Meet Megan!

December 6th, 2012 by kimfdj

My name is Megan and I recently moved to Hawaii to be closer to my sister. I am 23 years old and for the past 5 years I worked as a Teacher for Gymboree Play and Music, leading kids in mommy and activitities.  It was such a great opportunity to meet and watch the little ones grow from about 8 weeks to 5 years.

I have been babysitting since I was 15 years old, primarily on weekends and evenings in high school. I took child development classes after graduating from high school.

During my time at Gymboree I built great relationships with the kids and families and I began to babysit for a lot of those families on an as-needed basis.  It was wonderful to be able to be apart of their lives outside of Gymboree.

One of my favorite positions was working as a part time nanny to twin boys from 7 to 22 months.

My family means the world to me.  I have a very tight bond with each and everyone of them. My sister is expecting her first child in 2013 which is why I moved to Hawaii.  In my spare time I like to go to the beach, shopping and just lounge around and watch movies.  Since I’ve moved, my favorite thing is to Skype with my 4 year old niece and my 7 year old nephew.

My goal here is help families by taking care of their children and making the parents life easier.  I would love to meet and build a relationship with each and every family i meet.  I will make sure the kids are having great fun and exciting learning activities.  I look forward to meeting you and helping take care of your pride and joy.

Meet Alyssa

October 5th, 2012 by kimfdj

Hello!  My name is Alyssa, I am 23 and I just recently moved to Hawaii after getting married to my husband  in April 2012 who proudly serves in the army. I grew up in the absolutely stunning Flathead Valley in Montana. I lived there for 20 years. I am the eldest of four sisters so I had my fair share of family babysitting over the years. Along with having my parents in Montana,my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all live within a 20 mile radius which allowed for family gathering on every holiday, birthdays and Sunday dinners after church . I now see how lucky I was to have such a close and amazing family. I was also very blessed  in the sense that I got to experience so much that Montana has to offer. I spent my summers taking all the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors that I could and I was and I am still willing to try new things whenever possible.

 After high school I went to college at Montana State University to study nursing and para-medicine  While in college I discovered my passion for fire fighting and being an EMT. I proceeded served on fire departments for four years gaining life experience I could get no where else. I then moved to Seattle and became a nanny for 2 separate  families on Mercer Island. I realized that  I was able to serve others more effectively being a nanny then working in marketing so I quit my marketing job and began working  for a nanny agency called Annie’s Nannies where I  was blessed to work with families all over Seattle. I also was presented with the opportunity to volunteer in my church’s Sunday school and was able  to interact and teach children of all different ages.
I am now loving everything Hawaii has to offer and  starting to work on finishing my nursing degree. I hope that with the opportunities I am going to receive  working with families in Hawaii I can share my love for the outdoors, cooking, baking, arts and crafts  and the simple joy of playing on a playground. I try to met all the families needs, understand and respect their parenting styles and see every job as an opportunity to serve and learn from others.

Meet Autumn

August 29th, 2012 by kimfdj

My name is Autumn Duckworth. I recently got married and moved to Honolulu in March of 2011. I am 29 years old and have had the privilege of working with children of all ages. Over the past 18 years, I have gained experience working for many families with children between the ages of 4 wks. old to 16 years of age as a Household Manager and Nanny.

My undergrad degree is in Food and Nutritional Sciences from Seattle Pacific University. I am certified in Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED as well as Basic First Aid. Currently, I have been working as a Registered Dietitian for WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) for the last three and a half years, coaching pregnant women through birth and labor as a Certified Birth Doula, and providing breastfeeding education and support as a Certified Lactation Counselor at WIC and for The Salvation Army Family Treatment Services program.

My free time in Hawaii is spent volunteering weekly at the Salvation Army Therapeutic Nursery, serving in the Childrens Ministry at my church in Kaimuki, hiking, running half marathons, being outdoors, and venturing about the island with my husband.

My hope and goal is to provide optimal care for your children by keeping them safe, providing activities to better stimulate the mind, encouraging healthy active living, helping make your job as parents easier, and creating an environment filled with fun! I’m looking forward to meeting and working with you to ensure that your family has the opportunity to be the best Ohana here in Hawaii!

Thank you again and blessings!

Meet Aria

July 14th, 2012 by kimfdj

Aloha! My name is Aria. I’ve lived on the North Shore for two years now and I’m going to school here at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. I’m a Music major and I plan to go on to graduate school to study Speech Pathology after my time at BYUH. I want to work as a speech therapist in elementary schools when I grow up get a bit older. I was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’m the oldest of 5 kids and have been working with kids…since before I left that age group. I’ve been the neighborhood babysitter ever since I got my first CPR certification at a Safe-Sitter course when I was 12. I’m a musician and a swimmer. I am still a certified Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, I worked in that capacity at a few community pools for 4 years in Las Vegas. I love teaching and working with children just about as much as I love water. I love bubbles, kites, and sandcastles and I prefer running around with kids to almost anything else. I cherish child creativity and try to foster it whenever I get the chance. I know that your children are your most prized possessions and I look forward to helping you with them. Aloha!

Meet Sheila!

April 25th, 2012 by kimfdj

Aloha!  My name is Sheila, and I am originally from just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.  I have been living on Oahu’s North Shore for a number of years now, having moved to Hawai`i in 2006.  I have been caring for children for over ten years, beginning as the family babysitter.  I have sophisticated my skills through multiple positions, including pre-school assistant teacher (providing sole responsibility for up to six children at a time), Autism skills trainer, as well as a private family nanny, in addition to various babysitting jobs.

