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Claire

Personal Details

Reference # 201-70448
Name Claire
Nationality South Africa/Canadian
Age 40
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages English (1st), Afrikaans(3rd), some Xhosa (basic)

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)Nissan Sentra 2000
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?1997

Education

Secondary Education
Milnerton High School - 1996
TerUnisa : Psychological Counseling: Currently in first year of studies (2017-2020)
First aid TrainingYes

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingOngoing babysitting at luxury hotels for high profile guests including high profile politicians since 2014 and current.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?All ages - looked after up to 4 children at a time. 4 months old to 14 years old.
What were your duties?Au Pair work - Homework, Meals, Light Housework, Transporting to activities, looking after pets, moving house and hosting dinners/high profile events.
  

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leavingAugust 2015-March 2016
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?Girl, 3years, Boy 12 and 14 year old girl.
What were your duties?Breakfast, tidy up and cooking, change children and get ready for school, educational activities and helping kids with home work. Take to activities. Fetch children from activities and events. Arrange catering and parties.
  

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
City Bowl
Northern Suburbs
Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs
South Peninsula
False Bay
West Coast
Stellenbosch
Winelands (Paarl)

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 baby sat for a neighbour when I was 13 years old. I then volunteered my time at church at View Church in 2010 in the Kids Church - toddlers. I then volunteered my time at Kids Outreach in under priveleged areas in 2010/2011. In 2014 I started working for Kidz at Heart doing baby sitting and au pairing at luxury hotels. In 2015-2016 I au paired through Aupair at Home for an American family in Bishops Court. In 2016-present I started volunteering my time at Kids Rock Kids ministry at Common Ground Church Rondebosch where I have been attending for 4 and a half years.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?2 months
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?Gym, reading, theater, music, dancing, swimming, going to the beach, Art, Kids ministry, going to the movies, cooking, reading psychology, Christian and science fiction books.
What do you like most about childcare and being part of a childs life?I love children and I connect with them on their level as a result. I most of all respect children and have the attitude that I can usually learn more from them than they can learn from me. I remember how the right adult role models in my life made me the person I am today and I would like to give back to the world by going my best to encourage and uplift the children I care for. I would also like them to always remember that they are kind, smart and important.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?Swimming, role playing/theatre, dancing, colouring in/drawing, playing games like Monopoly and Uno, puzzles, sports, baking, singing, reading and writing.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?I would call the emergency services first, perform CPR/remove choking hazards, bind a bleeding wound/don´t move child in case of neck/back injury, then when emergency services are on the way I would phone parent and ask for medical aid details/allergies to medication, if info has not yet been provided. I would then ensure that the child´s siblings are supervised by a parent, family member or that the agency arranges a sitter while I leave in the ambulance with the child. I would also lock the doors/put on the alarm and pack a bag for the child that I can take with to the hospital. I would always continue CPR if child has drowned or stopped breathing until emergency services arrive.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?A child shouting at me and threatening to hit me. I contacted the au pair agency and they told me to phone parents if firmer boundary setting did not make a difference to the child´s highly aggressive behaviour. The child was over tired from constant travelling and had ADHD.The child calmed down thank goodness when I was firmer so I did not have to contact the parents.
What is your approach to discipline?I believe that it´s important to be firm but to at all times be respectful and non-threatening. I achieve this by kneeling on the child´s level if they are calm and look them in the eye very calmly and in a low tone tell them something like: I understand that you want to go to your friend´s house now but we agreed earlier that you first need to finish your homework. I need you to listen to me when I talk to you. You don´t want to get in trouble with your Mom and Dad or with your teacher so I need you to finish your homework before I take you to your friend´s house. If that doesn´t work, I will take away privileges by saying something like "if you don´t finish your homework, you can´t go to your friend´s house, for example." I never spank a child or inflict any verbal or emotional abuse. I always use kindness but I´m firm.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?I would get on my knees and calmly talk to them. usually telling them to stop their shouting right this instant works quite well. Often if this situation is too unmanageable, I would give them a time out.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I would get down on my knees and ask them to stop. I would also ask them why they are doing it and that I don´t want to ever see them doing this again. If they refuse to stop I would threaten to put them in time out or take away a privilege like ice cream or not allow them to watch Pepper Pig for example. Often a child´s urge to be creative can be a sign that they need to express something that they are suppressing. I would then ask them if they would like to take out some paints and paint with me, or take out some crayons and draw/colour in with me. I would also gently ask probing questions as there sometimes may be a reason they are drawing on the wall that relates to some underlying reason.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?I would threaten to take away privileges as per above.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?All ages.
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?Kidz at Heart and Au Pair at Home.
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´m a gentle, kind, accommodating person. I love to laugh and have fun but I realize the importance of focusing at times and to be diligent and disciplined with my responsibilities. I have lots of friends and I like to spend time with them often. I also have times when I like to read quietly. I love to exercise and I mainly go to the gym or run. Looking after my body and my health is important, however my mind and my spirit are also important to me. I look after my mind and my aspirations by studying further. I´m currently pursuing a degree in Psychological Counseling with a focus on Child Psychology. My passion for children was ignited through volunteer work in the church and I feel very privileged to have discovered what I´m passionate about so that I can one day wake up as a Child Psychologist and feel like I can´t wait to begin working.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastOmlettes, Pancakes, Fried/Scrambled/Poached eggs with bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes. I can prepare oatmeal and other porridges.
LunchToasted sandwiches, salads, Avo and cheese on toast, pita bread with stir fried chicken and salad with Tzaziki
DinnerRoast Chicken, Barbequed meat, steamed/pan fried fish all with vegetable steamed/pan fried with garlic and with rice, roast/steamed potatoes or pasta.
SnackCarrots, fruit, cheese sticks, boiled egg, cold meat, tuna with cream cheese.
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?None.
How do you handle a crying baby?I would first sit next to the crib/bed and put my hand gently on their shoulder and make a sh-sh-sh sound and maintain eye contact. If the baby does not stop crying I would pick them up, chest against the LHS of my chest (by my heart) and my hand under the bum and gently rock the baby up and down and rub their back while slowly walking back and forth until they stop crying/call asleep. If the crying doesn't stop after 15 minutes/the baby has a temperature or is choking or loses consciousness, I would phone the emergency services and phone the parent/guardian while the emergency services are on the way and perform CPR if required.
What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child aged 0 to 2 years old?

