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Lindsay

Personal Details

Reference # 201-66239
Name Lindsay
Nationality South African
Age 27
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages 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?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)Peugeot 307
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 attempting to change lanes on a very busy highway and did not speed up in time to change lanes, the car driving in the lane I was wishing to drive into was driving very fast. I had to move back into my lane to avoid a collision with this car. In doing so I hit a car towing a trailer I front of me. Nobody was injured. I was 19 at the time and had had little driving experience. The accident was 4 years ago and I am a much more cautious driver for it.
In what year did you obtain your driving license?2011

Education

Secondary Eductaion
St.Mary´s DSG - Kloof: 2010
Tertiary Eductaion

US-BA in Social Dynamics - 2013.

US-BA - Honors in Environmental Studies - 2014

TESOL course - 2015

First aid TrainingNo

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingI worked for a school as a teacher in Thailand for one years April 2015 - March 2016. My contract was over and I was ready to leave Thailand and come home.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?I was a homeroom teacher to a class of 24 boys and girls between the ages of 8-9. I also taught art to a class of 15 grade 1 students between the ages of 5-6. I was also the school sport teacher and taught sport to a variety of students from grade 1-6. Ages between 5-12 years old. I also ran a toddler gym class where I would work with toddlers aged 12 months to 3 years.
What were your duties?I was mainly a homeroom teacher to a grade three class. This required me to create fun and interactive lessons to engage and teach my students. I would have to write up daily reviews of my lessons, and termly reports about my students. I had a lot of responsibility as a teacher to ensure that my students learned the curriculum and passed. I taught English and Maths. Other duties included teaching art , this required me to create fun craft lessons teaching the young learners about different art techniques. As the school sport teacher I had the opportunity to teach the students team work and improve their fitness and basic motor skills.
  

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leavingFor the year 2010 whilst in matric. i went of to study after that.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?Two girls, 3 and 8 years old.
What were your duties?Basic baby sitting duties.
  

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
City Bowl
Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs

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?Since 2010
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?

I babysat the neighbour's children on a regular basis and realized that I absolutely love spending time with children.

I was a teacher in Thailand for one year. I never expected my experience in Thailand to touch my heart the way it did. I am interested in au pairing because I want to use my experience I gained working with children, I genuinely care about children and enjoy working with them. I understand that some parents' working hours are long and they don´t want to leave their child at a day care. As an au pair I want to be that person that parents can rely on to be there for their children when they need to be at work.

