Is someone knows me, they would undeniably know that I have a passion for kids. What does that mean? Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement. Passion is a desire that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind body and soul into something as is possible. This is how I feel about children when I teach them, play with them, or simply interact with them at different levels. That is way I want to be an Au Pair.
When it comes to childcare experience, I have looked after children in both formal and informal contexts. I have a total of 6 years childcare experiences. My first payed job was as a babysitter on Saturday nights. I would babysit Megan (8), Adele (6), and Lea (4). My responsibilities were fun activities, bathing time, dinner and bed time. Looking after them made me realize I have a passion for kids. The moment I got my driver’s license my job description changed to Au Pair, as did my job responsibilities. I now had to be their transport to and from school. I also had to help Megan with homework if she needed any assistance. If the family needed assistance with anything extra all they had to do is asked and we somehow made it happened. I was with the Klerck family for four years, before I started to work for the Möllers. Aniska Möller (16) needed to be transported from school and back, she needed to be fed at lunch time and she needed homework assistance. When exam time came, I needed to help her summarise her work. In 2018 I had the opportunity to go work at a Nursery School. Working there made me realize that even though there are a lot of Nursery Schools, it doesn’t necessary mean they are equipped to do the best possible job at educating the children while giving them support, understanding and love. I was a full-time teacher for the 2 – 3 year olds. My teaching focused on introducing basic subjects and concepts, such as colors, shapes and basic math, but also includes encouraging social skills and student participation. In the afternoons I helped out in the baby class. My duties were changing and feeding the babies. I also entertained and educated the kiddies by reading to, playing with and nurturing them.
When it comes to leisure, I take pleasure in the simple things in life. I enjoy being outdoors, being with my friends and family, visiting places I have not been to, and reading a good book. My long term goal is to finish up with my studies and open my own Nursery School.
I like to compare my family to "Modern Family." We can be weird, funny, but in the end we always love each other. My mom and dad divorce, but rather than it destroying us as a family it made us stronger then every. I have an older sister, Marlize. There doesn’t go a day by without me talking to one of them.
When asked to describe myself I never know what to say, but I should know myself the best, right? I like to look at myself as a genuine, thoughtful young lady. I’m a hard worker; I believe nothing is ever handed to you so you have to go get it. I worked hard to get to this point of my life and working even harder to get to the successful and graduate part of my life. I care more for some others than I do myself. I don’t really show anger or sadness much I always smile because I’m optimistic about life. I look at life as if something bad comes along, no need to dwell on it you can’t take it back so just move-on and improve what you did wrong if it’s possible. At first I can come off as shy, but it never last long.
Here’s a list of some of the traits I think make for a good au pair;
1You need to care about kids: As an Au Pair, you’ll be looking after little ones so it’s essential that you feel comfortable around children and can build a rapport with them.
1. You should be proactive: Sometime kids can be shy so be prepared to draw them out with games, stories and an interest in their lives.
2. You must be patient: Working with kids all day can be tiring, so you need to be someone with plenty of patience for tears, toys everywhere and sticky fingers.
3. You need to try to slot into the family: Obviously, all families are different, but most of them will want you to feel welcome and part of the family. I always make sure I saw interest in the family as well as the kids.
4. You need to be independent and mature: You need to be able to take responsibility for your own needs and look after yourself as well as the family.
I would be happy to have the opportunity to speak with you: to answer whatever questions you may have about me or my childcare experiences; to learn more about your family; your interests and to know more about what you expect from the au pair arrangement. I look forward to hearing from you.