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Family Day Care

Are you going back to work? Need childcare, but prefer your children were cared for in a home-based environment, in smaller groups? Want all your children in care together?

Intereach Family Day Care offers flexible and extended hours of childcare for parents and carers that often suits working parents who are re-entering the workforce with small children, or families who have children of various ages who can be cared for together.

Family Day Care is a childcare service that is provided in the home of registered Family Day Care educators. This service is run according to the Education and Care Services National Regulation and National Quality Standards which ensures that the care is provided according to strict safety and quality standards.

Intereach Family Day Care has been rated as ‘meeting’ against the National Quality Standards, a rating system that benchmarks childcare services in Australia.

How does it work?

Family Day Care is available for babies and children under the age of 13.

If you think that Family Day Care might suit your family, contact the Intereach Family Day Care Coordination Unit. We provide a choice of local educators to meet and arrange a visit to their home.

You choose the educator and care environment that suits you and your family.

How do I know this is a quality service?

Intereach Family Day Care have been rated as ‘meeting’ against the National Quality Standards, a rating system that benchmarks child care services in Australia.

Is there a cost?

Educators set their own fees. Parents pay educators at an agreed time and amount.

Government subsidies can apply.

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Meet our Family Day Care educators

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Amanda

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services, First Aid including Asthma & Anaphylaxis. CPR refresher courses every 3 years.

About Me: I started my Family Day Care journey in 2012 after looking at a change in careers due to my son being born 10 weeks premature in 2011.  It was wonderful to be able to spend time with him before he started school, while also providing care for other families that were seeking a family daycare environment for their children.
Developing positive relationships between families and myself through open communication ensures the needs of the child are met and allows the children in my care to grow, learn and thrive through positive, play-based learning experiences and everyday routines.

My service: provides a positive and nurturing environment for all children to grow, learn, and develop as an individual.  My program not only provides the children with engaging and positive experiences within my family daycare setting but also giving them an opportunity to attend regular outings and excursions for example to the Botanic Gardens Park and Wagga Library for Storytime. I communicate with families each day through an app where families have access to photos, daily information, and observations of their child’s day and time in care.

My Facility: I have engaging indoor and outdoor spaces within my family daycare environment where the children can play and have fun as if they were at home but also providing routine for their day.

Hours: Monday – Friday 8am – 5.15pm

Amanda

Qualifications: Diploma in Children’s Services.

About me: I have been in the Early Childhood industry since 2001, and with Intereach Family Day Care since 2010.

My service: I offer a range of experiences in my program, from intentional teaching, spontaneous, building on children’s interest, children’s strengths, and areas they may need improving. This is supported by the Early Years Learning Framework. We have regular outings in the community and meet with other educators to provide larger group interactions and opportunities. We also offer ‘Storypark’ communication where your child’s time in care is documented, evaluated and experiences planned for each individual child, to which you have 24/7 access.  My aim is to build loving, trusting relationships with children and families and to give children a sense of a home away from home.

My facility: We live on five acres close to town, allowing us to have room for chooks, a large bird aviary, a Jack Russell dog, cat, fruit trees to care for and observe growth, and on our agenda next is a vegetable patch for children to enjoy.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am to 5pm (negotiable).

Angela

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood); Diploma of Community Services (Children’s Services); Child Protection Certificate; Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting.

About me: I have more than 15 years’ experience in the education industry, including teaching in Primary Schools, at TAFE, in Long Day Care, Mobile Children’s Services and Family Day Care.

My service: I believe that children learn through play, trial and error, repetition, experimentation, problem solving, taking risks and being exposed to many different experiences. I feel the role of the Educator is to provide a warm and welcoming environment that invites children to explore and join in experiences. I provide a program created around children’s individual needs, interests and developmental stages.

My facility: I provide care and education in a large light-filled playroom with self-selection shelving and containers. There’s a separate sleep room with a permanent cot, porta cot and small stretcher beds. I have a secure backyard with a range of large equipment, sensory trough, and mat areas with shading provided from trees.

Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 7am-5.30pm; Thursday-Friday, 8am to 5.30pm.

Annette

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services; Diploma of Children’s Services; Diploma of Management; Provide an emergency First Aid response in an education and care setting (First Aid) and identify and respond to children and young people at risk (child protection).

