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Amie

Personal Details

Reference # 201-76612
Name Amie
Nationality South African
Age 30
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages English

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)Chrysler Neon , 2002
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?May 2013

Education

Secondary Education

GCSE - Exeter College- 2007

A Levels - Exeter College - 2009

Tertiary Education

Cultural Care Au Pair - American Red Cross - Aug 2015

Re-Think Drug Awareness Programme - Drug Scope - 2003

Learning Across America: Washington - Borough of Manhattan Community College - 3 months - July 2016

Learning Across America: Niagara Falls - Borough of Manhattan Community College - 3 months - June 2016

Foundation Certificate in Food Hygiene - NCH UK Training Services -April 2008

First aid Training Yes, expiring Feb 2021

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingAug 2016 - Aug 2017. I had to leave because I could not extend my visa.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?4 children - 5 yr old (girl), 3 yr old (boy ) 18 months (girl ) and baby born during time worked for the family
What were your duties? I was responsible for supervising the children and caring for their needs. I planned, prepared and served their meals. I also bathed, dressed and feed the infants and children. I prepared bottles and changed diapers. I was required to perform light housekeeping duties. I did various therapies with the 2 year old as she is deaf. She had a form of cerebal palsy so both speech exercises and physical exercises were required. There were times when I was left with all 4 children. 
  

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leaving Nov 2015 - Aug 2016
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started? 4 children - 5 yr old (girl), 2 year old (girl). twins born after started(boy & girl)
What were your duties?  I would dress the children and prepare their meals. I took the oldest child to and from school. I would give the children lunch and do activities i.e Dress up, colouring, crafts, puzzles, letters and number games.  The 2 year old girl had Downs Syndrome. I did Speech, Occupational and physical therapies with her.I would also take her to the park. I was also responsible for the children's laundry and packing away their clothes and keeping their areas tidy. I would change the twins diapers, dress them and feed them. I did tummy time with them, reading to them, talked and sang to them. I would sometimes bath the twins.
  

Areas & Availability

Areas

CAPE TOWN
City Bowl
Northern Suburbs
Atlantic Seaboard
Southern Suburbs
South Peninsula
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 time14600-25400
Part time7400-12100

Questions

How many years of childcare experience do you currently have? When did you start caring for children professionally?I have about 12 years casual experience for friends. Professionally, I started in 2011.
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?I am really good with kids. I love being a part of their little lives and encouraging them to grow into all they are made to be, to access their true potential and find who they are.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?I have looked after newborns, both single and twins.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I love swimming, reading and writing. I am also very involved in church and when I´m free help run the Sunday school, for all ages from baby to 16 years old.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?I enjoy doing swimming, reading and playing outdoors. I also like doing arts and crafts, board games and educational games. I´m very creative and love to bring that out with kids in fun ways.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?It depends on the the emergency. I would first and foremost asses the children's safety and consistency thereof. If needed, I would move children to a safer environment then call the emergency services. I would stay calm. If a child was injured or in harm, I would administer first aid and then call the emergency services.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?A family member passed away suddenly. The little boy I was looking after´s elder brother was in a car crash. I had to just take him away from all the commotion - he had sensory issues and did not understand why all the people were upset around him. I had to take him and look after him while his mom mourned.
What is your approach to discipline?I can be rather strict. I think kids need boundaries and they need to learn that if you say something you mean it. The way boundaries are enforced depends on the child and the circumstances. The parents say is final and I will respect their authority. I would not discipline a child with spanking, but rather with time outs or taking privileges away.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?I would take the 2 year old to a place where they cannot hurt themselves but can calm down and learn that it is not okay to react in such a way.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I would take one of their toys away and make them clean up the wall.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?I would find something they like doing after homework and shorten it or take it away. I would warn  that the longer they don´t listen, the shorter the time would be that they get to do what they like.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?0-5. I would happy to look after children up to ages 8 or 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?No
Please tell us a bit more about how you would describe yourself?I am a fun bubbly person who is very social. I am kind, funny and extremely patient. I come across soft, but can stand up for myself and others when needed. I am outgoing and can be spontanious. I also love routine and organisation.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastScrambled eggs on toast
Lunchcarrot sticks, chicken strips, grapes
DinnerChicken ala King with steamed veg and rice
SnackApple with Peanut butter, / crackers and cheese
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?No
Please tell us a bit more about your family?My mom and dad are both remarried. I have 2 step brothers and a sister , who has 2 children. My dad is a tour guide, and my step mom is a HR manager. My mom is a carer and my step dad owns his own sales business.
 How do you handle a crying baby?I would pick up the baby to check if the baby is wet, hungry or tired. I would try to settle the baby. If I can't settle the baby, I would put the baby down in full view than pick up the baby and start the process again. I would stay calm and breathe. Babies pick up on our energies.
 What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child aged 0 to 2 years old?I see my primary responsibility as making sure that they do not hurt themselves. You need to keep an eye on them at all times and try and keep them stimulated.
 What activities would you engage in with a child aged 0 to 2 years old?I would play with toys and let them lie on their tummy and on their backs and play with toys. I would sing, talk and play games involving moving arms and legs. I would also do games and toys with building, hammering and developing fine motor skills like drawing, painting and play dough. 
 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. The method was washing them, rinsing in hot water and leaving to dry
 Can you prepare meals for infants? Give an example of how you would prepare such a meal. Yes. Boil sweet potatoes and then mash up very finely with a bit of formula or cereal
 Are you capable of looking after twins?  Yes. I was left alone with twins and a 2 and 4 year old. I also was required to bath the twins.
 Name situations you think could be dangerous for a child under 2 years old?Anything to do with water, running around glass panels, stairs, hard surfaces, plug sockets, corners of tables and climbing on couches
 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?

twins - 18 months old

3 children - newborn, 18 months and 3 year old 

 How would you handle a child aged 2 to 3 years old having a temper tantrum in a public place?I would calmly pick them up up and go home. If the child continued to kick and scream, I would say that is not acceptable and there will be consequences. I would remove the child from situation and let them scream it out in a safe place
 How do you feel potty training should be approached?I like using a reward system like a sticker chart. It's also helpful to give the child a lot of liquid and get them to go to the toilet every 15 minutest.
 What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day?I think the outdoors is quite important. Children learn by playing outdoors and getting fresh air and exercise. Interacting with other children is important. They learn how to share and interact socially and learn what is appropriate and not appropriate. 
 What types of educational activities would you engage a child ages 2 to 3 years old? Board games that relate colours, shapes numbers and letters.  Painting, play doo, things for fine motor skills, outside play, drawing chalk on the ground, mazes and hopscotch,
 What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for children aged 3 to 5 years old? Time outs work really well especially if they like to be involved in what's going on. It's important to set boundaries before hand so they know the consequences for not listening.
 What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old? I don't think kids should watch to much TV. Perhaps an occassional show like Bob the Builder or Octanauts.
 How much television do you feel is appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old? Not more than half an hour a day, if at all
 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
 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? Barbies and dress up, nails, Lego, building blocks, Reading, Bikes, Park, Playing cards, board games, baking, swimming
 Are you happy to prepack lunches for children? Yes, including those with allergies
 Would you consider yourself to be organized and punctual? If yes, please provide an example of such an experience. Yes. I don't like being late. I  would rather arrive 15 to 20 minutes earlier. Routine works really well like writing down a schedule.

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