MEET NANNY APRIL
I really want them to love books. I work on this by taking them to the library and exposing them to lots of different kinds of books. We also read lots of books throughout the day. I want them to be caring members of their community. We work on being respectful to the things and people around them. I want them to be self-sufficient. The kids are encouraged to put their own toys, and dishes away.
Watching them master something that they have been working really hard on. I remember the day that N learned to walk. It took him about a week to master it, but it had to be the proudest day of my life. He had the biggest grin on his face and he was so excited.
I wish that I had known what GREAT support groups are out there. I was living and working 7 hoursfrom my home and did not know anyone. Now, I know that the area I worked in had one of the oldestnanny support groups (ADCAN). I am excited to be a part of many different support groups now both in person, like Michigan Professional Nanny Association and online, like World Wide Nannies and Nanny_chat.
I think people would be most surprised that I have 2 beautiful step-daughters, they are 6 and 9. They have to be 2 of the loves of my life.We are huge sports fans in our house, especially baseball fans. I love the Detroit Tigers and my husband is very much a Yankees fan. Baseball season in our house is an interesting time of the year. I also love to do crafts, especially paper crafts like scrapbooking and making cards.
April Krause (Gradowski) is currently a live-out nanny for a 5 year old and a 3 year old in Northville, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Albion College in 2005. She attended the English Nanny and Governess School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. After completing her nanny training she worked in the Washington D.C. area for a family with three girls. She then was the lead teacher in a 2 year old classroom for a day care center in Westland, Michigan. April currently lives in Livonia, Michigan, is married to a wonderful man, and has 2 step-daughters and a cat. She serves on the Michigan Professional Nanny Association (MPNA) Board of Directors and participates in several national and international nanny support forums.