My service: I offer children stimulating learning experiences and activities with a daily routine that is flexible to cater for the needs of the individual child. I develop a monthly program that is based on your child’s interests, allows for free play, spontaneous and intentional teaching activities unique to your child.  By providing a mixture of these teachings provides your child with opportunities to extend on their current knowledge but will also open them up to wonderful new and exciting opportunities.   I take daily observations that will help me to program to support your child and foster group learning while also meeting the requirements of the regulations and the National Quality Framework.

Facility:

Hours: Friday 8am-4pm (Negotiated weekend care available at agreed times).

Ashlee

Qualifications: Bachelor of Teaching (birth to 5 years); Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Speech Pathology); Senior First Aid; Asthma and Anaphylaxis First Aid; Statement of Attainment ‘Child Protection’ training; Certificate IV in Safe Food Handling.

About me: I have worked in Early Childhood Education for 13 years with all age groups and in different settings including Long Day Care, Preschool and Mobile Child Care. I have continued to upskill my knowledge with training as I believe there is always more to learn about how children grow and develop their skills and how best to support this. I believe that a child’s play and curiosity is what drives their learning and discovery and as an educator, it’s my role to resource, facilitate and support them. I’m passionate about children learning through play and having uninterrupted time to explore and make sense of their surroundings.

My service: My service provides a relaxed, home-like environment where the children can discover and explore through a range of intentional and spontaneous experiences and activities. The small and nurturing environment allows all children to thrive and build strong relationships with just one educator which I believe is an important part of a child feeling safe and secure in their surroundings each day. I provide learning experiences that are created to both challenge and extend on children’s interests and development as well as being exciting and fun.
I provide a monthly program that is child led through their developmental needs, skills and interests and guided by the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. I work with the families to ensure their child’s needs and interests are met and believe communication is the key to providing a positive and warm environment to all accessing the service. I create an electronic portfolio for each child which contains photos, art work, drawings and observations of the children’s learning journey. These portfolios are a beautiful keepsake for families to reflect on at the end of their time in FDC.

My facility: The main play area inside provides areas for group play or individual discovery. Our indoor area also includes a kitchenette, full bathroom and quiet sleep room for the children. The outdoors features a shaded cement area as well as large open grassed area and fruit trees for children to play and explore. A sand pit and mud kitchen at the end of the yard round out our space.
We interact regularly within the local community by going on outings to parks, schools, play sessions with other FDC educators and their children as well as the river walk, supermarket and kids’ yoga sessions. This gives the children a feeling of belonging within their community and exposes them to new and exciting experiences.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am to 5pm; (after school and holiday care also available).

Belinda

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services; CPR First Aid/Anaphylaxis/Child Protection; Shared Stories, Shared Lives (Foster Care); Be You – Beyond Blue; Voices of Autism; Yarn Strong Sista (Aboriginal).

Personal background: I have a blended family of two children, three stepchildren and six grandchildren.

Career background: I had a range of careers before entering the Family Day Care sector as an educator with Bass Coast Family Day Care in 2006. Since this time, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with children of all ages – from babies as young as two months old to primary school aged children. We are also Foster Carers.

My service: I offer a flexible, secure and safe environment with a daily routine that incorporates a variety of structured and free play activities based around the individual needs of each child and their family requirements. Every child is unique and learns at his or her own pace. I believe working with families is paramount in providing the best possible care for your child.

My facility: It offers a large indoor area where children have the ability to be able to choose from age appropriate activities as well as intentional teaching activities which I have set up. We also have separate rooms available for sleep or quiet time and the facilities for indoor outdoor play to cater for the different ages and interests of a child.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am to 5.30pm (flexible start and finish times depending on parents’ work commitments).

Belinda

Qualifications: Certificate III in children’s services, Emergency First Aid, Emergency Asthma Management, Management of Anaphylaxis, Statement of attainment in ‘Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk of Harm’, Working with children.

About me: My Family Day Care service has been operating since September 2014. During this time, I have provided high quality early education and care to many local families. These families experience a great sense of comfort knowing their little ones are spending their time in a warm, nurturing and safe small group environment which fosters their learning. Starting my own Family Day Care has been a wonderful professional journey. On a personal level, I love being a mum to my four children – Matthew, Jasmine, Jordan and Ryan.

