Please take the time to read this! Thought i might fill you guys in more about me
Hi there my name is Mikayla Bouma and I am 21. I have been working with and around children for just over seven years, and have experience with all ages from new born babies, to primary aged children.
I have moved around a lot in the last ten years but I originally lived in Brisbane. We moved to the Northern Territory when my dad joined the NT Police Force, and since then have lived in Darwin multiple times, Katherine multiple times, and Kalkarinji once. Whilst living in Kalkarinji my younger sister and i were homeschooled, so I have definately seen different perspectives.
My mother is now a Paramedic for St. John Ambulance, providing me with strong members of the community as parents and guides through life.
My passion for working with and advocating for children at Palmerston Aquatic Centre, as a lifeguard at fourteen years old, from then on i knew i was very maternal through my interactions with the children and was thus destined to be an educator. From there i moved to Durack Outside School Hours Care, and was very happy with my position, work mates, and children in the service.
My family then uprooted to Katherine where i gained my first time experience in long day care starting with preschool aged children, and gradually working with the babies. I ended up dropping out of school as i was really unhappy, working full time for a bit and then i moved to Darwin on my own at the ripe age of 17 and a half! I transferred from Little Geckos in Katherine to Kids Force in Winnellie and from there i moved around all the Mission Australia Early Learning Centres gaining more experience, and helping out all of the centres .
My most challenging role was being the assistant group leader of Wulagi Early Learning's Toddler Room as the group leader had a medical condition and was regularly away. This role had massive shoes to fill, but as I always have, I stepped up to the plate, and did what needed to be done, to give those kids the best experience. I have been a group leader many times before and currently am a lead educator for a 15month to 2years and over room at NT EXPLORERS.
I have owned and operated 'Darwin Babysitting' for four years, and also ran Katherine Babysitting for a year after deciding in June of 2013 I decided I wanted more out of my life, and wanted to do more for myself. I moved back home to my parents house in Katherine, went back to year twelve as a 19 year old senior in order to have a better chance of being accepted into university to study my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Primary Teaching.
In October 2014 my family moved back to Darwin and gave me the great pleasure of re-opening Darwin Babysitting.
I really cant explain the connection I have with children, it is just instinct, and I feel as happy, if not happier, than they are. There are some children that I form an nondetachable bond with straight away, and there are those that slowly form a friendship with me, but as I have learnt with my experience every child is different. Since I have started working with children, I have always worked FOR children, not for a corporation, not for a business, and not for the money. I do what I do because I love it, and because childrens rights are of utmost importance, and advocating for those rights is just as important.
I offer competitive rates as follows:
$20 per hour for up to four children
$5 per hour for each additional child
***Please note different rates apply for combined family bookings, full day bookings, overnight bookings, and big occasions (e.x. New Years Eve, Darwin Cup Races, Family Members Birthday, ect.) & I have a minimum fee of $60 for anything under 3 hours of babysitting, or a minimum booking of 3 hours.***
I have plenty of references upon request, and am available for meet and greets - i do have a busy schedule however i will always try my best to ensure my availiability for a meet and greet - but the earlier the booking is made the higher chance of the booking being available, and a meet and greet date applicable before the booked date.
Please don't hesitate to contact me on the following details:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/darwinbabysitting or www.facebook.com/mikaylailza
WELCOME TO DARWIN BABYSITTING!!
Where we aim to provide the highest quality of loving, nurturing care to each and every child and are dedicated educators.
BABYSITTERS AFFILIATED WITH DARWIN BABYSITTING:
21 years old, seven years experience, studying diploma of early childhood education, and bachelor of early childhood education and primary teaching, ochre card, first aid, cpr, anaphylaxis, a