"Jani is Mary Poppins meets Mrs Doubtfire meets Nanny McPhee"
Nanny / Housekeeper / Eldercare
I'm a Mom
I have always described myself as mother who works, rather than being a working mother. Raising my 2 sons was the deepest privilege in my many and varied life experiences.
My boys are 16 months apart, and I do know something about handling rowdy energy!
My boys are now 31 and 30 - busy adulting - they are very kind and generous humans who are compassionate and caring and work hard to help make a better world.
My Childcare Ethos
I believe my broad range of experience will benefit any children in my care, and I can safely say that kids love to hang out with me - we have fun. My focus is learning through creativity, through development of imagination and curiosity.
I believe in play as a conduit to development, and I love to help guide children to learn their capabilities and limits through the challenges of stretching themselves, physically, mentally and emotionally.
I am a firm advocate of outside play, imagination play, of learning through storytelling. I also believe in helping children to learn their responsibility to be part of a household through helping with chores, done with a sense of fun whilst giving them a strong sense of value and accomplishment.
I'm a very good disciplinarian, steady and fair, and I have high expectations of polite and responsive behaviour.
My way with children is steeped in a willingness to guide them to expressing their thoughts and feelings, and to find their way through conflicts in a way that builds their confidence and self esteem.
I love to Play!
I believe that children need play like they need oxygen. (and I don't mean video games)
Being outside is a vital part of helping to grow healthy children. It is my great joy to bundle everyone up for an outing into nature, regardless of weather, for "There is no such thing a bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".
Learning to be in our bodies, and learning to challenge ourselves, is a significant part of developing our confidence. I am a huge advocate of letting kids learn to push their limits by playing in an outdoor environment.
I am also a huge fan of the importance of feeling the daily shifts and changes in nature as the seasons roll one into the other throughout the year.
And I love building forts! I grew up on a mountain with 2 brothers, so playing in the forest is one of my favourite places to be.
Our 'Fairy Forest' fort - Autumn 2020
Horses & Dogs!
Any and all animals...
I would love to find a place with an equestrian family, that would be the most ideal job imaginable.
I competed from age 15 to 23, riding first Arabian, then fully into Dressage. My initial training was with Zoltan Sztehlo, then I worked with the protege of Dr Otto Bode (Vienna School) Rosemary Reed, moving on to train with Pat Deptford and Leslie Reid.
Bode, Sztehlo and Reid were all Olympic dressage team members.
I had to stop competing age 23 for health reasons, which is what led me down the path of studying Chinese medicine.
It would be my very great joy to find a job that involves horses. I can drive a rig, and would be an asset as a show groom.
My first stable job was on a stud farm (and I had my own broodmares), so I am familiar with breeding and birthing.
Tweens & Teens
I love working with teenagers. Really!
My own children's teenage years were my favourite part of parenting, plus I had a 'Teen Clinic' as part of my Chinese medicine practice.
My clinical speciality is hormones, and frankly there is nothing that can surprise me that any teenager might want to throw my way.
I enjoy giving the right balance of support and guidance coupled with margin to explore, to begin to learn about who they are and how they want to be in this world.
Gen Z have the worst inheritance of any generation in history. I wish to provide a stable force in helping them navigate the huge challenges that face them, and to help them cope with the complex emotional quagmire that this generation is facing.
Lucky me, that I got to raise my children BEFORE the advent of smart phones and apps; all we had to contend with was Nintendo and Playstation 1.
I am more than willing to be guided by a family's own parameters in respect of screen time.
In my own preferences, screen time is allocated and other things like conversation, playing in-person games, reading, imagination games, as well as helping with chores and being part of the dynamic that runs a household is the sort of old-school attitude that I ascribe to.
My Recent Position
Senior Caregiver and Home-School Tutor
Living in a 4 generation home has been an absolute privilege during the time of covid restrictions. Myself included, we were a bubble of 9 people, from 87 to 5 years old, living on a farm in Langley Township.
The kids and their parents are relocating, and I wish to remain on the lower mainland to be near my mother.
My principle role was home-schooling the 5 year old, who has ASD & ADHD, helping him to meet his Kindergarten curriculum.
We worked within the Self Design system, and I feel very well equipped to take on any level of home-schooling, and well able to adapt to any education platform that is being used.
In addition, I also worked with his sisters, age 9 (also ASD) and age 13 (severe social anxiety), covering their PE curriculum for 6 hours each week; clambering through the local Regional parks, climbing and running and being in nature.
I am an Educator
I am a life-long learner. Studying and teaching come naturally to me.
I'm a curious cat, ever in search of new knowledge, and always delighted to learn new skills.
I have been both an undergraduate and post graduate university lecturer, and have a long career as an international seminar presenter and conference speaker.
I am also qualified as an ESL teacher. As it was known then: Cambridge Royal Society of Arts Prep Cert - with distinction. Now called the CELTA.
I have always loved working with children. I have specialist paediatric training as part of my 25 year career as a Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner.
I trained with the western world's leading authority on treating children with TCM, Julian Scott. Paediatric physiology and child development was an extensive part of the year-long post-graduate diploma course I did with him.