My primary responsibility is taking care of the basic needs of a child including sleep and feeding and assisting with medication when the child is sick. Another important responsibility is keeping the baby/child from harms way. Examples include putting things in their mouth and hurting themself by falling or putting their finger in a plug or pulling breakable/heavy/hot items from counter tops/table. Last but not least is providing a child with love and nurturing including affection, affirmation and gentle discipline by setting up and maintaining boundaries. Consequences need to be enforced if the child does not adhere to the boundaries/rules that include time out, removing privileges and always a conversation in a calm voice explaining why they are facing the consequences so that the leadership is seen as constructive/for their own good, instead of cruel/for no reason.
Are you capable of looking after twins?

 Yes.
What activities would you engage in with a child aged 0 to 2 years old?

Peek a boo, running and jumping, soft toys, educational toys that make animal sounds or show colours and pictures/music. Making treats like marie biscuits with chocolate and smarties and helping me to make snacks like faces made of vegetables and cold cuts. Some parents like their children to use their ipad's for educational games or to watch children's dvd's but I think the less time they spend in front of a screen the better. If the parent is fine with the child swimming then I'm happy to reinforce the lessons they have learned from swimming lessons.
How would you handle a child aged 2 to 3 years old having a temper tantrum in a public place?

I would get down on one knee, make eye contact and softly hold their arm. I would then sympathetically ask them what is wrong. (Sometimes a tantrum is a symptom of something else that they are experiencing in their life). If their speech is inaudible because of sobbing or screaming I would pick them up even if they are flailing and take them to the car or to a safe, more private place to find out what is the matter. If this is not possible because we are in a queue at the grocery store, I would ask them to stop this instant and that we can talk about it as soon as we leave the grocery store. If they don't stop then I unfortunately would need to leave our basket with information and retrieve and pay for the items once the tantrum situation has been resolved.
How do you feel potty training should be approached?I think that the child who is having trouble with potty training should never be shamed or criticized as this topic is a very sensitive one and can have an immense positive or negative impact on a child's self-esteem. A potty should be used until the child is old enough to sit on the toilet seat. Nappies should not be used beyond the age of 2 and a half unless the child is mentally challenged. Nappies should be used at night until the child is properly potty trained. Bringing an animated/fun element into potty training can be fun and take away a lot of the fear that can be associated with wetting one's bed or having an accident in public.
What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day?Outdoor play and interaction should play an important role in a child's day. I think fresh air and exercise is very important and running around on a lawn or on the beach is a lot more beneficial than running around the house and possibly bumping into and breaking things. 
What indoor activities would you engage a child aged 2 to 3 years old?Fridge desserts/cold cut and vegetable or yoghurt and fruit faces/animals. Making tents/plastic sword fights for boys and for girls playing with dolls. Ball games would not work with children under 2 and a half unless they have exceptional hand-eye coordination. Colour in or drawing would work for a 2-3 year old. Puppet shows or puzzles are also nice indoor activities
What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for children aged 3 to 5 years old?

Time out or removing of privileges. Any form of discipline needs to be accompanied by a conversation as to why they are being reprimanded.
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?
Pepper Pig, Barbie, Princess Sofia.
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
Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with my children’s homework?

Yes
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?Park, movies, water slides, mini golf, rush (trampolines), aquarium, art jam.
What age appropriate activities would you do with the children aged 5 to 12 years old?

Mini golf (7-12), movies (7-12), Park (5-7), Rush (8-12), Aquarium (all ages), Art Jam (all ages).
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?.I have a Mother who is 76, a father who is diseased (in 2008 at age 66), 1 brother who lives in the UK and is 40, 3 half brothers who all live in South Africa and 2 step sisters. My Mother and I are close and I have good memories of my father. I´m close with my real brother who lives in the UK and my eldest half brother who lives in Pinelands who is 18 years older than me. I grew up spending a lot of time with my family and enjoying fun outdoor activities, cooking/baking, playing games and helping with chores.

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