Sarah Shafer: Nanny and Babysitter in Kennesaw, GA

Put my experience to work for your family!

About Me

I am a thirty-one-year-old wife and mother to a sweet almost-2-year-old boy. I have been a professional nanny for over a decade and love being able to put my passion for encouraging learning, exploration and wonder to work in both my nanny charges and also in my son. I focus on getting children outdoors, reading, experimenting, and learning in all sorts of ways every day.

 

I am a Kennesaw State University graduate (magna cum laude) with a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I graduated in May of 2010. I'm so excited to have graduated with a degree that will assist me in provide top notch care for the families that I work with. I have over ten years of experience as a local nanny and have been babysitting for over 15 years. I have been certified by the American Heart Association in Infant, Child, and Adult CPR, First Aid, and AED, and am also a member of Metro Atlanta Nannies, a fantastic local nanny group that helps me stay connected with other professionals and provides group activity opportunities.

 

Here I am making wood/tree blocks for a tree unit during my curriculum planning class

 I have had many background checks done in the past and would be perfectly willing to submit to another, if desired, as well as any other "checks" desired. As an education major, I had a background check run before each major field experience, you can rest assured that I have "passed the test" numerous times!

 

As the oldest of four children, I've been helping my mom with taking care of my siblings for as long as I can remember. I have always loved children, and look forward to being a mother some day. For now, I am fully enjoying getting to know families and children in my area. It is such a privilege to be able to work with such wonderful children and families! Though I have a degree typically used to work in preschools and elementary schools, I do not think that I will ever spend much time teaching in a traditional school setting, though I am interested in being a governess, a sort of "home school teacher," working on teaching a child or children at home, working with their parents to develop an individual curriculum and assist in teaching. I may even open my own preschool/home daycare some day! My own parents home schooled me, and I really appreciate the benefits that their teaching me at home provided, working with my strengths and weaknesses, and providing unique opportunities. This approach really encouraged my growth in becoming a life long learner.

  

For more information on my qualifications, please refer to my resume and feel free to ask me for more information. Thank you!  

 

my mother and I at my high school                My sister and I after my graduation from Kennesaw State

      graduation.   (May 2005)                           University. (May 2010)

Special Experience/Abilities

I try to maintain an eco/energy-conscious living space, and carry this into my work as much as possible as well.  I have a stash of various babycarriers (tulas, kinderpacks, a ring sling, as well as a few wraps), which allow me to provide lots of snuggles and foster a close connection. I also cloth diaper my son and am very open to working with families who CD. :)

 

I have experience dealing with a both formula and breast milk feeding (my own son was breastfed, got donor milk and had some formula), lactose-free diet, nut allergies, kosher, as well as organic diets. I am also familiar with how to use an EpiPen, though, thankfully, I've never had to use one!

 

I was a therapy assistant during high school for two sweet twin boys with autism and also have been a nanny to a little girl with Downs syndrom, so I have some experience dealing with special needs, and I am very open to learning and adjusting to accommodate children where they are. I have mild Sensory Processing Disorder myself and have done a lot of research on good activities to do to help with sensory integration.

 

I have experience driving children. This is a valuable and important part of providing quality care to children that I care for on a regular full-time basis. I drive a mini van so I am able to easily provide safe transportation for multiple children and can accommodate several care seats in addition to my son's rear-facing seat.

 

I know how to cook, and enjoy doing age appropriate cooking and art activities with children. Some examples include: baking cookies and biscuits, making salt-play dough, making almond/peanut butter play dough, finger painting, making collages, etc.

 

I have experience with maintaining and notating daily schedules. I have done everything from keeping a detailed daily log of all activities/feeding/diaper changes for an infant, to just keeping notes for parents about meals, naps, and anything else important that might come up.

 

I have experience with multiples, having cared for twin infant girls and twin infant young-adolescent boys during high school. I have also worked as a nanny for two sets of twin boys, toddler-Pre-K. I understand the challenges involved and absolutely love it.

Having grown up with siblings and caring for many large families, I am no stranger to multi-age siblings either! I enjoy my singletons and twins, but also love working with larger families as well.