Meet Kelly

Who Am I?

Kelly Scott has worked with families with small children for over 15 years. She began her career working with young children with autism while attending the University of Minnesota. After moving to Los Angeles, Kelly discovered the work of Magda Gerber and the Educaring® Approach. She incorporated this into her continued work as a nanny, newborn infant care provider, and nursery school teacher.  She co wrote the Nurturing Nanny course and became a RIE® Associate in 2008. 

Recently, Kelly founded The Nursery School at Crestview Farm in Encinitas, CA. A nursery school experience she envisioned for her own daughter. She wanted her own daughter to learn, play and grow amongst living things  Kelly passionately believes play is a fundamental right of childhood and works to provide families and young children opportunities to do so. She writes about her passions at


How did you find FORM?

Ruth Anne Hammond, RIE® Associate, suggested that I connect since I am from Minnesota, still have family and friends there,  visit often, and dream of being home all the time! 


What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the most and why?

There’s a video about the Pikler Institute where a very young infant is being changed for the first time by his new nurse. He is new to the orphanage… and the attention, the pure unwavering attention to this young person, moved me. I was completely hooked. I wanted to know everything about an approach that would so thoroughly see, accept, and commit to being with another person. For me the true beauty of the Educaring Approach is the quality of the relationships we experience with the very young. We see them for themselves and because we know them to already be competent individuals, we aren’t waiting for a magic age where we can finally interact with them… they don’t suddenly turn into someone we can interact with… they are someone always and we the lucky audience to their becoming more and more of themselves. 


What are you most grateful for?

My family.


What is one thing you do for yourself? Or what would you like to do for yourself?

Read. I love to read. I try to make sure I am giving myself time to read every day.


If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?

Row, Row, Row Your Boat


What was your favorite book as a child?
I loved The Secret Garden and read and re read that book over and over.


What teacher inspired you the most? How?

I really am blessed to have had a number of wonderful mentors and teachers. And while grown up teachers shape the level of care that I give, child teachers are the ones who set me seeking answers. The love of a child is pretty motivating stuff.  I was so lucky as a very young nanny to care for a wise young preschooler who really made me question what I knew and what I was doing- in the very best way possible. Very early in our time together, as it was all I knew to do at the time, I told her: “You’re okay. Shake it off.”  when she fell. She looked up at me with big tears in her eyes and said: “I can’t shake it off, Kelly girl, it really hurts.” Cue me feeling like a complete jerk. And I thought to myself- “Why do we do that? Why would I tell her something that I don’t know to be true? Why am I minimizing her experience?” I started to search for answers which lead me to RIE®. 


What 3 words best describe you?

Chatty,Warm, Dedicated 


What is the best question anyone has asked you?

These are up there!  I liked it a whole lot when my husband asked me to marry him. I currently really adore being asked by my daughter at bedtime if I will always love her and if anything will ever change that. 






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