What: Child care Q-and-A with Lynette Wommer
When: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: C of the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St., Farmington
Details: Bring a pen and paper to take notes. Parents are asked to make arrangements for child care during the meeting.
Information: Contact Lynette Wommer at 505-327-0098.
FARMINGTON — Farmington, you've got yourself a supernanny.
Lynette Wommer, a certified professional nanny and the owner of a Farmington child care center, will host an informal Q-and-A meeting on Saturday to answer parents' questions about their children.
"I came up with the idea to simply host an informal, free gathering in a question-and-answer format to address the many concerns of families in the area I am sure are out there," Wommer said. "Many of these parents may have special needs children, but many may also be discouraged by the limits of the child care arrangement they have that is not addressing critical issues."
Wommer spent infancy in Italy, courtesy of her father's career with the U.S. Air Force, but she spent most of her youth in Durango, Colo., working with children. As a teen, she worked as a hotel sitter at the General Palmer Hotel in Durango, where her mother worked as a head desk clerk. It was then, Wommer said, that she discovered her natural inclination and devotion to raising children, tending to their needs and communicating with their families about their progress and struggles.
Until her early 20s, Wommer baby-sat for families, creating an intimate relationship with the children and parents that fostered a deeper understanding of the needs of the children.
After an entire childhood caring for others' children, Wommer moved to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, in the early 1990s to attend English Nanny and Governess School. In 1995, she earned a certified professional nanny vocational certification from the school. She specializes in children from birth to age 3.
Wommer believes children are too often relegated to care situations that fail to address that child's issues. She is well-versed in all aspects of child rearing, including nutrition, arts activities, medical care, creative play, reading and rest.
Now 42, Wommer has lived in Farmington and owned and operated her private child care center, Walnut Place, since 2010. She takes no more than three children at a time, accommodates overnights and stresses the individual needs of each child. She has also worked with special needs children.
She says that she cared for one child who never spoke and had difficulty hearing. But, she said, she reassured the child and got her to utter her first words through patient modeling and teaching American Sign Language.
Wommer's work as a nanny has also branched out into consulting.
"We're surrogate parents," she said. "Unlike child care centers that see children in large groups during the day, a nanny is involved in a complete immersion with the family, attuned to all aspects of the child's care."