I have tried all facets in life and in 1998 I chose to open Børnehuset Lillekilde. For me my biggest task as daily manager is to inspire and motivate my staff, so we always have creativity and development throughout the house. My staff is deliberately a cultural mixture – which I think offers both dynamic and positive inspiration and of course challenges – but it also gives you a lot of learning when it is not running according to the plan. I value the idea that there has to be room for both you and me – an optimum condition and breeding for the fact that every child can explore and develop and feel appreciated for who it is.
And as a mother also said to me: “Imagine the value for my child to meet Indian and Italian culture in a daycare center situated on a quite normal, flat suburban street in Valby”.
I am the secretary in Lillekilde and I am also, incidentally, a qualified zookeeper. You will often find me on the other end of the phone or e-mail. I am otherwise out helping children learn about nature or animal-care. I also ensure that Lillekilde’s small animals smile as much as our children do.
Children no doubt feel my inherent recognition of what they are, their interests and knowledge. I am good at spotting each individual child in a larger group – you can have a small voice or big gestures, for me no one is overlooked! I am learning at least as much from the children as they do from me! And then I am really good at fooling around and strengthen their linguistic development.
I have been here right from the beginning and I love working with children, big and small. I feel wonderfully comfortable in nature and I often go on a trip exploring outside – and even though you are small you can easily explore. I am good at finding practical solutions and then I have a calm mind with the attitude that everything will be all right.
I love seeing the small nursery children master small and big challenges in life – whether it is the first words, the first steps or when the paint is felt on the hands – this is where it all begins and thus where you will find me. I give priority to the good contact with parents and safe, predictable surroundings to both children and parents and then I am really good at baking!
I love to sing with the children and stimulate the child’s learning ability and language through singing, rhythmic, dancing, movement, gesticulations, story-telling and rhymes. I am really good at organizing, arranging and planning and I love to use these abilities to make room for play and creativity for the children.
I have worked with children for the past 12 years and love to see the small happy and excited faces when I reach my work. Language is my focus area, so I often read books and encourage children to use spoken language to express themselves. I give a lot of hugs to children and try to meet each child at his/her level.