Kacey G.|Colorado Springs, CO
3 yrs exp
27 yrs old
Growing up second oldest, eldest girl, in a family of eight children has allowed for many years of experience caring for and watching younger children. With the youngest in the family being just 5, I've been old enough to really care for, and work hands on with, my past two siblings since birth adding a great deal of experience working with newborns and infants. Besides babysitting at home, I also spent much of my teenage years babysitting for families after school and on weekends.
After attending college for a couple of years, I spent the past year living in Arizona nannying full-time for a family with an infant. Nannying full-time from 3 months until almost a year required 24 hour care including all normal nannying duties along with feedings throughout the night, caring through sickness, teething, etc.
After moving back to Illinois this past spring, I took a summer job as a full-time youth counselor. As a counselor it was required that we be trained to properly care for our campers and thus be prepared for any situation that could arise. We spent two weeks in training going over emergency situations, state laws and requirements, and were CPR certified. As head counselor, I was in charge of 10-16 girls a week and was required to have organized activity times, quiet times, material memory times, devotionals, meal times, bed times, etc. With the ages ranging from 9-18 there was also age related help required of me. With the younger campers there was help with memorization skills, reading, taking of medicine and the like. The older campers were much less dependent but I was there to attend to their needs as well, whatever they may have been. Counseling this past summer showed me that relevance to each age group is key and that attending to the needs of each person individually is of most importance. Each age group must be addressed in their own way and each individual requires different kinds of help and attention.