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Olivia

Personal Details

Reference # 201-73854
Name Olivia
Nationality South African, Irish
Age 22
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages English (1st) , Some Zulu (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)2016 Toyota Aygo
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?June 2016

Education

Secondary Education
National Senior Certificate - Thomas More College (Durban) - 2015
Tertiary Education
Bachelor of Science (completed 1st year) - UCT - 2016
First aid Training Yes, expiring October 2018

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingApril 2017 - It was temporary
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?One, 10 years old, Male
What were your duties?Tutoring the child - Mathematics.
  

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leavingJan - Feb 2017. I returned to Cape Town (Job was in Durban) 
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?One, 2 year old, Female.
What were your duties?I drove the child to and from preschool and I looked after her at her home. I gave her lunch and played games with her. She was advanced for her age. She loved to play outside and do bubbles.
  

Reference 3:

Period and reason for leavingJanuary 2014 to December 2014. I was going into matric and therefore needed to focus on school work.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?One, 13 years old, Male.
What were your duties?I babysat when  his parents were out. I made him dinner and supervised his homework. I would supervise his friends as well.
  

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
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 timeR13 000 per month
Part timeR80/hr - Au Pairing  R125/hr - Tutoring

Questions

How many years of childcare experience do you currently have? When did you start caring for children professionally?Approximately one and a half years.  I started professional in 2014 but prior to that I would look after family friend's children for a small fee.
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?Initially, my next door neighbour had a baby and I would always love visiting and looking after her. I think my interested sprouted from there. I have also always loved children. I have always loved the connection of animals and children
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?2 years old, professionally. 6 months old, non-professionally. 
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I love to draw, read and volunteer at animal shelters. I work for a promotions company and do odd jobs for them. I also work for a filming agency and do shoots with them. 
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?I enjoy playing stimulating games both indoors and outdoors. Indoors, I enjoy are puzzles, snap, word games and card games. Outdoor activities I enjoy are hide and seek, scavenger hunts and sports.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?I would initially interpret the situation and if necessary take first aid action. Thereafter, I would either call the hospital or call the parents.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?A boy I was looking after burnt himself on the stove and was in pain. I quickly ran his hand under cold water for 10 minutes and then put ice on it for the rest of the day.
What is your approach to discipline?My approach is to be firm but gentle and make sure a child understands why he/she has done something wrong instead of yelling at them. They will not learn if I just yell at them.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?I would try distract him/her with a game or a toy.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I would tell the child that he/she is not allowed to draw on the wall and make them sit in a ´naughty corner´. After this I would ask the child why they  thought they had to sit in the naughty corner to make sure they knew what they did was not acceptable.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?I would tackle the approach to homework in a different way and make it more fun to do.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?18 months upwards.
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?Yes, Get Smart Tutors (Tutoring Agency).
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 love working with and being around children. I really want to make a difference in their lives and help families in need. I am interactive and would go above and beyond the call of duty. I am health conscious and love to play games and have fun. I have initiative and would try create intellectually stimulating games for the children to play. I am also disciplined and thus can differentiate play time from work time, both of which are important. I am also caring and patient. 
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastEgg, toast, mushrooms. Museli with yoghurt.
LunchSandwiches, pasta, steamed vegetables, vegetable lasagne and bakes
DinnerPasta, lasagna, steamed vegetables, bakes or pies
SnackSandwich, museli bar, fruit
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?No
Please tell us a bit more about your family?Both my parents live and work in Durban, where I grew up. My mother is a psychologist and my father is a architect. I have two older brothers. One of my brothers lives and works in Durban and the other one is doing his Masters in Denmark.
 How do you handle a crying baby?I would try to swaddle the baby and distract it. I would also try rocking the baby, singing and moving around.
 What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child aged 0 to 2 years old?My primary responsibility would be to be attentive to their needs.
 What activities would you engage in with a child aged 0 to 2 years old?Building blocks, dolls, cars, shape sorters & big lego blocks.
 Are you comfortable with changing diapers, have you changed diapers before? Yes
 Have you ever had to sterilise bottles before? Describe how to do this. No
 Have you ever bathed an infant before? Yes, the parents were present.
 Are you capable of looking after twins? No
 Name situations you think could be dangerous for a child under 2 years old?Dangerous situations are stoves and hot things, uncovered pools, small things that could be swallowed and not being held properly.
 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? No
 How would you handle a child aged 2 to 3 years old having a temper tantrum in a public place? I would try to go somewhere quiet and talk to or distract the child. I would try to move them away from what they are so angry about.
 How do you feel potty training should be approached? I have never done potty training. I would be willing to learn.
 What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day? It is good in moderation. I think it is important for toddlers to learn to get along with other toddlers but they also need time to be by themselves. 
 What types of educational activities would you engage a child ages 2 to 3 years old?I would do puzzles, snap, blocks, shape sorters, foam cut out numbers and letters and creative stimulation.
 What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for children aged 3 to 5 years old?I believe children need to be told No. They need to understand and differentiate the difference between right and wrong. I believe you should explain why something is wrong and show the correct way to do something. 
 What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old? Cartoons, Barney
 How much television do you feel is appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?I don't think a large amount of TV is good. 
 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 
 Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with children’s homework? Yes. I am comfortable doing this for all grades up to grade 12.
 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. I have experience supervising playdates.
 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?

