About the Provider: My name is Heather. I am a very kind, enthusiastic, and loving individual. I have been successfully working with children for twelve years. I was a nanny for several years, and was also gainfully employed with four different public childcare facilities. I began operating as a licensed childcare provider in January 2014. Having such extensive experience, it is simply my desire to continue spending my days with children, and educating them in a safe, happy, and positive environment!
As a family childcare provider, it is my goal to instill such an environment for each child – to stimulate physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth at each of his or her own pace. I offer loving care to each individual child; and in doing so, strive to build their self-esteem, and respect for themselves and for others. As your partner in providing adequate care for your child, my interactions with you, as a parent, are equally as important as my interactions with your child. I encourage and expect your involvement within the childcare setting.
Goals and Philosophy: The extent of Little Me Academy’s philosophy begins with a safe, loving, and respectful environment. This environment is one where children have the greatest opportunity to grow and develop. Such an environment is the foundation of Little Me Academy – one that is fulfilling, enriching, and supporting of all possible learning and growing opportunities!
Children in the childcare setting are developing the skills that prepare them for Kindergarten. For some caregivers, it is natural to dismiss the importance of play at this age and to spend more time on structured, teacher-directed lessons. Other caregivers feel that Preschoolers are too young and immature to handle rigorous work, such as reading, writing, and arithmetic, so they provide an environment that is all play, with very little cognitive learning. Little Me Academy believes the best development model is one that incorporates the theories of Piaget, Montessori, and Erikson. Learning through play is the cornerstone of our curriculum, consisting of some cognitive lessons, and much developmentally-appropriate play. Caregivers provide security, protection, stimulation, support, limits, and affection. Children are respected as individuals within a child-oriented program.
At Little Me Academy, children are provided opportunities of exploration and self-sufficiency; plenty of independent and explorative alternatives; and toys and materials that encourage skills that are yet to come. Activities are strategically planned and implemented in an open-classroom setting. Favorable circumstances allow for the children to choose from age-appropriate activities including language development, art, music, science and nature, pre-math skills, dramatic and active play. Through these opportunities, children learn to socialize effectively, share, be kind, handle conflict, and to build their overall self-esteem.
The primary goal of Little Me Academy is for children to feel safe and secure. Prior to acquiring independence, a child must know he or she can depend on adults and a predictable environment. Children are treated with respect and kindness. We recognize that children develop at different rates and have different interests. Our small group size and teacher-child ratios allow for meeting the individual needs of each child.
An important duty, as a childcare provider, is to never stop learning. I believe that a quality childcare provider never sits back and accepts that there is no room for improvement. No matter how wonderful the program, or how well-trained the provider, there is always more that can be done. I constantly evaluate my program, myself, my staff, the children, and community needs. Regular assessments are crucial to the overall quality of the program. I will never be finished learning about my work; every day I learn through experience. It is also my responsibility to stay current on topics relating to childcare and child development by attending conferences, joining groups, taking classes, etc. The combination of these elements are what characterizes Little Me Academy.
Experience Training History:
Gainful employment in the childcare field for 12 years.
Bachelor of Science in Sociology (dual-emphasis on Early Childhood Education and deviant behavior).
CPR/First Aid Certified
Current member of Child Care Aware of America, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Association for Family Child Care, and the National Fire Protection Association.
Annual training in child development and learning; health, safety, and nutrition; program management; child abuse prevention, identification, and reporting; interactions and guidance; plus other teaching, learning, and inclusion practices.
Policies Information Enrollment: Handbook is available upon request. The information contained will introduce you to the philosophy and organization of Little Me Academy. It will serve as your reference to the daily operating policies and procedures. It is extensive, but thorough, and would answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any interest!