Childcare Experience I began babysitting at a young age and continued on through college, often watching children for the University staff for weekends and weeks through the summers. I was a camp counselor for several summers, working with kids from ages 8 thru young teens. I helped to plan activities and worship for the campers as well as supervising them. After leaving college, I found that I enjoyed working with younger children when I began teaching at a day care. I moved up from being an assistant in the infant room, to heading up the 18 month to 2 1/2 class. In this capacity, I not only provided custodial care for 6 children at a time, but also did lesson plans and provided developmentally challenging activities for the class. I began my career as a nanny soon after this, with a family of 4 boys ranging in ages from 7 weeks thru 6 years. I also had the chance to volunteer and eventually work as a substitute teacher at a Montessori school when one of my charges attended the school. This was a particularly fantastic experience as I have long been an advocate of the Montessori philosophy that the hands are the teacher of the child.
Why am I a nanny? love being a nanny! I love to play, read, learn and wonder- which means I am right at home in the life of a child. I am great at finding the lesson in the ordinary and the fun in the work. I find that having the one on one interactions and developing a relationship with a child gives me a great deal of satisfaction. As a nanny no two days are alike, one day making homemade baby food and the next teaching a kid to ride a bike. I feel strongly that the work I do is supremely important and necessary not just to the kids I love so much, but also to the parents and family as a whole. It is great to be a part of the team that provides support and love to a child in the most important early years. I can see the impact I make daily in large and small ways.