Waldorf Inspired Preschool Director & Teacher Forming A New Nanny Share
My Name is Sara and I am working to put together a new Nanny Share. I am really interested in bringing 3 children together to form a little adventure group. I am interested in exploring our local hiking trails and gardens and spending a lot of time outdoors. I would like to bring a lot of heart into the little nanny share that will be created, where we can create a daily rhythm that is mindful and balanced with both active and calming activites. Celebrating the seasons with children is something I love to do and feel it helps children and myself feel connected to the larger rhythms of life. I look to Nature and what children are interested in to inspire the art activities and songs I share with them, which is always fun to do during time spent indoors in Portland. My interest is in forming healthy and lasting relationships with the children I will be caring for and creating a loving and safe environment where the children can develop healthy relationships between each other.
I have worked with children for the past 16 years. I have been the lead teacher and director of a mixed- age Waldorf inspired preschool, that I created, for the past 3 years. I am taking the best part of my preschool experience and creating a little group of children to come together through a Nanny Share. I have a Bachelor of Fine Art and have a photography business. I have completed a 1 year Waldorf teacher training, specific to caring for children between the ages of birth-7 years old, called "LifeWays." I started and directed a childcare business for 3 years so I come with a lot of experience and skills, both in child development and general organization and management. I also have all the trainings and certifications that are best to have when working with children. I am mindful, calm, very warm and affectionate, and creative. I hold boundaries very well and am a good communicator. I am also over all a positive person and really appreciate the magic that humor can bring to caring for children. What often stands out (even to myself) about the time I spend with children is how intuitive I am to their needs and non verbal communication. This skill comes in handy when working with children who are so new to socializing and who are just begining to learn how to navigate their thoughts, feelings, and impulses.
The days that I am available are Mondays and Tuesdays. Thursday may be a possibility if it were to replace one of the other days. I am looking to work a 9-10 hour block of time (2 full days.) Ideally the days I work with children will be back to back as this helps little ones stay in the flow of the day's rhythm more easily.
I am able to work with 3 families with 1 child each, or 1 family with 2 children and another with 1 child at one time. I am also open to working half days as long as the full day is filled with 3 children at (almost) all times. I am currently doing a nanny share that is flexible and can end when needed.
I can offer a 1 year commintment to begin with and a lot of parent education and support.
Please check out my preschool and photography facebook pages to get a feel for the quality of care I offer children.
If this arrangement sounds like it would be a good fit for you and your child please feel free to contact me to learn more.