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Lumen Summer Camp 2021 Recruitment: be a part of our team

We are delighted to announce that we will be operating a Summer Camp for 2021 at our Saxon site in Shepperton. Now in its fifth year the Camp goes from strength to strength with record levels of children attending. 

Led by Hannah Redman and Pippa Kober we again wish to recruit Lumen staff to form the 2021 Camp team. The strength of our staff team continues to attract parents to the Camp year after year. The confidence they have in the quality of care their child will receive as well as the knowledge that our safeguarding procedures are exemplary is not matched by other local provision.

When will the Camp take place?

The Camp will start immediately after the end of term. It will run for three weeks, from Monday 19th July through to Friday 6th August.

Feedback from parents state that the break between the end of term and our Camp starting is tricky to manage. This pattern allows for seamless child care for our parent community.

This scheduling will also allow Lumen staff who secure a role at Camp to have a full three week break after Camp ends and before the new academic year starts in September.

Where will it take place?

It will operate from our Saxon site again for 2021. The exclusive use of a swimming pool is a real draw for parents and children and is an essential activity on the Camp timetable (subject to Covid restrictions). In addition, the Saxon site is in a central position for all Lumen schools so is able to attract the maximum number of parents.

What is the Camp offering children this year?

Previous parent surveys highlight the need for wraparound care for full time working parents. We will therefore be offering an Early Club and Late Club which means the Camp can accommodate children from 8.10am through to 5.45pm.

As well as our standard Camp offering for children aged 3 to 11 years we will also offer a limited number of daily spaces for children aged 12-16 to help families with older siblings who may struggle to find appropriate childcare elsewhere. These older children will have the opportunity to assist Camp staff similar to that of a work experience set-up. Opportunities for work experience can be difficult to find so combining childcare with a chance for older children to build their teamwork skills and problem solving resilience within a safe environment is a unique selling point.

The minibus shuttle service we provided last year between Saxon and all our Lumen schools is an enormous draw for parents. Demand for seats is always high. We will be charging a daily fee of £1.00 per return journey but despite this, it still remains an affordable and unique service that cannot be offered by other local summer childcare providers.

What roles are available for staff in 2021?

Following the necessary change in role and responsibilities that our 2020 Camp staff underwent at short notice due to Covid restrictions we have carefully considered how our Camp roles should be structured for 2021. We have been mindful to craft roles that can flex depending on the structure of the Camp, ensuring effectiveness in a bubble scenario or in a more relaxed, non-restricted format.

Our new daily pay rates are now even more competitive when benchmarked against other local summer childcare providers.

Being part of the Summer Camp provides staff with the chance to spend time with the children simply having fun. You are not bound by the constraints of the curriculum or the formality of the school environment. Camp allows staff and children to form a camaraderie and take part in activities that allows more of a child’s (and staff member’s) unique personality and interests to shine through.


For 2021 you are able to apply for the following roles:

Title: EARLY YEARS COORDINATOR
Daily rate: £130.00
Hours: 7.45am - 5.45pm

A key feature seen at our 2020 Camp was the increase in the number of Early Years children attending. This demonstrates parents trust in us to care for their children and gives us the opportunity to get to know children early in the education careers, introducing them early on to Lumen and our ethos. Unsurprisingly, the level of need for the youngest Camp attendees requires more focused and specialised care and attention, often with the aid of other members of Camp staff.

This role will require the successful candidate to coordinate the Early Years provision in totality with the support of our Camp Leaders.

The Early Years Coordinator will:

  • Oversee the programme of activities in accordance with the timetable, ensuring adequate levels of resources are available and activities are tailored for the specific needs of the age range.
  • Ensure morning registration and end of day dismissal is completed.
  • Lead on communication with parents.
  • Devise smaller activity groups within the Early Years area to ensure all children can access the activities on offer. This will include managing and providing guidance to Group Assistants of these smaller groups to ensure delivery of activities.
  • Ensure all daily preparations prior to children arriving as well as tidy up routines at end of day are completed.
     
Title: GROUP ASSISTANT
Daily Rate: £105.00
Hours: 7.45am - 5.45pm

In order to ensure all age ranges at Camp have a full, varied and stimulating programme of activities supported by suitable staff:child ratios we will be offering a defined number of groupings each day at Camp, capped at a maximum of 20 children per group. Each Group Assistant will be allocated just one group to lead each day, the demographics of which will be dependent on daily bookings and the needs of the children attending.