My service: I have a relaxed, home like environment where the children can explore and discover. I believe that play is the basis for children’s learning and gives the best opportunities to learn and discover. I provide a fortnightly program for the children that is based on each child’s interests and developmental goals. Our daily routine incorporates a variety of structured and free play activities, such as craft, play dough, blocks, puzzles, drawing, home corner, outdoor play and group times with singing, games and storytelling.  I make regular written observations of each child to add to their individual journals. It is from this information that I am able to program a variety of challenging yet fun experiences to promote each child’s learning and hands-on exploration. I encourage families to contribute ideas and offer feedback. Daily communication about our day and regular updates are given to all families.

My facility: Our indoor set-up consists of a large light filled room. We have many learning areas set up at all times for the children to freely explore. We take great pride in our environment, ensuring children’s curiosity and intrigue is stimulated and strengthened. Outdoors is spacious, consisting of large areas of green lush grass to play and relax on. There is a large sandpit area, mud kitchen with real household equipment, building area, plus a dedicated arts and craft messy area. These areas are always available. We also have other interest areas set up to follow on with the children’s current interest and learning which is changed monthly.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm with some flexibility

Colleen

Qualifications: I have been a Family Day Care Educator for the past 15 years. I originally started my home based service due to my love of children, and I could also envisage it being a fulfilling and rewarding career.  I follow the Early Learning Years Framework and regularly attend training and webinars to educate myself and improve my skills.

My service: I provide a warm, inclusive and educational environment, recognising that all children are unique individuals, with different needs and qualities. They all deserve to feel safe and secure. Developing relationships with both the child and their family is my priority. This is achieved through regular and effective communication as well as being inclusive of religious and cultural beliefs. I offer a fun, educational experience in a home based setting by providing a program that supports the individual child. I offer many and varied activities, such as music, natural play and incorporating the children’s interests into our program.

My facility: I provide an atmosphere where the children are free to explore, have fun and learn. This involves intentional teaching and spontaneous play. We are also active community participants, attending ‘Story-time’ and Playgroup weekly. We also meet up with the other local educator and her children regularly. We go to the schools for any functions as well as preschool. I program in response to observations and documentation of children’s strengths, abilities and interests. We have fun and the children form strong bonds with myself and each other.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm (or on a needs basis).

Debbie

Qualifications: Diploma Early Childhood, Certificate III Teacher’s Aide

About me: I have over 21 years experience in Family Day Care and early childcare centres. For 10 years I also worked as a teacher’s aide for children with special needs. I am a mother of three and a grandmother of five awesome grandchildren.

My service: I provide each child with a flexible but stable routine. Children learn about respecting all cultures and I promote a focus on building relationships of respect and trust.

My facility: is located in a quiet cul-de-sac in Kooringal, Wagga Wagga. There is a large backyard with lots of outdoor toys, a concreted area that is great for riding bikes scooters as well as a sandpit, cubby house, climbing frame and more.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 8am-5pm, Casual care is available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as evenings

Debra

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services; Level 2 First Aid; Working With Children Card; National Police Check.

Career background: I have been an early childhood educator since 1987, and I have extensive experience with a variety of disabilities and cultures. I am extremely adaptable, and can cater to the needs of most children.

My service: We have a strong emphasis on outdoor play and we frequently go out and interact with the community, visiting places such as the park, library, playgroup, Pioneer Settlement, cultural events, shopping trips and morning tea with other children and their educators. I believe these outings provide the children with opportunities to connect and contribute to their local community, to learn traffic safety, to identify local flora and fauna and interact with a diverse range of people and experiences in their community. I believe all children have the right to safe and secure care, both physically and mentally, and will provide this by ensuring each child is adequately supervised, that all play areas comply with safety policies and standards. I believe children should be respected as individuals in a friendly, loving and supportive manner and that children have the right to learn skills and grow as individuals at their own pace through a range of enjoyable, educational and fun experiences. I provide a choice of fun and organised play experiences in accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework.

My facility: I provide a three-bedroom house, and there are two bedrooms with cots in which the children can sleep. There is a large shaded outdoor area, spacious lawn area, large cubby-house and mud kitchen. There are a variety of play experiences and equipment (educational and fun). We have central heating and cooling.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 5.30pm. I am willing to negotiate extended hours.

Delicia

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Service; First Aid trained, including Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management; Statement of attainment in ‘Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk of Harm’; ongoing Child Protection training; trained in Guiding the Behaviour of Young Children; Statement of attainment in Hygiene for Food Handlers; numerous training sessions on children’s development, Early Years Learning Framework, providing creative play spaces (indoor and outdoor) and much more to keep my skills and knowledge current.

