Hello everyone! For the past year, I have nannied for a wonderful family and their giggly two-year-old daughter in Sellwood. Beginning November 14th, she and I will be joined by two other children for an informal, hands-on play school emphasizing creative, imaginative, child-directed play in her home. We have space for one child to join us four days per week and another to join us two days per week.
We have a wonderful area to play, learn, and follow our curiousities, just a block from the library and two blocks from Sellwood Park. We'll be meeting Monday - Thursday from 8:30 - 5:00 (we do have a bit of flexibility, please let me know what you need!)
A bit about me: I have extensive experience with infants and toddlers. I’ve been caring for children for ten years, and have spent five years as a full-time, professional nanny. I have stellar references to exemplify this experience, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and have taken a variety of child-centered courses. I’m also certified in Pediatric First Aid and CPR.
I have had the pleasure of working with several highly-regarded preschool centers in the area, including ChildRoots, Tumbleweed, Tiny Revolution Montessori and Chestnut Grove Montessori. The play school will combine all of the best aspects of my experiences there with the flexibility and personalization of a very small group. My personal philosophy when working with children has been drawn from those of Magda Gerber and Janet Lansbury (RIE), Loris Malguzzi (Reggio), and Maria Montessori. We will spend our days working with sensory and open-ended materials, developing the focus that comes with working on an activity that is freely chosen. I’m a big believer in social curiosity and exploration, natural consequences, discipline without shame, and the natural wonder of childhood. When working with children, I follow a child-led daily rhythm, taking time when working on new skills (like learning to feed and dress yourself) and making room for the big emotions that come with ever-increasing independence.
If you’re interested in a gentle, home-based, highly customizable, very playful introduction to preschool for your toddler (or are just curious!) please contact me at email@example.com. Looking forward to talking with you!