Interview with Nanny Match :


Sarah de Lean Personalised Educare

Posted by Ruby Brown on December 06, 2016 via

After completing a BA of Early Childhood Education in 2015, Sarah decided to take a step away from formal education systems and continue her work as a private nanny. She was drawn to the opportunity to form intimate in-home partnerships and the ability to work with children from infancy through to toddlerhood. She wanted to combine her skills as a caregiver and educator: Sarah de Lean Personalised Educare was born.

Sarah has borrowed the word educare from the R.I.E. philosophy of Magda Gerber, most commonly known from the blog of Janet Langsbury, who offers practical ways for parents and carers to interact with infants and children respectfully. It means to ‘care while we educate and educate while we care.’

Sarah also draws inspiration from Forest Schools and Reggio Emilia. She delights her families with a “no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing” belief, and provides children with opportunities to develop understandings through experience and consolidate and express their ideas through art and on going research.

Sarah’s top tips:

1. Slow down and observe your child. Simplify your time, get out in nature and enjoy how your child interacts with the world.

2. Ask questions. When a child has questions, rather than giving him/her the answer, ask questions to encourage their abilities to make observations and hypothesise. Children’s knowledge is better built by constructing the knowledge themselves with support, rather than answers relayed.

3. Step back and trust. Trust that children will learn what they need to know when they are ready. Childhood isn’t a hurry. People are unique, learn at different rates and in different ways.

Sarah’s top resources :

-Janet Langsbury Online Blog

-100 Languages of a Child : Reggio Emilia Book and poem

-Danish Forest Schools by Jane Williams-Siegfredson

-Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

“On going research is crucial for all professions, to keep inspired, educated and challenging your own concepts. Every week I read articles and share some of these on my Facebook page and with families I work with. Knowledge is power.”

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