years now and have moved up roles from being a lifeguard to group coordinator to early years manager. Barracudas is just good fun, you get to work with great, like-minded people and help children have an exciting day. Also, I do like that there's opportunities to grow in the roles on camp. I started when I was 18 and I had developed my skills and this has been recognised by management, giving me the opportunity to progress. Working at barracudas has given me great experience and helped me so much while I was training to be a primary school teacher and once I had qualified. You learn so much from other staff across camp, that you become an expert in creating exciting and fun activities. At times I have been inspired. I would recommend barracudas to anyone with/wanting experience with children and who is willing to work hard. The people that work the hardest get the most out of the experience. It genuinely is a fun job and you meet really good friends.


Chloe Chloe 2nd November 2016

Roles | Dance and Drama Instructor


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: As a Dance and Drama Instructor, you will be leading a variety of dance and drama activities to all ages on camp, such as Squeezing Circle, Bang/Splat, and Grandmas/Grandpa’s Footsteps just to name a few. You will be expected to lead exciting and engaging sessions making sure all the children are getting involved. You will also be leading the Upstage Skills Builder course workshop that will cover improvisation, mime, mask movement, stage make up and character creation. There will also be the opportunity for children to put on a talent show every Friday to perform to their parents/carers which you will help organise and lead. 

Ahead of camp, you can read up on session ideas in our Dance and Drama Manual that you will have access to. This will provide you with ideas and inspiration on what to base your sessions on. You can also bring your own ideas to camp.

Duties include:
• Setting up and maintaining your dance and drama room/area that is suitable and inviting for the children
• Following policies and procedures to create a safe and fun environment
• Plan and deliver a wide variety of exciting and safe dance and drama activities that are age relevant 
• Providing safety instructions and demonstrations of equipment and ensure these are adhered to
• Working alongside a general staff who may come along to assist with your sessions
• Deliver the Upstage Skills Builder course
• Depending on the size of your camp there might be 2 Dance and Drama Instructors required, therefore you might have to job share and liaise with each other 

• Experience in dance and drama
• 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 weekend at various locations. These take place over the weekend at various locations. You can view the 2018 Assessment Day dates here. This day will contain a mixture of practical and theory based workshops and you will be able to demonstrate your dance and drama skills

• 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: £281 - £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 Dance and Drama Instructor, 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.