4 Hour Care: $600.00
I’ve been taking care of kids and babies since my first cousin was born when I was 7 years old. My family always called me the baby whisperer. Now that I have a child of my own, I want to spend as much time with her as possible, and inviting other children into our home to play seems like the perfect way to do that.
I took my first babysitting class when I was 12 and watched my parents friend’s children. I became a full-time nanny to a little boy, who’s now in high school!, when I moved back to Seattle in 2003. I then took over my family’s shop, a children’s clothing boutique, and continued to babysit on the weekends and was an evening helper to a family with three small children.
My daughter and I are currently enrolled in Co-Op Preschool through South Seattle College, and I love the parent education I’ve been receiving as part of our enrollment there. Positive discipline and play-based learning really struck me as the best way to raise my child, and I’d love to pass that way of learning onto the children in my care.
We found our dream home a year and a half ago. And what could be better than to fill it with children? It’s a beautiful, light-filled main floor with a dining room, living room, kitchen, bathroom and music/art room. We also have what I fondly refer to as ‘The Rumpus Room’. A fully finished basement with a giant couch, TV, books, a Duplo table, dress up station, Rody horses, a toddler trampoline and a play kitchen. But wait, wait, there’s more! Our garage houses a ping pong table, climbing gym for smaller children, scooters, a balance beam, trampoline and floor mats. Perfect for play when the weather is nasty. The yard is a nice size, with a patio for sidewalk chalk, a play structure with swings and a slide, some riding toys, and when the weather gets nice, a kiddie pool and water table.