Posted by SCL Education Group on 21.01.19
This week, we spoke to Katie Samuel; Care Club Supervisor, as we took an inside look into his career, and found out why a role with SCL is #morethanjustajob.
Name: Katie Samuel
Job title: Care Club Supervisor
Talk us through your role and what you do…
As a Care Club Supervisor, I run a Breakfast Club and an After School Care Club at two different schools.
At Breakfast Club, my role is to ensure that breakfast is served in a hygienic environment, as well as playing and engaging with the children after they’ve eaten and doing a group game at the end of the session before escorting them to their classes.
At Care Club, my role is to give the children a healthy snack and then supervise their free play with an arts and crafts structured session for those who want to join in, and a structured sports session for when we go outside. I also interact with parents and ensure a safe dismissal.
What are your main responsibilities?
To ensure children develop to their full potential through play whilst ensuring their safety and engaging with them to promote their imagination. Also, to build a good relationship with the school and all the parents.
What do you love about your job?
Aiding and watching the children develop and doing a variety of fun activities which the coaches enjoy as much as the kids.
How do you live and breathe sport?
I talk to children about their sporting experiences as well as discussing mine with them. This helps to encourage them and I show as much support for them as possible.
What does the power of sport mean to you?
To me it means that anyone can join in and do any sport and improve at their own rate.
At SCL, we put the learner at the centre of everything we do. How do you do this?
We adapt our care clubs to help children develop. An example is if we are told a child struggles with hopping, we put on a small activity for everyone to help them to develop the strength and coordination to them help them do so. In addition, we use games that will help them improve their knowledge and skills and try to promote for them to use their imagination as much as possible.
How is a job with SCL more than just a job?
It's very rewarding to see the children enjoy their time at your club and when you organise an extra activity i.e. a water fight, that they all get involved and talk about it for a few days after.
Talk us through your career path to-date…
I started as an apprentice in September 2017 and this is my first year as a full time staff member.
What are the stand-out moments from your career to-date?
Taking over the breakfast club and care club that I still run, first time site leading at a holiday camp which was a new venue and becoming a full time member of staff.
What skills do you think are required to be successful in your role?
Organised, enthusiastic, reliable, punctual, passionate and endless amounts of energy!
If you had one bit of advice for your younger self, what would it be?
Don’t go to college and come straight to SCL to do an apprenticeship!
What would your motto or slogan be?
Teamwork makes the dream work.
Life Story Q&A:
What are you most proud of since working at SCL?
Taking the site leader role in the breakfast club and care club that I assisted in, 3 months after I started.
What is your favourite food?
Apples (don’t ask!)
If you could only take two items with you to a desert island, what would they be?
A bucket and spade
What makes you mega happy?
Doing my sports!
If you could spend an evening with anyone, famous or not, who would it be? And where would you go?
To the beach with my friends
What is the best thing about working for SCL?
You get out what you put in.