My training in infant care covers full care including feeding (breast milk/formula), bathing, diapering, soothing (5 S's), swaddling, holding, burping, nutrition, illnesses and more. In addition, I am aware of developmental milestones and how to stimulate and encourage learning with natural play. My experience includes caring for infants as young as one week, organizing and directing various children’s groups, filling many short-term temporary child care assignments for children of all ages and providing long-term nanny services to five wonderful families over the past 20 years. I began with Hannah when she was 6 months old and provided 3½ years of home care until she entered preschool. Our days together were filled with love, laughter and learning. I cherish my continued close relationship with Hannah and her family. Her 21st birthday is November 2017. Jake, a delightful boy, was 6 months old when I began home care. He loved singing, cars and games. Like Hannah under my care, Jake was verbally advanced for his age. Before turning two, Jake happily and successfully completed potty training. For fifteen months, I cared for children from two families simultaneously. I began with these families when their children, Madeleine and Sean, were both 6 months old. I enjoyed the differences in their development and growth. For the past three years, I was nanny to McKenzie, who was 10 weeks old when I began, and her sister, Aubrey, who was born two years ago. These sisters loved reading, singing, dancing, crafts and outdoor activities. McKenzie is excellent at make-believe play; Aubrey is fearless at exploration. Both girls are now in school and Mom is home.
My goal when supplying child care services is to provide consistency and dependability. My first priority is to support the family as a whole and to help the family’s life run more smoothly. I seek to provide peace of mind and security for the family by nurturing the children in a loving, safe, joyous environment while stimulating interest and learning and promoting confidence and positive self-image. When interacting with children, I seek to provide a warm, comforting physical presence and to support individual differences and uniqueness and to encourage each child's participation.
My philosophy is each day is a celebration, each hour is a wonder, each minute is an opportunity to learn. I believe that learning is fun and “there for the taking” as learning is experiencing. The point is to experience. Books, music, and exploration are great learning experiences. Later learning experiences include participation in daily personal and household activities and exposure to languages, movement, art, sports, and individual interests. I love participating with children in all these activities.