Babysitter & Nanny

I am a 22-year-old fifth-year student studying at the University of Otago. I am currently studying towards a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology. I grew up in rural Whangarei, however schooling was completed in Auckland at St Cuthbert’s College as a boarder. Living away from home forced me to become incredibly independent and self-sufficient, yet a true team player from a young age. At St Cuthbert’s College I excelled academically, whilst devoting myself to various leadership positions, extra-curricular activities and sport teams during my short stay. I have continued to excel throughout University whilst being committed to various community organisations, sports teams and part-time work throughout my studies. I am an incredibly driven and hard-working student and believe this reflects in my work ethic for any given task. My past childcare experience began with casual babysitting within the Whangarei neighbourhood as a teenager. However, I was professionally employed at Kidzones which is an afterschool care and holiday programme. I was employed here over 4 summer school holidays. My role at Kidzones as a supervisor required supervision and monitoring up to four staff members, alongside overseeing and caring for the safety of 50+ children aged 5-14 years old. Within this role, I was required to plan and develop after-school and holiday activities for the children, ensure children displayed appropriate behaviour at all times, liase with parents and caregivers, and administer general first aid when necessary. My experience at Kidzones as supervisor gave me great confidence in caring for children. On top of professional employment, I have always engaged with children. This has involved frequently caring for my 2-year-old niece, coaching young children in hockey, and caring for and supporting younger girls in the boarding house as a senior student. As a nanny, I strive to be active with the children I care for. This means having games and interactive activities prepared and organised. I believe entertaining, interacting and stimulating learning in children is key in building respectful relationships.