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Lauren

Personal Details

Reference # 201-73808
Name Lauren
Nationality South African
Age 30
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages English (1st), Afrikaans (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?  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)Hyundai i20, 2014
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 have driven into the back of someone when they slammed on their brakes on the highway.  I was also reversed into at a stop street.
In what year did you obtain your driving license?2008

Education

Secondary EducationNational Senior Certificate- Welkom Gimnasium- 2007
Tertiary Education

Ph.D In Neuroscience - currently studying - UCT

Master of Medical Science- Pharmaceutical Chemistry - 2015 - UKZN

Sales Sucess - 2014 - Dale Carnegie

Honours in Biochemistry - 2012 - UFS

Bachelors in Biochemistry -2011 - UFS


 First Aid
 No - Will complete course on or before 12 January 2018.

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingFeb 2015 -August 2016 I moved to Cape Town
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?Four children: new born (boy) (born whilst there), 9 months (girl) 3 years (boy) 8 years (girl) 
What were your duties?

I gave the children breakfast and got them ready for school.I prepared school lunches and bottles for the babies. I drove the children to daycare and school and fetched them later in the day. In the evenings, I made the children dinner, bathed them and ensured they were ready for bed. When required, I gave the babies bottles, put them to bed and attended to them during the night. I played with the children and kept them entertained. I cooked meals for them as well. There were times when I looked after all the children by myself. We played games, played outside and jumped on the trampoline

  

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
Southern Suburbs
Constantia and Surrounds

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 time
Part timeNegotiable

Questions

How many years of childcare experience do you currently have? When did you start caring for children professionally?1 and a half years. Started in 2015
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?That is easy, I love children!! I got involved because I love children, no other reason.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?New born
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I am studying for my Ph.D which is quite flexible at the moment. I study in my spare time, watch some series and enjoy going to the gym. I also spend time with family and friends.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?

Playing outside, jumping on the trampoline, watching them ride their bicycles and running with them (see who is the fastest).

If young children, reading to them and playing educational games with them. Teaching them how to do something new so that they can learn in a fun way. Take them to a movie once in a while,

I believe children should not sit watching TV or movies all day.

With girls specifically, they enjoy playing with my hair and doing my make-up/vice versa, painting nails etc.. anything they want to do, I am up for it.

Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?

I wanted to be a doctor, so I am very calm and I have previously worked at a hospital (because I enjoyed watching surgeries).

If a child falls into a pool, I would jump in, pull the child out, assess and if CPR is required start CPR and scream for someone to call an ambulance, or if I have my phone with me I would dial for an ambulance and keep on doing CPR as required.

If a head injury- assess their level of consciousness and ability to say their name etc and take them to the emergency room as a head trauma can be fatal. It really depends on the situation.

What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?I am lucky enough not to have encountered any such problems with any children. The most difficult would be a sick baby with flu and a fever
What is your approach to discipline?I believe in a firm hand but I would never hit a child. I believe that you should let me know who is in charge and let them consequences to their actions. Handle according to age

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?

I would respect what the parents would want me to do in this situation, but I will never smack/hit a child. I would reprimand the child and perhaps if we were in a shop and they were going to get a sweet, I would ´threaten´ that they will not get the sweet if they carry on behaving badly.

I do not scream at children. You need to be firm, assertive and stand your ground so that the child knows who is in control and that there are consequences to their actions. A two year old does not have the ability of this understanding and needs to be taught this.

A 5 year old drawing on a wall?Well, once again I would respect what the parent would have done in the same situation and apply the same. Most likely, raise my voice as to alert the child that what he or she is doing is not right and unacceptable and if the parents believe in punishment (for example the naughty corner or time out, or sending them to their room) then that is what I would do. I would make them wash the wall area where they drew.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?Explain to the child that if they do not want to do their homework, that they can refuse to do it. I would also explain that I would not be where I am today and I would not be able to provide for my family if I had refused to do my homework when I was 8 years old. I would remind the child that s/he could get in to trouble at school for not doing homework. I would tell them that if they do their homework, they should do their best and that for this they will get good recognition at school for doing their homework.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?All age groups: new borns to 18 year olds. 
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?Not anymore
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 passionate and very loving person, I care very much. I love children and wanted to become a paediatrician. I enjoy life and believe in working hard for what you want in life. Nothing is given for free. I love my friends and family and like to make people laugh and enjoy a sense of humour.

