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Staff Testimonial

I have worked at Barracudas for 4 seasons as both a red shirt and SSI. I really enjoy the activities that Barracudas run and working with the kids who create a great atmosphere. I am a PE teacher but started working when I was still training so helped me gain more experience and practice my teaching skills. Being SSI has helped me gain management experience and is benefiting me in my career progression.


Stephanie Stephanie 2nd November 2016
Chislehurst (Farringtons)

Roles | Fencing Instructor

Whatever your role at any Barracudas camp, your primary responsibility is to ensure: the health, safety and welfare of the 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 Group Assistant, you’ll be an energetic, enthusiastic individual with a passion for working with children. You’ll assist the Group Co-Ordinator to make sure the children in your group are happy, settled and safe.

Duties include:
• Create and maintain a base room area that is suitable and inviting for the children
• Follow policies and procedures to ensure the children in your care will have fun 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
• Get to know the children in your group as individuals, find out their likes and dislikes and incorporate these into their day on camp
• Plan and deliver a wide variety of: exciting, safe and engaging activities, that are age appropriate to your group
• Take responsibility for general welfare and safeguarding
• Assist at pack up at the end of camp if required

• You have experience or qualifications working within a childcare setting
• 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
• You are able to adapt to effectively deal with unpredictable challenges within the 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 2019 Assessment Day dates here .This day will contain a mixture of practical and theory based workshops.
• All staff must complete relevant online training modules annually.
• All staff need to attend an Induction Training Day (this will most likely take place within the 7 day period before your camp opens).
• Assist at pack up at the end of camp, if required

Age of children: 4½ -14 years
Hours: 08:30 – 17:30

Group Assistant contracts are based on a minimum of 4 days per week. If there’s an increase in bookings you may be required to work the full 5 days (Monday-Friday).

If, for any reason you need a particular day off this needs to be authorised ahead of camp as we can’t guarantee your Group Assistant day off will fall on this day.

Each Friday, your camp will receive the registers for the following week. Your Camp Manager will then confirm if and when you’ll be having a Group Assistant day off in the following week. The nominated day off is likely to change from week to week.

Some camps do experience a number of last-minute bookings. Therefore, Group Assistants may need to work a 5-day week every week. If this is an issue you must speak to your recruiter ahead of camp.

NB: The above is an example of what may be involved in your duties as a Group Assistant 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.