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Melissa G.

Babysitter in San Francisco, CA 94132.

Looking for work as a babysitter.

San Francisco, CA

  • Age 50
  • 30 years paid experience
  • Female

Last signed in: Within six months

Rating Average rating of 5 (17 reviews)

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We were so lucky to find Melissa for our extended vacation in the San Fran area. Melissa accompanied our family ...

- Melani B.
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Preferred Rate $18-$25 per hour

Melissa’s Bio

I'm a mother of 2 young adult sons, 8 nieces & nephews, 2 great nephews. I've worked PROFESSIONALLY with families over the past 6 years and am currently working as a Flexible babysitter. My history involves working in healthcare as I'm on staff at SFGH Birthing Center. Besides childcare & petsitting, I am a SFNR trained birth doula specializing in NIGHT and postpartum work. As an educator/consultant, my training & work experience aid families pertaining to newborn/infancy specialty through childhood development. If you think I could be of service to your family and would like to have a phone interview, I could be reached initially through the website. I wish you the best in your childcare endeavors. Take Good Care, -Melissa
Hello and thank you for taking the time to review my profile as you prospect childcare. Besides nanny services, I'm a Birth Doula, specializing in Night and Postpartum care. I volunteer at HPP, TAPP, & SFGH Birthing Center. My background clearance is with the Dept. of Justice and I'm CPR certified as well. I'm a non-smoking mother of two young adult sons and an aunt of 8 neices and nephews and 2 great nephews. Besides experience with my own family, as a single mother over the past 20 years, childhood development encapsulated much of my life. There was a lot of Share-care & farming my sons out on playdates in order to meet school and work demands. I was the soccer mom, classroom parent, auction projects coordinator in charge of fundraising, etc. Yes, I had to do it all. Not to mention that as a young adult, I worked as a preschool aid and Live-In Nanny. Its my philosophy that children are one of life's treasures; to be honored, respected, educated, and loved. I LOVE spending time with them. I've been Professionally working with families for over 27 years now and can appreciate the milestones of development and challenges that families face. Besides Infant and Childcare, I do light housekeeping, petsitting, and personal assisting. I have experience with twins and prefer not to babysit more than 3 at a time; at times though, I make exceptions.
If you think I could be of service to your family and would like to have a an initial phone interview, I could be reached initially through the website. Thank-you for your time and my best to you in your childcare endeavors.

Experience

Age Specific Experience

30 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)
  • Pre-teen/Teenagers (12 years and over)

More than 10 years of infant care experience

  • Instruction (proper swaddling, feeding, changing, bathing)
  • Assist with setting a routine
  • Overnight care
  • Mother's helper
  • Occasional care

Special Needs Experience

Age groups: Infant, Youth, Adult, Senior
Has own special needs child
Years of Experience: 2 to 3 years

Special Needs Care Experience

  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Social/Emotional

Special Needs Conditional Experience

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Juvenile Diabetes
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mobility Challenges
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Premature Newborn

Special Needs Services Experience

  • Administering Medication
  • Assistance With Transportation
  • Bathing
  • Bed Baths
  • Bladder and Bowel Assistance
  • Dressing Assistance
  • Feeding Assistance
  • Grooming and Hygiene
  • Lifting and Transferring
  • Mobility Assistance
  • Positive Behavioral Support
  • Recreational Music or Art Therapy
  • Repositioning
  • Specific Meal Preparation (foods to avoid, etc.)

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My availability calendar is valid through 11/5/2013

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Skills & Abilities

Languages Spoken:

  • Other

Homework Help:

  • Checking answers
  • Proofreading
  • Basic Math
  • Elementary Science
  • English
  • Social Studies

Additional Services:

  • Meal Preparation
  • Laundry
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Swimming Supervision
  • Potty Training
  • Travel with Family
  • Willing to run errands as needed
  • Willing to drive children to events, school, appointments, or carpooling

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

5 star  (16)
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5

Melissa recently came to babysit our 3 children (ages 9, 8 and 4), and they really enjoyed her. She has a friendly and energetic attitude and immediately made a positive connection with each child. My kids were instantly engaged with her. She showed careful attention to our wishes and left the kids a sweet note when she left. The next day my kids asked when they could see her again. I intend to call her again.

- Maria F.

