From a very young age I enjoyed spending time with and caring for children younger than myself. I used to accompany my mom when she volunteered in the infant nursery at the church I grew up in - it was always the highlight of my Sunday.
Since then, throughout my youth I volunteered at the local Boy's and Girl's Club and a women's shelter, where my duties included: preparing meals, helping with homework, instructing arts and crafts and supporting and playing with the children. I have also coached a group of 6th grade girls in training for a 5k race, while talking about subjects such as self-esteem and body positivity throughout the season. I have worked in an indoor children's play space, and maintain strong relationships with the children in my family and of friends. In any situation I find myself in, I am always drawn to children and find myself seeking out employment or volunteer work that involves kids.
I began babysitting and nannying as a teen, and nannied all throughout college. I love developing a relationship with a family and a strong bond with the children. I think it is so important for kids to feel loved, supported, encouraged and have someone to look up to or talk to. I strive to be a positive, open, and calming source of support, whether it be an infant or a school-aged child I am working with.
I think it is important to incorporate things such as music, foreign language, art/tactile activities, exercise/body movement, nature and animals into childcare. I encourage independence, an open-mind, kindness and fairness in my work with children. I have worked with newborns, toddlers, school age children and preteens. I have experience with children with food allergies, vegetarian diets and non-processed diets. I love to cook healthy foods and get the children involved in the kitchen. I know that how we as adults act directly effects the children around us, and try to be the best version possible of myself while remaining open to growth and new ideas - and practicing gratitude each day!
I have experience with newborns and infants under 1 year of age. My current job is a full time position with a wonderful 4 month old and a 2 year old. I have thorough experience with toddlers, and have worked with four different families with toddlers around the age of 2. I have worked with two different sets of twin girls. I have also nannied for school-age children, and volunteered in numerous settings with school-age children and preteens. I am CPR and First Aid certified.