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Laura M.

Babysitter in Lake Forest, CA 92630.

Looking for work as a babysitter.

Lake Forest, CA

  • Age 54
  • 10 years paid experience
  • Female

Last signed in: Within six months

Rating Average rating of 4 (3 reviews)

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4 out of 5 stars

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Laura was great. She very kindly came to watch the kids at the last minute, and was incredibly nice about it. ...

- Jennifer M.
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Preferred Rate $12-$20 per hour

Laura’s Bio

Hello, I am 51 years old and have been babysitting since the age of 12, so I guess that means I have 39 years' experience -- wow!  In the past 13 years, being an aunt many times over, I have babysat children from just after birth until middle school age.  I absolutely love children, and am a very interactive babysitter (reading to the children, playing with dolls and/or plastic soldiers, building forts, doing puzzles/crafts, helping with homework, helping with piano lessons, baking cookies, etc., etc.)  I have a very calm and gentle personality, but am also a lot of fun and enjoy bringing laughter into the lives of those I'm with.  I do light cooking and prepare meals when needed, and will do some light housekeeping,   Several years ago, I had worked part-time and on-call for an attorney's family, babysitting two adorable little girls ages 5 and 7. I did this for about two years. 

Right now, I work from home for a court reporting service. I have not done any babysitting since 2010 or so, but am looking to occasionally babysit because I love to be in the company of children and have so much fun doing this.  The kinds of jobs that interest me most are occasional babysitting in the late afternoons (possibly earlier) to evenings, such as date nights, special occasions, that sort of thing.  I am not looking for any full-time positions, but thank you to those of you who have written asking about this.  If I sound like what you're looking for, please e-mail me directly at dressingesther@gmail.com.  Thanks so much for your interest! 

Blessings, 

Laura   

P.S. I am also available to house sit and pet sit, and will be filling out those profiles shortly on this website. Again ... thanks!

Experience

Age Specific Experience

10 years of paid child care experience with:

  • First year
  • Toddlers (1 to 3 years)
  • Preschooler (3 to 5 years)
  • Grade School (6 to 11 years)

2 to 3 years of infant care experience

  • Overnight care
  • Occasional care

Availability

My availability calendar is valid through 2/6/2015

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Skills & Abilities

Homework Help:

  • Finishing homework
  • Checking answers
  • Studying for a test
  • Proofreading
  • Basic Math
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Science
  • Earth Science
  • Science
  • English
  • Essay Writing
  • Social Studies

Additional Services:

  • Meal Preparation
  • Laundry
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Swimming Supervision
  • Crafts
  • Willing to run errands as needed
  • Willing to drive children to events, school, appointments, or carpooling

Reviews

4 out of 5 stars

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5

Laura is an excellent childcare provider. Laura is a very good communicator either by phone or e-mail and she responds in a timely manner to request. Upon meeting Laura the evening of the assignment my 2 yr old daughter was very at ease with her. Laura followed our directions regarding our children’s meals and bedtime. We are very pleased with Laura and we will be requesting Laura’s childcare services in the future. Teresa J.

- Teresa J.

Provider's Response

This is meant as a review of Teresa and Jeff, as well as their adorable children, Abby and Jake.

The moment you walk in the door, you will know what true Southern hospitality is. The first time I babysat for them was on Valentine's Day, and they had a box of candy waiting for me, as well as a flower in a vase! And they also asked ahead of time what my favorite snacks and drinks were! Talk about being treated like royalty! And Teresa and Jeff are very kind, and a pleasure to work for. They leave easy to follow instructions regarding the kids, and are not demanding in the least (e.g., they understand if it may take the kids a little while to calm down and get ready for sleep).

And their children are a delight to babysit for. Abby is two, but certainly not one in her "terrible two's!" She is a bit shy at first, but warms up quickly and is very affectionate and talkative, and she loves to help in the care of her baby brother.

And Jake could be the next Gerber's baby. I have never seen a child who had a more constant smile on his face than this adorable little boy. He is happy all the time, loves to cruise around the furniture, and is also very affectionate.

In all honesty, this is the best babysitting job I've had in my entire career of babysitting!

5

Laura was great. She very kindly came to watch the kids at the last minute, and was incredibly nice about it. She took wonderful care of them, and we would definitely call her again!

- Jennifer M.
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I hired Laura to work for me on a perminant basis. On her start date for training, she called me a 1/2 hr. before she was to arrive to notify me that she was sick & couldn't make it. Throughout the week, she assured me that she'd be better in time for her start date which was 3 day later. Again, 1/2 hr. prior to the time she was to arrive she called me to say that she couldn't make it because she was still too ill. Then, she e-mailed me 2 days later notifying me that she had an "emergency" & had to leave town for 3 weeks leaving me high & dry without a sitter after I'd had a month's notice from my previous sitter. She wouldn't even return my call to discuss the situation as I was hoping for a valid reason to give her a chance. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND HER!! She portrays herself as a thoughtful, kid person but obviously is not.

- Jessica C.

Provider's Response

This was a very unfortunate situation for all concerned. I became suddenly ill right before I was to meet with Jessica for her to show me how she likes her little boy to be put to bed and to babysit for an hour or two while she and her husband went out afterwards. I was very, very ill with a stomach flu, losing 7 pounds in 2 days, and then being unable to get out of bed for a week afterwards. I take my responsibilities very seriously, and tried as hard as I could to make the first Wednesday I was to babysit. But after readying myself for work, I found I could not yet even sit down, let alone stand. Jessica is a teacher, and I called her cell phone with a message, letting her know the situation at 9:30 a.m. Because she was in a meeting for an hour, as she later told me, she did not get the message that I was unable to come until I called her a second time, just to make sure she got the message, making it now 10:30 a.m., 1 hour before I was to be there. I profusely apologized on each occasion, and made sure to keep in contact with her via emails, letting her know of my progress. I asked her if she needed me two days later, as I was planning on being there, she informed me no, and to not show up again until she called me at some later time. The next day, I received news of an emergency nature, and am now writing from Northern California. I emailed Jessica right away to let her know Thursday, but I was still sick in bed and could not yet get up. Her first response to me was by phone call sometime Saturday, when my cell phone was acting up. She then emailed me a very angry email, to which I responded again and echoed my profuse apologies for letting her and her family down, and asking her forgiveness. And today, 9/11/08, I read this review. In all honesty, my impression of Jessica was a very good one up until her last email to me and then this review. Her children are well-behaved and adorable, and I very much looked forward to working with them. But this was a situation that I could not control. If you are reading this before responding to Jessica's ad for a babysitter, I hope you will not judge her harshly for the anger and frustration she exhibits here. And if you would like to know more about me based on my actual work, I have two 5-star ratings here, and an excellent reference for a family I have babysat for two years. Thank you.

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Laura M.
Laura M.
Lake Forest, CA 92630
54

years
of age

10

years experience

Preferred Rate $12-$20 per hour

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