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Angela

Personal Details

Reference # 201-63530
Name Angela
Nationality South Africa
Age 29
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages English (1st), Afrikaans (3rd)

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)Honda Jazz (automatic), 2012
Do you have seat belts all round?Yes
Have you ever been in an accident where you were driving and it was your fault?Yes
If yes, please describe the accident and when it happenedI was involved in a fender-bender earlier this year (I bumped into the person in front of me at the traffic light [+- 5km p/h])
In what year did you obtain your driving license?2008

Education

Secondary Education
Parklands College - 2008
Tertiary Education

BA English & Organisational Psychology - Rhodes University - 2009-2011

PGCE (FET) specialising in English Home Language (EHL) and English First Additional Language (FAL) - Rhodes University  140 hour online TEFL course. -2011

Professional Coaching Course - Centre for Coaching Cape Town, UCT Graduate School of Business - Feb 2017-Feb 2018

Associate Coaching Course - Centre for Coaching Cape Town, UCT Graduate School of Business - Feb 2016-Oct 2016

 

First aid Training?Yes, Expired April 2017
Other Training

Attended the Super Nannies CPR & First Aid Training for infants and children on Saturday 18 April 2015. The workshop provided hands-on training and skill focus for:

  • CPR in babies
  • CPR in young children
  • Choking in babies
  • Choking in young children
  • Allergies
  • Fits & Fevers
  • Shock
  • Bleeding
  • Concussion
  • Broken bones, sprains and bruises
  • Burns
  • Bites and stings
  • Poison emergencies
  • Vomiting and Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Fever management

Attended the May/June 2012 reading group workshop run by the Nal'ibali organisation. The focus of the workshop was on the following:

  • The importance of reading for enjoyment
  • How to get children & adults passionate about telling & reading stories
  • Encouraging the support & formation of reading clubs/groups/circles across the country
  • Promoting literacy development through reading clubs

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingAugust 2015 - September 2016 (end of contract)
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?12 little girls and boys, ranging in age from 18months to 3.5 years old.
What were your duties?As a teacher to a class of 12 toddlers (ranging in age from 18 months – 3.5 years) I am very lucky to say that the work that I do is not only rewarding, but fun, creative and inspiring too. At Earlybirds Playschool we take a Montessori approach to education and childcare and so our children are encouraged to develop a sense of independence from an early age. My daily duties include supervised free play; focused inside play (children pick their own activity/tray from the shelf); circle time & theme discussion; snack and lunch time; art and craft; putting the children down for nap time and generally caring for the children’s emotional wellbeing. Other responsibilities include Everyday class planning and developing/implementing activities & themes that develop language, social, emotional and physical (gross and fine motor) skills; Engaging with learners and creating a safe, warm, happy and caring environment; Professional communication with parents; Managing my assistant confidently and respectfully; Assisting with potty training and changing nappies; Writing end of year Report cards.

 

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leavingAugust 2013 - Present
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?3 Children - Nick (16.5 years old); Matthew (13 years old); and Rosie (9 years old)
What were your duties?Tutoring & assisting Nick with Grade 10, 11 & 12 English - Tutoring & assisting Matt with Grade 7 & 8 English - English extension work with Rosie (grade 4) - designing activities that stretch her academically - Designing activities that strengthen the child´s weaker areas - Homework facilitation & assistance - Communicating with school teachers to discuss areas of concern - Study skills coaching - Goal setting - Mentoring - Life skills & personal growth *AU PAIR / S-PARENT* (when the parents go away) - Full time child minder/guardian - Making sure bags are packed and waking children up for school - Driving children to school/sport/swimming/etc - Grocery shopping - Preparing dinner & breakfast - Ensuring children are happy and healthy and motivated - Nurturing & caring for children (love & hugs & words of affirmation) - Entertaining children: fun and stimulating activities for each/all of them

 

Reference 3:

Period and reason for leavingTutoring & assisting Maurice with Grade 10 & 11 English - Designing activities that strengthen his weaker areas - Homework facilitation & assistance - communicating with his School teacher to discuss areas of concern - Study skills coaching - Goal setting - Mentoring - Life skills & personal growth
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?1 Child - Maurice (17 years old)
What were your duties?Tutoring & assisting Maurice with Grade 10 & 11 English - Designing activities that strengthen his weaker areas - Homework facilitation & assistance - communicating with his School teacher to discuss areas of concern - Study skills coaching - Goal setting - Mentoring: Life skills & personal growth

