Beginning in my teens, I started babysitting for various families in my rural community. In my early 20’s I became a mother's helper to two different large families. One family had multiples from newborn up to age five. The other family had a baby up to an eleven year old. It certainly was a stretching experience for me as I came from a small family. I did some daycare work back in WI in the mid 1990’s as well as in FL for a private daycare. I have also been a Kindergarten teacher in a private Christian school in FL as well as a dually certified substitute here in the Greenville area for the last five years. I finished my degree at Bob Jones University with a certification in Elementary Education in 2006 and then went on to receive my second certification in Early Childhood from the University of Phoenix in 2010. I have been certified in infant/regular CPR as well as First Aide and would be willing to do so again. I have also had numerous background checks, the last being in February of this year.
While attending BJU I was able to work with a wonderful family by the name of Gentry from August 2003-July 2004. Mary works in an executive position at (last I knew anyway) and Ted is an attorney. They have three great children who really were a joy to work with! The children attend Schools. I worked approximately a school year with them; I attended classes and then was at their home in time to pick them up from school, did the children’s laundry and general pickup (they had a housekeeper), made sure homework was done, piano practice, character training, chauffeured them to their private lessons/games, played indoor and outdoor games with them, created and prepared their suppers, baked with them, enjoyed crafts together, read to them, laughed together, and generally just loved being with them. Dear, sweet children! Mary, later for a time, ended up staying home and so I was no longer needed but we all ended with a great rapport.
The last family I worked with as a nanny is a professional couple in town. Mary works for her dad's business and Richard works for his brother in law's business. I had the charge of their newborn twins from approximately three months old until about a year. The family was made aware, right from the beginning, of my need to finish my student teaching and that I would have to quit when I did and they were also great to work for! I was with this family from March 2005 to January 2006. What a wonderful experience to help rear and nurture newborn babies and to see their different stages of development! I am a believer of having babies on a schedule, as were they. The family wanted me to read various books on child growth and development as well as how to schedule, to help them get the twins into a routine. One of the books was "Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer" by Tracy Hogg and also BabyWise by the Ezzo's. Both books were very beneficial to someone who has never been married and has no children of her own. I followed a schedule with the babies and boy, what a difference that made! The babies, even though they were so young, got used to this schedule and they then "knew" what to expect. I remember one day one of the babies, at about 10 months, crying by the door at about 9 a.m. I had gotten off schedule and they knew that it was our stroller time:) I would feed, hold, talk to, read to, play with, sing to, teach character to, and also teach sign language (babies can sign before they can talk). We focused on having classical music playing on and off throughout the day as babies become smarter thru this technique (Mozart Effect), I also did general pickup and the babies' laundry. They too had cleaning people come in to do the more heavy duty cleaning. It was a hard time to leave "my babies" after that year and I cried but I knew I had to move on to my next goal in life of finishing my degree. I finished my degree thirteen years after "I was supposed to".
I am 39 years old, never married but in a new long distance relationship. He is originally from SC and may move back this way. Even though I am now a dually certified teacher, I would love to make a career change back into being a nanny for several reasons. I still enjoy teaching but for the last five years I have been a substitute and with the economy the way it's been, there have not been a myriad of opportunities for me to receive a full time teaching position. I would love to marry someday and have my own children, but for now, I would love to again take care of someone else’s babies/children!
I am also a tutor and if you have a need for that, I would be willing to help you out in those areas as well. I’ve helped over seventy, five year olds to read using a very special phonics program. Please feel welcome to give me a call regarding your childcare needs. I may also be willing to consider a different price for occasional babysitting.
Thanks for this opportunity,