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Kathleen M.

Babysitter in Portsmouth, VA 23703.

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Portsmouth, VA

  • Age 58
  • 10 years paid experience
  • Female

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Rating Average rating of 5 (32 reviews)

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Great Sitter!

We were looking for a date night sitter. So glad she messaged and came to the house. Kathleen is very prompt, ex...

- Mary B.
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Preferred Rate $9-$12 per hour

Kathleen’s Bio

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kathleen McCawley. I have been babysitting children for over 30 years. I have a wealth of experience with children of all ages, from infants to tweens. Patience, kindness and a sense of fun are essential to creating an environment that allows a bond between childcare provider and children. I come armed with weapons of mass distraction:crafts, books,games,educational activities,paint,playdoh. Help with homework,cooking, bath time, outdoor activities. Nothing is out of the ordinary. I think of myself as a baby whisperer. Soothing an anxious child, calming a tantrum in progress, sharing a favorite book. I love children and have always loved working with children. I am the oldest of 5 children, and watched my brothers and sister.  As a teacher, I am free evenings and weekends. Children should feel as comfortable with childcare provider as they would with a parent.   I enjoy doing craft activities, games, dress up, pretend and other fun things with children. I bring a "bag of tricks", which helps to break the ice, as well as new games, activities, painting, etc. to help gain the children's trust, if encountering boredom, fear of strangers and just give them a change of pace. I love to travel, having lived in Japan for 4 years as an English teacher. I like to play golf, play the guitar, crossword puzzles, and try to avoid exercising.

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

More than 10 years of infant care experience

  • Assist with setting a routine
  • Overnight care
  • Mother's helper
  • Occasional care

Special Needs Experience

Special Needs Care Experience

  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Medical/Special Healthcare Needs
  • Social/Emotional

Special Needs Conditional Experience

  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Autism
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Asperger Syndrome
  • Delayed Speech
  • Diabetes
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Epilepsy
  • Juvenile Diabetes
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mobility Challenges
  • Premature Newborn
  • Visual Impairment

Special Needs Services Experience

  • Administering Medication
  • Bathing
  • Blood Glucose Testing
  • Feeding Tube
  • Positive Behavioral Support

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Skills & Abilities

Homework Help:

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

Additional Services:

  • Meal Preparation
  • Laundry
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Crafts
  • 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

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4 star  (2)
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4

Kathy was wonderful. she came very prepared with lots of toys, crafts and fun educational games. My son felt very comfortable immediately. Look forward to her sitting again!

- Katie G.
5
- Mark&danielle H.
5

My son loved Kathleen from the moment she walked through the door, he practically kicked my husband and I out of the house so he could play with her! Kathleen enthusiastically engaged my son with crafts and puzzles; and still had time for a story or two before bed time. She really gives 100%. I recommend Kathleen to any family looking for a sitter, and will certainly call her again to take care of my son.

- Elisa T.
5

I have been remiss in not leaving feedback for Kathleen's performance at my home. Kathleen has been working for us 1-2 days per week since 9/09 taking care of our triplet babies and our 2 and 4 year old. She routinely handles the triplets or engages the older children in activities or play depending on who needs attention at the moment. Kathleen has never missed work and always arrives early. After all these months with us, Kathleen still displays high levels of energy and integrity in all her duties - she is truly what she advertises to be. 1/10

- Linna W.
5

I am Very Happy with Kathleen. She got up to speed quickly and was calm and confident (in spite of the chaos of 4 little ones).

- Kim M.
5

Very nice, outgoing, professional and punctual. My kids loved her!

- Pertrona L.
5

Kathleen is not just a babysitter. Having her here is like having a fun preschool in your home. She brings tons of fun and educational things for your children to do, and maintains a great pace with activities to keep them busy. I almost want to have her come early so my children don't waste so much of their time with her by going to bed.

- Alexis G.
5

Kathy was awesome, she came early like the other reviews said. And she didnt come empty handed, she had a bag of toys that Caleb enjoyed. I knew that Caleb loved her when she was leaving, as she walked out of the door he was following. And when I picked him up and told him to day bye, he cried. I will DEFINITELY be using Kathy again. She made all of the fear go away.

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- Trimaine W.
5

I also want to share that I find Kathy to be a wonderful babysitter. I have only needed a sitter so far in the evenings after my daughter has gone to bed though if I do ever need a sitter during the day I will definitely be looking for this lady! She is super friendly and is always on time (generally about 10-15min early). Thank you Kathy for being wonderful!

- Deidre C.
5

She came prepared with lots of great activities for our group of kids ages 2-12. All of the children gave rave reviews. Thank you!!!!

- Ursula B.
4

Always on time, and came with tons of stuff to keep my son busy. This was the first time I had a sitter for him but Kathleen was great. He was comfortable around her and had lot's of fun. She's very nice, very prepared and gives excellent care.

- Stephanie M.
5

My daughter is still begging me to let Kathy come back! She was fantastic! She brought toys and games which my daughter loved! She was on time (early actually) and very respectful.

She took time to come over before the night I needed her to meet the kids.

