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Donnaye

Personal Details

Reference # 201-62974
Name Donnaye
Nationality South African
Age 26
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
If yes, specify your transport (Specify year and model or public)Hyundai i10 2014
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?2011

Education

Secondary Education

ECD - NQF Level 4(Technical Matric)- College of Cape Town

Subjects:

  • Daycare Personnel Dev
  • Education
  • Education Diatrics
  • Child Health
Tertiary Education

ECD -N5- Completed 2013

  •  Entrepreneurship and Bus Man
  • Daycare Communication
  • Educare Didactics
  • Educational Psychology

ECD- N6- Current (to be completed by March/June 2016)

Subjects:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Educare Didatrics
  • Daycare Communication
  • Daycare Man
First aid TrainingYes, Level 1, valid until August 2018

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingJanuary 2013 - December 2014. I went to America in January 2015
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?1 Child - Girl - 3 years old
What were your duties?I would start after college. I had to pick her up from preschool and look after her till either her mom or the other nanny came home. I would be there from 15h30 and stay until around 6pm.  I would provide stimulation to the child, reviewing for examples, shapes, and colors, etc. I would sometimes stay later if the nanny wasn't available, I would then bath her and prepare dinner for her. I also did occasional babysitting for her. I enjoyed this role. I had very open relationship. We were more friends after a while and still maintain this relationship. I still babysit for Kirsty on an adhoc basis. 
  

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leaving2012 to present
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?1 Child - 3 years old - Girl
What were your duties?I just did occasional babysitting for the family. 
  

Reference 3:

Period and reason for leavingSince 2015 to present.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?1 Child - Boy - 1 year 7 months
What were your duties?I just do occasional babysitting.
  

Reference 4:

Period and reason for leavingJuly 2015 to present
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?1 year to 6 years old, from 15 to 25 children in a class.
What were your duties?I am a floating assistant, I assist across all age groups and classes depending on which class needs support. I sometimes step in as a teacher if a class teacher is absent. I assist during breaktimes and lunchtimes, watching them to insure they do not hurt themselves, if they can't eat by themselves I assist in feeding them, I also teach them toilet and hygiene routines.
  

Reference 5:

Period and reason for leavingJanuary 2015 - April 2015: Left as the family requested me to leave. There was an incident where the father had been on a phone call in around March 2015, the 3 year old had run to his dad while he was on a conference call. He had then shouted at me. After this incident things became awkward and the relationship soured. 
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started? 2 children, both boys, aged 3 and 6 years old.
What were your duties?

I was a live in au pair for the family. I would start at around 7/7h30am and would finish the day at around 6pm. I would get the boys ready for school. They went to the same school, but their classes were different, they usually drop them at around 10h00 to 11h30 and fetch them again at around 15h30.

The dad would usually prepare breakfast, which I would supervise, I packed their lunches. I often made dinner for them and served lunch. I would pack their bags for school and after school activities if they had any. I ensured that the kitchen, playroom and bedrooms, were kept hygienic. I also did the children's laundry. There was a domestic once a week so my duties pertained to the care of the children. I would go off duty at 6pm although I would occasionally babysit in which case I would put the boys to bed. I did bath time with them. I would build lego with the oldest child, I would build blocks, painting, making forts, etc with them to keep them busy. We couldn't really go out as it was snowing for the duration that I was there. We did on occasion go outside if the snow wasn't too deep, making snow angels or snowmen on occasion. On the whole we had a good relationship, but after the shouting incident, things became awkward.

  

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 many years of childcare experience do you currently have?4 years of child care experience ( 2011 - present ).
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?I started by just babysitting for family and friends. I have always had a passion for young children.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?The youngest child that I have cared for is 9 months old. However I have worked with children from around a month old in daycare centers.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I enjoy running and kickboxing. I also take my dogs for a walk. I enjoy going to the beach. I love spending time with my family. I love going to movies with my friends.
What do you like most about childcare and being part of a child's life?I love being part of a child´s life. I enjoy seeing the reaction on their face when you do a simple but fun activity with them. I just love being with children
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?I enjoy doing outdoor and indoor activities with children (e.g: water play and sand play activities ). I also enjoy doing creative activities with children (painting, drawing, cutting and pasting, play dough )
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?I would first determine how serious the problem/injury is. I would phone the ambulance first and then I would call the parents inform them of what has happened and where their child is.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?There was a boy that was running, he then fell and cut his forehead open on a vibracrete wall. I took him to the office to clean his wound, I then proceeded to phone his mom for further instructions. His mom said that I must just watch over him and she then picked him up 30 minutes later.
What is your approach to discipline?I have a very firm approach to discipline. I believe that a child needs to know the consequences to what he has done. I believe in time out for a child( 1 minute for every one year{ 3 years old= 3 minutes in time out } ).

