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Stefna

Personal Details

Reference # 201-68428
Name Stefna
Nationality South Africa
Age 31
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages Afrikaans (1st) English (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)Mazda Soho 1998
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 happenedIt was raining in Cape Town one evening and I did not brake in time at the traffic light. I lightly bumped the car in front of me, the car had a small dent at the back. My front bumper was quite damaged, because the car in front had a tow bar at the back. No one was injured.
In what year did you obtain your driving license?2009

Education

Secondary Education
Louis Trichardt - 2006
Tertiary Education

Pinelands North Primary School Facilitator Training - 2016

ELF Montessori 3-6 Pre-Primary Diploma and National Diploma in Early Childhood
Development, Level 5 (23118) (Part–time, in progress) 2016 - present

UNISA Degree in Psychological Counselling (Part–time, in progress) -2015 – Present
Friends of Design-Adobe InDesign -2015

Damelin - Short Programme in Conference, Exhibition and Events Management - 2015

Damelin - Short Programme in Professional Receptionist and Personal Assistant -2014
TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) - Certificate from Go Teach Asia - 2013

First aid TrainingYes

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingCurrently babysitting from July 2016
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?Two girls, aged 7 and 9
What were your duties?Ensure that they finish dinner, assist with homework occasionally, read bed time stories and get them into bed on time.
  

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leavingApril-November 2013. Returned to South Africa
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?Kindergarten children. Both genders aged 3-6. Primary learners. Both genders age 6-11. Classes up to 25.
What were your duties?I taught the children English.
  

Reference 3:

Period and reason for leavingJanuary 2016 - Current
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?10 years old
What were your duties?Facilitate Matt Tooke’s learning as part of an Inclusive Education Approach. Age:10,Syndrome: Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome, Grades: 2 and 4. Develop an Individual Education Plan with the guidance of the curriculum developer and Learning Support Head, implement the IEP by finding creative ways to explore learning, work with class teachers to discuss activities and explore different methods if needed, support in consolidating sociological
skills and further develop his understanding of socially appropriate interactions, finding appropriate sensory accommodation spaces and activities when needed, ensure that support systems recommended by the Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist and other professionals are implemented, meet regularly with parents to give feedback on challenges and progress.
  

Reference 4:

Period and reason for leavingJanuary 2016 - Current
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?11 years old
What were your duties?Assist Matthys du Plooy(11) with homework, school projects and studying for test and exams, explore various learning techniques to find what best works for him, preparation of
meals and transport to and from sports activities, cooking of dinner occasionally as well as grocery shopping, introducing creative activities to expand learning (eg. science experiments).
  

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
City Bowl
Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs
South Peninsula

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 2013
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?I taught in Thailand in 2013 and developed a love for working with children. I am currently studying towards a Montessori 3-6 Pre-Primary Diploma and National Diploma in Early Childhood Development, Level 5. I will complete the Diploma at the end of 2017, but want to start working with children as soon as possible.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?2 years old
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?

• Reading: Travel novels. My favourite books are: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker & The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

• Travelling: Travelled to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Croatia abroad. • Humanitarian Work: Volunteered at St Joseph’s Home for Children, volunteered at Kid’s Rock Sunday School programme at Common Ground Church on Sundays, currently volunteering as a babysitter for two little girls, ages 7 (Kate) and 9 (Ella).

• Arts: Love painting and crafts.

• Exercise: Enjoy being active, practice yoga and run regularly.

What do you like most about childcare and being part of a childs life?I believe that the soul is healed by being with children. Children teach us about unconditional love and to be happy for no reason. I am passionate about guiding children to grow up to be the best versions of themselves and for them to, in turn, be a positive influence on others and their environment.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?Arts & crafts, gardening, baking, role play, science experiments, outings.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?I would first try and do what I can from my side eg. administer first aid, then I will proceed to call the authorities and anyone else who can assist.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?When I was tutoring an 8 year old boy in Thailand, I really struggled to teach him English. I decided to make the lessons more 'fun' by making lesson plans that involved his favourite television show and as a reward allow him to watch an episode of 10 minutes - the episodes were also in English and we would talk about what happened afterwards.
What is your approach to discipline?I think it is very important to explain to children why certain behaviour is not appropriate and to ensure that you never make them feel that you are unhappy with them, but with their behaviour if the act inappropriately and guide them to learn from the experiences.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?Two year olds normally throw tantrums when they feel insecure in their environment. I would firstly remove them from the environment and direct them to another activity.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?Explain to him why he should not be drawing on the wall as it is difficult to clean. I will take a big sheet of paper and paste it on the wall for them to draw on or set up a blackboard or easel with paint for him to use instead.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?Withholding privileges, explain to them why it is important to do the homework and ask them why they do not want to do the homework. If they are tired, give them a break first and then encourage them after a few minutes to return to their homework.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?0-13
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?Babysitting for Sarah & Steve Binos every second Thursday evening.
Do you have any children of your own? If so, how old are they?None
Please tell us a bit more about how you would describe yourself?I am adventurous and love to travel and explore new places. I feel strongly about making a positive impact in the world and that is why I want to work with children, as they hold the keys to the future. I am lighthearted, fun and still enjoy playing. I am creative and enjoy outdoor activities.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes, I enjoy preparing healthy meals.
BreakfastEggs on rye toast with avocado
LunchChicken and quinoa salad
DinnerPesto pasta, tomato, feta and pumpkin seeds
SnackFruit or nuts
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?Tripe
How do you handle a crying baby?Sing to them, rocking them gently.
What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child aged 0 to 2 years old?To provide a safe loving environment.
Are you capable of looking after twins? Yes
What activities would you engage in with a child aged 0 to 2 years old?

Sensory play and exploring outside, reading books and encourage conversations for language development.
How would you handle a child aged 2 to 3 years old having a temper tantrum in a public place?

Remove them from the environment immediately until they calm down and take them home if necessary.
How do you feel potty training should be approached?

It is important to encourage them constantly and take them to the bathroom often, demonstrate to them by using a book on potty training.
What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day?

It is very important for social development and gross motor development and should be a vital part of the toddler's day.

What indoor activities would you engage a child aged 2 to 3 years old?Crafts, language activities, sensory activities.
What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for children aged 3 to 5 years old?Timeouts, distraction,taking away privileges and explain to them why the limits are needed.
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 am not in favour of television and would encourage educational activities and outdoor play. Educational Television shows such as Dora the Explorer can be shown for 30 minutes maximum a day.
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?Yes, I enjoy participating actively and do not mind getting dirty.
Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with my children’s homework?Yes, but only for children up until the age 13.
Are you happy with staying with the children at their extra-curricular activities?
Yes
What kind of outings would you organise for the children?Beach outings, outings to the farm or petting zoos. Any place fun and educational.
What age appropriate activities would you do with the children aged 5 to 12 years old?Depending on the interest of the child. I would enjoy doing science experiments, baking & cooking, gardening, arts & crafts.
Are you happy to prepack lunches for children?Yes
Would you consider yourself to be organized and punctual?Yes
Please tell us a bit more about your family?.

My father was an Industrial Relations manager, but separated from my mother when I was 13. 

My mother is a Personal Assistant for the Headmaster of a Primary School, she has been working there for more than 10 years. My mother is actively involved in fund raising for less fortunate children at the school. My mother stays in Louis Trichardt in Limpopo.

My brother is a year younger than I am and we have a special bond. He is a Software Developer in Roodepoort.

My sister is finishing school this year and is perusing a career in Pathology next year. She is staying in Pretoria with my aunt, because of better opportunities there.

I do not see my family very often - twice a year, but we are very close and talk almost everyday. 

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