Hello! My name is Jen, and I have an extensive background working with children. I have babysat children of all ages! I am an energetic, outgoing, and fun-loving person.
I have worked as an occasional babysitter for many families, with children ranging in age from newborn to twelve years old. I have experience working with a special needs child with severe learning and developmental delays. Most recently I was a nanny for a boy who is now four years old. We have a very special bond and have grown a lot together. I have learned quite a bit from the little guy!
As a teen, I began working with kids as a mother's helper for a ten month old and four year old. The mother said that from the first time her four year old met me he didn't want anyone else to babysit him, and that held true for the eight consecutive years I worked with them.
Kids have always gravitated to me because in many ways I am truly just a big kid myself! The activities kids enjoy are things I genuinely enjoy doing as well, so I am never faking it when it comes to our interactions and the fun we have together. It brings me so much joy to introduce kids to new activities, getting them excited about learning new things and watching them grow and develop their own individual interests. I believe I connect well wth kids because I communicate and work with them on their level, not as an older person talking down to them.
I have a wide range of interests and a very diverse background that I believe makes me uniquely qualified for childcare. I am passionate about music, travel, science, medicine, and sports.
I have two college degrees, one in philosophy and the other in nursing. I am a licensed registered nurse with experience in several areas, primarily focusing on intensive care. I worked for three years in the neurosurgical intensive care unit at NYU and did a three month externship at St. Luke's in the emergency department, which is a level one trauma center. I am BLS and ACLS certified.
I would have to say music is my biggest passion. I am currently in school part time at Juilliard studying composition. I have played classical piano for most of my life and began composing over the last few years. I used to play jazz trumpet as well, and dabble in guitar and violin. I have experience teaching piano and guitar to children and adults.
I have traveled throughout Europe, China, and Africa. I lived in Amsterdam for six months during college and traveled to many other countries during that time. Since then I have taken a few long trips to throughout Europe. I also lived and traveled throughout China for six months. After graduating college I spent three months in Uganda working with a nonprofit and living with a Ugandan family. After that I went to South Africa for three months where I did an internship researching great white sharks and cape fur seals.
Growing up I played many sports and have always been a big sports fan. I was captain of the soccer team in high school, played tennis, did ice skating, skiing, swimming, and martial arts. I enjoy watching and following tennis, football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blurb! If you have any questions for me please don't hesitate to reach out!