Relevant experience where I also cared for children were…I have been/have experience as a nanny, babysitter, mother's helper, teaching assistant, older sister/cousin, swim instructor, homeless shelter volunteer, tutor and more.
Activities I enjoy doing with children…I love anything and everything active and away from screens! Including baking/cooking, arts & crafts, reading, playing outside, going to the pool/beach, made-up games, hide and go seek, tag, biking, etc.
The most important part about being a nanny…Is to be a positive role model/influence by nurturing physical and intellectual growth, fostering creativity, encouraging exploration, and empathizing and respecting their unique experience. Creating connections with younger children are incredibly special and benefit me just as much as it benefits the child!
My experience with special needs children…For the past 6 years, I have spent my summers with the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) working with a variety of children with special needs, including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and more. Currently, I work as an instructional assistant in the special education department of a high school and absolutely love it! I work with students with a variety of needs including social interactions, mood management, behavior management and more.
My favorite nanny moment…Teaching and watching a child do a dive off the diving board for the first time!