Looking for: Full-time, Casual Babysitting
I'm Mel, a 27 year old social worker. I have worked as a senior case manager in foster care, however have had to take time off from that job. I have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue, and as such a full time workload in a stressful job is not helpful to my recovery. I am going to be studying naturopathy/acupuncture in 2016, however have the option of studying online if my classes were to clash with the days you required.
My energy levels do vary, which is why I am only seeking part time work. In saying that, I manage to take my 2 dogs for 2 walks most days, and believe I would have the energy to play at the park, bake cakes, read stories, paint etc. I am happy to discuss this, if after reading my qualifications you are interested in me. I love children and seem to find the energy I need when I am around them.
Education wise I have a degree in social work and a double degree in sport and tourism management.
I am happiest around children, and have plenty of experience working with them. I spent 4 years doing after school care with children aged 4-12 whilst at uni.
I have 2 gorgeous nieces who I cared for regularly between the ages of 1 and 4 and my time with them was spent playing mermaids and billy goats, chasing them and spinning them, collecting shells, reading stories etc.
In early 2011 I was employed as a live in nanny for 3 children - 7 yr old boy and 2 foster care children - a boy 4 with developmental delays and a girl 2. I cared for them as sole carer predominantly, as their mother/carer worked 3-4 hours away regularly. I also worked as her personal assistant, undetaking duties including co-ordinating her work and personal schedule, replying to emails, filing etc.
At the beginning of 2012 I spent 4 months in Africa volunteering in a preschool, helping the children learn the alphabet, numbers, days of the wk etc. It was an amazing experience. Later that year I worked at a snow resort here in Australia, working in the ski school with 3-6 year olds and also in the creche with 3 month olds to 3 year olds. I also babysat many nights a week for families staying on the mountains, from newborns to school age children.
Since gaining my social work degree I have worked as a case manager in foster care. This means working with children who have been removed from their parents, and with their carers. The children range from newborn to 18 and have complex behaviours and diagnoses often. I was nominated for the employee of the year in my first year and was promoted at the beginning of my second year.
Before getting sick I led a very active lifestyle, running a half marathon, doing Pilates, hiking etc and exploring all that Melbourne had to offer. I'm still that person with a zest for life, however I am taking things slowly
I am looking for a loving family that is interested in fun and adventure. I love the outdoors so am always
keen to be amongst nature, but know how to have fun indoors creating magical worlds and doing craft etc. I am happy to work in the suburbs of Melbourne or Geelong.
I am a tidy and very healthy person, and try to let my actions influence the behaviours of the children in my care. I love life and am just keen to help you and your children enjoy the joys of life :)
If you think I could be a good fit but are concerned about the chronic fatigue, please get in touch as a conversation may help alleviate concerns etc
If you have any other questions or want to have a chat, just ask!
I look forward to hearing from you
General: 28 year old, female carer
Education: Course Complete - B Social Work at Monash University
Other Skills: Music, sport, craft etc
Residency status: Permanent