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Personal Details

Reference # 201-74669
Name Adéle
Nationality South African
Age 41
Gender Female
Marital Status Married
Languages English and Afrikaans (Bilingual)


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


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)Toyota Etios 2013
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 happened Another car drove into back of my car (2006)
In what year did you obtain your driving license?1996


Secondary EducationNational Senior Certificate - Potchefstroom Girls High School- 1996
Tertiary Education

Diploma Fine Arts Technikon - Technikon of Pretoria - (4 year Diploma) - 2000

3D Animation - Open Window School of Communication (3 months) - 2014

First aid TrainingYes, expiring Oct 2019


Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingJune 2015 - November 2016. I moved to the Cape
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?1 infant (girl) 
What were your duties?I was responsible for all activities related to new born babies. I changed her diapers, did her laundry, prepared bottles and fed her. I also bathed her and did bedtime. When she was older, I fetched her from creche, feed her and played with her. 

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leavingFeb 2013 - Nov 2016
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?2 children, 18 months (girl) and baby (girl) (born when older sibling was 3)
What were your duties?Initially, I looked after the older child. I played with her and stimulated her. I also assisted with potty training. Once her sister arrived, I looked after the newborn as well. I feed the baby and played with her. I also did laundry and prepared meals. I took the older child to creche in the mornings  and fetched her. I prepare snacks and meals for both children. I looked after both children in the afternoons. I did activities with them and played with them. Sometimes I looked after another baby in the morning as well. The mother's were friends.

Reference 3:

Period and reason for leaving 083 642 2223
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started? 1 (boy) and 4 (girl) 
What were your duties?I would look after the children whenever required i.e. public holidays, school holidays, long weekends. I would play with them, cook for them and keep an eye on them. Sometimes I helped looked after their cousins and friends as well.

Areas & Availability


City Bowl
Northern Suburbs
Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs
South Peninsula
False Bay
West Coast
Winelands (Paarl)
Constantia and Surrounds


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Availability Questions

Full time12000
Part time6500


How many years of childcare experience do you currently have? When did you start caring for children professionally?Started in 2013. (Originally in 2003 for a year)
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?I was travelling through Europe in 2003 when I met a family in Switzerland with 3 little boys. They contacted me in 2004 and asked whether I would be willing to go back to Switzerland to look after their boys. I did so and I realised what a rewarding experience one can have as an au pair. It´s the type of work where things are constantly evolving and you learn new things through the eyes of children.
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 do art, knitting & sewing.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?I love baking. I also enjoy focused play and energetic outdoor play i.e.  climbing, running and jumping. I enjoy reading stories and teaching children about plants, creatures and nature.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?It is important to assess the situation first. If there is an injury, I would handle things as needed.I would call for medical assistance and then contact the parents.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?The smallest of the the boys in Switzerland did not want to walk with the required wrist lead. It was a power struggle between us. I stopped the walk immediately when he took the lead off his wrist. I placed myself between him and the road and asked him why he had taken the lead off. I listened to his 3 year old explanation about being a big boy and not needing it. I explained that I would get lost without him, the "big" boy, to guide me along. He happily put it back on and he held my hand. We didn't have any issues after that.
What is your approach to discipline?I have a firm approach to positive discipline. Time out is effective but I believe in communication and trust to circumnavigate most discipline issues. If you are on top of situation and communicate, you can keep the situation under control.  I prefer communication

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?Don´t give in to a tantrum. It reinforces bad behaviour. Remove the child from the situation into a time out area. After the tantrum subsides, discuss and enquire about what caused the tantrum. Explain why the behaviour is undesirable and offer some more basic options or more appropriate behaviour.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I would have a calm discussion about the drawing on the wall and suggest some alternative options. I would also try make the child understand why this behaviour is unwanted. 
An 8 year old refusing to do homework? Communicate: enquire why they are refusing to do the homework. The child could be struggling with something and just needs some extra help understanding. If there is no such issue and there is a chart tracker in place, removal of some merits could be used as enforcement. The child may just be pushing the boundaries.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?2-9
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?No
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´m a individual thinker. A fun, outdoorsy, artsy planet lover. I believe children are our future and deserve to be treated with love, kindness, understanding and respect.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastScrambled eggs with finger toast
LunchTuna salad
DinnerMac and cheese
SnackYoghurt with some fresh fruit and may some nuts
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?No
Please tell us a bit more about your family? I am married. We have recently moved to Cape Town
 How do you handle a crying baby?I would pick up the baby and check if it's nappy is wet or needs changing. I would check if the baby needs feeding, burping or is having a cramp. You learn to interpret what each different cry means and how to handle them.
 What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child aged 0 to 2 years old? The most important thing is to make sure they are learning to explore in a safe and supervised environment.
  What activities would you engage in with a child aged 0 to 2 years old?I would do development games, stacking blocks or a basic hide and seek. I would also read and tell stories or imaginary play which develops imagination. I would do puzzles and wooden fit in shapes. Outdoors activities would be the park, swing or slide
 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. Yes. I used the Milton system
 Can you prepare meals for infants? Give an example of how you would prepare such a meal. Yes. Soft steamed butternut or apple. Mix it up with banana. I have prepared everything from scratch many times
 Have you ever bathed an infant before? Yes
 Are you capable of looking after twins? No, but I think I would manage.
  Name situations you think could be dangerous for a child under 2 years old? Choking hazards. Young children put everything into their mouths. It's important to watch them near water and also make sure they don't run with things in their hands.
 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? Yes. I worked for 2 different families. They were friends and both had babies (born a few months apart). Sometimes I would look after both at the same time.
 How would you handle a child aged 2 to 3 years old having a temper tantrum in a public place?The first thing is to make sure the child cannot injure him/herself and is safe. I would not acknowledge the tantrum but would quietly approach the child and calm him/her down by talking. If that doesn't work, I would gently pick the child up and go outside and handle the situation there.
 How do you feel potty training should be approached?I am comfortable with it. My approach is to make it a fun experiment. I like to use pulls up but also believe that children need to get used to the sensation. You need to communicate with them every few minutes and also let them sit on the potty and get used to it. There should be lots of praise and encouragement. I believe in keeping it friendly and making it fun. 
 What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day? Toddlers should spend at least an hour to an hour and a half in each other's company. It should be supervised but you do want to allow them to develop with each other. Toddler play should not be too long. They do need to develop social interactions though. Outdoor play is very important.
 What types of educational activities would you engage a child ages 2 to 3 years old?I would teach them about animals, road work machinery, trucks etc. I would do seed growing and show them things in nature. I would also use identification cards, build with blocks and basic colour and counting games. I could teach them their body parts, sing nursery rhymns, play music and dance. Any activity that burns energy is good
 What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for children aged 3 to 5 years old? I have a cause and effect type of approach.  I explain that certain behaviours would lead to certain results. I use short time outs and talk calmly. 
 What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?I don't think children of this age should be watching TV. There is too much else to do. 
 How much television do you feel is appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?  None
  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 would be comfortable assisting children up to grade 7.
 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?Outdoor activities would be making fun mazes around the garden or giving them maps with clues they have to solve. Any activity that involved running, jumping or playing outside is good. Indoors, I would suggest craft activities, painting or clay.
 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 punctual. I like to get to places early. I am very organised in all aspects of my life.

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