 

Reference 4:

Period and reason for leavingJanuary 2014 - December 2014 Kristen (my student) had completed her grade 11 year & I had made plans to travel in 2015.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?Grade 11 EFAL teacher - One female student, age 17. Remedial English Teacher at weekly workshops - anywhere between 10 and 20 boys and girls age 16 - 20.
What were your duties?Abbott’s College Grade 11 EFAL Teacher at Abbott´s College Century Gate - Teach grade 11 EFAL according to CAPS curriculum - Liaise with HOD to ensure that material is suitable and approved - Design and create fun and challenging exercises/tasks/activities - Facilitate learning and inspired involvement - Compile work packs & handouts - Set tests and exams - Marking - Report writing - Mentoring * Remedial Classes for mixed age group * - Liaise with HOD to discuss general direction/focus of remedial lessons - Facilitate learning & understanding - Create workbooks/packs of suitable information and appropriate activities to develop and strengthen problem areas - Marking - Study skills coaching - Teach basic foundations of English grammar/writing/reading/comprehension

 

Reference 5:

Period and reason for leavingMay 2013 - May 2014
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?Blake (2.5 year old boy)
What were your duties?*Blake´s Au Pair* (For the duration of 1 year) - Collect Blake from school & take him home - Spend an hour with Blake each afternoon playing games/doing fun activities (library visits, park, etc) - Occasionally, take Blake & Tate (13 month old brother) on fun outings during the holiday: beach, park, etc * Occasional Full time au pair * (Only when parents were away for a weekend) - Look after Blake (2.5 yrs & Tate 13 months) - Drive the children to outings/activities - Entertain them with fun games and play (Blake loved pirates!) - Prepare dinner & feed children - Bath Children & put them to sleep - Change nappies - Wake children & get them dressed for the day - Be mindful and considerate of the children´s emotional wellbeing (comfort the children if they are missing mommy, etc)

 

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
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

What kind of outings would you organise for the children? I will strongly reinforce outdoor activities like taking them to Bird world, the park to kick a ball, We can build forts and play other games that reinforces the use of the imagination. I will take the children to the beach, the library, museums etc. If the parents allow, I will also take them volunteering like helping out at a soup kitchen etc.
Are you happy with staying with the children at their extra-curricular activities?Yes I will support them in this and be on time to fetch them if I have to do other errands during that time like fetching another child from school.
Are you willing to supervise friends of our children who are invited to our home while you are in charge?Yes within reason.
Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with my children’s homework?Yes very much so. i am an experienced qualified teacher and currently also tutor children privately.
What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?
How much television do you feel is appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?

I do not really approve of TV and think children should watch as little as possible. Maximum 20 minutes per day.

They should only watch child friendly, age appropriate educational programs like National geographic's programs for children or stories that teach morals and values like Barney.

What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day?

Socialization is absolute key to the child's development. It is very important that they learn the concept of sharing. At the age of three they have to be able to go from interacting socially to parallel play. Play dates need to be a regular activity.

Children should be outdoors as much as possible ( with the addition of sunscreen and a hat.) It helps them discover the world and to get stronger. For instance monkeying around on a jungle jim.Even story time can be held under a tree.

How do you feel potty training should be approached?I will go about it gently. The child should show signs that he is ready for it.I will encourage using the potty or toilet. I think spending quite a bit of time there is appropriate. Even reading books on the potty. At the school where I am teaching we find the star chart as a reward for using bathroom facilities works well.I read the children lots of potty stories. One should start of with day time potty training and gradually start night time training.
How would you handle a child aged 2 to 3 years old having a temper tantrum in a public place?

I will bring myself down to the physical level of the child and talk to him very calmly with a neutral voice.

I will explain that I understand the child's frustration but that this is not the space to act it out because we have to consider other people.

