I am a passionate Art graduate and currently training to be an Art Psychotherapist at Goldsmiths University. I nurture the emotional wellbeing of every child, through encouraging free exploration of feelings and self expression by providing engaging art experiences. Whether a 3 month old, or a 3 year old, I find all children learn through play, and being offered a variety of experiences and interaction with materials from a young age is fundamental for their development in self-esteem, communication and language, creativity and understanding of the world around them.
During my placement of my PGCE in Early Childhood, I challenged the learning experiences that were being offered to the infants in the baby room, and improved provision by offering more craft resources, mark making opportunities, cooking experiences and daily access to fresh playdough, water and sand play, as well as enhancing outdoor learning. Whilst I celebrate my inner child and am not afraid of mess, I set comfortable boundaries and role model high standards of cleanliness and give children responsibility and praise for tidying their own toys, paints etc. after play.
Playfulness is at the heart of everything I do and fun is the desired outcome. I am active and energetic so naturally love taking learning outdoors, rain or shine, but am happy to use my initiative and create new experiences in the home environment too. A humble book can deliver so much if it is read with enthusiasm and intrigue! Beyond being an educator, I am also there to comfort children and support them with any of their needs throughout their development, be it tears, tantrums or toileting.
I find that being a nanny allows me to bring so many threads of my interest together and above all support parents to raise a child who feels secure and loved, giving them the resilience to take on the challenges the world may bring.
•Responsible for education of children aged 0-5 years, facilitating imaginative learning opportunities.
•Fostering strong relationships with families and colleagues, including mentoring to enhance education.
•Director of art room, responsible for acquiring resources to maintain outstanding creative provision.
•Creation of enhanced bespoke curriculum of Expressive Arts and Design, liasing with education advisor.
•Project highlights include creating an exhibition to represent the individual expression of every child.
•Continued freelance work since Jul 2021, creating staff training, organising workshops for children and birthday parties nurturing creativity in early years.
•Supporting children with additonal needs and disabilities in a variety of ratios, 2:1, 1:1, 1:4.
•Promoting social skills and creativity through play, led by the young person.
•Trained in play philosophies, safeguarding, managing behaviour, assessing risks.
•Observing the dynamics of the classroom of children aged 4-16 with special educational needs.
•Holding weekly art therapy sessions for four clients aged 10-12 years, including Autism diagnosis, Global Delay and early trauma with aims to promote communication and self esteem.
•Participating in weekly supervision with supervisor, reflecting on practice and sharing analysis, as well as reporting safeguarding concerns and maintaining contact with teaching staff involved with client.
•Caring for two children ages 1 and 4, forming close bond to families and children alike.
•Providing experiences in the home environment and outdoors to promote education and wellbeing with emphasis on creativity including painting, construction, baking, roleplay, music and more always following the interests and lead of the children.
•Caring for child from the young age of 4 months until over 1 years old.
•Nanny duties as above, and fostering new experiences for the infant including early exposure to art galleries, the farm, swimming and soft play.
•Caring primarily for two young children, both aged 1, in a nanny share arrangement involving two neighbouring families.
•Care also included school runs for older siblings, 3 and 6, of one of the families.
•Nanny duties as above, with focus on promoting the socialising of the two young children with one another, and catering for their differing needs and levels of development.
•Includes flexibility of hours and frequent babysitting duties.
• Leading art workshops in an after school club for children ages 5-11, drawing upon a variety of influential artists.
• Promoting learning through play, and process over product, to foster creativity above and beyond the school curriculum.
• Birthday parties following child led interest area.
• Caring for child aged 4
•Nanny duties as above, with focus on getting child out every day to see sights of London including Transport Museum, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Van Gogh Experience.
Developed skills in Fashion, Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design, Illustration and Fine Art.
Developed visual identity in projects for child audience in fields of Advertising, Editorial and Publishing. Knowledge of art history to inform practice.
Studied early years pedagogy to enrich creative teaching approaches and parent/child partnerships.
•Developing knowledge of therapeutic intervention through art practice from infancy to adulthood.
•Engaging in psychodynamic theory through clinical practice on placement with client group, weekly supervision with professionals and art making with fellow trainees, including reflexive written coursework
•Attending personal therapy weekly, enhancing understanding of therapeutic practice and relationships.