Montessori Infant Care Available in June
I'm looking for a little one to join myself and my baby (due this month!) in our home come June. We are located on NE 68th and Stanton. I'm looking for a baby who will be between 3-5mths in June. I'm offering care in my home 4 or 5 days a week between the hours of 7:30am and 5:30pm. I'm willing to share care with more than one family (i.e. two families looking for part time care) but never having more than 2 babies, including my own, at one time. I believe in providing as much 1:1 time as possible and having more than 2 babies at one time does not promote such care.
I have been the lead Toddler Guide at Cedar Montessori School for the past three years http://www.cedarmontessorischool.org/ . My last day was March 9th and am now waiting for the arrival of our little one and am working with The Montessori House of St. John's Infant/Toddler program as their consultant http://themontessorihouse.org/. I completed my Montessori training at Montessori Institute Northwest www.montessori-nw.org/, have a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in psychology. I'm CPR/first aid certified, have my food handler's card, and am registered in the Criminal History Registry. I completed both Birth and Postpartum Doula trainings through DONA www.dona.org/, regularly attend continuing education classes on early childhood education, and have impeccable references.
My childcare approach incorporates both Attachment Parenting and Montessori methodology. I believe all human beings need to first develop a sense of trust in the person caring for them in order to feel safe and secure in their environment. I am familiar with and very comfortable with baby wearing. I am also tuned into when a baby is ready for some independent time and have a specially prepared space for them to explore. I believe in providing all children with a thoughtfully prepared environment where they are free to explore and learn according to their individual interests with the gentle support of an adult close by. I carefully observe children in my care and will change out materials and introduce new activities according to their development. I am familiar with Elimination Communication, use cloth diapers/underwear, and provide children with the opportunity for independence in toileting. I provide homemade and mostly organic foods, including homemade baby food, and invite the children to participate in food preparation. I believe in providing time outside on a regular basis, even if just for a brief period of time on the coldest of days. I also believe in being silly and playful with the children, playing music, creating art, and participating in imaginary play.
On a personal note: I'm an avid gardener, own chickens, enjoy knitting, quilting, hiking, biking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Our family consists of myself, our soon to be little one, my partner, his 17 year old brother, and a very friendly cat.
We look forward to opening up our home to you and your little one! Please email me with any questions and I'd be more than happy to provide you with my resume and references, as well as to set up a time to meet.