So we’re half way through the February Half Term and if you are anything like me managing a week off work is doable but the thought of the two week Easter Break and the Summer holidays on top of a job is worrisome to say the least.
This year I’m working as a Brand Ambassador for Barracudas and I couldn’t be happier to share it with you all.
Barracudas run activity camps for children between the ages of 4.5 – 14 year olds in the Easter and Summer holidays. Some of the camp locations also run over the half terms. They have over 80 activities to choose from and they actually allow the children to get a say on which activity they want to participate in every session.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know I am the owner of a nervous child, one who didn’t settle very well at nursery, ever. One who doesn’t particularly like meeting new people and one who isn’t a fan of group activities.
So why on earth have I signed him up to an activity camp?! Don’t worry it’s a question I’ve been asking myself too.
Well I have a few reasons.
He has actually settled remarkably well at school, found a new sense of confidence and amazed me every step of the way. I think now more than ever he is ready for this type of experience.
I’ve done my research. Barracudas are also rated by Ofsted so I know that they are moderated and safe and I can even view the reports. Actually 23 of their camps are rated Outstanding. Not just that but all of the staff are DBS qualified. Over 70% of Barracudas staff are fully or nearly qualified teaching professionals or specialist instructors, familiar with the strict guidelines of a childcare setting.
The activities look like things L will love! Electric Go Karts, Nature Trails, Shield Making, Golf, Play Dough Making, Water Slides, Football, Construction. The list goes on and on. Even things like swimming are on the table, though L hates that and I can easily exclude him from it.
I’ve signed him up for two days only, just as a starter, to see how he gets on. Plus, I’ve signed him up with a friend. That way he’ll already know someone and we won’t have to worry about them so much.
The sign up process has filled me with confidence! They have asked so much about him, from the obvious like medical and allergy information, to any learning or social issues he may have. But they have also asked for a little bunting sheet about him to be completed with more personal information like a picture and things he’s looking forward to and how he feels about the camp.
We’ve even been able to get them both a fun camp kit set including a T-Shirt, Water Bottle, Hat and Bag to get them excited for their camp experience.
I’m really excited to send him as I think he’s going to have a great time and two fulls days at Barracudas for him means a full weeks worth hours I can work for me, so literally sorts out an entire week of childcare, win win.
I cannot wait to share more with you after L has attended the Easter camp and we can tell you about our own experience.
Disclosure – as a Brand Ambassador I get free days at camp in return for spreading the word about Barracudas. It goes without saying I would agree to work with a company like this unless I had done my own research and was 100% happy sending my child. All thoughts and opinions are my own.