Kellye Couillard - Philosophy
"Example isn't the best way to teach children... 
It's the only way."
As a Nanny, my charges spend a good amount of their early lives with me, so it is imperative I strive to help them become happy, healthy individuals. Children learn best by what is modeled to them. I ask myself daily: "Am I being the person I would like to see these children become?"
My goal for children in my care is to encourage happiness, politeness and independence. I aim to instill in them a love of life, gratitude and respect for everyone. We practice healthy habits- eating a balanced diet, exercising and caring for our bodies. I value and embrace the uniqueness and individuality of each child.
My work with children is RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) inspired. The following has been taken directly from the RIE website. 
The RIE Basic Principles: Incorporating a deep respect and appreciation of the baby as more than a helpless object, Magda Gerber’s Educaring® Approach encourages infants and adults to trust each other, learn to problem solve, and embrace their ability for self-discovery. When allowed to unfold in their own way and in their own time, children discover and inspire the best in themselves and in others.  In order to foster quality care, RIE® encourages:
  • Basic trust in the child to be an initiator, an explorer and a self-learner
  • An environment for the child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing
  • Time for uninterrupted play
  • Freedom to explore and interact with other infants
  • Involvement of the child in all care activities to allow the child to become an active participant rather than a passive recipient
  • Sensitive observation of the child in order to understand his or her needs
  • Consistency, clearly defined limits and expectations to develop discipline
The Educaring Approach fosters an authentic sense of self and lays a foundation for secure relationships, enduring curiosity, and lasting self-confidence to support infants to be:
  • Secure
  • Competent
  • Confident
  • Curious
  • Cheerful
  • Attentive
  • Exploring
  • Cooperative
  • Peaceful
  • Focused
  • Self-initiating
  • Resourceful
  • Involved
  • Inner-directed
  • Aware
  • Interested
To read more about my views on childcare, visit Janet Lansbury,  Magda Gerber & Maria Montessori.
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