What activities would you engage in with a child aged 0 to 2 years old?For this age group it is essential to help them develop gross motor skills, to identify colours, learning and playing with shapes, and other sensory activities. They can play with sand and experience all the different textures.It is important to learn rhymes and to communicate with them a lotand to express words correctly so that they can build up the correct vocabulary.
What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child aged 0 to 2 years old?After making sure that the child is safe, I would say it is absolutely necessary to give the child love and contact by addressing the need to be hugged and appreciated. I also need to be a very attentive role model and be very engaging because that is what the child feeds off.
How do you handle a crying baby?I will pick the baby up and soothe it by bouncing it up and down gently. I will check if the baby has a temperature by touching his forehead and cheek. When you get to know a baby you learn to "read" him and can tell quickly if a basic need needs to be addressed.
How many years of childcare experience do you currently have?3years (professional child care experience).
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?I started babysitting part-time when I was 15 years old. Upon returning from my studies, and now with a car of my own, I was eager to get back to working with young children so I began working as an au pair and tutor. Au pair and babysitting work is fantastic as it suits my lifestyle (I work half day as a playschool teacher) and it enables me to spend more of my time with young children, which is what makes me happy.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?3 months old
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I love to read and to spend time outdoors. I enjoy yoga, meditation and hiking. I am also a real foodie, so I love experimenting in the kitchen. I enjoy spending time with my family (usually walking on the mountain or on the beach with our dogs).
What do you like most about childcare and being part of a childs life?Working with children fills me with love, happiness, joy & purpose. I believe that if you are ´doing it (ie. life) right´ then work is love made visible. Children are the purest and most beautiful beings. They are free of anger and resentment and have a genuine fascination and love for the world that so many lose as they grow up. I enjoy being in their presence and I do my best to ensure that the children I engage with do not lose these precious qualities but rather hold onto them and nurture them. Children are also our greatest teachers - anyone who wants to learn patience, tolerance, mindfulness and unconditional love should spend their time with a class of toddlers.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?I enjoy free outside play; arts and crafts; yoga; silent time (encouraging children to be comfortable in their own quite space); story time; dancing; imaginative play and fort building.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?In case of an emergency (ie. if the child were not breathing/unconscious) I would 1. Attempt to wake the child , Check that airways are clear of any obstructions & ascertain if s/he is breathing If the child does not wake I would call for help / call emergency services 2. If the child is not breathing I would Begin chest compression. I will place one hand on the child´s breast bone and use the other hand to press down on it. 3. After 30 compression I would clear the airway by tilting the head back 4. Begin mouth-to-mouth (preferably using a cpr safety device in my handbag), filling his/her lungs with air. I would perform two breaths. 5. If the child still isn´t breathing I would revert back to compression (30 compression between 2 rescue breaths of air) 6. I would continue CPR until the emergency services arrive and I am relieved. * I would contact the parents ASAP/once I have swopped out with someone else who is also trained in first aid and CPR/one the medics have arrived and I have been relieved of CPR duties (obviously, should I be able to contact them sooner, or should someone else be at hand, I would do so at the earliest possible opportunity. The child´s safety is, of course, my primary concern.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?I have been very privileged to have cared for very well behaved children over the past 10 years. However, a few years ago I did some short term au pairing for an incredibly wealthy family that was in Cape Town for the Christmas holidays. There were three children (Two boys ages 11 and 6, and a little girl of 3.5). These were the most horrendously behaved children I have ever encountered in my life (The mother even told me that she doesn´t know how to discipline her children so she just doesn´t try). While on our way home from an outing one afternoon the oldest boy and his brother started arguing about something or other in the back of the car. Calmly, I asked them nicely to please use their words nicely and to not argue in my car as that was my rule. Somehow the little sister got involved and next thing i knew i heard the most horrific shriek ever and my, I got such a fright that I slammed on brakes - the car behind me nearly went into my rear. I pulled over to the side of the road to discover that the middle child had kicked his younger sister. I was obviously very upset by this behaviour and rightly cross. I turned away and took two deep breaths before explaining in no unclear terms that behaviour of that nature is never acceptable. I illustrated how we could have easily had an accident because and how that put all our lives at risk. We did not continue our journey for about ten minutes after that, until each of the children had calmed down and apologized to one another and to me. I made the mother aware of the situation when we got home but she did nothing in terms of consolidating the lesson (violence is not okay) or even questioning the children. She simply shrugged it off. Other than that, I am often faced with little challenges at play school (biting, pushing and pinching, etc), however these are young toddlers who are being socialized and it is normal for them to push the boundaries. When this type of behaviour takes place I first give care and attention to the victim, before addressing the perpetrator. Calmly, I explain that bullying is not okay and I also do my best to get the victim to verbalize his/her feelings.
What is your approach to discipline?I believe that children ought to be respected for the mindful little beings that they are. When a child misbehaves I believe it is best to talk to a child in a calm manner. Explain to them why what they did is wrong/unacceptable. Also, asking the child how they would feel if the tables were turned/if someone else did ´xyz´ to them is very powerful. Depending on the severity of the incident, the thinking chair / time out approach is also very handy. However I am cautious not to use it all the time as one doesn´t want the process to become diluted and useless. Grounding/gating is a good approach for older children. No matter what, I always explain to a child why I am doing what it is that I am doing. ("I am putting you on the timeout chair so that you can have some time to cool off" / "You are going to sit in the thinking corner so that you can reflect on your behaviour" / "You cannot go to movies with your friends because you did not do your homework and I cannot reward bad/negligent behaviour. Maybe next time you will think about your priorities and act accordingly." In order to raise mindful young children, we need to encourage them to think for themselves, to self reflect and to develop compassion. This, I believe, is achieved through the above approaches (not through violence).

