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Nikki L.

Education

Florida State University,
B.A. Theatre, B.A. English Literature
09/06-06/10

Childcare Experience

Part-Time Babysitter/ Life Skills Coach
New York, NY, 09/15 - Present
One girl, age 16

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 10/15 - Present
One boy age 4, and One girl, age 7

Part-Time Babysitter
New York, NY, 03/17 - Present
One boy, age 8

Part-Time Babysitter
Brooklyn, NY, 01/16 - 08/17
Two girls, ages 6 and 2

After-School Babysitter
New York, NY, 01/15 - 09/15
Twin girls, age 10

Professional Experience

Drama Teacher SCO Family Services
Brooklyn, NY, 03/14 - 01/15

Actor/Teaching Artist
Miami, FL, 09/11 - 01/14

Intern- Camp Red Kite: Chicago Children's Theatre
Chicago, IL, 06/11 - 09/11

Director- Prairie Fire Children's Theatre
Barrett, MN, 01/11 - 05/11

About me

I was ten years old when my youngest sister was born, so I have been babysitting to some degree since then. I love taking care of babies, but I feel most comfortable with children ages 1-2 and have more professional experience bottle feeding and caring for babies around that age. I grow more and more skilled with the delicate art of bedtime with each passing year.

My very first job was as a counselor in training for toddlers at a day camp, and since then my childcare skills have developed very naturally alongside my career as an artist. I had a few odd babysitting jobs in high school and college, but my first professional childcare job was also my first acting gig. I was a tour actor/director for Prairie Fire Children's Theatre, working in schools supervising, directing, and acting alongside students in K-12. I have found that I'm good at teaching and I can adapt almost anything for any age group.

After my tour ended, I was accepted as an Intern at Camp Red Kite (Chicago Children's Theatre) where I worked with children on the autism spectrum who also had a penchant for the arts. This was an immensely rewarding experience for me. I worked with boys and girls ages 6-7 and helped them with art, music, movement and drama. I learned to keep peace amidst the storm and developed a reverence for the universal language of the arts.

I grew weary of winter, and soon moved back to South Florida where I worked at Miami Theater Center (Formerly the Playground Theater) for almost three years as an actor and teaching artist. I was a lead counselor at their summer camp and holiday camps where I supervised children ages 7-12 and helped them develop, write and perform their own musicals. I gained a lot of conflict resolution experience while working with that age group. I also learned to listen and to trust in the brilliance of a child's idea because it is often unencumbered by the constraints of "reality."

After three years, I moved to NYC where I have worked with many families. My first long term babysitting job in Manhattan was for 10 year old twins in Chelsea. I cooked for them and helped with homework. I picked them up from school and brought them to their practices. I was there to help them through their last year of elementary school and I learned the ins and outs of the liminal emotional realm between child and preteen.

My next job was working for a then sixteen year old girl on the Autism spectrum. She is a very high functioning opera singer who I have since gotten to watch sing on Broadway. We have taught each other a lot about self-care throughout these last couple years and I feel lucky to help her learn to navigate through social situations as well as the streets of New York City. While I have been at this job, I have also been babysitting for a boy age 8- we play a lot of Pokemon Go and explore Central Park. Once a week I accompany a girl who is 8 and her brother who is 6 to their after school activities, bring them home, cook dinner, and read/talk about/play Harry Potter.

Every flight of imagination with a child is like doing improv comedy with a tiny, but very silly and funny comedian. However, I am also a person with a mindfulness practice that allows me to speak with clarity and authority about behaviors that may be discordant to the expectations of a parent. I get along with most everyone and I take direction very well. I believe that humor has the power to make most situations better, but I know when to be open, honest and vulnerable.


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...

Doing standup comedy, sketch, or improv comedy. Writing, or watching Outlander.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

Writing and performing my own creative content on stage and on TV.

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

I love reading. I have introduced every child I have every known to the Harry Potter series. I love helping kids learn new words and new ways to express themselves. I teach performance and improvisation to children, so I love random bouts of storytelling and imaginative play.


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