For Families

Our Babysitters & Nannies

Nathifah R.

Education

Touro University,
Masters in Children’s Literacy Development

College of Staten Island,
B.A. IN Early Childhood Education

Childcare Experience

Nanny
staten island, ny, 05/14 - 04/16
6 year old girl

Summer Nanny
Chelsea, NY, 06/18 - 08/18
6 year old girl and 4 year old boy

Fill-In Nanny
Financial District, Manhatten, New York, 12/17 - Present
One girl, age 1

Nanny
Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, 09/16 - 01/18
one boy & One Girl, Ages 1 and 4

Fill-In Nanny
Staten Island, New York, 09/17 - 01/18
Two boys, ages 4 months and 4 years old

Part-time Babysitter
Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, 04/17 - 07/17
One boy, Age 1

Professional Experience

Substitute Teacher
Brooklyn, NY, 11/18 - Present

Special Education 1st Grade Teacher's Assistant
staten island, ny, 12/17 - 06/18

Teaching Assistant - 2nd Grade
Staten island, ny, 12/17 - 06/18

Camp Counselor (Children ages 9-12)
Staten Island, New York, 07/14 - 08/14

Teaching Assistant - Kindergarten
Westbury, New York, 02/14 - 06/14

Teaching Assistant - Prekindergarten
Staten Island, New York, 02/16 - 06/16

About me

My nurturing nature pulled me toward baby dolls and pets, and as I got older it drew me to begin babysitting. Entering young adulthood I began to realize childcare was not just something I liked to do in my free time, but that I wanted to make a career out of childcare. I love the energy children bring into a room. Their innocence and desire to learn and explore make childcare a job you never need a vacation from. Since then I've gained years of experience working for amazing families and continuing my studies in higher education so that I can better understand and help develop the incredible children I care for.

I have a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. This aids me immensely in helping develop the language and literacy skills of the children I provide care for. I have had the pleasure of working as a babysitter, camp counselor, full-time nanny and teaching assistant in preschool, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. I have the most experience with early childhood aged children but have worked with children of all ages. Though I enjoyed my times in the classroom I have a true love for private childcare and have chosen to continue my career as a nanny and not become a teacher. I have several years of experience working in private households as a nanny and some household manager experience as well.

My experience and education has set me up with the tools I need to provide a safe, fun and happy environment for children that stimulate healthy growth in each of their developmental stages. I truly believe children learn best through play. So most importantly, I want to make sure the children I care for feel loved and have fun. There are many things about my childhood I sit back and reminisce on with a smile. I always hope to aid parents in creating a childhood for their children they can reminisce on with a smile as well.

I believe everyone should be passionate childcare because children are our future. Being a part of their development into well-rounded members of society is such an enjoyable and rewarding opportunity and so much fun!


I have professional child care experience with...

  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-aged (K-5)
  • Preteen
  • Multiples

I will be SmartSitting while...

When I'm not babysitting I spend a lot of time writing. I'm currently working on a series of children's books about a four-year-old girl navigating through life; the books will follow her up until she leaves for college. I love food and trying new foods, so cooking and visiting new restaurants is one of my favorite pastimes. To balance that out I like to keep active by spending some time in the gym or going for runs with my malti-poo named Banks.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

I hope to also be a children's book author with a long term full-time job as a nanny for a wonderful family.

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

I took theatre class for all four years of my high school career, so dramatic play is definitely an activity I like to incorporate while babysitting. It is especially beneficial for children ages 6 and under because it really helps with their language and literacy development and they love it! For older children it is definitely a good time for them to express themselves and utilize their wonderful imaginations. I also believe remaining active is very important. With the children I care for, I love to do activities like going to the park, playing some sports or catch (depending on the age of the child) or even just taking a nice walk everyday to stretch our muscles. Reading and even creating our own stories is something I like to do often as well.


© 2019 SmartSitting, Inc. All rights reserved.