About me: I have been a registered Educator with Intereach Family Day Care since 2015 and have been working in the Early Childhood Sector since 2000. I am passionate about providing a safe, welcoming, caring, nurturing environment and providing many learning experiences to enhance the children’s personal growth and development.

My service: I offer play and learning activities for the children in a safe environment to stimulate their minds and a balance of physical activity to build on their gross motor skills. Different activities are set up according to the children’s interests and developmental milestones. A daily journal is displayed for parents, and the younger children in my care are provided with a communication book listing what they’ve eaten, times they’ve had their bottles, and nappy changes. I also provide developmental records indicating each child’s progress and milestone achievements for their age in a portfolio that’s given as a keepsake at the end of the year. I work with families to create personalised goals for their children.

My facility: There’s an indoor and outdoor program with many play and educational resources for the children’s growth and learning. The set-up consists of varied activities which reflect the children’s current interests and developmental milestones. For example –  dramatic play, art/craft activities, science and discovery play, literacy resources including plenty of books and puzzles, blocks and toys appropriate for all ages. My large grassed backyard allows the children to participate in group or individual play and exploration within a safe, well-fenced and private setting.

Hours: I offer flexible hours.

 

 

Dianne

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services (Early childhood, education and care)

About me: After having my own three children I decided a career in Childcare was what I wanted. Family Day Care was the perfect choice for me, as it provided a good balance for my family. After being an educator since 1996 I’m still loving my work. I am now caring for my own grandchildren – so my job couldn’t get any more rewarding.

My service: This is guided by the National Quality Standards, Early Years Learning Framework, My Time Our Place and VEYLF. I believe children learn best through play, as play provides opportunities for children to develop a strong sense of identity and wellbeing, connect and contribute to their world, become confident and involved learners, and learn to communicate effectively. I believe in working collaboratively with children and families to build trusting, respectful and meaningful relationships.

My facility: I have plenty of indoor and outdoor space for exploring, and it is cool in summer and warm in winter. I supply all meals (except formula) which is included in my fees.

Hours: Monday-Tuesday, 7.30am to 4pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 7.30am to 5.30pm; Friday 7.30am to 4pm.

 

Emma

Qualifications: After completing my Diploma in Children’s Services in 1996 I worked in Long Day Care with children aged 0-12 years. I hold my Level 2 First Aid Certificate, including Asthma and Anaphylaxis training, Child Protection training and participate in ongoing regular professional development to keep my skills and knowledge up to date.

About me: I am a mother of two children. Once I had my own family I wanted to spend more time with them so decided to work from home. I have worked in Family Day Care since 2009 and really love the home environment for children to learn and play.

My service: The option of getting out in the community to support children’s connection to where they live is something that occurs regularly in my service.  I believe the first few years of a child’s life are the most influential; this is when children learn the most. I offer children consistent care with fun, age appropriate, challenging learning experiences in a safe, secure home environment which enables children to grow and develop. I believe by providing care where children can have more one-on-one time with educators allows them to build strong self-confidence and self-esteem and the ability to deal with everyday issues and communicate their needs. Given these opportunities, children can grow up and be the best at what they choose to do. Family Day Care is great for building partnerships between carers, children and families. It is important to show respect and give lots of positive nurturing. I believe it is important to communicate openly with families to provide quality child care options. I also believe it is important to set rules and guidelines for children in my care so they feel comfortable and confident.

Hours: Monday-Tuesday, 6.30am to 6.30pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 6am to 6pm; Friday 6am to 5pm.  Flexibility available by negotiation.

Faye

Qualifications: Certificate III

About me: I have been working in Family Daycare since 2003 and have experience with disabled children.

My service: My service offers outdoor play, nature walks, visiting other educators for group activities, arts and crafts, free play, and excursions to the botanical gardens.  All outings comply with safety standards and policies. The children have input in the activities we do each day as I believe it’s important to cater to their interests.

My facility: I have a big backyard with a raised cubby house with shade attached. The children can play on the Swings, sandpit, and trampoline as well as ride bikes and scooters in our huge undercover area. Children can also have fun with the fairy garden and they enjoy collecting fresh produce from the veggie garden.

Hours: Monday – Friday 8am -5.30pm

 

Gaylene

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services; Senior First Aid; asthma and Anaphylaxis; Certificate 6 teacher aid; Ongoing professional development including mental health, child development.

