Sara T @.Abracadabra Childcare Services

Babysitter/In Home Carer/Nanny affiliated with Abracadabra Childcare Services

About Sara T @.Abracadabra Childcare Services

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Classification
Babysitter/In Home Carer/Nanny
Agency
Abracadabra Childcare Services

Sara is a Babysitter/In Home Carer/Nanny, with 5 years experience caring for children from any age to 12 yrs old. Sara is represented by Abracadabra Childcare Services child care agency.

Carer Rates (+ Agency Booking fee $33.00)
25.00 per hour
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Australian Nanny Association Member
Child Care Qualifications - Cert III+
Drivers Licence
First Aid Certification / CPR
Lactation Consultant
LifeSaving Certificate / Austswim
Mature Aged Carer
Non-smoker
Nursing experience
Own transport
Public Liability Insurance
Special needs care experience
Teaching Experience
Character references on file
Permanent Resident
Police check / Working with Children check
Temporary Resident
Written references on file

Education and other courses


Bachelor of Psychological Science (honours)
La Trobe University

Other courses

Working with Children Clearance
First Aid Certificate

2015-02 - Present
Teacher's Assistant- Education Support
Western Autistic School

Responsiblities:
• Under the direction of specialist teachers, implement specific behaviour management strategies with students with Autism.
• Assist with the supervision, implementation and evaluation of student programs.
• Report observations of student's performance, behaviours both formally and informally.
• Contribute the to development of educational programs and development of behaviour management strategies.
• Support students to access learning and develop independence across school programs including classroom programs, excursion programs, personal care programs and swimming programs.
• Promoting language and communication through a picture exchange communication system (PECS) to support students with complex social communication impairments.
• Assist with the preparation and supervision of students during class, recess and meal times.
• Assist with classroom preparation and materials for daily program.
• Assist with showering, toileting and changing students.
• Attend staff meetings, student support groups and curriculum development meetings.

Skills:
• Patience - understanding that children with Autism have impairments in their ability to socially interact, communicate and have restricted or repetitive interest and behaviours.
• Flexibility- tailoring my approaches to help students socialise and learn at a level that suits their level of competence, impairments and interest.
• Communication- communicate progress and difficulties with specialist teacher and other education support teachers.
• Teamwork- working as part of a team to achieve the desired outcomes, skills and developmental goals.
• Problem-solving abilities- tailoring approaches to suit the child's current moods and program outcome.

2014-11 - Present
Research Assistant- Children Body Image Study
La Trobe University

Duties:
• Conducting face-to-face child interviews.
• Data collection and data entry.
• Recruitment of new participates and families into the study.
• Contacting participants to schedule interview times and following-up on questionnaires and consent forms for study.

Skills:
• Problem solving: finding alternative solutions to complete a task in an effective manner while maintaining the main objective of the study
• Analytical skills: understanding the numerous ways resources can be utilised and interpreted to provided a better insight, and not purely accepting information presented.
• Data entry: learning how programs like qualtrics, SPSS and excel work to enable to effective transference of data across mediums.
• Organisation: prioritising task that need to be completed in a timely manner


Head of Day Camp / leadership member
Melwood Recreation Centre
Maryland, USA


Camp Counselor
Melwood Recreation Cente 
(at an inclusive summer camp) 

Responsiblities:
• To develop & maintain a supportive, inclusive environment and relationship with a young person
• Create a fun and safe environment that fosters strong and positive relationships.
• Awareness of other disability campers, and any potential issues and/or benefits that may arise.
• Encourage social, adult and peer relationship development throughout the camp, particularly within camper groups and weekly travel groups.
• Develop and maintain appropriate relationships with fellow counsellors and campers, modelling a culture of inclusion to both buddies and other campers as a whole dynamic.
• Enhance confidence, self-esteem, self-worth and opportunities for success.
• Work through and minimise camper behaviours by utilising skills analysis and camper information packets to develop appropriate behavioural plans.
• Development of independent skills through the utilisation of camp routines and living with others.
• Developing positive identities, values, boundaries, development of new friendships and enhancing selfconfidence.
• Assume the responsibility "in locus parentis" to the children under his/her care, including personal hygiene and expecting a good standard of behaviour and participation.
• To effectively lead the campers and encourage them to participate in all activities competently and provide assistance to ensure they understand the task at hand.
• Provide any required assistance or support and ensure appropriate behaviours throughout the duration of camp.