What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?The youngest child I have worked with is around 13 months old. I have cared for baby cousins around this age, but my work as a teacher in the toddler gym classes really enhanced this experience.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I am a nature enthusiast and really enjoy the outdoors. I enjoy yoga, hiking, surfing and generally being active outdoors. I love the beach and love spending time reading a good book on the sand. When the weather keeps me indoors I really enjoy baking and reading.
What do you like most about childcare and being part of a childs life?Children are filled with wonder, I love the way a child sees the world. They are so curious and eager to explore and learn new things. Being part of a child´s life and being able to enhance this experience for them is so rewarding. I think that children are so honest and their honesty makes them possibly the funniest people. When I was teaching, my students taught me more than I could have imagined. I enjoyed being a teacher because it allowed me to interact with children and teach them and have them teach me. Children are our future generation and it is a blessing to be part of a child´s life and to be a role model or a good example to a child.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?When it is sunny, going to the beach with children is so enjoyable. Building sandcastles, playing in the sand and walking around rock pools. Playing outdoor activities in the garden such as hide and seek, ball games, swimming (of course all swimming will be supervised). I could encourage children to use their imaginations and I could create treasure hunts in the garden for them. If the weather keeps us indoors art and craft activities are always fun, baking, playing board games. I do not believe in sitting a child in front of a T.V. I prefer playing games that are stimulating and fun for everyone.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?I would remove the child from the dangerous situation, E.g if a child has badly cut themselves I could take the object that hurt the child. I would immediately call the parents and inform them about what has happened. Then I would take the child to the hospital to receive popper treatment. I would remain in contact with the parents. I would also make sure the child felt safe and was not scared, I would be sure to remain calm and in control of the situation.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?When I was teaching I had one student who had serious anger management problems. He was prone to temper tantrums and would get violent towards myself and other students. One lesson he started screaming and throwing objects at myself and other students. When he is in one of these fits it is difficult to reason with him. I calmly walked over to his desk and knelt down next to him (I did not want to be standing over him in an intimidating manner) at eye level I calmly spoke to him. I told him that the class and I are going to go to the other side of the room and play a fun game together, when he is feeling better he is welcome to join us and that we would like to have him them play the game with us. I then instructed the class to make a circle on the floor away from this student giving him room to cool off. I instructed his best friend to leave a space open next to him so when the angry student was settled and ready to join in he had a spot at the circle next to a friend of his. In a couple of minutes he came and joined us in the circle. I then asked him if there was anything he wanted to say to his friends and he apologized for his previous behaviour.
What is your approach to discipline?Firstly I would ask the parents how they discipline their children and what strategies they would like me to use when dealing with naughty children. Personally, my approach to discipline is teach and encourage children to be responsible for their actions. I believe that children need to learn how their actions and words can effect those around them. I believe in give praise to children where it is due, and creating a bargaining strategy, if they are consistently good then they will get a treat at the end of the week. I would use the tone of my voice to guide their behaviour, using a stern voice when they are misbehaving. I would also talk to the child, ask them why they did something and how that action makes them feel. I would teach them how bad actions make us feel bad and when we are good we feel good and we have fun. I believe that children should be reasoned with, and I would tell them why they can´t or shouldn´t something, it is dangerous, it is unkind etc.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?I would make sure that the child was unable to harm themselves whist they threw their tantrum. Then I would leave them to express those angry emotions. I would create a fun and interactive game and tell them that I would like him to come and play, but only when he was feeling better. Once he had expressed those feelings of frustration and anger he would have calmed himself down and be eager to participate. I could not get angry toward the child (toddlers are still learning how to control their emotions and my getting angry won´t add any value to the situation) I would remain calm and talk to the child in an even and loving tone. I would be sure to create a fun activity to distract the child and redirect their emotions.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I would ask the child why he/she is drawing on the wall and if their parents would be happy  with them doing that. I would then suggest that we draw a beautiful picture on paper that we can hang on the wall for their parents to look at. I would tell the child how it makes adults sad and angry when we draw on walls and we don´t like feeling sad and angry. Once the activity was redirected I would tell the child that to show their parents how sorry he /she is we should clean the wall. I would talk to the child and reason with them, and teach them that it is not good to draw on walls so that the child learns not to do that again.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?I would ask the student what their teacher is going to say when they haven´t done their homework? Then I would ask the student what they want to be when they grow up and that they need to learn and do their homework to get smart so they can grow up and be a *something*. I would also sit with the child and help them with their homework (often when children don´t want to do their homework it is because they find the work challenging) I would tell the child that I have a fun activity planned and we can only play it when they finish their homework.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?Anything between the ages of 2 - 13
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?No I do not.
Do you have any children of your own? If so, how old are they?No I do not.
Please tell us a bit more about how you would describe yourself?I am an enthusiastic and responsible person. I have loads of energy and love being active. I am easy going and value experiences and people over objects. I have a sunny outlook on life. Although I am easy going I am very organized, I am just flexible and adapt quickly to any changes. I am very responsible and am always looking out to ensure the safety of my friends and family. I am a social person and love my friends and family. I am a kind and respectful person.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastBoiled egg with some avocado and baked tomato on toast.
LunchVegetable cous-cous. (Oven baked butternut, tomato and mushrooms with garlic basil) topped with feta cheese
DinnerButternut and sweet potato soup.
SnackPopcorn or fruit.
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?Although I am a vegetarian I have no problem cooking meat dishes for others.
  