About me: I’ve lived in Finley my whole life; married to Stephen and a mum of four children – Zoe, Kenielle, Shane and Adam. I’ve been a registered FDC educator since 2009. I believe children learn through play and I offer a variety of opportunities to suit all learning styles, ages and stages of children. My work is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards. I encourage exploration, problem solving and independence. I believe in being as sustainable as possible.

My Service: I provide a home environment where I offer indoor/outdoor play opportunities. I believe being outdoors is extremely beneficial to children’s health and wellbeing and where possible we engage in outdoor opportunities. I provide a weekly program and children portfolios to reflect children’s interests, strengths and observe their growth and development in all areas.
I provide children with a farm-oriented lifestyle with chickens hatching and vegetable gardening.
I believe it’s important for children to feel safe, secure and valued whilst in care and I endeavour to cater for all children’s needs – social, emotional, physical in an uninterrupted challenging environment. I believe in offering holistic belonging to the entire family unit.

Hours: Monday-Friday usual hours 7-6pm (weekends available if required).

Helen

Qualifications: I have been a Family Day Care Educator since 2014 and have a Certificate III in Children’s Services. I also have a Working with Children and Police Check; First Aid certificate; and certificates in CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma.

About me: I teach Auslan sign language, signing for babies and children under five years who actively participate in an Auslan Sign Language Course.

My service: I provide three meals a day, snacks, cots, mats and bedding in my purpose-built facility. My program is based on Early Years Learning Framework. I appreciate and acknowledge input from parents, carers and children so that the interests of the children can be included in the program.

My facility: I provide a safe and happy environment. I work with families to support them in their parenting, and share information with parents that is of benefit to their child’s development and wellbeing.

Jenny

Qualifications: Professional Development (grandfathering); Professional Learning (Early Years Framework); First Aid; Asthma Management Training; Anaphylaxis Training; Working With Children check; Child Protection Training.

About me: I have worked in the early childcare sector since 1989, and it is something that I’m truly passionate about. I have three adult children and 11 grandchildren. I am passionate about providing children with a high quality home based environment, ensuring they always feel comfortable and enjoy a warm and nurturing environment which will help stimulate their interest in play, to feel confident to engage in learning relationships with me, the educator, and also their peers. Children will have opportunities to explore, experiment, discover and to be creative to solve problems and to also express their ideas.

 My service: I provide children with a safe, nurturing environment, where they are free to learn at their own pace through a combination of play, child initiated experiences and intentional teaching. I plan for the children’s learning based on their individual interests and needs guided by the Early Years Learning Framework. The children in my care will have opportunities to explore the community with regular visits to the local park, library as well as organised excursions and activities based on the children’s interests and developmental milestones. This provides opportunities for the children to reach their potential in all areas of their development.

 My facility: The children have access to a range of toys, equipment and resources with planned activities throughout the day. Our daily routine incorporates a variety of structural and free play activities, such as playdough, blocks, puzzles, drawing, painting open ended resources, painting, outdoor play, group activities, music, movement, language, literacy experiences and more. I have a large grassed outdoor area covered by large trees where the children can enjoy many outdoor experiences such as gross motor toys, bikes, ride-on, tunnels and balls, whilst enjoying the natural outdoor space.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7am to 6pm (negotiable).

Jo

Qualifications: Certificate III in Child Care; First Aid Certificate; Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management; Child Protection training; ongoing professional development.

About me: I have worked as a Family Day Care Educator since 2002. My background is in the Children and Family Services sector, working for various organisations prior to joining Family Day Care. I am a passionate Educator, always striving to ensure the best outcomes and opportunities for the children and families in my care.

My service: Jo Jo’s Family Day Care aims to provide a loving, nurturing environment for the children and families in the Echuca/ Moama area. The children and families have always been a part of our home environment. My program encourages sustainable practices, use of recyclable materials and encouraging the children to respect and appreciate the outdoor environment.  The children enjoy collecting eggs from the chook and have supervised access to a dog and cat. I work closely with the families and children in my care to support school readiness and transition to preschool, providing pick up and drop offs to Moama Grammar School and Preschool.

