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Tess

Personal Details

Reference # 201-75449
Name Tess
Nationality South African
Age 25
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? 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 (last roadworthy:2015)
If yes, specify your transport (Specify year and model or public)Hyundai iGetz 2004
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?April 2015

Education

SecondaryNQF4 | Matric - Fairmont High School - 2012
Tertiary

Bachelors of Art Degree Majoring in Psychology and Geography - 3 year course - UWC - Completed in 2015

Post Graduate Certificate in Education for Intermediate phase (Grade 4-9)- completed over 2 years part time - completed 2017

Swimming Instructor Course - Swimming South Africa (SSA) - Short Course - Completed in January 2017

 

First aid TrainingYes - Expiration date and certificate required 

References:

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leaving

January 2016 - December 2016

Reason for leaving: I got offered another job.

Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?There were about 27 children in a class. The ages were 6 or 7 years of age. It was boys and girls.
What were your duties?Aftercare teacher assistant. I would start at 12h30 every day. My duties then included cleaning the classroom. Helping the children with homework. Supervising and assisting the children on the playground. Supervising the children while waiting for their food in the lines and while they eating in the classroom. Assisting the children to change for extra murals. I supervised homework and getting them to and from sports on the school grounds. Dealing with any fighting, medical issues, etc. I worked until 17h30 daily. I got on well with my co workers and enjoyed the role immensely. 
  

Reference 3:

Period and reason for leaving

January 2017 -  (end)September 2017

Reason for leaving: To pursue my career that I studied for. I would like to pursue teaching as a career. I will be starting as a teacher at Milnerton Primary School as a Gr.5 teacher.

Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?I taught 40 children how to swim. The ages ranges from 3-15 years. I taught boys and girls to learn how to swim.
What were your duties?Swimming Instructor: I taught the children stroke development of all 4 strokes which is freestyle,backstroke,breaststroke and butterfly. I taught the children how to swim based on the different levels.
  

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
City Bowl
Northern Suburbs
Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs
False Bay
West Coast
Stellenbosch
Winelands (Paarl)
Constantia and Surrounds
Franschoek

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 timeR 75 to R 250 per hour (depending on job type (tutoring/teaching/au pairing/babysitting), duration and number of sessions)
Part timeR 75 to R 250 per hour (depending on job type (tutoring/teaching/au pairing/babysitting), duration and number of sessions)

