Hello, families! My name is Ashley, and I have been working with infants and toddlers for many years and find tremendous joy in it. I have found a wonderful family to work with beginning in July, and we are looking for a second family to join us in a nanny share. Their daughter will be almost 5 months old when care begins (she is currently two months old), and we would love to find a second child close in age. The family lives near Irving Park, and ideally we would like to find a second family close by (within a 10 minute drive) who would be willing to host care in their home some of the time. I can be available to begin care in May or June if you need care sooner, and then transition into the share when they need care in July. They only need care T-Th most weeks, so there would be two children on those days, and just your child on Monday and Friday.
We are looking for someone who is needing full-time care (close to 40 hours/week). Available hours are as follows, with some flexibility:
I have some flexibility with start time daily, and with end times on M/W/F. I am also open to someone looking for 4 days per week, with either Monday or Friday off.
More about me:
I practice respectful communication and positive discipline in my work with infants and toddlers. I am familiar with RIE, and incorporate many aspects of this philosophy into my care. Some of these include supporting natural gross motor development, sensitive observation of children and their learning, including children in caregiving activities, trusting infants to be active learners, providing consistency in schedule and environment, and basing all interactions in respect.
I would love to work with a family who supports child-led learning and play. Colors, numbers, words, and shapes are all around us. Children's innate desire to play and learn, and their curiosity about the world, prime them to learn all of these things as they are naturally ready. Rather than working from a set curriculum, I believe that my role is to help scaffold and guide children's natural learning by providing a developmentally appropriate environment with open-ended materials that challenge and support their interests, and that grows and changes with them.
Being a new parent comes with all sorts of new experiences and challenges. I am happy to support you in introducing solid foods to your baby, helping your baby learn the skills to sleep independently (sleep training), and helping to set up and maintain a developmentally appropriate play space, along with other things! I am comfortable working with breast milk and formula, and cloth or disposable diapers.
I have experience working with multiple infants in both a center environment and in a nanny share set-up.
We would love to talk with you if this sounds like it would fit with your needs! I am happy to share more about myself and my caregiving philosophy, and have a resume and references available upon request. Please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!