I am very respectful of those older than me, also general respect goes both ways. I am easy going and up for anything fun and spontaneous, but I have been a dedicated academic for the past couple of years and therefore I have priorities set for myself.

Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
Breakfastomelette, bacon, eggs and toast, healthy muffins, simple oats with cinnamon and honey (my favourite) and if in a rush, toast with peanut butter as it has some nutrition
Lunchmacaroni and cheese, healthy sandwiches with ham, cheese, avo, tomatoes, lettuce or even a simple peanut butter sandwich, veggies and chicken and rice,
Dinnera cooked and balanced meal: meat or fish or chicken, vegetables and starch... depends on what the children like
Snackyoghurt, some fruit or raw veggies, nuts (if the children are over a certain age for choking hazard)
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?No
Please tell us a bit more about your family?I have one brother, younger than me. He lives in Somerset West. We grew up in a stable and happy home with our mother and father. We were spoiled but also understood that everyone is not as fortunate as others. My mother´s side of the family was very large, however many of her brothers and sisters have passed away, so we do not have a large family anymore. My parents are now divorced. 
 How do you handle a crying baby?I would check if the baby is hungry or needs a diaper change. I would also check for fever. The baby might need to sleep so if it's none of those things, I would try get the baby to sleep.  
 What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child aged 0 to 2 years old? Keeping the child safe, happy, healthy & comfortable
  What activities would you engage in with a child aged 0 to 2 years old? Toys, rattles, shape sorters, books, walking rings, play peek-a-boo, tummy time, singing to them
  Are you comfortable with changing diapers, have you changed diapers before? Yes. I have changed diapers lots of times
Have you ever had to sterilise bottles before? Describe how to do this.
 Yes. I washed bottles and put them in a microwave steriliser
 Can you prepare meals for infants? Give an example of how you would prepare such a meal.

Yes. I would blend up vegetables.

 

Have you ever bathed an infant before?
 Yes. I used a baby bath. I always made sure the water was lukewarm. I used body wash but would prefer to use aqueos for allergies. I would never leave a child alone in the bath regardless of their age. 
 Are you capable of looking after twins? No
 Name situations you think could be dangerous for a child under 2 years old?

There are so many things - plugs, fireplaces, cables, heater, water, stairs, kettles, urn, cars

The child could pull things off shelves or slam their fingers in drawers or doors, pulling things off shelves

 Have you ever had to care for more than 1 child at a time under the age of 2 years old, how old were they at the time? 2 children - new born (boy) and 14 months (girl)
 How would you handle a child aged 2 to 3 years old having a temper tantrum in a public place?I would reprimand them.  I would explain they are making a fool of themselves. I would also tell them the consequence of their behaviour.  I would find out why the child is crying and what is wrong. 
 How do you feel potty training should be approached? I haven't potty trained a child
 What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day?i believe it is very important for psychological development for children to learn to be around other children of similar ages. It is important for them to be stimulated and they don't want to be around adults the whole time time
 What types of educational activities would you engage a child ages 2 to 3 years old? Go to parks, run around, ride bike, have picnics, listen to music, play with train tracks or building, reading, puzzles, shape and colour games, make animal sounds
 What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for children aged 3 to 5 years old?

 - Time out/naughty corner

- Get activities taken away

- Would miss out on watching TV if not bathed or in bed on time

 What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old? I haven't been around children that really watch TV. Paw Patrol, Thomas the tank engine, Mickey Mouse, nothing violent, Barney, 
  How much television do you feel is appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?
 Minimalistic. I prefer them to play outside or help with dinner, more educational
  Are you willing to supervise play time with other children in a client’s home and/or take the child/ren in your care to outside
activities which may or may not require your active participation?
 Yes. I have done this.
  Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with children’s homework? Yes. I would be comfortable assisting up to grade 10
 Are you willing to supervise friends of the children you are caring for who are invited to the families’ home while you are in
charge?
 Yes.
 Are you happy with staying with the children at their extra-curricular activities? Yes. 
 What age appropriate activities would you do with the children aged 5 to 12 years old?

Outdoors - going for a walk, parks, swimming, the beach, aquarium, zoos

Indoors - build a tent, play with dolls, cars and trains, do puzzles, books

 

  Are you happy to prepack lunches for children? Yes. 
 Would you consider yourself to be organized and punctual? If yes, please provide an example of such an experience.

 Yes.  I am very organised, over organised and and punctual. I reorganise. Everything has its place

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