Deputy Manager

Oxford Active runs Multi-Activity Holiday Camps based at private schools in Oxfordshire, and surrounding counties, which typically have anything between 40 and 120 children aged 4-14 years attending each day. They are open Mondays to Fridays in most school holidays from 8.15am to 6.00pm.

The Deputy Camp Manager is responsible for supporting the Camp Manager with the day-to-day management, organisation and operation of the holiday camp; to ensure everyone performs to the best of their ability and to help develop a good team spirit which will result in a well-organised, happy and welcoming atmosphere at the camp.


Duties will include:
  • Working as part of a team to provide safe, creative, appropriate play opportunities for children aged 3 – 14 years
  • Supporting the Camp Manager with planning activities, deploying staff, and other operational duties as necessary
  • Running a range of activities including fun sports and games, arts and crafts, drama and dance, cooking, and supervising off-site trips such as ice-skating, the cinema and bowling
  • Adapting activities for different age groups – you will have the opportunity to work with children as young as three, and up to 14 years old.
  • Ensuring that children are kept safe at all times by following the camp’s policies and procedures relating to safeguarding, risk assessment and other health and safety issues
  • Understand and implement the Ofsted requirements to be registered on the Early Years Register, and the Compulsory & Voluntary Childcare Registers.
  • Deputising for the Camp Manager in their absence

You need to be:

    • Must have at least 1 year’s experience of working in a supervisory position, ideally in a childcare or education based background
    • An appropriate qualification (eg Playwork, Childcare or Sports Coaching) is desirable but not essential.
    • Mature and responsible and a good communicator at all levels
    • Co-operative, flexible, able to inspire and lead staff, and with a positive attitude to work
    • Computer literate, familiar with word and excel and able to pick up new systems quickly
    • Must know and understand Ofsted standards and the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
    • Must be prepared to attend regular in-house training as well as First Aid, Safeguarding and other relevant courses as necessary.
    • All staff have to pass strict safeguarding checks including an enhanced DBS disclosure

  • We prefer Deputy Managers to commit to most school holidays each year to give consistency of management to each Holiday Camp
  • Work is available in school holidays only, but in Oxford this can be combined with working at one of our term time After School Clubs
  • Hours are 8.00am to 6.00pm with break for lunch, although you may sometimes have to start earlier or work later
  • Training will be provided in safeguarding, food hygiene and first aid and you can put yourself forward to learn other specialist activities, like fencing and kayaking.