Natural Beginnings

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About Our Educators

Q. Why did you become an Educator?

Growing up, I loved playing school; whether it was with my friends or stuffed animals, my heart yearned to help others. When I went to high school, I was a teen mom and couldn't find childcare that met my high expectations. I realized there was a great need for high-quality childcare, and that if I opened a program, I could fill my heart by helping others and still fueled my desire to teach.

Q. What's your favorite part about being an Educator?

I truly believe all children are born with a natural desire to learn. When they have an ah-ha moment or a great discovery, it's so beautiful to share that moment with them. I'm honored to be able to walk alongside them and guide them down their natural path of development.

Q. Do you have any special experience parents should know about?

I have over 15 years experience including being a mother, working in both group care and centers, Head Start and working one-one as a para-educator with a child that had autism. I currently hold my CDA in Preschool and an Associates degree in Early Childhood.

Q. Anything else parents should know about you or your family?

I'm a wife and mother of 3 amazing children (plus two dogs, and two turtles). We enjoy the outdoors, crafting and watching movies. My personal hobbies include playing the violin, and collecting records and listening to 80’s music.


About Our School

Q. What's your early childhood education philosophy?

We are a play-based program that follows bits of significant philosophers of early childhood education. For example, when you walk into Natural Beginnings, you can feel the warmth and inviting environment with our natural elements of wooden furniture and toys much like Waldorf. Every day we practice our independence and self-care much like Montessori. Caregivers treat all children as unique individuals with kindness and respect much like Gerber's RIE philosophy. Much like Reggio, learning is collaboration. We view our little school as a family.

Q. What's your school set-up like?

We are a multi-age program where no matter the age, children get the opportunity to be both learners and teachers. We offer the knowledge and experience you would get at a center but with the security and predictability of home.

Q. What snacks & meals do you provide?

We are proud to participate in CACFP and Harvest of the Month. So we choose to follow the stricter Montana CACFP guidelines when providing our healthier, homemade foods for children. We serve Breakfast, Lunch, and P.M. snack made from scratch.

Harvest of the Month is a farm to school project that focuses on a Montana produced harvest. So every month we learn and explore a new harvest, and at least once a month the harvest is served as a meal. We also offer a weekly cooking project and regularly invite children to help prepare our meals.

Q. Anything else parents should know?

Our curriculum is based on your child's interests and where they are at developmentally. Social-emotional development, individual expression, and nature are all an essential part of our curriculum.

About Our Parent Relationships

Q. How do you communicate with parents?

Positive interactions between families and caregivers are healthy interactions for the children to experience, so brief check-ins at drop off and pick up are encouraged. We use an app called "Daily Connect" to track feedings, diapering, and happenings throughout the day, we put out a monthly newsletter, and we also hold parent/ teacher conferences once a year for us to go over your child's development.

Q. What do you expect from me as a parent?

Open communication and feedback are highly-encouraged so we can offer the best care for your child help them develop and grow into the wonderful learners they desire to be. When available, we encourage you to participate in family events and field trips.

Q. Do you encourage visits from parents?

Families are always welcome at Natural Beginnings! If you would like to visit, please let a caregiver know so we can plan our day and help ensure smooth transitions.

When your child enrolls with Natural Beginnings, you’re gaining so much more than childcare, you’re becoming a MyVillage Family. Here are just some of the benefits of being a MyVillage Family:

Trusted Educators

All MyVillage Educators are trained, licensed, insured, CPR Certified, and offer high-quality care in a safe and nurturing environment.

Personalized Care

A small group setting in a family home environment results in natural socialization, development, and a personalized approach for your child.

Reliable

Our unique support system means that if your educator is sick, you won’t have to call in sick too.

Learning & Development

The MyVillage Education Experience encourages play-based learning and growth.