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  • 17 years paid experience
  • Babysitter in Portland, OR 97214

Meet Claire

  • Comfortable with pets
  • Has a car

I love spending time with kids; they always keep me on my toes! I really enjoy playing games or working puzzles with them, or taking them out to the park on a nice day. As a Biology major (with early childhood development coursework) I also try to get kids interested in animals and the living world around them, educating them about the plants and animals we see. I also love to cook healthy meals (my specialty is spinach and feta stuffed salmon, but I also love to make zucchini pasta, among many other dishes).  I grew up in the Northern Virginia area; I went to West Springfield High School and then got my AS at NVCC, and I have received my BS in Biology at GMU. I love music (I play guitar and piano), and I am passionate about environmental issues and conservation biology. I also love to knit (after Read more my term ended with the last family I sat for regularly, I knit their son a hat and their daughter a scarf). I moved to Portland in June 2012 and I absolutely love it here! UPDATE FALL 2021: I AM SEEKING A FAMILY TO WORK WITH BETWEEN 7AM AND 2PM MON-FRI WITH A MINIMUM COMMITMENT OF 18 HOURS PER WEEK, THANK YOU!

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Availability

Babysitter

  • Generally available evenings, late nights and weekends
  • Daytime care availability during summer months
  • After school care availability

Nanny

  • Willing to consider either a part time or full time position
  • Seeking Summer Position, Short-term (1 to 3 months), Temporary (4 to 12 months), Permanent (1 to 2 years), Permanent (2 or more years) employment
  • Start date is flexible
  • My availability is valid through 7/19/17

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Jamie M.

1/5/2018

Claire is a wonderful sitter. She is friendly, caring, communicative and sweet. I'd hire her again in a heartbeat. Thank you, Claire!

Jianna L.

1/2/2014

Claire took care of my pet rabbit for 10 days while I was on vacation. She responded to my job post quickly, and she came to visit Mango (my rabbit) that same evening. She seemed experienced, knew good questions to ask, and was very sweet! While I was gone she would respond whenever I wanted to check in, and even sent me a picture - I never had a reason to worry. She brought him back on time and had even cleaned the cage. It was clear she'd done a great job, and I will definitely hire her again! Thanks Claire!

Scott H.

4/17/2013

Claire is punctual, professional, nice, and my kids ages 6 and 9 always have a great time with her. I would recommend her as a sitter to anyone.

Amy C.

3/14/2012

Claire communicated thoroughly with me before the scheduled day, was exactly on time, called my children by name when she met them (which helped them warm up) and came with books and activities ready to go. She was warm, friendly and was able to "take charge" right away. The only reason I hesitate to give such a glowing review is that everyone will snag her up :)

Amy C.

3/14/2012

Claire communicated thoroughly with me before the scheduled day, was exactly on time, called my children by name when she met them (which helped them warm up) and came with books and activities ready to go. She was warm, friendly and was able to "take charge" right away. The only reason I hesitate to give such a glowing review is that everyone will snag her up :)

Terry S.

12/13/2011

Claire was great! I have a 95 lb Giant Schnauzer that can be easily attention deficit (he is kind of high maintanance that way). When I got back from my week-long trip and Claire brought back my key, my dog greeted her like they were best friends. That is a great indicator that Claire took time and played with him and they got to know each other. I would highly recommend Claire and plan on hiring her again.

Sandra Z.

11/19/2011

Claire did a wonderful job and was very patient with my two energetic hooligans. I look forward to having her take care of them of again.

Sarah M.

8/26/2010

Claire babysat for my three boys (ages 4,3, and 18 months) all day, twice a week this summer. The kids absolutely love her. They were excited to spend the day with her. She is warm and gentle, yet firm, with the kids. She brings books to share, takes the kids on nature adventure walks, and finds other fun ways to keep them active and engaged. She is responsible, mature and always on time. I felt completely comfortable leaving my kids with her and highly recommend her.

Sara D.

6/3/2010

Claire was great! She came to our rescue for some long Saturday/Sunday hours. My boy (3 1/2) warmed up to her right away, she handled our 9-month old teething/no-nap baby ;) with great care & patience, and all without burning the house down! She was on time, brought children's books, took them for a long walk to the park....This was our first time using Sittercity & we couldn't have asked for a better experience! Thanks Claire!

Priscilla C.

3/24/2010

Loved her the moment she walked in. She was on time. My kids loved her and want her to come again. Thanks a million Claire.

Carol F.

3/11/2010

Claire is wonderful. She filled in for us when our morning sitter had to be off. She arrived at our home each day (at a very early hour I might add) on-time and cheerful. My son liked her too. She is friendly and mature. When we were first discussing our sitter needs, she called when she said she would and she also quickly responded to any emails. I would highly recommend her as a babysitter and hope to have her back soon for other sitting needs too.

Renee M.

9/22/2009

Claire sat for my two children (ages 8 and 3) and did a great job. The kids were happy and we were as well. She was very flexible when our plans changed and she followed our requests/guidelines without hesitation. I have recommended her services to a neighbor and they were very pleased as well.

Jennifer R.

9/14/2009

We have been so impressed with Claire's care of our two children, ages 3 and 5. She comes on time and prepared with books to read to the kids each of the three times she sat for us. She has followed directions perfectly and has great judgment so I feel confident leaving the kids with her. She is enthusiastic with the kids and keeps them active while she's caring for them. She even took our son on a nature walk to the lake. Above and beyond what a regular babysitter would do! My kids talk about all the things they want to do with her next time she comes. I think that's a good indication that she is well-liked by the kids as well as parents. I recommend Claire to anyone looking for a great babysitter!

Experience

Willing to care for 3 children per sitting

$23-$30/hr

  • Infants (age 0-11 months) expand

    • Swaddling
    • Feeding
    • Changing
    • Bathing
    • Assist with setting a routine
    • Mother's helper
    • Occasional care
  • Toddlers (age 1-3)
  • Preschooler (age 4-5)
  • Grade School (age 6-11)
  • Pre-teen/ Teenage age (12+)
  • Special needs expand

    • Cognitive Disabilities
    • Physical Disabilities
    • Medical/Special Healthcare Needs
    • Social/Emotional
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
    • Autism
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder/Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Asperger Syndrome
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Delayed Speech
    • Down Syndrome
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Premature Newborn
    • Administering Medication
    • Assistance With Transportation
    • Bathing
    • 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.)

Education

Biology

George Mason University

Additional services

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

    • Finishing homework
    • Checking answers
    • Studying for a test
    • Proofreading
    • Basic math
    • Pre-algebra
    • Elementary science
    • Earth science
    • Science
    • English

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