Hello, I'm Melanie Haley...
I've been involved in child care for close to fifteen years, and I'm still learning new things from the children in my care every day. I love to pull from a broad spectrum of educational theories to create lessons that nurture each child as an individual, and I'm especially drawn to the gentle, rhythmical practices of Waldorf education.
My love for childcare began during some very positive babysitting experiences in high school. From there, I was inspired to get a B.A. in Childhood Education from the State University of New York and began substitute teaching in Saranac Central School District. In 2007, I moved to Illinois, and while employed as a substitute teacher at Libertyville School District 70, I realized I wanted to work with younger children. After the birth of my first child, I began working as a lead teacher at a nationally known daycare center, where I worked with infant and toddler groups. I began to develop my own unique approach to childcare and opened my home daycare for children in 2010. Blue Sky Daycare has been a great place for kids to learn and grow ever since.
I continue to follow research in the field of Early Childhood , attending conferences and reading early childhood education journals to keep a current understanding of best practices in the childcare realm.