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Nicholette

Personal Details

Reference # 201-62068
Name Nicholette
Nationality South African
Age 40
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages English (1st), Afrikaans (1st), Thai (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
If yes, specify your transport (Specify year and model or public)2013 Kia Rio, Hatchback
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?01/04/1998

Education

Secondary Education
Boksburg High School - 1997
Tertiary Education

Photography and Painting N6 - East College - 1998

Travel and Tourism diploma - Damelin - 1999

Journalism Associate Degree -Allenby - 2003

TEFL Teaching English as a Foreign Language - TTT Language School, Phuket - 2009

Sub editing course - Institute For The Advancement of Journalism - 2012

First aid Training

Yes

 

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingJuly 6 2015 - August 31 2015, I need a full time/live in position. My work with the Brown family was only from Mon - Fri, 8am - 2pm.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?Two children, 10-month-old boy, 2,5-year-old girl.
What were your duties?Duties included, but not limited to: - Dressing the kids in the morning, - Teaching the little girl to do yoga -Preparing and feeding the children breakfast and lunch, - Ensuring they are mentally stimulated with various physical, mental and creative activities throughout the day (minimal TV watching allowed), - Nappy changing, - Ensuring naps are taken at appropriate times, - Bathing if necessary.
  

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leavingOccasionally, from 2002 to 2015. Babysitting child care. I relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?Three children, 13-year-old girl; 4-year-old boy; 20-month-old girl. From 4 months old for the first and newborn for the other 2.
What were your duties?My duties included, but were not limited to: nursing, feeding, bathing, and clothing of babies. I prepared food, bottles, administering medication, booking and transporting visits to doctors when necessary. I entertained the children during fun times, and provided educational stimulation for development and growth. I provided care and affection when the children were in need and kept in close communication with the parents over progress and any issues arising. I took the children on outings and excursions to theatres, zoos, amusement parks, etc. I transported children from and to school when needed. I assisted with homework and learning. I provided overnight care when necessary.
  

Reference 3:

Period and reason for leaving2008 - 2015, Ongoing babysitting and childcare. Relocation to Cape Town.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?Two children, 2-year-old to currently 9-year-old boy, newborn to currently 6-year-old girl.
What were your duties?My duties included, but were not limited to: nursing, feeding, bathing, and clothing of babies. I prepared food, bottles, administering medication, booking and transporting visits to doctors when necessary. I entertained the children during fun times, and provided educational stimulation for development and growth. I provided care and affection when the children were in need and kept in close communication with the parents over progress and any issues arising. I took the children on outings and excursions to theatres, zoos, amusement parks, etc. I transported children from and to school when needed. I assisted with homework and learning. I provided overnight care when necessary.
  

Reference 4:

Period and reason for leavingOctober 2009 - March 2010, I needed to earn more.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?Between 25 to 40 children from Grade 2 up to Grade 7.
What were your duties?I worked at 2 schools on the island of Phuket. I taught for 15 hours per week. I did lesson planning around curriculum objectives. I also provided 7 hours per week of private tutoring in business and conversational English to middle school students, hotel management staff and other corporate based individuals.
  

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
City Bowl
Northern Suburbs
Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs
South Peninsula
False Bay