Camp Group Coordinators will:

  • Oversee the programme of activities for their allocated group in accordance with the timetable, ensuring adequate levels of resources are available.
  • Have the autonomy to lead and influence the activities their group takes part in for the day, putting their own creative stamp on activities.
  • Ensure morning registration and end of day dismissal is completed.
  • Carry out daily preparations prior to children arriving as well as tidy up routines at end of day.
     
Title: ON-CALL GROUP ASSISTANT
Daily Rate: £105.00
Hours: 7.45am - 5.45pm

As well as permanent members of staff we are looking to recruit at least 4 on-call Camp Group Assistants for each day the Camp is in operation. This will allow us the necessary ​flexibility to ensure our ratios remain at suitable levels taking into account the level of bookings, any staff illness absence and other exceptional circumstances.

On-call staff will carry out the same duties as a permanent Camp Group Assistant

What is expected of me leading up to the Camp?

There will be some necessary training and preparation prior to the Camp starting. For 2021 training will take place as 2 twilight sessions. These sessions will take place from 4.00pm-6.00pm during the latter half of Term 6 on Monday 5th July (via Google Meet) & Monday 12th July (in person at the Saxon school site).

All Camp staff are expected to attend, permanent and on-call staff alike. Camp staff will not be paid for attending these sessions however TA and admin staff are able to add these hours to their training record.

Summer Camp staff testimonials

Below you can hear from staff who have been a member of previous Camp staff teams to understand some more about what it is like to be part of the Camp:

Harriet Code

Hi, I'm Harriet from Echelford and I have worked at Summer Camp since it started 5 years ago. I love working at Summer Camp because it is a fun and relaxed environment where you can spend time with staff from your school and get to know them more but also staff from other Trust schools. 

My favourite thing about Summer Camp is seeing the children have the best time, they get so excited by the different themed days and you get to know more about their interests - whether it is children from your school or other schools. With having different themed days there is always something that really sparks their interest and so you see them with the biggest smiles on their faces. Working in a school means most days are centred on teaching, learning and making progress and at Summer Camp you get to have so much fun with the children and see them develop in so many different ways - one of my favourite moments was a child persevering on the monkey bars and she was so proud of herself when she got the whole way across!

I work every day but you can choose to work the days that suit you - whether it is 1 or 2 days or 1 week. The Summer Camp leaders Hannah and Pippa are really accommodating as they know and understand it is our summer holiday. 

Whatever you choose to do, it would be lovely to see you, even for one day, and I can imagine children from your school would love to see you there as well!

Sophie Enright

Working at  the Lumen Summer Camp was a real pleasure; by the end of each day, my cheeks hurt from the permanent smile. As the varied and exciting activities are thoroughly preplanned, my anxieties of a Summer workload were quickly eradicated. The freedom to add your own creative twist allows for a strong sense of achievement, as the possibilities are endless. A personal favourite was the Army vs. Navy and the toilet paper battle, I never wanted it to end. Although I was on call for the 3 weeks, I was always relieved when assured I would be in the next day, I did not want to miss out! My favourite part of being a Lumen Summer Camp member was the team spirit and how you get to see the children in a different light, whilst permitting them to do the same. 

Zoe Lester

I had always wondered what it would be like to work at the Summer Camp but always held back due being unsure of how much it would differ from my normal teacher role and it being out of my comfort zone. However, I'm so glad I gave it a go and, after only signing up for 1 week, I ended up doing all 3! Although the role uses the skills we all have as school professionals, it is a much more relaxed environment, with the children calling you by your first name and days filled with crafts and games. One thing I really enjoyed, was the opportunity to meet and work with different people from across the trust that you wouldn't do so normally, as well as meeting a variety of new children. Everyday is different, exciting and full of opportunities to use your creativity and have fun whilst earning some extra money. I'd recommend anyone who is thinking about it to give it a try!

It would be great if I could see what it was like to lead an activity with the children....take a look at our video examples here

We understand that you might be tempted to apply for a role but are still a little unsure of what will be expected of you as a Group Assistant.

Members of our 2020 Camp staff team have created the video below which will give you a flavour of the types of activity you will have the freedom to lead and put your own stamp on to ensure your group, as well as you, have as much fun as possible.

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How to apply for a role

If you think a role at our Camp sounds like an exciting and unique opportunity to have a positive and fun influence on our children’s holiday time this summer we would be delighted to receive your completed application using the online form via this link:

Timeline

Deadline to submit your applications: 9am, Monday 19 April
Short listing: Tuesday 20th April
Offers of employment made: from Thursday 22nd April

 

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