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?I would try and calm them down by either talking to them about what happened and try to figure out a solution to the problem.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I would stop them immediately and ask them why they are drawing on the wall. I would then put them in time out for 5 minutes to think about why they decided to draw on the wall.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?I would try to encourage them to do their homework, otherwise if they don´t, I would tell them that there might not be a surprise at the end of the week if they do all their homework for the week.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?I am comfortable working with any age groups (0-10 years).
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?Yes I do. I do still babysit occasionally.
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 caring and loving person. I always try to help others that are in need. I am very compassionate and I always try to see the best in people.I love working with children. Just seeing the joy on their faces makes me happy. I'm always on time. I am very organised. I prefer a routine.  I am adaptable to changes in the routine. I enjoy meeting new people. I am loyal. I like to complete whatever I do. 
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastPorridge.
LunchMacaroni and cheese, fruit juice.
DinnerChicken nieces, butternut cubes, rice, cucumber pieces, water.
Snack* Yoghurt, *Fruit, * Water.
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?I am comfortable cooking all types of food.
How do you handle a crying baby?
I would check that they have been changed, if they are hungry or simply need to be comforted or have a nap.
 What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child aged 0 to 2 years old?Teaching them manner, allowing them to explore their environment. Being able to play, explore and learn.
What activities would you engage in with a child aged 0 to 2 years old?Drawing, playing with play dough, doing age appropriate puzzles, doing exercises to stimulate both fine and gross motor skill development.
Are you comfortable with changing diapers?Yes I am.
Have you ever had to sterilize bottles before?Yes.
Can you prepare meals for infants?
Yes, I have had to make baby food from scratch before.
Have you ever bathed an infant before?Yes, for the 9 month old I used to care for.
Are you capable of looking after twins?
Yes, entirely comfortable with this.
Have you ever had to care for more than 1 child at a time under the age of 2?
Yes
How would you handle a child aged 2 to 3 years old having a temper tantrum in a public place?
I would pick them up, and ask them what is wrong. Determining what is wrong or if they are just looking for attention.
How do you feel potty training should be approached?
I am very gentle about it, I'm busy potty training at the moment at school. I use rewards. I try to provide distractions. I prefer doing training in summer as it is too cold otherwise.
What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day?I would say its important, they need to learn how to socialise. Outdoor play too plays a big role in the child's growth. 
What types of educational activities would you engage a child ages 2 to 3 years old?Drawing, free drawing, free painting, water play, playing in the sand pit, making obstacle courses outside, throwing balls into buckets, or bean bags.
What indoor activities would you engage a child aged 2 to 3 years old?Reading, playdough, teaching them to cut playdough, teaching them to turn a page, drawing, musical activities, exercises and movement.
What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for children aged 3 to 5 years old?When I was younger, my parents used a reward system, so usually there would be a reward them with something if they stick to an instruction for the whole week. I have found though, that in terms of discipline, time out works wonders. 
What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?
I'd prefer them not to watch TV, although if the parents insist I'd prefer them to watch a maximum of 30 minutes of something educational or age appropriate cartoons.
Are you willing to supervise play time with other children in a home and/or take the child/ren to outside activities which may or may not require your active participation?Yes
Are you happy with staying with the children at their extra-curricular activities?
Yes
What kind of outings would you organise for the children?
Taking them to the museum, the scratch patch, aquarium, preferably child friendly venues. 
 Are you happy to prepack lunches for children?Yes
Please tell us a bit more about your family?.I absolutely love my family. They mean everything to me. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be where I am today. We are very close and we enjoy spending time in each others company. Although we may seem crazy at times, we are very relaxed and we look out for each other.I have a younger brother. My parents are still together, my mom is a administrator at a physical rehabilitation clinic and my dad works for Dimension Data.

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