I would HIGHLY recommend her and will definitely use her again in the future!

- Karen S.
5

Kathy is an excellent child care provider. She handled my 4 children expertly and professionally. She came equipped with toys, games and goodies for the kids. My kids really enjoyed having her and we did too! We highly recommend hiring Kathy!

- Brooke M.
5

Was great with both my girls, my 7 year old was especially tired after all the fun she had! would definitely hire again!

- Jennifer R.
5
- Heather D.
5

Kathy is amazing! She has babysat our 19 month old son several times and he absolutely adores her. She has an easier time with him at bedtime than I do! She brings her own bag of toys that are age appropriate and educational. She is very hands-on and interacts with our son the entire time she is here. We couldn't be happier. Thank you!

- Tiffanie C.
5

She was great! She arrived a bit early to my home and was ready with crafts and the like for the kids. They made snowmen and played board games. The kids really had fun with her. I would definitely recommend her to anyone.

- Gloria M.
5

Kathleen was a life saver and helped us out at the last min!! She was available with only 1.5 hour notice and came fully prepared to take care of my baby girl! My daughter instantly loved her and Kathleen was even able to get my anti-afternoon nap taking child to settle down long enough to sleep :) I will definately hire her again and trust her with my baby girl's life!

- Heather S.
5

Can't say enough good things about Kathy... We are kind of sad to be back here on Sittercity looking for someone like her, ONLY because I've moved out of the area.

Kathy was an absolute GODSEND to us over the last 2 years, especially in helping me regularly with raise my two boys, ages 5 years and 6 months, throughout a one-year deployment (while my wife was gone and I worked full time...). Don't know how/if we'll be able to replace her reliability and kindness to our family...

Always happy to give her a great reference!!

- Carl L.
5

She was amazing! My son is usually very shy, but he warmed up to her quickly! She was like Mary Poppins with a bag full of games and goodies.

I would recommend her to anyone! She did fantastic with our kids (and cat) and kept the house just the way we left it.

She will definitely be working for us again!

- Ashley P.
5

Kathleen babysat for us last weekend and she was great. I felt very comfortable leaving my 2 1/2 year old and 11 month old with her. She was very attentive and our son loved the toys she brought with her. We will definitely have her back again.

- Lucy R.
5

Right on time, and was wonderful with my son, and very nice. I would recommend her to anyone and would use her again in a heart beat.

- Emilie H.
5

met myself and spouse and children for interview. very personable and professional. called to double check the time she needed to sit for us. arrived a touch early. engaged with our 2 girls with arts and crafts. games. cooked dinner for them. put them to bed on time. very pleased and we hope to use her again.

- Eric K.
5

My children loved her. She was so good with them, and she even brought some activities along with her. My children are 6, 3, and 2.

- Austin K.
5

Kathleen was punctual, professional, and experienced. I felt very confident leaving my toddler and infant with her for the evening. She brought games to play with my toddler and had both kids in bed by the time we got home. She was wonderful!

- Melissa N.
5

Kathy was wonderful she was on time and she brought games with her. I wish we had not moved she is someone we would contact without doubts.

- Tania Marie V.
5
creative, responsible, energetic sitter

Kathleen sat for my twin 4-year-old boys when my husband and I attended a wedding. Hours in a hotel room with my little maniacs could have been almost unbearable --but Kathleen came ready with age-appropriate toys and games and even seasonal crafts. I felt more than comfortable leaving my guys with her for the night. They had such fun. I only wish we lived closer so we could use Kathleen more often!

- Rebecca R.
5
Command Pre-Deployment Party - Need Babysitters (One Evening Event)

Kathleen provided child care for a large command party, along with a team of other babysitters. Kathy was first to arrive (considerably early) and brought with her many activities and toys to entertain and keep the children engaged. She helped provide care to approximately 15 children over a 5 hour evening. Prior to the event, Kathy provided valuable recommendations and insight in how to make the child care aspect of the event run smoother. She has great attention to detail, worked well with the other babysitters, and clearly has a passion for children. She has my highest recommendation!

- Kale N.
5
Overnight Godsend!

I hired Kathleen to keep an eye on my 2-month old twins overnight while I got some much needed sleep! She was on-time for service and jumped right in to help get my son to sleep. I will definitely use her again!!!

- Minda S.
5
Prepared!

Kathleen arrived exactly on time and had a giant bag of games, books, and toys for the kids. She was able to deal with some separation anxiety and even knew her way around cloth diapers! We'll definitely use her again.

- Mary G.
5
Excellent, engaging, and caring sitter.

Kathleen watched my young boys for me and they loved her. She brought all kinds of engaging and educational treats to entertain them. They loved her. If we hadn't moved away shortly after she watched them, she would have been a regular go-to for us.

- Amanda S.
5
Great Sitter!

We were looking for a date night sitter. So glad she messaged and came to the house. Kathleen is very prompt, experienced and arrived prepared with activities for my 7 year old. I would definitely recommend her.

- Mary B.
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Kathleen M.
Kathleen M.
Portsmouth, VA 23703
58

years
of age

10

years experience

Preferred Rate $9-$12 per hour

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