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Devin

Personal Details

Reference # 201-69823
Name Devin
Nationality South African
Age 36
Gender Male
Marital Status Single
Languages English(1st), Afrikaans (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?
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)Kia Picanto 2014 model
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?2001

Education

Secondary Education
J. G. Meiring High School: Goodwood -2001
Teriary Education

CUTP Bachlor of Education (B. Ed.) in foundation Phase - 2007

Currently completing my Honours Degree in Early Childhood Development (ECD) though Unisa 2015-2018

First aid TrainingYes, valid until January 2020

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leaving2015 the duration of the year.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?1 boy aged 13
What were your duties?Tutoring all subjects.
  

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leaving2005-2007. Mrs Moreira stopped working full time.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?1 5 year old girl and one 9 year old boy.
What were your duties?I babysat and house sat for the family.

 

Reference 3:

Period and reason for leaving 
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?1 boy of 9 years old.
What were your duties?Tutoring at SPARK
  

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
City Bowl
Northern Suburbs
Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs
West Coast
Stellenbosch

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 2002
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?I have always been fond of children and thus decided to become a teacher
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?3 years
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?Fishing, motor cycling, hiking, rugby, cricket
What do you like most about childcare and being part of a childs life?Imparting knowledge and having an influence on the growth and development of the child is the most rewarding
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?taking the children on outings, playing outdoor activities, swimming, reading
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?as a first aider I am able to attend to most emergencies while remaining calm. depending on the emergency I will first ensure the child's safety and well being. I will call emergency services as soon as possible or rush the child to the nearest emergency centre. The parents will be notified once the child is in safe hands.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?Over the years as a teacher and child carer I have dealt with many instances, fortunately none too serious. the most difficult situation was dealing with an instance of bullying and I had to act as a mediator between parents as well as the children. firstly I met with both children individually to establish what the possible cause was for the bullying  and how it made each child feel. Thereafter a meeting was held with both parties to discuss the effects of the bullying and how it made them feel. a "contract" or agreement was drawn up where both children signed their name and agreed that the bullying would not happen again and what the consequence would be if either one of them broke the agreement. Fortunately the bullying did not re-occur.
What is your approach to discipline?I have a very positive approach to discipline. My discipline strategy is based on a reward system. I reward positive behaviour. when undesired behaviour is demonstrated or failure to heed instructions, the child may be denied a fun activity or a treat. in some cases the time out strategy is used for the child to reflect. However, it is important that the care giver follows the same discipline strategy that the family implements so as to ensure consistency.
What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child aged 0 to 2 years old?The main objective is to see to the physical well-being of the child ie feeding and bathing and sleeping as well as ensuring the child is happy and content.
Have you ever bathed an infant before?No
Can you prepare meals for infants?Yes
Are you capable of looking after twins?Yes
How do you feel potty training should be approached?Potty training should be done incidentally initially and in a non-pressurised environment. the child should also be rewarded every time he asks to go to the toilet or use the potty on their own. A big emphasis should be on rewarding the desired behaviour.
What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day?Children learn through play so this is a crucial part of their holistic development. A large part of the day should be spent playing , doing physical activities, and exploring the world around them.
What types of educational activities would you engage a child ages 2 to 3 years old?Children are naturally creative and this needs to be nurtured and encouraged so any art activity of drawing or working with and molding clay is ideal as this is tactile. Water and sand play develops skills of conservation and estimation from an early age. not only are these activities educational but the child is having fun while not necessarily aware that they are learning. Puzzle building and block play have incredible benefits for the young child and I will definitely encourage these activities.
How much television do you feel is appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?I feel television should be minimal at that age as the child should be spending most of the time playing outdoors and taking part in physical activities.
Are you willing to supervise friends of the children who are invited to their home while you are in chargeYes
Are you happy with staying with the children at their extra-curricular activities?Yes
Are you happy to prepack lunches for children?Yes
Would you consider yourself to be organized and punctual?Yes, very. I pride myself in being punctual.