I firmly believe in the power of patience and attentiveness when caring for kids.  Children respond to, and appreciate, genuine care from an adult in charge of keeping them safe.  I practice an open, two-way street style of care, believing that there are many things about the world that I can offer to a child as a learning experience, as well as acknowledging that each child’s individual experience in this would gives him or her something to share with me.  Cautious and conscious, safety is a huge deal to me, and I provide that to children, as well as families, in the form of not only standard safety protocols, but also providing comfort and trustworthiness. I am highly conscious of age appropriateness with how I relate to a child with regard to conversation/ verbal interaction, activities chosen as entertainment, and learning level and abilities.  I naturally incorporate learning into the majority of activities I do with a child–remember how much you had available to learn when you were just a kid!  The world is an oyster!  While I practice a great deal of education-play, I additionally recognize that each kid is at his or her own pace, learns differently, and can take away different things from the same experience than another child.  I respect this level of individuality in children and celebrate it.  As a mother of a toddler, I put this belief into practice daily, and do so with joy and appreciation of the opportunity to share and learn.

I practice Yoga, on and off the mat, incorporating the principles of kindness, openness, and love in all areas of my life.  I am an avid swimmer, and enjoy calm and purifying energy of the beach-especially up on the North Shore! I am fluent in Spanish, and have a passion for learning through experience about cultures around the world.  I think we could all learn a lot from each other.  The diversity in Hawai`i is one of the main reasons I chose to make Oahu my home.

I appreciate the time spent to read through my information, and look forward with working with each family I meet.  Thank you, and Aloha!

Meet Sarah!

April 18th, 2012 by kimfdj

Aloha, my name is Sarah! I am a twenty-three year old teacher from Mililani, Hawaii. I was born and lived for a few years in Upstate New York, and went to high school in Rhode Island, but in my heart, Hawaii is home. I received a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from the University of Hawaii in May 2011! My hobbies include hiking, going to the beach, spending time with family and working out!

I work at a local, public elementary school as both a health teacher and intervention reading and math teacher for children who are struggling to meet the standards. It is an incredibly rewarding and fun job, as children are the most open-minded, active and imaginative folks around!

As a nanny I am always sure to strictly follow the directions of the parents I am working for, but almost as important, I try to develop relationships with each child I watch. As a teacher I have developed many techniques to make the children think whatever activity we are doing is wildly fun and exciting, and you can bet I use these techniques when watching children! I turn brushing teeth into an adventure, bed time into a contest and eating broccoli into a strength building exercise! I am there to ensure your child is safe, taken care of and most importantly to provide them with an enjoyable experience while you are away! I look forward to the opportunity to share time with you and your precious bundle of joy!

Meet Kate

March 27th, 2012 by kimfdj

Hello, my name is Kate.

I am 19 years old. I graduated from Kahuku high school last year and I am planning to go the Oklahoma Horseshoeing School in June. I am the oldest of five sisters. I love to work with young children and I am comfortable working with newborns to pre-teens.  I have experience working with autistic and ADHD children as a member of the Waianae Youth Sailing Program. I currently volunteer my time assisting children during riding lessons at Kahana valley and Gunstock ranch.

Meet Paige

January 20th, 2012 by kimfdj

My name is Paige! I am a 23-year-old student studying business entrepreneurship! My dream is to be able to run leadership programs for young children/pre-teens. I am the oldest of 5 kids and have always been the “babysitter” for my family and neighborhood! I have worked with kids over the past 10 years, teaching art, camps, and babysitting! I was a live-in nanny for several years and have worked with many disabled children. I love helping kids feel comfortable and have fun! I am CPR/First Aid Certified. I have worked with many families who have asked me to go on vacations or fly to where they live just to stay with their children while they are out of town. Trust is key! And I can assure each parent that their children will be in good hands.

Meet Leah

January 19th, 2012 by kimfdj

Aloha y’all!  My name is Leah and I am a 23 yr old from Wyoming living here in Hawaii with my husband Darren. I just got my associates in music and arts but I am a professional cook by trade.  I come from a big family of 10 children!  I have 7 brothers and 2 sisters.  Needless to say I have been around children and infants my entire life.  I have close family that are special Needs and I have experience with Cerebral Palsy and Autism.  Childcare to me is important because I believe families are central to happiness and I treat each child as if I am their older sister.

I think that being responsible and caring to the families I serve is important as well as gaining the trust of  the kids and being a good influence in action and speech.  I am very good at handling chaos and stressful situations and being a kid at heart as I ensure the kids that they have a friend in their nanny.

I have experience with dietary concerns such as gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance and vegetarianism.  I have experience with newborns, infants, special needs and kids who need alot of energy and attention.  I am fluent in Tagalog and intermediate in ASL.

I hope that the parents can be at ease while they have someone else caring over their children and know that they are in good hands.  I hope to meet your wonderful family soon!

Meet Melissa

January 18th, 2012 by kimfdj

Hi my name is Melissa, I am 24 and recently moved to the North Shore of Oahu, from San Diego. I have been working with kids since I was 12, and in 2006 joined a child care agency based out of San Diego called Munchkin Minders. I was with the agency for over 5 years and met and developed great relationships with many families. I have worked with infants as young as 6 weeks up to 12 years of age and everything in between. I love working with kids and am constantly thinking of new creative ideas to keep them entertained, having fun, and most importantly well cared for. I live a pretty active lifestyle; I grew up surfing and being outdoors, and try to incorporate that with each new family I meet. It’s been so amazing to watch families grow, and being their nanny along the way has been a very rewarding experience. I really try and get to know each child on an individual level and accommodate any special needs they may have. Each child is different with different personalities and wants, and I think it’s very important to always recognize that.

I have experience doing in home childcare, as well as working big conventions in hotels, caring for multiple children at once. I have definitely acquired a lot of patience and responsibility ethic from working with kids, and hope to one day become an elementary school teacher. I am CPR/First aid certified with the American Red Cross. I look forward to meeting with you and your munchkins! Aloha! :o)