Candace's Philosophy of Childcare

PLEASE NOTE: While I am flattered if you admire this enough to want something like it for your own website or childcare business, this is my philosophy and these are my words. You may not use my philosophy on your site, and you may NOT claim you wrote it yourself. Anyone who works with young children should know that while sharing is good, stealing is bad. Thank you.

I am not a “less is more” type of person. I have always been a “more is more” kind of gal and that is one reason I love children. They do everything MORE. More energy, more laughter, more tears, more questions...children feel, love, hurt and care on a deeper level than most adults give them credit for. They challenge me, they make me think and, most importantly, they make me laugh. I take great satisfaction in being an important part of a child’s life and development. I am an unapologetic optimist.

I have a few core beliefs about children and childcare:

  • Each interaction with a child is a learning opportunity. A conflict is an opportunity to teach negotiation and listening. An injury to another child is an opportunity to practice empathy. Mealtimes are an opportunity for conversation and manners. Strengths are to be built upon; weaknesses are to be learned from, and grown beyond.
  • Children live up, or down, to our expectations of them. Therefore I keep my expectations high. Not so high that a child gets frustrated, but just high enough that the child can take genuine pleasure in his/her achievements.
  • Every person, regardless of age, deserves to be treated with respect. I treat every child with respect and also expect respect from them. Each of us has a unique strength to offer in my home, and every child is a valued member of our group.
  • Babies and small children thrive in a stable, predictable environment. I will be flexible to meet each child’s individual needs each day, but our days will follow a consistent and reliable routine.
  • It takes a village! I am thrilled to be part of the team, and I view myself as an experienced, expert resource to parents, but I am not the child’s primary caregiver. Your child’s most important relationship and learning resource is YOU!
  • Raising a child is probably the single most challenging job we as parents will ever have. At times it can be joyful and exhilarating; at times it can be absolutely frustrating! At ALL times it is incredibly significant, valuable, and worthwhile.