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Jessica

Personal Details

Reference # 201-27681
Name Jessica
Nationality South African
Age 26
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages English (1st), basic Afrikaans

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?No
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
If yes, specify your transport (Specify year and model or public)Nissan Patrol, 2008
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
If yes, please describe the accident and when it happenedn/a
In what year did you obtain your driving license?2011

Education

Have you completed matricYes
Where did you attend high school
I completed Matric St Johns D.S.G in 2011, in Pietermaritzburg.
What was your pass rate for MatricB- Aggregate
Have you completed any other studies?If yes, what courses are you busy with or have you completed?I am currently studying BSc Human Life Sciences with Psychology at Stellenbosch University. I am hoping to change to law next year.
First aid TrainingNo, but I am going to complete a course soon.

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingFrom January - December 2011, one year on and off baby-sitting. I left to study, I still see him when I go home.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?I looked after one boy, James, 5 years old
What were your duties?I have known him for 3 years, Jill is my horse-riding Instructor. I looked after him when Jill needed me to. I also looked after him for a week while his mom was on a business trip on my own. I would set up a tent for him in my room and we would play imaginary camping. I had to make sure he took his bath and brushed his teeth. I always read him a story and put him to bed. Sometimes I had to drive him home and spend a day at his house, I would then prepare his breakfast, lunch and dinner. We would play with his toy trucks and watch movies, I also took him horse riding allot.
Do you know the applicant?Yes

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Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
False Bay
Stellenbosch

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 time 
Part timeR60 per hour, I am available for baby-sitting only due to my studies.

Questions

How many years of childcare experience do you currently have?I started caring for children in 2011.
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?I have cared for children for 5 years on and off with a kids program in school, and started looking after a boy last year - professionally. I have always enjoyed looking after children and found myself playing with them when family and friends came round.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?The youngest child I have cared for was 3 years old.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I am a Horse rider. I have got my KwaZulu Natal colours on numerous occasions. I like to play tennis, read, hike and study.
What do you like most about childcare and being part of a child’s life?I love speaking to children as they always have an innocent, simple view on life that is often what we tend to lose when we get older, so it is nice to be reminded. I also love the energy of children and the generally happy spirit about them. it is refreshing and something that should not be lost as we grow up.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?I like playing games with them such as hide and seek, sporty games, musical games and also I enjoy teaching them and reading to them.Outdoor games and getting dirty. Playing house and catching games.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?I would remain calm and determine how serious the situation was, determine if the child was in danger and come up with a plan of action. I would contact the parents to keep them informed at all times. Asses the situation, then contact emergency services and the parents.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?The first night I was looking after James while his mom was on a business trip he did not want to sleep so i set up a tent in the house for him and he went to sleep and was fine, but when he woke up in the morning he was in a state and was screaming and crying for his mom. I took him back to the tent and told him when he has calmed down and stopped screaming he must come back to the kitchen and we can talk. He calmed down and came to find me in the kitchen I spoke to him and we came up with a compromise that I would take him home to spend the day at his own house but at night he would come back with me to my house. I made it clear that if he threw a tantrum at the end of the day about coming back to my house he would not be allowed to go back home during the day. This system worked well and for the rest of the week he was happy. Luckily his house was only 10km away.
What is your approach to discipline?I believe that you have to treat a child with respect and expect a certain behaviour in order to get it. I believe that it is important to set boundaries and to punish bad behaviour but I do not believe it is the place of anyone other than the parents to enforce any form of physical discipline. in my experience if you treat a child in a way that promotes maturity and not in a way that expects tantrums all the time it is more constructive. No smacking.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?If we were in a safe environment such as the child’s home I would take the child to its room and leave him/her there. It is a way that children get attention so ignoring the tantrum is the best option. Once the child has calmed down I would tell them that that behaviour is not acceptable and explain why then leave it at that.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I would tell the child that under no circumstances is drawing on a wall okay and then take the crayons away from him/her. I would put the child in time out and ask them why it is wrong to draw on the wall. I would like them to understand why it is not right because if they understand why it is wrong it is unlikely that they will do it again.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?First I would ask why they do not want to do it and what they want to do instead? I will then try encourage them to do it so that afterwards they can do what they want to do and if that does not work I would try come up with a game that requires them to do their homework in a fun way.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?All ages, I would prefer 2 years old and up.
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?No, but I still go see James whenever I go home.
Do you have any children of your own? If so, how old are they?No
Please tell us a bit more about how you would describe yourself?I would say that I am a responsible 19 year old that is trustworthy. I do not drink and I feel that I am very grounded. I have strong values and morals. I do not stand for any type of bullying and stand up and defend my beliefs strongly. I am happy and kind and get along with most people. I make friends easily although I am shy. I have grown up on a farm so I am a big fan of being outdoors and interacting with nature and not technology.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastFull English breakfast, pancakes, scones, oats
Lunchtoasted sandwiches, wraps, normal sandwiches
DinnerSpaghetti, Pasta Bake, chicken, rice and vegetables
Snackcrunchies, fruit, a type of bar (Jungle oats bars)
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?No
Please tell us a bit more about your family?.My parents are happily married and live between Zambia and KwaZulu Natal. I have an older brother who i am currently sharing a flat with. My family gets along really well. My parents are very supportive and encouraging. My mom can be slightly over protective of me (although i think most teenage girls would say that). My brother and i have a good relationship although we do bicker from time to time. My grandparents live on our farm in KwaZulu Natal and i see them often. I would say we are a god family and supportive of each other, we are well grounded and i believe my parents have raised my brother and I to have common sense and to stick to our values and morals.

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