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Karen

Personal Details

Reference # 201-24259
Name Karen
Nationality South African
Age 51
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages English (1st), Afrikaans ( 2nd)

Requirements

1.Do you have at least 1 years child care experience with contactable references?Yes
2.Do you have your own reliable child safe vehicle (ie seat belts all round) and a valid South African driving license?Yes
3.Have you completed your Matric or Gr.12 equivalent?Yes
4.Do you hold a valid First Aid/CPR Certificate?Yes
5.Is your criminal record clear (ie. no criminal record)?Yes
6.Are you in good health?Yes

Transport

Do you have a drivers license?Yes
If yes, do you have a vehicle?Yes
If yes, is your vehicle roadworthy?Yes, regularly serviced
If yes, specify your transport (Specify year and model or public)Renault Sandero 2010
Do you have seat belts all round?Yes
Have you ever been in an accident where you were driving and it was your fault?No
In what year did you obtain your driving license?1985

Education

Secondary Education
St Dominic´s Convent, Boksburg -1985
Tertiary Education

Bachelor of Fine Art - Rhodes University

Higher Education Diploma - Unisa (part time), I was teaching Art, 

Celta Certificate - International House;

Bachelor of Art in English Languages and Literature - Unisa(Current)

First aid TrainingYes

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingJan 1995 - Dec 2000; I started doing Private teaching. I had been doing private teaching before then and decided to focus on private tuition.They also had changed the priority of art classes at the school and concentrated on more commercial subjects.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?I taught girls and boys grades 8-12; about 400 learners in total.
What were your duties?I was the art teacher to all of the art students at Wordsworth high school. I taught all of the art students in the entire school. Teaching, compiling notes and practical projects, setting exam papers, marking, running the art department, organising the art budget, running the art club and supervising prop making for school productions. I ran all of the outings,set up the exhibitions. I also did invidualation. I learnt a lot and learnt to deal with a lot of pressure. I got on well with my colleges and enjoyed the work. 
  

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leavingJuly 2003 - December 2005
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?High school students grade 8 to 12. I was teaching around 20 to 35 per class. 
What were your duties?I worked at the National School of the Arts. I would start at 7h30am. I taught design, painting and drawing. I also taught visual literacy and history of art. I would finish at 14h30pm in the afternoon. I enjoyed this position. The school focuses on teaching art. I found having more similarly minded teachers enjoyable. 
  

Reference 3:

Emailgblair@mweb.co.za
How many years have you known the reference?19 and a half years
When did you start working for the reference?July 1992
When did you stop assisting the reference?April 1993

Reference 4:

Emailmia@schelling.co.za 
How many years have you known the reference?Since 1994 ( 18 years)
When did you start working for the reference?1994
When did you stop assisting the reference?1996

Reference 5:

How many years have you known the reference?Since 2001 (11 years)
When did you start working for the reference?2001
When did you stop assisting the reference?2001
Age, grade of student(s) taughtA girl in Grade 3 (8 years old) and a boy 5 years old.

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs
West Coast

Availability

Au Pair availability:

Availability Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
6am-12pm              
12pm-6pm    
6pm-6am              

Babysitting availability:

Availability Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
6am-12pm              
12pm-6pm              
6pm-6am

