Hello! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Vicki, and I am the creator and community coordinator of Swiss Cheese Childcare Collective.
Swiss Cheese Childcare was launched in November 2010, 2 months after the birth of my son (the boy in the photos). I had been a babysitter since I was 11 years old, so you know, I totally knew what it was like to be a parent. Having my own baby was a reality check like no other, and I learned that while I thought I knew what it was like to be mom, I really had no clue.
The truth is that children change our lives in ways we can never imagine. When they are your own children, this means sleepless nights, an enormous amount of work, and the desire to give them everything you can all while keeping the persistent mind chatter named "worry," in check.
For a babysitter who spent years working in other people's homes, creating safety and making magic for a family's little ones there was a huge moment of "OMG!" when I started meeting and vetting sitters to be on this team. Not just anyone would cut the butter. I needed to find people who I trusted as much as I was trusted as a young babysitter. And found them I did, with my own son in tow, and I continue to find them to this day. My son, now almost 3 years old, knows every one of the sitters on SC3 and he approves of them all, as do I.
We hope you will too.