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Staff Testimonial

I worked as a group assistant for three weeks in the summer and had the most amazing experience. It was challenging, rewarding, enjoyable and informative. It was physically and mentally challenging because you are always incredibly busy, but you got home after a long day excited for the next. Being surrounded with so many lovely people as your colleagues was a big help and made the experience so much more enjoyable; friendships were created as a result. Everyone worked so well as a team and learnt from each other of a daily basis. There was never a day that I didn't learn something new. I gained unbelievable amounts of confidence during my time at camp and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to seek experience working in a child centred environment. I fully intend on re-applying for easter and summer again this year with the hope that it will be just as fun as last season.


Molly Molly 17th December 2018

Roles | Group Assistant

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

Requirements – You will: 
• Have experience or qualifications working within a childcare setting
• Be aged 18 or over by the time you start
• Be eligible to work in the UK
• Provide satisfactory references 
• Be enthusiastic, caring and organised 
• Be able to adapt to effectively deal with unpredictable challenges within the childcare setting
• Obtain an enhanced DBS check through Barracudas. 
• Attend an Assessment Day if you’re new to Barracudas. 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.
• Complete relevant online training modules annually.
• 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 
£59.00 - £90.00 per day (dependent on age, qualifications and experience)

Group Assistant contracts are based on a minimum of 4 days per week. If there is 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 cannot 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.

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