Availability Questions

Full timeNegotiable
Part timeNegotiable

Questions

How many years of childcare experience do you currently have?Approximately 19 years ( personally, my daughter is 19 years old), and 10 years+ of professional experience.
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?I have been teaching since 1992. I relate well to children and have always enjoyed being able to help nurture and support children of all ages. My daughter is studying at university and I now have more time to do extra work and earn more to help pay for her studies. Originally I was asked by my old art teacher to take over her work while she was on maternity leave, they had heard I did a degree in fine art. I took the classes and found I loved teaching. The rest is history. 
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?Newborn
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I enjoy doing and teaching art and photography in my spare time. I like to keep in shape by exercising and doing yoga. I enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. I read, write and watch movies in my spare time.
What do you like most about childcare and being part of a child's life?I enjoy the rewards of sharing knowledge and experiences with children. Seeing their faces light up with joy, amusement and wonder reminds me of how it felt to be young and to see, experience and think about things for the first time.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?Playing games such as hide and seek, making things (masks etc.), doing art and crafts, putting on plays and puppet shows, shadow puppets, skipping baking and playing card games, noughts and crosses, battleships and electronic games.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?Depending on the type of emergency, follow the procedure as set out in the first aid course. Contact both parents and paramedics immediately.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?A very tired/upset child that is reluctant to do homework. First try to find out what is wrong by having a discussion with the child, allowing him/her to air his/her views/ complaints. Depending on what the problem is encourage the child with gentle but firm coaxing to persevere with the task until it is complete . Include a promise of some type of healthy relaxing reward on completion. Break the task into manageable sections with small breaks in between. Give praise and encouragement.
What is your approach to discipline?Depending on the age and personality of the child. Using firm but gentle encouragement and explaining to them why their behaviour is not acceptable. If a more severe approach is needed then either a time out, separating child from peers, and/or with- holding of toys/enjoyable activities until the child has either apologized for bad behaviour or is ready to co-operate.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?I find the best way to handle a toddler that is having a tantrum is to ignore them. Do not leave them alone and always have them in your line of vision in case they injure themselves. Pretend to not notice their outbreak until they have stopped screaming and kicking, only then calmly pick them up off the floor and gently reassure and distract their attention away from the source of the tantrum. Never give in to their demands as they will then learn that this type of behaviour works in getting them what they want.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?The five year old child that is drawing on the wall may not realise that he is doing something wrong. To chastise the child may cause him to react badly and he may end up with low self esteem. It might be best to bring some paper to the child and explain to him that if he does his beautiful drawing on the paper instead of on the wall, then it can be framed and put on the wall to keep forever, but that his drawing on the wall will be washed off when the walls are cleaned.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?An 8 year old child that refuses to do homework may be just unwilling, tired, bored, sick or have an emotional problem. First try to find out what is wrong by having a discussion with the child, allowing him/her to air his/her views/ complaints (it could be that the child is feeling sick , does not understand the work or another emotional problem such as being teased etc). Depending on what the problem is encourage the child with gentle but firm coaxing to persevere with the task until it is complete. Tutor the child if necessary. Include a promise of some type of healthy relaxing reward on completion. Break the task into manageable sections with small breaks in between. Do not allow the child to do some other activity until his homework is finished. Give praise and encouragement. Report serious problems to the parents and then teacher if required to do this.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?Any
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?No
Do you have any children of your own? If so, how old are they?I have a 19 year old daughter who is studying in Cape Town. 
Please tell us a bit more about how you would describe yourself?I have a calm nature and gentle personality. I relate well to children and have a soft spot for animals. I think of myself as someone who has inner strength and integrity, who works well under pressure and can react calmly and appropriately in a crisis. Although gentle I can be firm when the need arises. I am educated, creative and have training in art and photography. I enjoy reading, writing, furthering my knowledge and passing on my knowledge and experiences to children. I am affectionate and have empathy for those that are suffering. I enjoy being out in nature and believe in being responsible about protecting the environment. I think that it is important to show respect to others including children.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastJungle oats with fruit either banana, apple, strawberries etc
LunchWhole wheat sandwich with cheese and ham and salad
DinnerSteamed vegetables with mashed potato and either grilled fish/sausages or steak.
SnackAny fruit and low fat savoury biscuit
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?No
Please tell us a bit more about your family?.I am a single mom to 19 year old daughter who is studying fashion design/marketing at Cape Town. My daughter plays the cello, is creative and has innovative ideas. My parents are in their late 60´s and early 70´s. My dad is a retired engineer who enjoys woodwork and my mom is a pharmacist and piano teacher. My sister (46) lives in Atlanta, USA with her husband (photographer and web designer) and three sons. She is a cello teacher.

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