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Staff Testimonial

I started working at the beginning of summer 2016 as a Senior Sports Instructor at Harlow camp. What I enjoyed most at camp was, the range of different activities was so broad it made making the experience as enjoyable and varied as possible. Working with barracudas has helped me to improve my leadership skills through a hands-on experience. Also this has helped me to gather skills and ideas on how to differentiate any game to get maximum enjoyment for the children. I would definitely recommend Barracudas to anyone, as there really is no job like it. Every day was different and you get paid to have fun with the children at camp! All the staff were fantastic and the facilities are amazing! I can't wait to go back!


James James 2nd November 2016

Roles | Early Years Co-Ordinator


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 an Early Years Co-Ordinator you will be working with our youngest children on camp (those who are still 5 on 31st August). This group have huge amounts of fun, but we are never sure who has the most, the staff or the children themselves!

Duties include:
• Look after children’s welfare and their happiness
• Plan and deliver a variety of activities with structure and enthusiasm
• Encourage maximum participation of the children in the group whilst following OFSTED guidance
• Advise your Group Assistant
• Set up and maintain a suitable base room area that is inviting for the children
• Ensure the safe use of equipment provided for your sessions
• Follow policies and procedures to make sure the children in your care will have a fun time in a safe environment
• Ensure that the needs of the children in your care are met with active supervision and attention throughout the day including breaks and lunch times
• Be the parents key worker and manage the exchange of relevant information regarding their children
• Get to know the children in your group as individuals. Find out their likes and dislikes  and incorporate these into their day on camp
• Ensure the safe use of equipment provided for your sessions
• Ensuring the Early Years Foundation Stages are implemented
• Facilitate children’s development through explore and play sessions

• Have undertaken a minimum of 300 hours assessed placement, or hold a relevant childcare qualification
• Knowledge and experience within the Early Years Foundation Stage
• Ensure that the pastoral needs of the children in your care are well-catered for through active supervision and care throughout the day including breaks and lunch times
• 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 with excellent communication skills and are able to use your own initiative
• Are able to adapt to effectively deal with unpredictable challenges within a childcare setting
• 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 the 7 day period before your camp opens)

Age of children: 4½ -6 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 an Early Years Group Co-ordinator 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.