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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 | 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

Requirements:
• 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.

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