- Why Barracudas?
Your child will get so much more than childcare out of their time at a Barracuda’s summer holiday camp – they gain real-life skills.
Time at one of our summer clubs will allow them to grow and develop physically and mentally in a safe environment.
The structure of the days at our summer holiday clubs means there are loads of opportunities to stimulate young minds and bodies, hone their sporting skills and help them learn to look after themselves.
Here are just five of the skills you’ll see your youngster develop at our summer camps…
Working as a team
From football and tag rugby to kwik cricket and Ultimate Frisbee, team sports play a big part in our day at a Barracudas summer club.
As well as being loads of fun, they get your child thinking and playing as part of a team. Realising they’ll do better by working together is an important step to take.
That spirit of cooperation and “we’re all in it together” will serve your child well as they grow up – after all, how many of us have jobs that don’t involve working as part of a team?
So, with every pass or catch they make, every goal or run a team-mate scores, they’ll learn the benefits of working together.
Unless you’re one of those super-gifted individuals, practice makes perfect. And our list of super sports gives your youngster every chance to improve their hand-eye coordination.
Whether it’s launching basketballs through hoops, whacking rounders balls with a bat, or hitting the bullseye with a bow and arrow, we’re helping them with their coordination.
Getting better at basics such as throwing and catching or passing a football boosts their confidence, too. If they know their body’s up to the task, they feel better about themselves.
And you know yourself how they can’t wait to tell you about their sporting achievements.
We don’t do everything for the young people who come to our summer holiday clubs – and that’s an important life lesson.
For starters, they’ll be responsible for putting on their own sun-cream, although our staff will be dishing out reminders to protect their young skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
And come snack and lunchtime, the children will get their own food … then tidy up afterwards.
They’ll also be changing themselves for activities such as swimming which requires specialist clothing – although there will be help for the youngest children, if they require it.
These aren’t big tasks, but help youngsters realise they can look after themselves.
You don’t think of making friends as a skill, but it is. Learning how to get on safely with strangers is one of the biggest obstacles for many children – and adults.
But at our summer holiday camps, we help the kids to get talking to each other from the off, with a Who’s Who? session at the start of day one at the summer club.
Learning what they have in common gets the kids talking and they’ll have firm friends by the end of the day.
Obviously, personal safety is the first priority, but overcoming the shyness that can hold some children back will serve them in good stead as they grow. It’ll also boost their confidence, and you can’t underestimate the value of that.
The BX+ course teaches 13 to 14-year-olds what it’s like to work as a member of staff at a Barracudas summer holiday club.
They get to take part in activities while shadowing a staff member and finding out about the hard work that goes into making sure your child has fun.
It’s ideal for sporty teens who want to work with children – and there’s a certificate to mark all their effort at the end of the course.
We are lucky to now be open at 42 locations for summer starting from 16th July-24th August, click here to learn more!