My childcare experience began many years ago with babysitting during junior high and throughout high school. I had numerous families I babysat for in my community, with ages ranging from newborn to age 12.
Since high school, I have had six nanny jobs, two of which were for children with special needs, including autism and ADHD.
For the past eleven years, I have been teaching xx Preschool. During this time, I have taught 2 to 6 year olds, and have been teaching the pre-kindergarten class (ages 3-5) for the last six years.
xx early childhood education is a therapeutic, holistic education rich in art and music with an emphasis on fostering creativity and cultivating a lifelong love of learning. I have attended many conferences and have completed many extensive trainings, while earning numerous certificates (which I can share with you). I have attended the annual xx for the past ten years and have received a certificate for completing a Puppetry in Early childhood Teacher Workshop from the Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts.
My most recent and extensive training was completed in July 2013. It was a two year training in Denver, CO called, "Nurturing the Roots," through Denver Anthroposophic Studies. It was a 'Professional Deepening Course in Therapeutic Approach to Waldorf Early Childhood Education.' Areas of emphasis were:
~ Child development - birth to age nine
~ Sensory development, emphasizing touch, proprioception, vestibular and life senses
~ Child observation and child study methods
~ Constitutional polarities as tools for understanding processes of movement, wakefulness and developmental maturation
~ Developmentally healthy movement
~ Introduction to puppetry as a healing art
~ Developmental screenings:
-Nursery/Preschool play-based screening
-1st Grade/School entrance screening
-2nd Grade Developmental screening.
I should also mention that I am certified by MEDIC First Aid Pediatric Plus in CPR, AED, and First Aid for Children, Infants, and Adults. I am currently enrolled in the Office of Child Care's Central Background Registry, and I am current with Oregon Food Handlers card. I can provide copies of all of my trainings and certificates, as well as my first aid/CPR card, food handlers card and background registry.
I have an extensive list of references you may contact.