I think outdoor play is important i.e. imaginative games, hide and seek, playing in the garden. Indoor games I would suggest are card games, puzzles, dolls and cars.

 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 think organising things the night before is very important. I leave home early for appointments. 
 What is your teaching style?I have a fun approach but not too fun that is takes away from education. I try different approaches. I learn by seeing and doing.
 Why do you tutor/teach/facilitate?I just love being around children and I love helping them. I like helping and making them realise things and I love when it suddenly "clicks".
 Have you ever worked with/ taught children with disabilities? If yes, can you give details on this experience? No
 How can you help a child become an independent learner?
Initially I am very hands on but then I let them do exercises by themselves so that they don't become to reliant on a tutor. I would get a child to do homework when I am not there but allow them to ask questions when they see me again. This encourages them to learn by doing.
 How long have you been tutoring? (Please provide dates, not years) Since Jan 2017
 What are the qualifications, certifications or credentials that assist you to tutor? I don't have any formal qualifications.
 What subjects and grades can you teach?I can teach all subjects up to Grade 10. For Grade 11 & 12 - Mathematics, English, History, Biology, Science & Applied Mathematics.
 How will you get a sense of a child’s learning or attention needs?I would ask the parents how the child has been coping and what they have found successful. I would also try different techniques to see what will work. 
 What specific strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a child?It is useful to have a break down of what they are doing in their subject. It helps to go through what they are doing in class and highlight areas they are struggling with so that these can be reiterated. Areas of difficulty can also be approached in a different way.  I like to communicate with teachers as well. 
 Can you tell me a little bit about your teaching philosophy? You need to find the approach that works. Everyone learns differently. You need to use tools that the child understands. You  need to be attentive to children's learning needs.
  What kind of results can a parent expect to see if they hire you, and what happens if the child doesn’t make progress?Parents need to understand that their child might not do well in everything i.e. some children are not mathematically inclined We should strive for whatever a child can do and that they do the best that they can.
 What factors might interfere with achieving your tutoring goals for a child?Often children are busy with so many other things and there is not enough time for tutoring. 
 How, specifically, would you help a child deal with the problem he’s had with staying motivated *or whatever emotional or behavioral issues the child has had]?I would reward the child with something they like ie. stickers, little trinkets, running outside and kicking a ball. I would give them a reward for achieving something.
 How will you communicate with parents of children you are teaching or tutoring, and how often?I would speak to them before and after the tutoring and give them feedback. I would also email the teacher and find out how the child is coping. 
 How will you work and communicate with a child’s teachers? I would email and discuss the child and tutoring with the teacher.
 How do you measure progress?You can't measure progress by percentages. People are different and children are different. If a child starts warming up to a subject and shows they want to try, that is a good first step. You shouldn't only measure progress in terms of test situations but in how a child develops and answers questions.

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