Skills:
• Patience - understanding that children with disabilities have impairments in their ability to socially interact, communicate, handle transitions and have restricted or repetitive interest and behaviours.
• Flexibility- tailoring approaches to help camper socialise and understand camp schedules/routines at a level that suits their level of competence, impairments and interest.
• Communication- communicate progress and difficulties with supervisors, other counselors and complete all daily and post camp paper work to assist future camp planning.
• Teamwork- working as part of a team to achieve the desired outcomes and skills, enabling a smoother travel group transition.
• Problem-solving abilities- tailoring approaches to suit the child's current moods, daily camp schedule and unforeseeable changes to routines/schedules. Thinking on your feet and becoming creative with the available resources.

July 2013- June 2015
ABA Autism Program
Position: Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Therapist

Responsibilities:
• One-on-one therapy sessions with the child to teach play, communication, self-help and academic skills.
• Assist in developing social skills with other children in the childcare program.
• Promoting language and communication through a picture exchange communication system (PECS).
• Aiding the generalisation of skills taught in the ABA program to other environments.
• Building rapport with the child.
• Learning what motivates the child and developing reinforcements to encourage learning.
• Observing and recording the session progress on data sheets.
• Attend fortnightly team meetings.

Skills:

• Patience - understanding that children with Autism have impairments in their ability to socially interact, communicate and have restricted or repetitive interest and behaviours.
• Flexibility- tailoring my approaches to help him socialise to suit his level of competence and interest.
• Communication- communicate progress and difficulties with program supervisor, parents and other ABA therapists on the team.
• Teamwork- working as part of a team to achieve the desired outcomes, skills and developmental goals.
• Organisation- completing observation data sheets at the end of each session to track progress and challenging behaviours.
• Problem-solving abilities- tailoring approaches to suit the student's current moods and program outcome. Thinking on your feet and becoming creative with the available resources.

May 2013- December 2014
Brimbank Parent Association
Kellie O'Connell Kindergarten
Position: Kindergarten Aide for a Child with Autism

Responsibilities:
• Encouraging and facilitating social interaction with other children in the kindergarten program.
• Assist in developing social skills.
• Prompting language to facilitate needs to manage boundaries.
• Using visuals to help navigate kindergarten routine.
• Encouraging new ideas into play and trying new activities.
• Assisting with the transitions and unexpected changes to routine.
• Engaging in play with other children and general help around the kindergarten.

Skills:
• Patience - understanding that children with Autism have impairments in their ability to socially interact, communicate and have restricted or repetitive interest and behaviours.
• Problem-solving ability- tailoring my approaches to help her socialise to suit her level of competence and kindergarten activities.
• Teamwork- able to work effectively with other staff and children at the kindergarten to achieve the goal of socialisation.
• Organisation - preparation of a daily visual schedule to help guide kindergarten routines.

Interests

'About Me...

I have completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and would love to pursue a career working with children and families in early childhood intervention services. 

I have vast experience working with children with Autism and differing abilities by working on desired goals that aids the development of skills in areas such as play, communication, behaviour, social and academic.

Education & Qualifications

  • Australian Nanny Association Member
  • Child Care Qualifications - Cert III+
  • Drivers Licence
  • First Aid Certification / CPR
  • Lactation Consultant
  • LifeSaving Certificate / Austswim
  • Mature Aged Carer
  • Non-smoker
  • Nursing experience
  • Own transport
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Special needs care experience
  • Teaching Experience

Screening & Background Checks

  • Character references on file
  • Permanent Resident
  • Police check / Working with Children check
  • Temporary Resident
  • Written references on file
  • Babysitting nights/weekends
  • Bathing of children
  • Cleaning of children's area(s)
  • Cleaning of family area(s)
  • General Errands (Shopping etc)
  • Laundry - Children only
  • Laundry - Family
  • Live in Accommodation
  • Participation in family outings
  • Participation in family vacations
  • Pets
  • Plan & participate in childrens outings
  • Preparation of Meals/Snacks - Children
  • Preparation of Meals/Snacks - Family
  • Special Diets

Activities to undertake with the Children

  • Art
  • Computers
  • Cooking
  • Drama & Dance
  • Exercise
  • Free Play
  • Language development
  • Music
  • Outside play
  • Planning of children's outings
  • Science
  • Stories & Reading

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