My background with Waldorf education comes from when my mum started to work in a Waldorf kindergarten. After my school lessons I used to spend my time there. Gradually, I became more and more involved by helping out when needed, to eventually start working there as a kindergarten assistant. At the same time, I completed my degree in Speech and Language Therapy. During this period, I also became familiar with the Pikler Approach, having done a weekend workshop in Madrid, Spain. In 2015 I moved to the UK to work with children with special needs (SEND) in a Camphill.
In 2017, when my first daughter was born, I decided to stay at home with her during her first years. However, I still needed some time to focus on myself and my plans and restore my inner balance. Only this way I could be the person/mother I want to be. I started to look for a place to leave her a couple of mornings a week but, as a mother that sought a loving, familiar, and unhurried environment, finding the right place was a difficult task. One day, I found myself thinking about parents that were in the same situation. Gradually, the wish of sharing this simplicity with other families and children grew on me, and the first seeds of what turned out to be the Hummingbirds' nest were sprout.
In 2019 I got my NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Baby and Child Care (Early Years Educator) through Emerson College and had my second daughter. Starting this course during the first few months of my elder daughter's life gave me the courage to distance myself from the ingrained patterns in our culture regarding children's physical development, and witness how capable my daughters were of doing things by themselves, without mine and my husband's direct interference. Since then, I became even more passionate about children's development and the Pikler Approach.
In 2021 I registered as a childminder with the Ofsted.
At Hummingbirds' nest, the days are filled with the simplicity of everyday home life. Everything is created to enhance your child’s innate sense of learning through imitation. The days follow a predictable rhythm with a balance of structure and free play. The care moments hold a special place in our daily rhythm as these are precious to build a secure-trusting relationship with your child.
The foundation of everything I do at Hummingbirds’ nest is built upon the principles presented in the Pikler Approach: the respectful relationship between an adult and young child, through choreographed tender care moments, a naturally paced motor development, free self-directed movement and uninterrupted play; and the understanding of life and human development presented in Waldorf Education, which one of the most essential aspects of the work with the young child is the inner attitude of the educator, who provides the example for the child’s imitation.