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Malika R.

Education

West Chester University,
B.A. in Psychology
09/12 - 05/16

NYU Steinhardt,
M.A. in Counseling for Mental Health Wellness
09/17 - 05/19

Childcare Experience

Before and After-School Babysitter
West Chester, PA, 08/15 - 12/15
Two girls, ages 5 and 11, Twin boys, age 8

Part-Time Babysitter
West Chester, PA, 01/16 - 05/16
One girl, age newborn, One boy, age 2

Summer Babysitter
Doylestown, PA, 05/16 - 09/16
Three boys, ages newborn, 2 and 3

Au Pair
Sydney, AUS, 11/16 - 06/17
Two girls, ages 1 and 3

Counselor
Furlong, PA, 06/17 - Present
Multiple, ages 2-3

Part-Time Babysitter
Doyle, PA, 06/17 - Present
One boy, age 5

Professional Experience

Summer Intern
Warrington, PA, 06/15 - 08/15

Peer Mentor
West Chester, PA, 08/15 - 05/16

Assistant/Receptionist
Doyle, PA, 06/09 - 10/16

About me

The children I have worked with throughout the last decade have helped shape my personality and work ethic. They have made me a more patient, structured, charismatic, and loving individual.

I have learned that in life there needs to be a balance between discipline and structure, and love and fun. Rules are necessary, but everyone needs to be able to have fun and use their creativity. The children I interact with on a daily basis, whether it be my family, the children I babysit, or the ones I've worked with as my time as a camp counselor, have allowed me to use my creative skills and bring out the child in me.

Some of the fondest memories I have working with children are of us singing and dancing along to music. I've found that through music I've been able to teach children the parts of their bodies, colors, numbers and how to treat other people, plus many other important life tips. It is truly an amazing experience being able to teach a child new information and it is one of the aspects of working in childcare that makes me love my job.

Throughout my time in college I worked with 4 different families and the children’s ages ranged from a couple of weeks old to 16 years old. I helped the older children with homework assignments and completed lots of different activities with the younger children, from baking to making crafts.

During the summer before my senior year of college I was an intern at a homeless youth shelter where I worked with 6-18 year old children/young adults. That job is what helped me gain experience working with larger groups of children and lead me to my most recent job working as a camp counselor at a learning center in my hometown.

My greatest experience working with children so far was during the time I was an au pair in Sydney, Australia for 8 months. I worked with 2 girls, ages 1 and 3, who truly have a special place in my heart, as do all the children I’ve worked with in the past.

A little bit more about myself is that I like to keep my mind and body active, whether that has been through reading, exercising, or traveling. I enjoy learning more about the world around me and have found it has made me a more alert and observant person.


I have professional child care experience with...

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-aged (K-5)
  • Preteen
  • Teenagers
  • Twins
  • Multiples
  • Special Needs

I will be SmartSitting while...

reading (whether it be enjoying a good book or reading a news article discussing events happening around the world) or watching a documentary. I love cooking and finding new recipes to create. I like to stay active in my free time as well, so I will either go to the gym or go on a walk around the city.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

a licensed counselor working with adults and children of all ages, helping them find inner peace and happiness. I also hope that in 5 years I will have travelled to more parts of the world and continued to learn about other cultures.

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children...

I find that learning through music works wonderfully with a lot of children and as a music lover myself I do tend to listen to it a lot with the children I look after; if the family I work with is alright with us doing so. I find the two biggest skills I pass down to the children I look after is patience and sharing, which can be difficult for younger children to understand. I find that when a child sees me being patient during a situation they will try and mirror it in hopes of receiving praise. I feel it is good to encourage appropriate behavior, but never in excess so they do not think they must always receive praise. I also try and encourage creativity with the children I work with. I believe that skill is sometimes lost as we grow older and by using it frequently as a child I hope they will continue to use their creativity for the rest of their lives.


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