|For many parents, choosing a childcare for their baby
is an enormous and important decision. There are literally hundreds
of different situations to choose from, and the process of choosing care
that is right for your family can be overwhelming. I believe that
no matter what situation you choose for your family, it is important to
know a few things about your child's primary caregiver. With that
said, let me introduce myself:
My name is Tricia and I have been providing childcare to children for approximately three years. After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, I chose to enter the profession of childcare. For two and a half years, I worked in large childcare centers. I began as an Infant teacher, then worked with Toddlers. I helped my co-workers by sharing my undergraduate knowledge in Child Development and serving as the center's Educational Coordinator. Eventually I became an Assistant Director. While management was an exciting opportunity, I felt disconnected from the children I loved working with. I made the decision to try running my own childcare business because I personally disagree with the philosophy and implementation of large, for-profit childcare centers, and I wanted to work with a small group of infants and toddlers.
I view myself as a professional. Each day, I work very hard to ensure that the children in my care receive the highest quality care possible. I am constantly looking for training opportunities, and I am currently a member of the National Association For Family Childcare (NAFCC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). I participate in childcare provider e-mail groups which offer support and advice to a myriad of daily issues. I also firmly believe in reading current research concerning child development and I try to share my knowledge with parents, and other providers.
Last, but most importantly, I love children! I have worked with children of all ages in a variety of settings, and I enjoy the differences between (and within) the age groups. Currently, my passion is infants and toddlers. The daily changes in their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual abilities is fascinating. There is never a dull moment at Little University! I feel that this age group is best served in small groups (less than eight) and in an inviting, warm environment. I currently care for three infants in my Certified Group Childcare, and we have a wonderful time!
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