How would you handle:

A 5 year old drawing on a wall?It will be explained to the child why they should not be drawing on the wall. They will be given a piece of paper to continue drawing if they wish. Thereafter the child will be encouraged to help clean the wall. they will be provided with a special book or equipment to use in future if they wish to draw.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?it will be explained to the child that they did not receive the homework as a punishment but it is merely to make them "more clever". They will be assured that they will not need to complete their homework on their own but that I will guide and assist them. the child will also be allowed some time to complete their favourite activity once their homework is complete. If the child does not want to do their homework due to being tired they will be given time too take a nap or relax a bit first.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?any age from 2 years and up.
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?No, I am currently unemployed.
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 friendly, caring person who is passionate about educating and developing children of all ages, holistically. I have a good sense of humour and try not to take life too seriously. I am out-going and enjoy being outdoors and being in nature. I am also an animal-lover .
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastDepending on the age and preference of the child I could make porridge, cereal, yogurt and muesli, toast, scrambled eggs and bacon.
LunchSpaghetti bolognese and a salad, macaroni and cheese, healthy sandwich.
Dinnerfish and salad, chicken and rice and potatoes and vegetables.
Snackfruit, juice, yogurt, nuts.
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?None.
What is your teaching style? (Every student learns differently, which is why it’s impossible for school teachers to structure their classroom lessons to match each individual student’s preferred learning style. The right private tutor, however, can adapt lessons to cater to your child’s strengths whether he is an auditory learner (learns best by listening), visual learner (learns best through sight) or a kinesthetic learner (learns best through experience). Before you hire a tutor, find out if he can structure lessons in a format that is conducive to your child’s preferred learning style.)As a tutor it is vital to get to know the child you are tutoring to enable you to assess what his or her learning style and strength is. Once this has been established you can adapt your lessons to suit that particular child. It is also advisable to use their strength to assist them in the areas in which they are struggling.
Why do you tutor/teach/facilitate?I am passionate about assisting children to to learn about the world around them and to assist them with acquiring knowledge and skills that will help them in the future. I wish to impart my skills and strategies to help them in their schooling career.
Have you ever worked with/ taught children with disabilities? Can you give details on this experience?

Yes. I have worked with many children with learning disabilities, amongst others Autism and FAS - fetal alcohol syndrome.

How can you help a child become an independent learner? (The most effective and valuable tutoring relationships will help the student become a more engaged, independent learner. Memorizing and mastering very specific topics or skills may yield some results, but it is ultimately a short-term solution to the student’s broader educational needs. While certain lessons may focus on a particularly troublesome topic, learning to understand and appreciate the learning process, theory and logic behind concepts will help your child overcome subsequent obstacles, avoid future frustration and flourish as a student.)

The greatest objective for me is to develop a love and desire for learning in the child. Once that desire is there it makes assisting the child to learn independently much sooner. I don't believe in spoon feeding the child when it comes to learning. I use a strategy of scaffolding and using the zone of proximal development where I build on the child's previous knowledge and constantly challenge the child to do an activity or task that is a little bit more challenging than they would be able to independently, while providing guidance and assistance until that skill is mastered. acknowledging and rewarding a child when they have done something independently is crucial. even if they did not succeed in achieving a particular result, the mere fact that they attempted it independently should be celebrated.
How long have you been tutoring?Since 2002.
What are your qualifications, certifications or credentials that assist you to tutor?

I am a qualified foundation phase teacher. I have also completed a tutoring course while studying. I am currently completing my Honors degree in Early Childhood Development (ECD).
What subjects and grades can you teach?I am able to teach all primary school subjects as well as mathematics to grade 9 and mathematical literacy till grade 12.
Have you worked before with kids or adults with learning or attention issues?

Yes
How will you communicate with parents of children you are teaching or tutoring, and how often?I believe communication between parents and tutor is crucial and will give a weekly progress report. If need be we can talk about the child's progress more often. I will use whatsapp, email and face time is also very important.
How will you work and communicate with a child’s teachers?I will use the same method as with the parents.
How do you measure progress?
By the ability of the child to grasp a concept and apply it.
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 love to interact with children and actively participate in games.
Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with my children’s homework?Yes I am extremely qualified as a tutor with lots of experience.
Are you willing to supervise friends of our children who are invited to our home while you are in charge?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?I will take them on fun and educational outings where they can learn more about their world and that fosters their interests.
What age appropriate activities would you do with the children aged 5 to 12 years old?I will encourage their hobbies and interests and help them expand on their knowledge of it. I will play sports with them that they are interested in and board games. I will encourage reading.
Are you happy to prepack lunches for children?Yes.
Would you consider yourself to be organized and punctual?Yes very. I pride myself on being punctual.
Please tell us a bit more about your family?.I am the youngest of 2 children. My sister is also a qualified preschool teacher. My mother was a nurse and my father was a technician.they are both retired. I have no children of my own, just 2 adorable dogs that I treat as my children. We are a very close and happy family with stable Christian values.

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