As a Professional In-Home Child Care Specialist, it is essential that I maintain and demonstrate respect for the family's parenting styles, diversity and personal values by working in daily partnership with parents to address the needs of their children and to remain flexible and adaptable in techniques to address each child as an individual. I can easily act and adapt to changing needs and situations and take a lead initiative to create solutions. I believe in creating a nurturing, positive, inclusive environment with an emphasis on fun, excitement and laughter while maintaining a strong vigilance of safety hazards and a focus on consistency, routines and schedules.
It is important that I recognize and promote developmental milestones through play based learning, age appropriate educational activities and self expression such as language building and music. I utilize music in all forms on a daily basis for redirection, transitions, movement/fun and a tool for emotional growth. I believe in a strong emphasis on learning in natural environments. Childhood is a time of belonging, being and becoming. Children learn about the world through engaging creative play, imaginative play, experimentation, relationships and social interactions. Through play, children explore and learn to understand the world around them. They learn cognitive, social emotional skills, practice physical tasks and improve the fine/gross motor skills they need to be successful in life. They develop problem solving skills, curiosity, intentionality, flexibility and language skills.
I encourage a sense of belonging, self awareness, self esteem and promote character foundational skills such as honesty, respect, caring , kindness and responsibility. I assist children in becoming independent, capable and confident learners and believe strongly in involving children in the wider community and community service activities.
I support Social-Emotional Development through advanced SEL education and Positive Discipline approaches. Every moment becomes a "Teachable Moment." I focus on helping a child learn how to navigate their decisions and emotions by offering compassionate understanding through connection, education of appropriate tools and coping skills to manage their responses and emotions.
I promote child nutrition, making healthier food choices and healthy meal planning by creating balanced child-friendly meals and teaching cooking and baking skills with even the youngest groups of children. Studies have shown that when kids eat better, they do better in every area of their development.
I maintain a commitment to professionalism by focusing on continuing education and professional development opportunities. I continually source out opportunities that will enhance my field knowledge and will allow me to stay up to date on child developmental and professional caregiver curriculum.