Nadine – Educational Co-Leader
Nadine enjoys spending her free time in nature, where she relaxes and enjoys the peace. In the summer she spends almost every weekend clambering up steep mountain paths and breathing the fresh alpine air. She loves traveling, exploring new countries and cultures. Both frantic city trips and calmer journeys into the wilderness appeal!
As much as she enjoys serenity, Nadine also requires the occasional shot of adrenaline – self-produced that is, such as bungee jumping or climbing the dizzying heights of mountain peaks. One wish she has yet to fulfil is a sky dive. Watch this space for updates and / or footage as soon as she gets the courage up!
Fun fact: Rollercoasters scare her! It always takes a few minutes for her to build up the courage to hop on board!
“Accept children in their own identity” – this is Nadine’s leading principle. Every person is unique, has different preferences and different skills. It is important to her to support children in being themselves, regardless of what others think or say.
In our fast-paced world it is often forgotten too quickly what really matters. We are impressed upon by ideals in various media. Often these impressions are already made in childhood, when we are at our most susceptible. Nadine places great emphasis on ensuring that children feel comfortable and safe in being individual, being themselves, and that we are all the same yet all different.
Nadine is the educational co-leader together with Séverine at the playschool. Together with the team she creates an environment suited to the ages of the children, which facilitates lively experiences and interactive and dynamic learning. As one of the educational leaders she always has an open ear for questions from parents and colleagues.
As the eldest of two sisters, Nadine grew up in Wohlen, in the canton of Aargau. After school she moved to Zurich, where she completed an internship and in 2009 began the official educational qualification for childcare, which she completed successfully in 2012. She moved back to canton Aargau thereafter, where she has remained resident ever since.
After her qualification, Nadine spent several years working as a childcare professional and team leader at nurseries in Zurich and the Basel area, before joining the Wild.Kind. Playschool at its inception.
Séverine – Educational Co-Leader
“The journey is the destination” for Séverine, which follows nature paths, through the forests or along gurgling streams. When not exploring such paths on foot, you will find her pedalling her bicycle in similar environments, albeit at greater speed..! The great outdoors has lots to offer, and spending time in nature helps Séverine wind down and re-charge her energy. Between Spring and Autumn she also spends much time in the garden, tending to plants and observing their growth. It is also in the garden where Séverine observes her beloved tortoises enjoy basking in the sunshine and munching dandelion leaves. Sometimes her cats watch them too!
Séverine’s wild side also emerges in form of commitment and persistence when she is convinced of a project or calling, such as with the Wild.Kind. Playschool. Seemingly limitless energy appears on tap to achieve the very best she can, and to never stand still.
As a childcare professional it is of utmost importance to Séverine to allow children to be children. Childhood, in her opinion, is an exceptionally important phase, during which body and spirit should be allowed to develop with as little pressure as possible.
By allowing children to be children and to play freely, children learn important life skills and therewith lay the foundations for their later life. With the freedom to discover their preferences, to pursue them, and through spending time in a familiar, warm-hearted and safe care environment, children are enabled in their development to healthy, resilient individuals.
Under her care, Séverine’s priority is to provide children with such an environment, and to build individual relationships with each child. At the playschool Séverine is educational co-lead together with Nadine, and with her and the team focuses on creating an environment in which the children can best develop and keep on the move. She always has an open ear and open eyes for the children, the team, and of course the parents.
Her compassionate nature is key to her ability to build strong relationships with the children, which in turn helps her care competently and warm-heartedly for them during their time with us at the playschool. She greatly appreciates and takes seriously her responsibility in accompanying the kids through their individual stages of life.
Séverine grew up in Augst, in the canton of Basl-Land, where she still lives today. After two internships she completed her official three-year childcare qualification with commendation. She spent several years working as a group leader and trainer of apprentices at another nursery in Riehen, before her path led to Wild.Kind. Playschool at its inception.
Salome – Qualified child care professional
Salome spent most of her childhood in the garden allotment of her parents, in Riehen. There she could live out her wild side and explore nature. Besides her own vegetable patch she also had tortoises, which she cared for with great passion and much love. Before the tortoises went into hibernation, she would say her goodbyes and already start missing them until they re-emerged in the Spring! Pretty wild…!
Still today Salome enjoys spending time in the garden, and exploring the great outdoors.
Salome grew up with her older sister, to whom she has a rather small, 15-month age gap. In the early years the two shared a bedroom, which Salome would not have changed for the world. She loves to think back to them building caves with their duvets, or how she would hop into her sister’s bed when scared of a ghost!
Her family always placed much emphasis on doing things together, and this has not changed even if she is a lot older today. Salome started to play the saxophone from an early age, and still loves it. Her family is an all-out Basler Fasnacht Family, and the event is celebrated with great fanfare and passion every year. Her family also holds strong values, which are engrained in her being – to always be polite, caring, and compassionate.
In her role as certified child care professional, Salome works closely with the rest of the team in the daily running of the playschool operations. At Wild.Kind. she is able to fully realise her strong values, and work with what she believes to be a strong pedagogical concept. As she furthers her professional development, she also enjoys being able to place the emphasis on areas very dear to her – regarding each child as an individual, accompanying them and encouraging them. Of great importance to her in education is to be able to take time for each child, and to accompany them at their own pace. As every child is unique and wonderful.
Salome was born in Basel, and has lived her entire life in Riehen. This is her (beautiful) home, and she has never wanted to leave! After an internship at a day care in Basel, Salome completed her 3 year qualification there, and spent a further three years at another nursery in Basel. Her path led her back to Riehen and Wild.Kind., where she believes to have found a wonderful employer and feels very happy.
Luisa – Intern
Luisa is another nature fan in the team! Already as a small child she loved spending time outdoors, building little houses for lizards and snails, and building “big” fortresses is trees for herself and her friends. She has also always enjoyed making up stories about the surrounding nature whilst on walks and hikes, and to assign a meaning to each noise she hears to a meaning in her imagination.
The greatest present Luisa ever received as a child was the birth of her little sister. Since then, there has been no “I”, but only “We”. From bunk bed to socks, the girls shared everything. The naturalness of sharing, and the enjoyment of “with another” is evident in her – frequently you can observe her looking after those people on the outer edges of a group, or who are otherwise disadvantaged. She likes to look after people, and tries to always have an open ear and a smile for others.
Luisa loves the familiar atmosphere at Wild.Kind., and the strong values which are focused on empathy and kindness for all living beings. In her role as an intern she spends much time in proximity with the children, to which she brings her upbeat, calm and understanding manner. She considers it an enrichment to get to know each child individually, as well as to accompany and support them in their daily learning experiences.
Luisa spent the first five years of her life in a tiny village with many farms, surrounded by nature. She spent the rest of her childhood living directly at the border to Riehen, where she still lives today and values living in such proximity to three countries, enabling her exposure to all those different cultures.
Luisa is passionate about music and making music, as well as psychology and sociology. She has completed her college studies, and before commencing her higher education in social work, she was very keen to intern at Wild.Kind. – which we all are very happy about!