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?Tantrums are normal and two year old´s are getting to grips with expressing their feelings. I would allow the child to cry and scream, however I would not pay much attention to it. I would gently move the child away from the rest of the group and explain quietly and calmly that s/he his free to have a tantrum if that is what s/he would like to do, however because it is unpleasant for the rest of us, it can be done in a more private space. I would also encourage the child to take a few deep breaths so that s/he may verbalise his feelings or thoughts as maybe then I could be of assistance. I would gladly offer the child a hug too. I reiterate, I would not encourage a tantrum, but I do acknowledge a child´s freedom to express his/her emotions. Obviously, I instead focus on making the little one aware of other means of expressing themselves (using our words) and therefore finding a solution sooner. Making a child aware of his/her presence within a group setting/shared space is very important.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I would explain to the child that drawing on the wall is not acceptable. We only draw on paper.(This might be asked in a question.. "What are we allowed to draw on?"). I would then get the child to clean the wall.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?I would explain to the child that homework is one of those things that has to be done. It is not an optional activity but a responsibility of growing up. I would also outline the benefits of doing one´s homework. I would make the child aware that we all have things we don´t always want to do, but that we do anyway because it is our responsibility. Depending on the situation, I might suggest a visualization activity - every time we do a piece of homework our brain is learning and thus getting a little smarter. How can this help you for your future dreams? (ie. A little girl who wants to be a doctor but doesn´t want to do her math homework... Doctor´s need to understand Math so that they know how much medicine to give a patient/how much anaesthetic to use, etc. It is important to make the child aware of the long term effects of their behaviour/choices, and that school is only a small, albeit incremental, part of one´s entire life.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?Newborn - 18 :)
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?Yes I do. I work for Andrea Thwaits and Bridget Buschers.
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 reliable, loyal and charismatic young woman with a free spirit and a permanent smile on my face. I love to have fun and to be outdoors and I love to laugh. I am affectionate and compassionate and I wear my heart on my sleeve. I pride myself on my honesty and integrity. I have often been told that I have an old soul and a young heart. I enjoy a deep gratitude for life & all that it means to be alive & I have faith in the incredible strength of love and goodness. I share these qualities with anyone I come into contact with.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
Breakfast Fruit salad and yoghurt / Hard boiled egg and toast / Porridge
LunchChicken piece or a chicken sandwich, raw vegetables, provita, fruit, nuts
DinnerChicken breast or Fish and roasted vegetables with Salad
SnackNuts and Dried fruit / Yoghurt and a fruit / Biltong and nuts
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?No
Please tell us a bit more about your family?.I have an incredibly close family who are more supportive and loving than words can describe. My brother, father and I share a very strong bond and we are one another´s support system. My Mom was my best friend, my twin soul, my hero. Unfortunately she passed away 1 year ago after having fought a very tough 14 month battle against cancer. Although my mum´s illness was the toughest and most painful journey for each of us, it brought our family and community closer than we could have imagined. My mom was the glue that held us all together (individually and as a family), and even in her physical absence she continues to do so. She taught us about the unbelievable power of our mind; how to value time and what it means to love unconditionally and be grateful for whatever life may present to you. She taught us the importance of fun and that being able to laugh, even at the darkest times, can often heal you. She taught us to follow our dreams and to have faith in ourselves, no matter what. She made sure to always see the best in even the most grim of situations and to find the light in those who seem dark and cruel inside. Through her actions and her approach to life I have learned what it means to ´be the change you want to see in the world´. There is nothing I value more on this world than my family. They are my everything and I am truly blessed to have the loving and supportive family that I do.

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