Provider's Response

Thank you Maria. I really appreciate your sincere thoughts and support. I too look forward to visiting with the kids again.
Melissa

5

Melissa has been wonderful looking after my 2 daughters (ages 9 and 4) in the afternoon. She picks them up from school, takes them to gymnastics and any after school activities, gets them a snack and gets homework started, and plays with them either at our house or the park until my husband and I get home. She has been dependable and reliable, and my kids love her to pieces. She is very conscientious about nutrition, safety, and health (snacks are healthy, sweaters are on when it’s chilly, overly aggressive play is redirected, etc.)

I also really appreciate that she has older kids of her own, and can anticipate what needs to be done around the house and is very considerate about making sure it gets done. I’ll often come home to find the dishwasher has been emptied, just so the kids dishes could be loaded instead of piled in the sink, or that all the things jammed in my freezer have been sorted so that I can find everything. While these extras aren’t her primary responsibility, they really speak to her work ethic: when she does a job, she does it right. I would (and have) absolutely recommend Melissa to anyone.

- Michelle E.

Provider's Response

Michelle:
Thank you for your kind words. I too also enjoy your family to pieces. I couldn't have asked for a better family to work for.
Best - Melissa

5

Melissa has babysat for my toddler daughter many times now and has been extremely reliable and responsive! My daughter is shy, but has really taken to Melissa, and as one of the other reviewers said, she is great about anticipating the needs of the child AND the parent. She keeps my daughter busy and on-the-go, which has been great now that I'm pregnant and increasingly unable to do those things myself. I highly recommend her!

- Jill S.

Provider's Response

Thank you Jill for your kind words! It's a joy playing and developing Margaux's young mind. Running after an 18 mo. old is challenging in and of itself. I'm only too glad to be of service during this joyous time in your life.

Melissa

5

Melissa took care of my 10- and 14-year-old daughters for three days while I was on a business trip. She is wonderful, the kids love her, and we hope to have her back the next time. (In addition to keeping the kids happy and healthy, Melissa went above and beyond the call in terms of cooking and cleaning.)

- Gretchen F.

Provider's Response

Thank you Gretchen for such a nice review. I really enjoyed the girls also. They were so much fun. I'm glad I was able to be there for them and help out around the house in tidying up. Again, thanks for having me and I look forward to spending time with the girls in the near future.

5

Melissa has worked for our family over the last 3 months caring for our 3 year old and 5 year old daughters. They absolutely love her. She has been a joy to work with. She picks our girls up from school on weekday afternoons, plays at the park, reads, and helps with homework as needed. She also takes initiative to help organize things for us, perform light housekeeping, and even cook for the entire family when we are running a little late. We cannot recommend her highly enough.

- Derek S.

Provider's Response

Thank you Derek. Wonderful words from a wonderful dad.

All the Best :o)

5

Melissa watched our two dogs (a Maltese and a Shih Tzu) while we vacationed in Mexico for a week. She was GREAT. She was straight forward and dependable. She followed their normal schedule, and was very accomodating to the little things that make each dog happy (e.g., the Maltese likes to sleep in the bed, and the Shih Tzu likes to go to the dog park each morning to meet his friends).

While away, she sent us text messages to let us know how the dogs are faring... and was very quick to reply to any text messages we sent her to check-in on them.

When we got home, she had straightened up the place, and left it cleaner than when we left! =) She even got us a little paper towel holder for our kitchen, which we hadn't bothered to purchase yet... but had been needing for awhile.

I highly recommend Melissa. We will use her again for when we travel. She is very honest and trustworthy, which is a must when someone stays at your place for an extended period of time.

Thanks so much Melissa!

- Sue Y.

Provider's Response

Thank you Sue. Bailey & Dexter were too much fun. I look forward to spending time with them again. I hope that the pregnancy is going smoothly and I'm looking forward to meeting the newest member of the family. All the best, Melissa

5

Melissa was very responsive and caring to our two older dogs. And while I was away, she would text me updates on how the dogs are doing and always responsive if I called. She was flexible to stay overnight or do daysitting, depending on the situation. Our dogs were very happy and safe with her! We also knew our place was being looked after with her there.

Kelly M., San Francisco

- Kelly M.
5

Melissa is caring and energtic, and imediately connected with my children. She is great with keeping my three children occupied, and entertained even though all three have different personailites and intersts. She is very responsible and I feel comfortable leaving her with my three children. All three of my children look forward to when Melissa will care for them again.

- Curtis M.
5

Melissa was great - while she did a night sit and didn't technically interact with out kids (because they were sleeping) she showed up on time and seemed very nice.

