I've been babysitting and nannying for the last 14 years. I began watching children the minute anyone would let me, and that interest only grew. I spent my high school weekends babysitting for multiple families and my summers nannying. I even wrote my college essay about my childcare experience! I'm honored to have been let in to so many homes and lives, and some of my most meaningful interactions have been with children and the parents who employ me.
I love spending time with children, and especially am gratified to watch infants grow in the first few years of their lives. In addition, I have experience with toddlers, school-aged children, and tweens. I find that I can usually connect with any age group, especially through books!
In college, I studied English and Religion, and went on to get a Master's degree in Religion, Ethics, and Politics. I did this mostly because I love to read and think about important and big ideas! Now I'm getting an MFA in nonfiction writing, and working on a book about suffrage in 1910! When I'm writing, I like to read, go on walks, and cook (I'm a vegan, but love to cook all types of food!).
These things--reading, playing outside, and cooking--are things I love to share with the children I care for. Despite my poor singing voice, I'm always up for a song! I also really believe in letting children lead our activities (beyond scheduled things like meals and naps and safety issues)--and I respect kids enough to let them figure out what they love, and I'm happy to go on that ride with them! To that end, I think very highly of Montessori and Reggio Emilia schools of thought about childcare.
I'm a kind, caring, and mature person with just the right amount of humor, fun, and silliness. I take my job and the children I care for very seriously, and bring respect and joy to the homes I work in.