I was raised on a boarding high school campus so I've always been surrounded by families and small children and lots of learning. Growing up I was the only one my age who liked to babysit so from the age of ten, I had an untapped wealth of families asking me to babysit.
For four years, I worked with special needs students in a public school in grades kindergarten, first and second grade. My students' needs included Downs Syndrome, Autism Spectrum, and hearing and vision deficits. I also created and facilitated the recess program overseeing all recesses daily. The bulk of my time was helping students problem solve and doing lots of conflict resolution. Regardless of ability, skills like self advocation, using words instead of bodies, asking for help, learning to say stop, and play initiation are all really valuable skills to teach any young child.
Since moving to the city I've been working full time as a nanny with children as young as four weeks old. Each family has had more than one child--this makes me an expert at balancing my time and attention between two or more children.
Each family is different and each child unique. I love building rapport with the parents and the children and creating a relationship based on trust and shared goals. This has allowed my job to be something I enjoy and keeps me giggling and having fun.