Questions

How many years of childcare experience do you currently have? When did you start caring for children professionally?I have been involved in childcare professionally, since 2015. I started with tutoring. In 2016 I then worked as an aftercare teacher assistant and in 2017 I was a swimming instructor.
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?Through people that I knew they organised me the childcare jobs. I have a passion for children. I enjoy working and having fun with children.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?3 years old (Professionally) (December 2017)
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I waitress at events. I do background extra work for series and adverts.(House of Fame) (Ignite Events)
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?Face painting, puppet shows, playing outside games such as on-on and stuck in the mud etc. Making cards with the girls.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?If the children are playing and they get hurt I will ask them what happened, try and calm them down and speak to them in a gentle voice. If they still panicking or crying I will then take them to their parents.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?During my swimming experience as an instructor the child was choking from the water. I had to pat the child´s back and asked if the child was alright. Later I gave the child over to the other swimming instructor to assist.
What is your approach to discipline?I believe that you must be firm with the child but you must not be rude and shout at the child. I will discipline the child by speaking to the child in a firm manner and give the child 2 warnings. After the third warning if the child is still misbehaving the child must go have time out or take certain things away from the child until the child behaves.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?I would try to calm them down and speak to them in a gentle voice if that doesn't work I will distract their mind by allowing them to focus on something else.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I would be more firm but gentle in my voice and explain to the child what the child is doing wrong and what the consequences of the child´s actions will be if the child carries on doing the same thing.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?I would be firm but gentle in my voice. I will offer a reward which will motivate and encourage the child to do the homework.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?6 - 15 years of age (Gr.9)
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?No. I don´t work for my previous clients anymore.
Do you have any children of your own? If so, how old are they?No, I don´t have any children of my own.
Please tell us a bit more about how you would describe yourself?Fun loving, joyful, helpful, honest, reliable, adventurous person.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastBacon and scrambled eggs
LunchChicken wrap
DinnerSpaghetti Bolognaise
SnackSandwich with cucumber and cheese
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?Seafood.
Please tell us a bit more about your family?I live with my grandparents which are both pensioners. My mother sadly passed away when I was 5 years old. My grandpa had his own engineering business. My gran was a nurse. My sister works at an old age home. She assists in the kitchen with the making of food, as well as deliveries, sets the tables, washes dishes and serves the old people their food. She enjoys cooking and baking. She enjoys serving the old people.
How would you handle a child aged 2 to 3 years old having a temper tantrum in a public place?
I was working with a 3 year old, at swimming class, and he was crying. He did not want to move. I spoke to him nicely, I distracted him with games and then went back to the task requested once he was calm.
How do you feel potty training should be approached?
 I have never had experience in potty training. I have however changed diapers.
What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day?
 I think this is very important. I believe in providing educational activites, outdoors whenever possible. When in a group situation I would sit with the child in order to assist him feel confident to play with other children and monitor the interaction.
What types of educational activities would you engage a child ages 2 to 3 years old?
Playing with a ball, reading books, puzzles. 
What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Tweety Bird, cartoons. I find Disney channel to mature for this age group.
How much television|I Pad | Phone do you feel is appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?
 I would say around 15 to 30 minutes a day.
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 don't have a problem caring for them and their friends. I love children and I am able to manage around 4 children comfortably.
Are you comfortable reviewing and assisting with children’s homework?
Yes, not a problem, I enjoy teaching.
Are you happy with staying with the children at their extra-curricular activities?
Yes, I don't mind at all.
What age appropriate activities would you do with the children aged 5 to 12 years old?
It depends on the children. Doing craft activities, reading.  I would work with what the child wants to do. I enjoy everything from art to sport, playing board games. 
Are you happy to pre-pack lunches for children?
 Yes, no problem.
Would you consider yourself to be organized and punctual? If yes, please provide an example of such an experience.
 Yes, I am. I generally like to be 15 minutes earlier than expected. 
What is your teaching style?
It depends on the learner. I am a strong visual teacher and learner. I adapt my teaching style according to the child. 
Why do you tutor/teach/facilitate?
I love working with children. I believe in setting a good example to implant good values and morals. 
Have you ever worked with/ taught children with disabilities? If yes, can you give details on this experience?

I did work with an autistic child. I taught him to swim. The challenge I experienced with this was loud, would often shout, and be difficult in the sense that he did not like following instructions. I identified a motivator; playing games. I would often reward him for following instruction, encouraging him and motivating him with the promise of playing a game. He would then follow through as he loved playing games. 

 

I have worked with a ADHD child in Gr.4 while completing my teaching practical. She was on ritalin. I would regularly remind her to focus throughout classes and remind regularly not to disrupt the other children. I would also give her warnings and issue detention if the behaviour continues.

How can you help a child become an independent learner?
I will encourage and motivate them, to build self confidence and self esteem. To offer rewards.
How will you get a sense of a child’s learning or attention needs?
Look at their strengths and weaknesses. Identify and improve on the areas where the child is struggling. Depending on the subject, I would through the content, in order to discover where the child is struggling. Spend extra time on the subject. Provide extra material from other sources and attempt to present content in a different interesting way in order to assist the child to grasp the content.
What kind of results can a parent expect to see, and what happens if the child doesn’t make progress?
I would request to provide extra bookings, or extended hours. Extra work sheets. In my own experience I have worked in improving English and Afrikaans. If the child is not doing well, and the parent is not happy with performance. 
What factors might interfere with achieving your tutoring goals for a child?
 Lack of motivation, enthusiasm, lack of self confidence, lack of resources, lack of understanding of content, transportation, etc.
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]?
Encourage them through positive reinforcement. I believe in rewarding a child for their work.I would also explore changing my learning style. I would also make use of different resources for delivery. 
How will you communicate with parents and /or teachers of children you are teaching or tutoring, and how often?
I would communicate with the teacher by email to establish performance progress weekly. I would provide feedback to the parent on a weekly basis as well. 

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