I am an enthusiastic and dedicated care worker whose passion for supporting vulnerable people has been nurtured through a lifetime of experience working alongside individuals with complex needs, both professionally and personally. Growing up in a family with an older brother with severe Cerebral Palsy moulded me as a person and sparked my interest in developing my career in this line of work. I subsequently nurtured this passion within a professional framework through volunteering in a Special Needs School when I was 16 years old. Since then, I have been caring for babies, children and adults with a range of complex needs and abilities. I have worked in nurseries, SLD schools, day centres, residential care facilities and alongside private families as a Nanny and Shared carer.
Hertford Regional College (Foundation Degree in Early Years) Hertford, UK (Sept 2014 - July 2016)
• Grade Achieved: Pass.
Cambridge Regional College (Level 3 Diploma in Childcare & Education) Cambridge, UK (Sept 2009 – July 2011) Grade Achieved: Pass.
Oasis 2 (Day Centre Support worker) Hertfordshire, UK (July 2020 – Present)
· Supporting clients in accessing a fun, stimulating and safe environment to encourage self-growth, independence and social skills.
· Providing clients with communication aids to enable them to effectively express their feelings and interests. For example, a particular client was unable to communicate their toiletry needs. Symbolic learning aids were incorporated alongside the use of Makaton and this allowed her to express her needs effectively and be assisted within a timely manner.
· Encouraged independence in all day-to-day tasks, such as personal hygiene, shopping, cooking and cleaning.
Live out Nanny Stuttgart, Germany (February 2020 – July 2020)
• Supported a family with their two children (girls aged 3 and 18 months) within a childminding capacity, with a focus on teaching English to the eldest child.
• Created a safe, fun and engaging environment for the children to facilitate their continued development, allowing an essential moment of respite for their parents. Most notably, utilising learning through play techniques in order to integrate her English knowledge within a real life context.
• Nurtured a trusting relationship with the parents, allowing them to fully relax with complete confidence. The parents were initially apprehensive about solo care of their new born. However, within 2 weeks they felt able to hand over full responsibility, allowing them to properly recuperate.
Amazon (Warehouse Picker) Pforzheim, Germany (June 2019 – February 2020)
• Worked within a multi-cultural team in ensure all item picking objectives were achieved within strict deadlines.
• Pursued professional development through attainment of a forklift driving qualification.
St Elizabeth’s Residential Centre (Care and Support worker) Hertfordshire, UK (January 2018 – March 2019)
• Provided a stimulating and safe environment for adults with learning difficulties and epilepsy by supporting them with their daily routines. This included personal hygiene, laundry, cleaning, shopping, cooking, and feeding.
• Provided risk assessment and event planning services to clients to allow them to pursue and develop their outside interests through day trips and attending events. For example, a particular client had a real love and passion for Harry Potter. A small team of us organised a trip for her and her friends to travel to and visit the Harry Potter Studio, an unforgettable experience for all.
• Supported in morning and bedtime care routines, encouraging independence and choice making throughout. This allowed clients to maintain their independence and dignity.
Oasis 2 (Day Centre Support worker) Hertfordshire, UK (June 2017 – April 2019)
· See above description
Mummy SOS (Mobile Crèche Deputy Manager) Hertfordshire, UK (June 2017 – November 2018)
• Managed all administrative tasks of the crèche throughout the events. Ensuring all children were signed in/out and any dietary or medical conditions were logged efficiently.
• Provided a fun and stimulating atmosphere for the babies and children to play in.
• Executed detailed care plans in supporting the children during these events. This included incorporation of parallel play, toileting, feeding and hygiene while ensuring strict adherence to the risk assessment framework.
Private Care (Self Employed - Shared Carer) Hertfordshire, UK (January 2012 – Present)
• Providing support to a number of different families, both in a home environment and out in the community.
• Organising fun and engaging days out/ trips away, which suits their interests/ hobbies.
• Consistently providing outstanding care and support with all young people, ensuring safety at all times.
• Encouraged independence, life skills, communication, social skills and choice making.
• Ensured all day trips out were client based led, fun and stimulating.
Amwell View School (Teaching Assistant) Hertfordshire, UK (January 2012 – September 2016)
• Provided a fun, stimulating and safe environment for children with a mix of abilities and medical conditions within a school environment. Working closely with the class teacher in ensuing all care plans, behaviour management plans and risk assessments are followed correctly and up to date.
• Pursued professional development by attending regular training and taking responsibility to lead classes.
• Encouraged the students to interact and socialise with each other using communication aids such as; symbols and Makaton – fostering a stimulating and safe environment for the children to develop their interpersonal skills.
• Supported Children and young adults with sensory issues in the sensory room using adaptive switches.
SEN Nanny (Part time - Personal Care Assistant) Hertfordshire, UK (April 2011 – September 2016)
• Supported a Father and terminally ill Mother with two young Autistic boys. This involved completing domestic duties such as changing beds, laundry, ironing and simple cooking. Supporting the boys with homework, developing social skills, learning life skills and organising weekends away and day trips out.
• Provided support and supervision during their mother’s funeral and helping the boys process their grief.
• Provided necessary respite for the Father.
• Allowed the boys to enjoy themselves and pursue personal interests and hobbies while learning important life skills in a safe and fun environment.