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?I have worked as an adhoc babysitter since high school. I have taught as an English teacher in Thailand. I have also been working as an au pair now for a while so in total I would round off my experience at 3 to 5 years.
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?I find working and caring for children to be extremely rewarding and fulfilling. After qualifying as a journalist in my early 20s, I spent the next decade working in the media industry around the world. From community reporter, features writer and corporate communications, to Africa and Middle East travel specialist, I sure did get my fair share of exciting life experiences! In addition to all the writing work I have done, I also spent some time teaching English in Thailand. I have explored a host of different places and have met a world of different faces. I have enough life experiences to fill around 5 lifetimes already, and I don´t regret any of it. I am now back in South Africa and although I enjoyed working in the media industry immensely, I feel I have shifted from a space of ´ambition´ to that of ´purpose´, and want to spend my life working with purpose and so have chosen not to return to the ´corporate´ world. Instead, I´m choosing to dedicate my life to making a difference in people´s lives. Being of service in a way that helps someone´s day go a little bit smoother and be a little bit easier. So if I can help make a parent´s life easier by providing them with peace of mind in me being a kind, compassionate care giver to the most important people in their life, it would be an honor. And if the child has had a bad day at school, lifting their hearts with some smiles, hugs and sunshine for the soul is what I’d be there for too. I want to spend my life making a difference in this world... adding joy, laughter, comfort and love to people´s lives! The world needs more of that! I was picked on and teased all the time when I was in primary school and know its effect on my psyche as an adult.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?4 months old.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I enjoy engaging in intellectual and soulful conversations with people from all walks of life about culture, beliefs, life. I enjoy wakeskating and wakeboarding as a sport. I enjoy yoga and find it really beneficial. I enjoy traveling, reading, writing, taking photographs and being creative. I love sewing and crafting and making somethings from nothings.
What do you like most about childcare and being part of a child's life?The opportunity to play! As adults, life can be quite serious and we don´t get enough opportunities to play and engage our own inner child. From coloring in, jumping on trampolines, kicking a ball around, to singing nursery rhymes, baking, having tea parties and playing make believe... it brings a playful joy to my own life that is sometimes absent in my own life.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?I am creative and can stimulate your children´s minds with drawing, painting, sculpting, reading, writing, making crafts, baking, playing outside, building lego, racing cars and encouraging them to enjoy a ‘free range’ childhood, where the joys of life are discovered through healthy curiosity and exploration instead of sitting in front of the TV all day every day. But I know watching movies can be fun too!
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?I would notify the parents and asses and engage any emergency services the family makes use of or in the area immediately.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?The 5-year-old little girl´s parents had just split up and she was on holiday with her dad in December. It was her first holiday without her mom. Her dad was already at the destination and I needed to travel with the little girl on an airplane to take her to her dad. When her mom dropped us off at the airport, the little girl didn´t want to leave her mom and began sobbing and didn´t stop. I needed to ensure we were on time for our flight and she was clinging to her mom not wanting to let go. The mom eventually had to walk away as she was also in tears and I had to try and calm the little girl down so her first plane ride ever wasn´t even more traumatic. I sat with the little girl and let her cry as much as she felt she needed to. I didn´t tell her not to cry as I feel it´s important to allow a child to feel and not suppress their grief. Eventually, I bought her an ice-cream at Wimpy and she settled down before going on the airplane, which was quite exciting for both of us as she was asking all these questions about airplanes. I also organised that she got to go meet the pilot and see the cockpit once we had landed safely, just to make the experience more enjoyable for her. While we were on holiday, the little girl expressed many times that she missed her mom and that she felt so confused because she was happy to see her dad but missed her mom. She added that it was more confusing because she couldn´t wait to see her mom again, but then was scared because she would miss her daddy again. I just ensured I affirmed how well she was handling this very huge and difficult process like a champion and that I understood how she was feeling and gave her whatever comfort she needed. I also ensured she spoke to her mom whenever she felt she missed her.
What is your approach to discipline?I think children deserve the same respect and approach as adults when boundaries need to be set: speak to them in a respectful, calm, but recognizably firm manner, and stick to the decision that has been made by the parents in how they want the situation to be handled.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?Initially, I´d do what I could to prevent a tantrum from happening by explaining why a decision has been made. To date, it has worked and I have not had many tantrums thrown while children have been in my care. If the tantrum is in public, I would calmly remove them from the environment and take them to a space where they are not imposing their tantrum on others, and allow them to get it out of their systems in a non-judgemental and understanding way.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I haven´t previously been in a position where I have found a child drawing on a wall because I have always been with the child and watched them and diverted any unnecessary murals from being created. However, if it did happen, I would respectfully remove the child from in front of the wall and put it at a table with some paper and explain that their parents will not be happy with them if they are drawing on the wall.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?I would explain what the consequences would be at school and with the parents if homework is not done. If that doesn´t work, I would try and engage an incentive and negotiate what the child would feel it needed/wanted in return for doing homework with their best effort, neatly and happily.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?I am comfortable with infant stage right up to teens.
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?I have just ended off with the brown family as I need to find a fulltime/live in position and want to use as much time as possible to focus on applying and going for interviews.
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 am a deeply compassionate, kind, caring, understanding human being who is also one of the most integrity filled and trustworthy. I have patience, mindfulness and awareness when dealing with others. I have a youthful spirit but a mature mind. I am reliable and responsible, yet fun and spontaneous.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastEggs, bacon, toast/ oats/ smoothies
LunchWraps, soups, sandwiches
DinnerRoast chicken, rice and veggies/ stirfry/ fish and chips
Snacknuts, fruit, cheese and crackers
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?I can follow recipes, but may feel intimidated by more complicated cooking processes, but would still at least attempt to do it successfully.
Please tell us a bit more about your family?.I am the eldest of four children. My mom was reliable and a great mother. Our father worked a lot and was only really got involved when we needed more authoritarian discipline or hidings. When we all reached adult age, my parents´ marriage fell apart and my mom developed alcoholism. My parents divorced, which, although we were adults, it was still really painful to witness. It was also really painful for us to watch our mother self destruct. My mom has recently come out of rehab, where she was for 6 months, and has been recovering well and looks healthy. She almost died due to how badly the alcohol affected her. I do feel my personal family experiences help me to help others who experience the same painful experiences with their loved ones.

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