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Liza

Personal Details

Reference # 201-44535
Name Liza
Nationality South African
Age 30
Gender Female
Marital Status Married
Languages Afrikaans (1st) English (1st)

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
If yes, specify your transport (Specify year and model or public)Kia Picanto 2013
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?2008

Education

Secondary Education
Stellenberg High School - 2007
Tertiary Education

3D Animation Diploma, Universal Computer Arts Academy (The Animation School), 3 year course in Computer animation and design. - 2010

First aid TrainingYes, however this has expired and requires renewal

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingI was employed for almost 3 years, Oct 2011-Jun 2014. I worked a lot of 11 hour days and wanted something with a little less hours. I would prefer a position of 45 hours a week.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?The girl I cared for was 5 months old when I started, later I cared for her baby brother since he was born 9 months later.
What were your duties?I was responsible for the children’s every physical and emotional need and giving them age appropriate educational stimulation as they grow up. Everything that is needed from morning to night: I would start at 7am. My responsibilities included making and feeding nutritious food, taking to school and back, putting them down for naps, teaching them. Extramural activities or playgroups, playtime and outings, bathing and putting to bed. I enjoyed reading to them, playing with them and doing arts and crafts. I had to stick to a very strict routine. I was responsible for medical care if needed and organizing and taking to vaccination appointments. I had to run the house, did grocery shopping, organized children’s schedule and made appointments and other computer errands as needed. Helped organize birthday parties and special events. I decorated and made novelty cakes and desserts and cooked for the family when necessary. I kept a journal on the children´s progress and babysat on occasion when needed. I had a good relationship with this family over all. We will stay friends. I felt like part of the family and enjoyed my relationship with both my employers and their extended family. 
  

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leavingJanuary 2011 to October 2011. I needed a bigger salary and I was offered a role with my next position.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?A 11 year old girl and a 15 year old boy.
What were your duties?My responsibilities included fetching children from school and taking to and from extramural activities and anywhere else they needed to be. I did grocery shopping and ran errands. I tutored and helped with homework and assisted in projects. I made meals for the children and babysat evenings around two times a week and looked after their home while they were on holiday on occasion. I had a very good relationship with this employer. I loved working with the family and am still in touch with the children today. 
  

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
City Bowl
Northern Suburbs
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 did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?My mother got sick when I was young when my sister was born, currently 13 years old (2014). I took it upon myself to help raise her as my mother was mentally ill (bi polar) and I was always the "go-to" in the family when someone needed someone to babysit. I always have loved children and naturally want to care for others. It always brings a smile to face to see them or hear them laugh. I started Au pairing after working in the advertising industry for a change on the search for something else I enjoy doing.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?I have experience in caring for children as young as newborn.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I run a home based cake business and I do freelance work. My husband and I love watching movies and excerpting together. I love reading, writing and love the outdoors and to go camping.
What do you like most about childcare and being part of a child's life?There is so many things that is to like about caring for and giving love to a child, but personally the most rewarding thing is when a child smiles from ear to ear or laughs and just gives you a hug.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?The last 2 years I enjoyed doing everything from doing puzzles, playing with clay, drawing, baking, storybook reading, jewelry making, imaginary play and just about anything the children like doing. I especially like arts and crafts and we would collect things from nature etc if we are playing at the park and use that to make little art projects. When they are still young babies I enjoy doing activities that help reach milestones like, eating with utensils, their first step, first word etc. I like teaching them words and showing them the world.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?Firstly, it is important to stay calm and keep the children calm and asses the situation. Depending on the type and severity of emergency I would either call the proper numbers given or known or call the parents. I would then do what needs to be done in any given emergency.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?There was a time that the little girl´s favorite rabbit doll was no where to be found and she was inconsolable and hysterical because she could not sleep without it. We had to go through a lot to keep her calm for a few days. Her mood effected the mood of her baby brother as well so i had to calm both. I explained to her how the doll had to go visit his friend because she needed her. I told a story she could relate to to help her understand and gave her another one she was fond of to comfort her. Luckily we found the doll hidden away in her toy bicycle´s seat cover a few days after. We also bought another toy that looked the same in case it happens again.
What is your approach to discipline?Every age and situation is a little different, but I feel a child must be taught what is wrong and right and would affectionately guide them to understand it and provide clear expectations and consequences of his or her actions. I was raised to have good manners, be respectful towards others and to take responsibility for your actions and this is thing I would help teach children. I would keep parent´s views in mind and also research what is the best approach for each age group. Key words I would use is, consistency,collaborative, understanding,loving.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?I would stay calm and try and understand why he or she is having a tantrum. If it is understandable I would either give comfort if needed or try and distract with something else. If it is because of not getting what he or she wants or out of naughtiness then I would either ignore it or give a time out until he or she decides to calm down.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I would give a time out and then after explain to the child that it is not the place to draw and is wrong to do it and let him clean it until it is gone. I would reinforce drawing time later or other times and give him or her the proper material to draw on and make sure he understands that that is what he can draw on.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?I would try to find out why he does not want to do it and figure out how to help him. Sometimes they have a reason for acting the way they do , like they do not understand it and get frustrated or are distracted or it has bad associations. I would make sure there is no distractions and that he has everything he needs to do homework, and maybe find out what his emotional state is towards it. I find sometimes it helps to have a break after school before homework or to let the child decide on time he wants to do it while still keeping it in a acceptable time period. Depending on the situation,only allowing TV after homework is done works, but I would rather figure out how to help him want to do it. If it still shows no signs of getting better, I would speak to parents about asking his teacher and find out if there might be because of something at school. If allowed by parents I would let him take responsibility, and let him find out what happens if hew does not do homework and deal with the consequences. Every child is different and I would assess and deal with it differently and in collaboration with his or her parents.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?Any age from newborn to teenager, although I do love the baby and toddler years. I am most comfortable with babies and toddlers but enjoy older children between 6 and 13 as well.
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?I am finishing this month, June 2014, at my current employer of almost 3 years.
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 describe myself as a very friendly, caring, responsible, and hardworking people’s person. I see myself as someone who is very down to earth and is very considerate towards others and sensitive towards others feelings, which lets me get along well with all types of people. I am goal orientated, flexible and tend to be fast paced and organized in everything I do. I tend to be the peace maker in situations where there is conflict and am the problem solver in things needing solving. In summary, I am a passionate person who loves life, has a lot of smiles and a lot of love to give.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastBacon,mushroom and mozzarella omelette (children= scrambled eggs with mozzarella and cereal(low sugar content))
LunchChicken and avocado sandwich with tomato and lettuce (children=sandwich and some sweat corn and peas and fruit mix for dessert)
Dinnergarlic butter Angel fish fillet with mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes (children= chicken pieces, mashed potatoes and veggies/ ham and mushroom pasta/ broccoli,cheese and ham muffins for the difficult eaters)
SnackApples, papaya,strawberries on yogurt (children= same or raisins and rice cakes or dried fruit)
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?I am allergic to shellfish like lobster, mussels and crab and avoid cooking it. I enjoy trying new things so I am not uncomfortable cooking unknown things.
Please tell us a bit more about your family?.I have a loving, devoted husband who is an excellent college lecturer in Cape Town. We were friends for years, attending the same college, and dated for 3 years after before we tied the knot 8 months ago. I have a 13 year old younger sister and two new stepsisters, 11 and 17 years old, who I adore and lives with my father and his new wife in the Northern Suburbs. They both are respected employees at Sanlam, a finance and investment company. I cannot wait to have my own family one day, a few years from now.

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