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Staff Testimonial

I have just completed my 4th summer working for Barracudas. I started in 2014 as a group assistant and have worked every Easter and summer since. I progressed into the Early Years Coordinator role and as of this year became an Early Years Manager. In this time I’ve worked at two different camps and have thoroughly enjoyed working at both. Working for Barracudas has been really convenient for me, as I started just before I began training to become a Primary School Teacher, which meant I was able to work somewhere for the holidays, not only that I enjoy, but could gain a wealth of experience from. I have worked with a range of people, many that work with children outside of Barracudas also, but all have the same passion and enjoyment working with children. I’ve made some friends for life from working at camp! Going to work every day and being able to have fun with kids and act like a big kid yourself sometimes is a fun way to earn some money over the holidays. I’ve always been supported from when I started, whether it be by red shirts, blue shirts or by the area team or head office now I’m a blue shirt myself; Barracudas has really enhanced my professional development, especially in finding different ways to adapt activities to different children, behaviour management, and leadership skills, all which I can use away from camp. I would recommend working at Barracudas to anyone, but especially to those who would like a career working with children, the experience is invaluable!

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Niamh Niamh 14th September 2017
Hemel Hempstead

Roles | Group 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 a Group Co-Ordinator you will be an energetic, enthusiastic individual and have experience of working with children. Group Co-ordinators are dedicated to their groups. Once the season has started, we try to keep you with the same age group to create a sense of familiarity for children who return to camp week by week.

Duties include:
• Look after children’s welfare and their happiness
• Ensure children are having a fun, exciting and safe time on camp
• Advise your Group Assistant
• Create and maintain a base room area that is suitable and inviting for the children
• Follow policies and procedures to make sure the children in your care will have fun in a safe environment
• Follow the prepared activity timetable each day to make sure we deliver the amazing variety of activity sessions we promise
• 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 key worker for parents 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 at camp
• Ensure the safe use of equipment provided for your sessions

Requirements:
• 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 with excellent communication skills and able to apply your initiative
• You are experienced and interested in sports
• 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 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: 6 - 11 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 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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