I have been working with children of all ages (birth through high school) in a variety of capacities for over ten years doing everything from nannying to tutoring early literacy (Pre-K-2nd Grade)to working alongside therapists in an Early Intervention setting to managing my own classroom as a preschool teacher. I also worked for some time as a substitute teacher, grades K-12.
I spent several years throughout high school babysitting for a few families with children ranging from infancy to fifth grade, usually just for a few hours in the afternoon or during weekend evenings. Responsibilities typically included basic clean-up, entertainment and the occasional bedtime routine.
As far as nannying experience is concerned, I spent one year taking care of my uncle's 2 girls, ages 5 and 9 when I began, before and after school. He was a a single father just getting on his feet at the time and I would arrive early to get the girls up, fed, ready and off to school or camp as he headed off to work. I would also be there to get them off the bus and assist with homework, accommodate afternoon activities and oversee playtime. Other responsibilities also included dishes, laundry, other basic house upkeep and some errands.
For the last nine months, I have been employed through an agency providing after-school care for two children, aged 7 and 11. My current responsibilities include homework help, assistance with piano practice, overseeing playtime (indoors and out), basic clean-up, laundry and dishes, transportation to and from afternoon activities. I have also, during this time, effectively worked to help the seven year old overcome some major difficulties that she had been experiencing with literacy in school. While I adore the children and the family, my availability is changing in the fall and I will no longer be with them once the school year ends. I am now looking for a more full-time, potentially long-term position and will be available to start mid-June.