From as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed interacting with children. As a teenager I started babysitting for a little 5 year old boy once a week, and enjoyed my job immensely. My responsibilities within my babysitting job, entailed: reading him bedtime stories, settling him to bed and helping him in the morning with dressing and getting his breakfast ready then keeping him amused through playing games etc for a short period of time.
My next encounter working with children came about in 2004 when I started working at Kidsland Ltd as a play worker. At Kidsland, I worked with children aged 5 to 11 years old. As part of the responsibilities of my play worker role, I helped prepare snacks for the children; I supervised the children during snack and play and was involved in the delivery, planning and setting up of indoor games, art and craft activities and outdoor games and activities.
My next experience working with children was is 2007 where I worked at Wendy’s Nursery as a Nursery Nurse, at Wendy’s Nursery I worked full time within both the toddler and pre-school rooms. In the mornings I worked in the toddler room with children aged 2-3 years old. My responsibilities whilst working in the toddler room, entailed: preparing breakfast, supervising the toddlers during free play, nappy changing, singing songs and reading stories to the toddlers and interacting with the toddlers during, water and sand play, art and craft activities and during outdoor play. In the afternoons at Wendy’s Nursery, I worked in the pre-school room, with children aged 3 to 5 years old. My responsibilities, involved: the same curricular activities as the toddler room, but with the addition of, helping with writing and counting work and interacting with the children during free play within age appropriate activities, such as: role play, construction, small world, sensory and art and craft activities.
I have also had experience of working as a youth worker within a youth club, working with; disadvantaged children aged 5 to 18 years old. My work history spans a period of 4 years and has given me the opportunity to care for children between the ages of 2 and 18 years old. I also have experience of bringing up my own two young children. I have now decided that I would like to further my experience with children through working as a childminder. I have undertaken, the necessary training to do this, and have completed the pre- registration childminding course, food hygiene, child protection and first aid and am now looking to do a childcare qualification. I would like to work in collaboration with my sister Kerry, to set up a an informal, childminding service for parents who are looking for a more homely childcare, setting in contrast, to other more formal, childcare provisions, such as: Nurseries and Out of School Clubs.
I feel that when working with children it is important for them to have structure and routine and clear boundaries and to be taught the difference between right and wrong, and to enable children to have fun with activities through allowing the children to have freedom of choice to make decisions for themselves and not for them as long as by doing so they are not putting themselves in danger or at harm’s way. Through doing so I feel that this enables the children to develop good self esteem, self confidence and independence skills. Within our childminding setting, we implement, pre – planned activities which will enable the children to follow structure and rules whilst having fun. All of our activities promote the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework and are adapted for inclusion of all children regardless of age or disability.
I believe that I am the perfect person for working with young children because I feel that, I am able to interact with the children at the child’s level whilst taking into consideration the child’s personal strengths likes and dislikes therefore enabling each child to feel included and confident in everything that they do. I feel that I have good interpersonal skills and that I am able to build a good, happy relationship where the child can come to me if they need to talk without feeling uncomfortable. I feel that I have many personal skills, knowledge and talents which I can bring to my job, such as: I am a friendly person who likes to treat each child as an individual without prejudice and I like helping them to ensure they can become confident and happy within themselves through building a trusting relationship with the child. The most enjoyable part for me working with children is watching them thrive and grow through achieving goals whilst having fun. In the future I would like to train to do a childcare qualification to enable me to do my job to the best of my ability. I would like to do a disability course to learn how best to support children or young people who have a special educational need or disability and learn how to help them to excel as an individual regardless of them having a disability.