Alice has been interning with SVFP since September. She answered a few questions and reflected on her time here so far. 

How long have you been working at St. Vincent's, and what are your typical hours?

I have been working at SVFP since the 3rd of September 2018. When I started I was working five days a week, with the hours normally being between 9:30-3:30. At the end of October I started an additional position so I went down to three days a week with the same hours.

What do you do on a typical day?

There is a basic structure to the week at SVFP where on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we run a crèche for two hours in the morning for the children and Tuesdays and Thursday are family drop in sessions. In crèche we do a multitude of activities including cooking, painting, story reading, singing and dancing and basically any engaging activity that has social/cognitive/ fine motor skills benefits. We also run a plethora of family support courses, such as English lessons, healthy living classes or parenting courses - all of which I’ve been involved in at one time or another. So my typical day is playing with children in a way that is fun for both of us but also helps them move along their developmental pathways and chatting to the parents about everything and anything, and helping wherever I can.

What do you enjoy most about working at SVFP?

I know it sounds cheesy, but I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoy every part of my job. There are times when things are slow and I get to sit with four kids on my lap and just read book after book, and then there are far busier times where I’m involved in new projects, courses and ideas. The difference in pace means that everyday we can do something new and the fact that we get busy just shows what a cool charity SVFP is and how much it’s needed. So literally everything about it fits me very well.

What is the biggest thing you've learned/ how have you grown since being a SVFP?

I’ve learnt so many things that it’s hard to pinpoint any single one. Just day to day I learn about different developmental milestones and parenting techniques, ways of working through anything from housing problems to severe allergies in a general setting and so many more things. Although it’s probably more for my supervisors to say whether I’ve grown since being there, personally I feel like I have. I think that I understand religious and cultural differences better in general, specifically when it comes to child rearing, as well as learning to that I can take on responsibility than I previously thought. I’ve experienced so many wonderful, trying and extremely interesting things since being there and not only have I formed amazing relationships with the families that use our services but I know that I’ve made some incredible friends.

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