First of all, please introduce who you are and what you do when you’re not babysitting?
My name is Courtney. When I’m not babysitting, I like to read, cook, exercise and head outdoors. I work full time, however I am about to start studying full time from March.
What was it that got you interested in becoming a babysitter?
I’ve babysat since my early years in high school. At first, like any teenager, it was to earn some extra money, but as time progressed through my babysitting career, I began to appreciate the relationships built between myself and my regular clients. I find it incredibly rewarding watching children grow and find their personalities. I like to do my best to create a comfortable environment, as I also understand that a change in routine can be upsetting.
What new experiences, skills gained, challenges etc have you had as a babysitter that you didn’t expect when you started?
Every family has a different routine and environment, so it’s important to understand every clients routine. What may work for one child, may not work with the next. It’s important to compromise and understand what each child needs, to help them through their routine.
What is the proudest moment you’ve had so far as a babysitter?
My proudest moment is when children ask their parents if I can babysit them again. I find it extremely rewarding knowing that children have had a great experience.
How has your own background impacted the way you interact with children?
I grew up with a big family, so interacting with people who are older and younger has always come naturally. I’ve spent a lot of time in retail and promotions in the past, which has helped me to multitask, and think on my feet.
What makes you different to other sitters?
I found that I was enjoying babysitting much more than my full time job. I have decided to make a career change, and start studying with Auckland Uni from March, to become a Primary Teacher. I’ll be gaining new skills from my studies, which will benefit my babysitting.
What are your next big plans or dreams that babysitting will help you get to?
As I am going to study Primary Teaching with Auckland Uni, I will be able to help children grow, and guide them through their studies. Im excited to take this opportunity, and help better children’s education.
What would your advice be for anyone who is thinking of joining Babysitters Club as a sitter? And why?
Are you passionate about children? Is babysitting something you are passionate about? If it is, go for it! It’s important that you become a babysitter for the right reasons, because a child might look up to you for help and guidance, which is a big responsibility.
Finally, any advice for people who are dreaming of doing what you did?
Really take the time to think about what you want out of your life. If you are thinking of becoming a teacher, take the time to sit in on a class environment for a day or two. It’s never easy making the change to go back and study, you just need to take the jump, and go for it.