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What are the duties of an au pair caring for toddlers

What are the duties of an au pair caring for toddlers?

In order to work as a toddler/preschooler care specialist in addition to our minimum requirements you need to:

  • Have 1 or more years of experience working with toddlers and preschoolers
  • Have completed a SETA approved first aid course (minimum of level 1, valid for 3 years) and regularly update this.
  • It is not a requirement, however if  you have  completed an early childhood development course, Montessori or  Educare course, Bachelor of Education , psychology, language, art, sport or music related degree it will be a  huge bonus.
  • You must have a real passion for working with toddlers as well a loving, patient and nurturing personality.
  • You need to be highly active. This is the most active age group and it is important to be in good shape to keep up.
  • You need to be organised and able to handle a very busy schedule as well as plan educational activities.

Duties you can expect when caring for toddlers and preschoolers:

  • Toddler/preschooler care specialists can be requested to work full day or half day dependant on the client’s needs. It is your choice to apply for a position or not

You can be expected to:

  • Dress children and change diapers.
  • Assist in potty training
  • Ensure the child/children’s safety watching at all times for choking hazards and other safety concerns.
  • Prepare foods and feed the child/children
  • Teach personal hygiene and cleanliness
  • Wash and sterilise bottles and prepare formula.
  • Bathing of the child/children.
  • Wash the child/children's clothing.
  • Organize and teach the child/children to participate in packing away of toys and materials in play areas.
  • Washing the children's dishes, change their  bedding, sanitising of toys and play equipment.
  • Keeping records of the days activities, meals served, medications administered and milestones, observe and monitor a child’s development.
  • Accompany children to group activities and classes, play dates, go on outings, and to medical appointments.
  • Creation, management and implementation of a child’s schedule including planning age appropriate, stimulating recreational activities, eating times and sleeping times.
  • Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parent’s or guardian’s attention.
  • Reading, imaginative play, social play, puzzles, ball games, painting, drawing, teaching recognition of colours, shapes, alphabet , pole playing, building sandcastles and so much more.
  • To work with this age group you should be able to have fun and learn with the child while exploring and introducing the child/children to the world around them on a cognitive and behavioural level. You need to be able to set boundaries and provide constant guidance and truly enjoy yourself at the same time.

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