I have had ten years of experience working with children, practical childcare experience as a daycare assistant, experience teaching math and science to elementary school students and academic research in the area of childhood development and yet, I am still constantly astounded by the deep level of empathetic understanding that can be found in a young child. I think this important quality is keenly connected to the accumulation of new and engaging social experiences. I hope to, as a long term caregiver, facilitate many memories of complex and beautiful adventures in music, nature, art and culture for each individual child. I look to understand a child's specific needs emotionally and developmentally and balance my approach to meet the needs of parent and child. I tailor the activities I design to a child's learning style and work with and from his or her interests to build self-esteem and nurture a child's natural wonderment with the world.
I love to cook healthy meals and look for ways to pack in the most nutrients in the yummiest ways. I absolutely love baking cookies with some kid-helpers in the kitchen and see kitchen-work as an excellent opportunity for a child to develop manual dexterity and math skills and express creativity. Tidying after all our fun is no problem!
I'd love to spend lots of time outside using the wonderful resources of our multi-cultural city, exploring nature and stretching our limbs and minds. Reading and learning through the tales of storybook characters is something I have always enjoyed and I hope share this pass time with a child in regular visits to the library, literary themed games and great bedtime stories.
I also have 12 years of experience taking cello through my own childhood and know how valuable and magical musical immersion can be. I can help explore world music with a child and engage in singalongs or implement a routine of daily practice and to-and-fro for lessons.
As a caregiver, my main goals are to provide each child with safety, security and the stability of a reliable routine so as to build a healthy confidence and vivacious curiosity in the world.