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Candice Leigh

Personal Details

Reference # 201-80456
Name Candice Leigh
Nationality South African
Age 26
Gender Female
Marital Status Single
Languages English (1st) and Afrikaans (2nd), comfortalbe with both

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)Toyota 1993
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?Feb 2018

Education

Secondary Education
National Senior Certificate -Westridge High School-2012
Have you completed any other tertiary studies?If yes, what courses are you busy with or have you completed? Please provide the course name, length of course, institution name and if you have completed it, what year it was completed in, or if incomplete, what year you are currently completing.PC Repair & Harware Course - Sales Institute - March - May 2013
First aid Training Busy completing it (August 2018)

References:

Reference 1:

Period and reason for leavingI worked for her twice. The first time was from 2016 - end 2017.  The second time was April - June 2018. Her older child went to creche in 2017 so I was no longer needed. I assisted with her second child when she was born but she no longer needs full time help. I still babysit both children.
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started?2 - 2 (girl) & baby (girl)
What were your duties?The first time I was responsible for feeding, cleaning and bathing the child. I also put her to bed. I played games with her and as she grew up the games changed to more learning games. I also read to her.  The second time I was responsible for the new born baby. This involved feeding, bathing, changing nappies etc. I still babysit for both children on the weekends and evenings. I look after both the older girl (5) and baby (4 months).
  

Reference 2:

Period and reason for leaving Jan - Dec 2010
Number of children,age and gender of the children when you started? 1 - girl aged 2
What were your duties?I cleaned and bathed the girl. I cooked and feed her. I played with the girl. We played outdoors a lot and made up games. She loved skipping, jump rope and hide and seek. i also took her for injections. It was a full time half day position from 2pm - 6pm.
  

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 timeR8000 - R9000
Part timeR5000

Questions

How many years of childcare experience do you currently have? When did you start caring for children professionally?I have about 2 and a half years experience. The first child I looked after professionally was in 2010.
How did you get involved in child care and why are you interested au pairing/ babysitting?I have always loved working with children. I always get along very well with kids. My last job was an office job, but I never enjoyed it as must as taking care of children.
What is the age of the youngest child you have cared for?A new born.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or other jobs?I love working out and going to gym in my spare time.
What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing with children?I enjoy playing educational games, homework or swimming.
Explain what you would do in case of an emergency?I would call an emergency number and then the parent if there is nothing I can do to help.
What is the most difficult situation you have encountered while caring for a child? How did you handle it?A girl 2year old in my care. She kept on crying and did not want to eat anything. I tried everything I could think of at the time but nothing helped. I then called her mother, she came home and we went to see the family doctor. We were told the baby girl had gastro. After giving her a little of the medication she was doing well. We were all relieved
What is your approach to discipline?5-10 min time out.

How would you handle:

A two year old having a tantrum?I would sit him/her down and let her/him know that if they are going to continue, I will have to place him/her in time out. I will continue talking until i have their full co-operation.
A 5 year old drawing on a wall?I will let them fully understand that what they did was very wrong and that there mother and father had worked very hard for them.I would give them a time out and thereafter we will clean the wall.
An 8 year old refusing to do homework?I will sit down with the child and I will let them know we will be sitting here until he/she has completed there homework. There will be no TV or any electronic devices until it is done.
Which age groups are you comfortable working with?3 months - 10 years old
Do you still work for any of your previous clients? Which ones?Charlene, occasionally
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 am a down to earth, fun loving person. I like meeting people and learning new things. I love baking cakes and making food.
Can you cook? (give an example of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack)Yes
BreakfastEggs, beans, bread and mushrooms
LunchWrap with chicken
DinnerSpaghetti
SnackCrackers and cheese
Is there any type of food you feel uncomfortable cooking?Soups- I can't get the gist of making them
Please tell us a bit more about your family?We are very close and always make time for each other. We like trying new things whether they are  food, drinks or cake. I have a younger sister who is 16.
  How do you handle a crying baby?I would check if the baby is hungry or wet. I would also check the baby for any bruises or rashes. I would hold the baby and try and comfort him/her.
 What do you see as your primary responsibility to a child aged 0 to 2 years old?It's a round the clock job. You need to ensure the baby is feed, washed, clean & able to sleep.
  What activities would you engage in with a child aged 0 to 2 years old?I would talk to the baby, use building blocks and shape sorters
 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 have used microwave sterilisers.
  Can you prepare meals for infants? Give an example of how you would prepare such a meal Yes. I cook pumpkin/ butternut and mash it and add a bit of sugar. I would wait for it to cool down before feeding the baby
  Have you ever bathed an infant before? Yes. 
 Are you capable of looking after twins? Yes. I have looked after family's children who were 2 year old twins
 Name situations you think could be dangerous for a child under 2 years old?Boiling water, sharps corners, pools and doors where fingers can get hurt are all dangerous.
  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 speak to him/her to  find out what is the problem. The child may be tired or hungry. I would also explain that it 's not right to have in tantrum in public.
  How do you feel potty training should be approached?I have never done this.
 What role should outdoor play and interaction with other toddlers have in a child´s day?Fresh air and outdoors is good for children. They also need to learn how to interact with other children. This builds character.
 What types of educational activities would you engage a child ages 2 to 3 years old?I would do colouring in and puzzles.
 What methods of limit setting or discipline do you find effective for children aged 3 to 5 years old?Most of them time I would speak to children so that they can understand the situation. I would also use time out.
 What television shows do you feel are appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old? Nickelodeon and Barney
  How much television do you feel is appropriate for children aged 3 to 5 years old?  Not a lot
  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 - up to grade 5
 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?Activities include swimming, playing games, build-a -word, monopoly, cards and board games,
  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 always like to be on time.

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