- Mark C.
5

Melissa was prompt and quick to establish a rapport with my 4 year old. She was great with my 5 month old, wearing him in a babycarrier since he doesn't like to nap lying down. She was flexible and willing to follow our families child care philosophies and when she didn't know what they were she was gentle with the kids and discussed situations afterwards with me. She even took my older son's meltdowns with aplomb, giving him the space he needed to cool down and empathizing with him without adding additional stress to the situation.

- Rebecca S.
5

Melissa did a great job with our Son. She was very attentive to his needs, and she made herself available on short notice. She was also very flexible to our change schedule. We will be giving her a call next time we visit San Francisco.

- Jay G.
5

Melissa immediately stood out when she entered my home and knelt down to my 2.5-y-o's level to engage him. Before I knew it, she had my mini food processor out and was blending up veggies for my daughter who had just started solids. And then when the kids are napping or otherwise occupied, she's making beds, emptying trash and doing the dishes! She makes my job look a lot easier than I often feel it is ;)

Melissa is full of energy, takes the initiative, and I appreciate the confidence and experience she brings to our home. I feel like she truly respects and enjoys my children, yet knows how to ensure my toddler respects her in return. She is one of the most professional sitters I've hired. I find myself laughing when she leaves and I'm still using her phrases and methods in her absence. Highly recommended!

- Allison H.
5

Melissa is a wonderful nanny. She cared for and bathed our son and made him healthy snacks to eat. She is reliable, creative and warm. She's taken care of our toddler twice now and we've been very happy with her.

- Nicole L.
5

Melissa was a great babysitter! She immediately connected with my kids. They liked her right away. She was competent and asked great questions when I was showing her around. A great night overall. Thanks Melissa!

- Jackie G.
5

We went on a family vacation to the Yosemite Area and hired Melissa to help us with our toddler and preschooler. She was able to take the children on outtings, drive them around, and find things for them to do while we helped my father setup for his wedding during the week. She cooked healthy meals for them and even made homemade play dough. Many times she pitched in packing, cleaning, doing laundry and watching the children without us needing to ask, which was extremely helpful. She is definitely able to handle the unexpected and would be a very reliable and responsible sitter.

- Sarah H.
3

Melissa has many 5-star reviews so I'm sure this review won't impact her average too much. Her high review rating was a main reason we wanted her to babysit for our son.

She came once for a paid interview and that went fine. I then had my mother-in-law in town for a month so we didn't need a sitter for awhile. I booked her five weeks in advance to babysit for 5 1/2 hours on a Saturday afternoon. After requiring a deposit from us to hold the date, she failed to turn up.

3 stars instead of 1 because: she apologized, admitted it was a mistake, and returned our deposit.

I am sure that she will continue to do a great job babysitting for others, but we were left in the lurch so we wouldn't be confident relying on her to turn up again.

- Devon W.

Provider's Response

Thank you Devon for your comments.
In my defense, I'd like to apologize again for the miscommunication on the booking. The time confusion was due to the follow up booking for the next weekend. As I explained, if I could have dropped what I was doing to come to your aid, I would have. It was misfortunate that I had a car full of passengers on the way to a funeral. I would have gladly come had I been available and am sorry it didn't work out.
A bit of unsolicited advice that's helped me with bookings is to have confirmation 24 hrs. prior to the job. My Best to you and yours.

5

We were so lucky to find Melissa for our extended vacation in the San Fran area. Melissa accompanied our family (myself, husband, 4 yo daughter and 4 month old son) on 2 away weekends and also babysat in our hotel room for a few hours. She is extremely versatile and made each different environment we were in better. Melissa is extraordinarily resourceful and prides herself on being extremely prepared. And she was. We referred to her as MacGyver several times. She has limitless energy and found tons of fun things to do with my daughter in each location, indoors and outdoors. My baby had trouble adjusting to the travel and Melissa had tons of different ideas of how to soothe him and get him to sleep/nap. She is truly comfortable with both the baby age and the toddler/little kid age. I can't say enough positive things about her. She is a gem.

- Melani B.

Provider's Response

Thanks Melani for the wonderful review. I too can't say enough about how great a trip I had and how great you all were. You guys are awesome! Please do keep my number for when you relocate to the city. I would love to see you all again.
Hugs :-)

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Melissa G.
Melissa G.
San Francisco, CA 94132
50

years
of age

30

years experience

Preferred Rate $18-$25 per hour

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