Letter to Family
My name is Helen Gash, I am 23 and I was born and currently live in Sheffield, South
Yorkshire, UK. I currently work in a local high school, working with and teaching students
for whom English isn’t a first language (EAL).
I live at home with my Mum; Caroline, Dad; John and younger Brother; Matthew. I also have
a half-brother Adam who is 36 and lives at the other side of the city; he is a chef in his
local restaurant. I get on really well with my family and we all like to spend a lot of
time together. My favourite thing to do for my family is to cook for them; in fact I cook
all the family meals. My Mum is a secretary at Sheffield University Medical School, my Dad
works in the communications department for Leeds City Council and my Brother is still at
high school studying for his GCSE’s, as he is 15.
I live in a nice district of Sheffield called Crookes, there is lots of open spaces as
well as lots of activities going on, i.e. bowling, cinema etc. Only 10 minutes drive is
the Peak District, which has lots of beautiful walks, which is good as walking is one of
my favourite pastimes. I am also heavily involved in my local church, so that takes up
most of my Sunday.
I have a degree in Education Studies and Drama and because of this have gained a lot of
childcare experience. I looked after children from the ages of 3-18 in many different
settings, from school to home. Also, although I am not yet qualified I have extensive
experience as a teacher of the above ages. I was a Brownie guide leader for 6 years, which
I thoroughly enjoyed. I love to get involved with the local community wherever I am;
church and Girl Guiding has allowed me to do this in my hometown. My most recent childcare
experience was as an Au Pair in Lecce, Italy. I was an Au Pair for two little girls aged
7 and 9. I immensely enjoyed my experience in Italy and would love to do it all over
again. I still keep in touch with the girls and we write to each other regularly.
In the future I hope to become a qualified teacher, but I also love travelling and finding
out about other cultures. That is why being an Au Pair appeals to me. It allows me to do
all the things I love, working with children, travelling and delving into other cultures.
I have many hobbies but a few are, reading, writing, acting, walking, swimming and
travelling. I am always open to trying new and exciting things as well.
I love being an Au Pair, meeting lots of different people from around the world and
getting to work with children is just a dream come true. I hope to be an older sibling to
the children I look after. I mainly aim to have lots of fun in a responsible and sometimes
Thank you for reading,