My name is Nikki Hart, I am a 23. I am bilingual and fluent in both English and my 1st language Afrikaans! I am currently a live-in nanny for my sister. I've been helping her out with my niece since birth to 9 months, but I am ready to move forward as she is working from home now. I am CPR and first aid certified and also love doing baby massage.
I have been a live-in nanny for the past 6 years and I absolutely love it! I have been lucky enough to be a nanny/2nd mother to a newborn baby boy and his three year old brother , looked after and built an incredible relationship with a six year old girl and her extremely intelligent eight year old sister, became a friend and role model to seven adorable, very unique adopted children aged 2 1/2 to 9 and then most recently I took on the role of mommy number two in a single parent home where an active, and smart 8 month old and his two talented sisters, six and seven, crawled deep into my heart. My main priority with the school aged children was driving them to and from school or taking them to the bus stop and to their extracurricular activities! I had to prepare breakfast and lunches and on the occasion a simple dinner too. I got them dressed and groomed for school and once they got home I assisted with their homework! While bigger kids were in school i would be home with baby and be responsible for everything from getting him up in the morning, changing his diapers, grooming, bathing, dressing, feeding, burping, playing, educating, taking him for walks and outings, putting him down for naps and feeding him dinner until mommy comes home. On occasion I would take children to doctors and dentist appointments and be available for emergency pickup at school when they're sick. Other responsibilities included keeping the children's rooms tidy and and beds made, restocking wipes and diapers, emptying diaper pale and trash cans, changing bed sheets, keeping up with laundry, straighten up play areas, organizing closets and playrooms, and doing groceries! For those families who had pets, I would help feed and walk them even if not required of me simply because I love animals. I occasionally helped the family out with over seeing projects at the house, letting people in and out and communicating between the family and contractors etc! Even though it wasn't specified as part of my job I had a part in running/assisting in the household!
I have a valid driver's license and am a very confident and comfortable driver! I currently do not have my own vehicle as I've been a live-in nanny for the past 6 years and never required my own.
Prior to my coming to the States I gained experience taking care of newborn twin boys, and just about every baby that passed through our church's nursing room. My responsibilities with them were feeding, burping, changing diapers, putting to sleep and playing with them.
In my 6 years as live-in nanny I potty trained three toddlers, successfully taught a 6 year old how to ride her bicycle and two 4 year old kids to tie their shoes. It is so rewarding to be part of these big leaps in a child's life and I can't wait to be part of many more.
My mother is a teacher for severely mentally handicapped children, and I have learned so much from her, spending time with her and her children in class loads of times! I have a very special place in my heart for children with Autism, Downs Syndrome and those with CP. They make me feel so loved and blessed, when the smallest thing I do makes the biggest impact in their lives! One can learn a lot from children with special needs as they always have a smile on their faces.
I have a very big interest in music therapy, and love seeing how music makes children feel and how it can help in their development! I am very musical and grew up in a family surrounded by music! I used to play the piano and the violin , and was also part of a international children's choir where we traveled to Austria in 2004 to compete in the Choir Olympics were we received the bronze medal.
I am also athletic. I love playing kickball and Netball, and I like working out at least three times a week. I am a huge fan of the outdoors! I believe that kids should not spend their days being locked up inside, but instead be outside playing, going for walks and exploring nature! I spent my childhood days playing outside everyday, making up my own little adventures in my head, get on my bike and explore the "world". I try to encourage kids to use their imaginations and love being actively involve in every game they play.
I would love to help you out in any way I can and will love and take care of your kids as if they are my own. I'm looking forward to hear about your family and their interests. Happy nanny searching :)