A Little About Myself

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Hi, I am Laura Rubio, the founder of Guava Care.  I moved from Colombia 7 years ago where I did my Bachelor in Social Communication. Before that, I did a specialization in early childhood education that gave me the opportunity to work as a volunteer in a preschool for more than 4 years and learned a lot about children, their needs and how to take care of them.

I have more than 7 years of experience working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. As a new born and infant care specialist I work close with caregivers and parents to provide consistent routines that are customized for each child developmental stage, this includes eating, toileting, playing and sleeping. I can also hep families with developmental screenings if they have any concern about their child behavior.

 

After working with several families as a Childcare professional and see first hand what a profound difference good sleep made in the temperament and happiness of a child, I turned my focus to learn how to teach parents what I was able to achieve with their babies sleep. So, I became a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant through the Family Sleep Institute with a 250+ hour training curriculum and now I am here and there empowering families to regain the rest they deserve with reliable and holistic practices. 

 

In addition, I am a Certified Birth Doula and love helping women to find their voices and advocate for the very best care during this special moment of their life.

 

Finally,  my passion for child development led me to start a Master in Early Intervention and Infant Development where I am looking to learn more and participate in child behavior research. 

 

Education

2022

UNIR

Master in Early Intervention and Infant Development 

Develop the professional knowledge and skills to provide effective interventions and care to infants, toddlers and young children

2018-2020

University Uniminuto, Colombia

Master in Peace and Development Studies

Undertake professional initiatives based on the recognition of the ethical-political, educational and socio-cultural implications of addressing the areas developed by the program

2013-2015

University of Sabana, Colombia 

 

Bachelor's Degree in Social Communication and Journalism

Launched a community radio program to engage and taught youth to create their own radio content.

2013-2015

Normal Nacional, Colombia 

Specialization in Early Childhood Education 

Early Child developmental stages

Certifications

2022

Birth Doula

Sierra Childbirth Institute

Learn about the doula’s role working with women and their partners during pregnancy and in each phase of the birthing process.

Foundations to provide continuous support and care when technology and or medication become necessary

2022

Developmental screening

Child Development Institute 

-Understanding the Role of Developmental Screenings for Supporting Children and Families

-Administering, Scoring and Interpreting Developmental Screenings

-Understanding the Referral Process and Using a Strength Based Approach to Share Results

2020

Child Sleep Consultant

Family Sleep Institute, USA

 How to overcome sleep challenges and introduce sleeping techniques including the 5 S’s, no tears, pick up and put down, fading, and strategic napping.

2020

Newborn and Infante Care Specialist

Us Nanny Institute

Newborns and infant developmental milestones, holding, feeding, diapering, soothing, routines and more.

2020

Aquatic Therapy for Children

Amepta

Aquatic stimulation helps children adapt to the environment, from familiarization with water, muscle toning and balance exercises, to diving. 

2021

CPR and First Aids

eCPRceritification.com

Adult, child and baby first aid - CPR - AED

2020

Children's Yoga Teacher

Aprendum

Understand how children’s bodies change during childhood and how to tailor yoga tools to safely support children’s physical development.

2018

Yoga Teacher 500Hrs

Escuela Internacional de Yoga, Spain

Extensive knowledge of yoga poses, breathing patterns, and anatomy.

My Childcare Experience

Part Time Infant Care

The Cedillos family
Sept 2021 - Current

  • Have affectionately cared for two 4 month old babies.

  • Establish a healthy and developmentally appropriate schedule, including sleeping, feeding, and playtime with a focus on developmental milestones.

  • Early stimulation activities.

  • Provide a healthy meal plan and help with the transition.

Full Time Care Taker

Gordon and Chiau family 

March 2019 - Sept 2021

  • Have affectionately cared for two 4 months old girls, for over 32 months

  • Physically and verbally interacted with the babies throughout the day  

  • Specific help with sleep training 

  • Baby routine: Bottles, diaper change, naps and play time. 

  • Coordinate field trips to local parks and pool

  • Facilitated outdoor learning experiences and the involvement of nature as much as posible

  • Potty training 

Full Time Care Taker

Koren family 
2017 – 2018

  • Have affectionately cared for two kids. 1 year old girl and 1 year old boy, for over one year.

  • Promoted creativity and imagination by helping children discover new things each day 

  • Coordinated field trips to local parks 

  • Occasional baby sitter for 3 kids. 1 year old, 3 years old and 6 years old for over four years. 

Full Time Care Taker

Marino Family 

January 2017 – December 2017 

  • Have affectionately cared for one 2 months old girl, for over 12 months. Full time.

  • Physically and verbally interacted with the baby throughout the day  

  • Baby routine: Bottles, diaper change, naps and play time. 

 

Newborn Care

Bornstein Family 

Jun 2017 

  • Have affectionately care for one 2 months old girl, for over one month.

  • Physically and verbally interacted with the baby throughout the day  

  • Baby routine: Bottles, diaper change, naps and play time.

Newborn Care

The Hendin family 

September 2016

  • Have affectionately cared for one 2 months old boy, for over one month, full time.

  • Physically and verbally interacted with the baby throughout the day  

  • Baby routine: Bottles, diaper change, naps and play time.

Full Time Care Taker

The Friedman Family 
August 2015 -2016

  • Have affectionately cared for one 1 years old girl, for over one  year. 

  • Provide a child- friendly environment with engaging activities and continues access to the outdoors

  • Sparked creativity and imagination by helping children discover new things each day 

  • Coordinate field trips to local parks and museums.

Preschool Assistant

Kindergarten La Paz, Ibagué, Colombia 

2011-2014

I looked after up to 15 children at a time while at this position. I supervised them at play, read stories, comforted them, and helped them grow. While at this position, I saw firsthand the positive impact that kindness and compassion can have on a child’s development. Working with children of various ages also helped me create and learn techniques that will allow me to care for your child, no matter what age.

My Hobbies 

When I am not working or sudying you can find me having fun with my partner and my two cats in some National Park, dancing, biking, or just relaxing at home and reading a book.

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