10 Helpful Tips to writing a great personal statement
- “KISS” - Keep It Short and Simple.
- Provide a short overview of your background : education and/or professional
- Describe your previous experience, e.g. age of children you have cared for and how long you have worked with them.
- Mention what days and hours you are looking for.
- Do Not publish – your surname, address, e-mail or phone numbers.
- Mention the range of pay rate you are expecting.
- Add in any specific skills you have to offer, e.g. other languages, working with special needs or ages.
- Personalise it by explaining what kind of person you are, e.g. fun, caring, energetic.
- Explaining that you are quite flexible with hours, days and time, this can help improve your chances of getting a job faster.
- Try and sign off in a nice and friendly way, e.g. “hope to hear from you soon”
10 tips for a great interview
- Be prepared. It is very important to have everything for your resume organised. Have photo copies of all certificates including first aid, police check, licence and references available to present at the interview.
- DON’T be late! Make sure you know where you are going and try and arrive 5 minutes early so you can be cool, calm and collected.
- You should try and dress in appropriate clothing, e.g. smart casual.
- It is best to just be you and a smile can go along way.
- Try and be honest, the interview is all about getting to know each other…
- You should write down any questions you may have before you go to the interview. Some examples are:
- Age of children?
- Any special needs or allergies?
- Have you had a nanny or babysitter before?
- Are the children ok with new people? If not it might be an idea to suggest some transitional days where both you and the parent is present.
- What are your expected hours?
- Pay – make sure you talk openly about how much you would like.
- Make sure you are paying attention and listening to what the parents are saying.
When asked any questions keep your answers short, simple and to the point.
Talk to the parent about what you will be required to do, e.g. any additional jobs such as cooking and cleaning.
- If you are going to be late or can’t make it make sure you ring the family and let them know.
10 tips for being a great babysitter
- Arrive 5 minutes early or at worst – be on time.
- Have a quick get to know the kids.
- Make sure you have their routine and rules of house PLUS a tour of house.
- Collect and confirm all contact information.
- Lock up the house after the parents leave.
- Don’t leave children unattended and if asleep check on them regularly.
- Make sure you keep the house neat and tidy.
- Writing a brief overview of the day or night activity might be helpful. It adds an extra degree of professionalism to your job, e.g. 10 – 11 sleep, 11 .30 - lunch etc.
- No drinking, smoking or inviting others over while you are babysitting.
- Have fun with the kids and most of all have fun yourself.
- In case of any sort of emergency call 000 before calling the parent.
Keeping children safe should be your top priority. Keeping a close eye on them at all times is very important.
- Children between the ages of 0-1 like putting things in their mouth. Removing hazardous objects is very important. Also children this small can drown in only cms of water so it important to stay close at all times and never leave them unattended in the bath or pool. Also at this age they should never be left alone while in a high chair or on the change table as they are starting to learn to roll over.
- Children between the ages of 1-2 like to move around a lot and are generally learning to stand and walk, so it is best to stay close and if possible to hold their hands. They are also keen on sticking things in small holes such as power points and plug holes. So make sure all power points are covered and if bathing never leave them in the bath by themselves.
- Children between the ages of 2-4 are inquisitive and need supervision at all times. They like to climb and also hide in all sorts of strange and dangerous places. Also while doing any sort of arts and crafts you should be close by at all times.
- Children between the ages of 5-7 are becoming more independent and may like to play on their own a little more, this does not change the fact that they are still little and need supervision. Make you can see them or at least hear them at all times.
- Children of the age 7 may want to do their own thing but this does not change the fact that they are still children and need adult supervision at all times.
What is a police check?
A police check is done nationally and is conducted by the Australian Federal Police. It is a personal check for names, dates of birth and any prior records. In Australia it is illegal to work with children in schools or at any other childcare industry premises without a police check - so it is in your best interest that you obtain one as it will help you in securing a job.
You can apply for one online for a fee of t $56.00 (prices vary State by State) at http://www.mypolicecheck.com.au/ or for further information you can check out the web sites below.
QLD Police check
QLD Blue Card
WA Working with Children Check
NSW Police Check
SA Police Check
TAS Police Check
VIC Police Check
Activities for Children
There are literally hundreds of activities which you can manage with children and here are some suggestions for age appropriate games and activities:
- Story reading
- Story reading
- Scribbling or drawing
- Water play
- Finger painting
- Large Blocks
- Play doh
- Clapping games/songs
- Cubby houses
- Walks to the park
- Music with pots and pans
- Simon says
- Hide and seek
- Tea party
- Gardening/planting seeds
- Drawing more specific pictures e.g. house, dog, family
- Going to the park
- Reading with the child
- Card games such as snap