About me

Hi! I'm Kelly, a seriously crafty mama who believes in spreading smiles, kindness and love every day of my life!

I'm Kelly, formally trained in fashion design, I found my way into the world of Early Childhood after the birth of my first child. Being really unsettled in a day nursery, I moved him to a childminder, seeing the change in him astounded me, the nurturing home based environment gave him the safety and love he needed to flourish. As I worked long hours designing clothes for little ones , I would often drop him off feeling guilty, then one day inspiration struck...why didn't I become a Childminder? I love children, I was patient, it was a natural fit for me! The rest is history as they say and I began childminding shortly after the birth of my second child in 2011.

 

I dabbled here and there wanting to get back to creative pursuits too, my own drive to create and make wasn't going to go away that easily, but something could never get me away from early childhood, and helping nurture magical moments in the lives of children from all cultures and backgrounds. 

Twelve years later, one divorce, one marriage and a new baby (... hey life isn't perfect but it sure has a funny way of working out) I discovered the writings of Rudolf Steiner and his work in Waldorf Education. The more I read, the more Steiner's words resonated with me. Finally it felt like all the pieces of me I was holding in my hands had a place. My love of children, my love of traditional crafts, of taking pride in my home, making the ordinary extraordinary, my own spirituality, my love of gardening, and the life I wanted to carve for my children, came together in a beautiful harmony.

I have found the most amazing inspiration, support and community through Instagram, the words and support of all those who have messaged me have helped me sit and begin this blog, as something more sustaining, a more in depth personal account of my life beyond the squares of social media. A blog which shares my journey through Steiner Early Childhood and Teacher Training, as I share 'the way we Waldorf'.

I want to personally thank Sally  at The Valley Steiner Parent and child, for those introductory days, and Helen for being the breath of air, of common sense , the epic maker of cups of tea and Helen bread which sustain myself and the little ones Wednesday afternoons.

If you are new to Steiner, Anthroposophy or Waldorf education I hope you can find snippets of inspiration here and I hope I can help your knowledge grow as grows too.

Thankyou so much for visiting

Kelly x

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