I have been a licensed childcare provider for 8 years. I have my Child Development Certificate from Itasca Community College, as well as an Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree from Concordia University-St. Paul. I am certified in First Aid and CPR. I also have training in Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Abusive Head Trauma, and take many continued education courses throughout the year to keep me up-to-date on all things childcare related.
While in my care, your child will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities, which promote all aspects of development. Family childcare provides for children the comfort and experience of belonging to an extended family. My approach to childcare is child-centered and child-directed. Children are offered choices whenever possible. I offer an environment where children are free to express creativity and where their desire to learn and grow is never unmet. I want your child to be emotionally, socially and cognitively prepared when they leave my care and go to kindergarten, ready to meet and exceed everyone’s greatest expectations for them.
I know that children primarily learn through play; because of this, I do not underestimate its importance on a growing child’s mind, body and spirit. Therefore, the children under my care receive lots of both free-play and structured-play throughout each day. During structured-play I primarily have one group of toys or activity out at a time in order to allow the children to concentrate fully on each thing they do. Age-appropriate activities will be scheduled with the flexibility allowed to respond to the needs of each individual child and their various ages.
I believe in the use of "Love and Logic" when it comes to discipline and guidance. Love and Logic allows adults to remain in control, while giving children choices whenever possible.
In fall 2015, Half-Pint Hide-Out became a Christian-based childcare. We teach weekly Bibles stories, as well as saying prayers before meals and nap time. We teach kindness, acceptance, understanding, and the everlasting love of God.