I grew up in colorful BO-KAAP in Cape Town, South Africa as the youngest of three children. After high school I decided to travel to various countries across the continent of Africa and the United States. 8 years ago, I settled in Brooklyn, New York and I went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in Communications.
During my first two years in the US, I worked as an Au pair. I was placed with a wonderful family in Portland, Oregon where I cared for 3 children, ages 6 months, 4 years and 7 years old. In my second year I worked for a family in Rye Brook, New York. They had 3 beautiful children aged 2, 7 and 11 years old. I spent my high school years babysitting and I still do part time/weekend babysitting. My most recent experience is caring for a 4-year-old little girl for the last 2 years.
For all the above mentioned positions my responsibilities included preparing and serving meals with balanced nutrition, ensuring food safety. I picked up and dropped off children at/from school and extra-curricular activities. I helped with homework and arranged playdates. Organized fun and educational games, arts and crafts. I planned outdoor activities. I intervened during strong disagreements between children, ensuring open and safe communication. I performed light housekeeping duties such as child’s laundry and ran errands for parents including grocery shopping.
I love being a nanny because everyday is different. While we do have routines, I love the flexibility to be able to go out on a new adventure every day. Learning and exploring the world through the eyes of a child is truly the best, and no two days of growing are the same.