How do you handle a crying baby?After checking that all the baby's basic physical needs are met, I would pick him up, cuddle and comfort him and rock him on my lap in a nurturing way.
What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child aged 0 to 2 years old?Safety. I make sure I keep my eyes on the children I am responsible for at all times. I also make sure there environment is safe, for instance that plugs are covered and sharp corners are padded.
What activities would you engage in with a child aged 0 to 2 years old?I will give them lots of visual stimulation and will communicate with them often. I will teach them cause and effect, for instance if they drop a spoon it falls on the floor and should be picked up again. I will engage them with age appropriate games and lots of carpet time with stimulating toys. Like rolling balls, reading, making big drawings and bluild big puzzles with them.
How would you handle a child aged 2 to 3 years old having a temper tantrum in a public place?I will not give in to a temper tantrum but will go down to their eye level and ask them why they are having a tantrum.I will then explain to them why they can not have what they want and give them a choice: they can either stop crying and then we can do their favourite activity when we get home, like baking biscuits together or if they continue we will not do that when we get home.If they continue to cry I will remove them to a safe place.
How do you feel potty training should be approached?Potty training should be encouraged in a patient way. I will teach them to communicate their needs by association with the potty. I will also watch for non-verbal clues that they want to use the potty. I will never shame accidents or make them feel ashamed.
What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day?It is very important for children to interact with peers and to engage in out door play on a daily bit basis.When they play in nature they learn to appreciate it and it also boosts their immune system. It is great for gross motor skills. Playing with for instance mud is good for their sensory perception. When they socialize with other children they are learning to play and to get along with others. 
What types of educational activities would you engage a child ages 2 to 3 years old?I would engage them in lots of arts and crafts, make drawings and paintings with them and build puzzles and read to them. I also think it is important for them to play a lot with toys like dolls and cars and other favourites that encourage them to be imaginative. I love baking with children and making play dough and to learn shapes, about their world, the alphabet, numbers etc. Outdoors we will play a lot of sports and ball games, get dirty playig with different textures etc. I will take them to play park and the beach and other places they can engage in fun and educational activities.
What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for children aged 3 to 5 years old?I believe the tone of voice used plays a very important role.I also believe you must explain to a child why certain behaviour is not allowed. If it is a really serious offence I use the naughty corner for a small amount of time. I also take away privileges. i also believe in the reward system, like having a star chart.
What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?

I think TV should not be encouraged and I prefer interacting with the children in a lot of fun and educational age appropriate activities.

How much television do you feel is appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?At most TV should be used when the child is ill in bed or an after-dinner treat. They should watch programs that are educational and interactive like Dora explorer and Disney movies.
Are you willing to supervise play time with other children in our home and/or take our child to outside activities which may or may not require your active participation?I will encourage fun play dates with other children and prefer outside activities in which I can fully participate since i love nature. I will accompany children to birthday parties and on play dates and outings with other children.
Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with my children’s homework?I am very comfortable to assist children with their home work and have professional teaching experience where I reviewed and assisted with children's home work up until the ages of 17. My comfort zone is assisting children aged 1-12 with home work.
Are you happy with staying with the children at their extra-curricular activities?I love staying with children at extra-curricular activities as I believe it is a special way of showing support for their interests. We can also have engaging conversations about the activity afterwards.
What age appropriate activities would you do with the children aged 5 to 12 years old?I will play active games like hide and seek with them and challenging games like twister to get them laughing and enjoying themselves.Teenagers love computer games but for any time spent on the electronic devices I will engage them in active, sporty games outside for double that time.
Are you happy to prepack lunches for children?Yes I am happy to pack healthy and nutritious lunches and it can also be a fun activity we can do together.
Would you consider yourself to be organized and punctual?Extremely. I am never late and believe to be organized and punctual is crucial as an au pair.
Please tell us a bit more about your family?.I am the youngest child from a family of 5. My family moved South Africa from Zimbabwe in 2002 when I was 10 years old. I have an older brother and sister and a loving mother and father. My parents have been married for many years and lived in Durban since 2002, my older brother works in finance and my sister works as a stewardess on a yacht. Although travel has sent us separate ways my family is still very close and are the best support system I would ask for. My father works in construction as a quantity surveyor, my mom used to work as a nurse.

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