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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 11+

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: When children reach 11 years and (for most) are at a senior school, their needs at camp change. Staff working with this age group need to meet their particular requirements. This age group is too young to stay at home, but also have a greater sense of independence. The Group Co-Ordinator will have skills and experience with this age group.

Duties include: 
• Advise your Group Assistant  
• Set up and maintain a suitable base room area that is 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
• Manage the exchange of relevant information regarding the children to their parents
• Get to know the children in your group as individuals, find out their likes and dislikes and incorporate these into their day at camp

Requirements – You will:
• Have experience or qualifications working with this age range/group in a childcare setting
• Be experienced and interested in sports
• Be able to adapt to effectively deal with unpredictable challenges within the childcare setting
• Be aged 18 or over by the time you start
• Be eligible to work in the UK
• Provide satisfactory references 
• 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 2018 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 with pack up at the end of camp

Age of children: 11 - 14 years
Hours: 08:30 – 17:30
Salary: £295.00 - £450.00 (dependent on age, qualifications and experience)

NB: The above is an example of what may be involved in your duties as a Group Co-ordinator 11+ 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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