My facility: The indoor area is bright and spacious and I have many resources to promote children’s learning. Outdoors there is a large protected undercover area where the children enjoy messy play, water play and a range of dramatic play options.  We have a cubby and a sand pit. We regularly take a walk to the local parks. The children are provided with the opportunity to access a range of community services such as the local aged care facility in Echuca.  These opportunities enhance the children’s understanding of the value of community services.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7.45am to 5.30pm (flexible).

Judy

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services; Level 2 First Aid; Working With Children Card; National Police Check.

Career background: I have been an early childhood educator since 1987, and I have extensive experience with a variety of disabilities and cultures. I am extremely adaptable, and can cater to the needs of most children.

My service: We have a strong emphasis on outdoor play and we frequently go out and interact with the community, visiting places such as the park, library, playgroup, Pioneer Settlement, cultural events, shopping trips and morning tea with other children and their educators. I believe these outings provide the children with opportunities to connect and contribute to their local community, to learn traffic safety, to identify local flora and fauna and interact with a diverse range of people and experiences in their community. I believe all children have the right to safe and secure care, both physically and mentally, and will provide this by ensuring each child is adequately supervised, that all play areas comply with safety policies and standards. I believe children should be respected as individuals in a friendly, loving and supportive manner and that children have the right to learn skills and grow as individuals at their own pace through a range of enjoyable, educational and fun experiences. I provide a choice of fun and organised play experiences in accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework.

My facility: I provide a three-bedroom house, and there are two bedrooms with cots in which the children can sleep. There is a large shaded outdoor area, spacious lawn area, large cubby-house and mud kitchen. There are a variety of play experiences and equipment (educational and fun). We have central heating and cooling.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 5.30pm. I am willing to negotiate extended hours.

Kelly

Qualifications: Diploma in Community Services Children’s Services.

About me: Before starting in Family Day Care, I worked in a committee-run Long Day Care Centre. I worked for four years in the 0-3 room before moving into the 3-5 room for a further 2.5 years. I then took on the director’s roll for 1.5 years before leaving the centre to look after my young family.

My service: I believe that children learn best by playing and try to encourage their individualism in a safe and stimulating environment. I find having a ratio of one adult to four children allows me to interact with each individual child and teach them to express their feelings and ideas in an age appropriate manner. I work closely with parents to ensure the transition into care is as smooth as possible for all involved. I encourage open communication with parents so that each child is receiving the best care they can.

My facility: I purchased a little house that I’ve done up for the purpose of family day care. There is a large air conditioned play space with separate sleep room. Children are able to roam freely around the room enjoying all experiences on offer. The outside area is large and open with a huge cubby and fort built off the ground. I like to take the children to the park daily where we meet up with another family day care educator and children. The children are encouraged to explore nature and take risks and have an ‘I can’ attitude. Every day I fill out communication books with what the child has done for the day and this often include photos. Parents are encouraged to write in these books so children’s learning and interests can be extended.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8.30am to 5pm

 

Kelly

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services, First Aid, Emergency Asthma Management, First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis

About me: I have worked as an early childhood educator for nearly 15 years and am extremely passionate about my work. I am married and a mother of two boys. I have lived in Echuca most of my life and have strong ties to the community.

My service: As an early childhood educator I have a strong commitment to the care and education of young children.  I enjoy working together with families to provide quality care. I structure my program to ensure the needs of each child are met while respecting culture and embracing diversity.

My facility: I am based in the center of Wagga. Children can play with a range of toys both indoors and outdoors. We regularly go for walks to the park and visit other educators for playgroup.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8am – 5pm (can be flexible when required)

 

Kristi

Qualifications: Diploma in Children’s Services; Certificate III in Children’s Services; Certificate IV in Business; Working with Children Check; Police Check; First Aid and CPR including Anaphylaxis and Asthma Management.

My service: My aim is to provide a nurturing family environment with age appropriate activities ensuring every child in my care has the best possible experiences each day as part of the Early Years Learning Framework. We go on regular approved outings, some of these include the Library, Twisted Science, Banyule State Forest and homes of other FDC Educators, as well as Intereach and parent approved pre-organized excursions like a train ride to the Bendigo Discovery Centre, Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Aquarium. The Kyabram Fauna Park is also an excursion we love to do. Even though we have a wide range of excursions to enjoy I plan these making sure children have opportunities to enjoy our own play environment here at Kristi’s Family Day Care.

My facility: Both our indoor and outdoor environments are set up to invite children to make their own choices, encouraging spontaneity and imagination as they engage with friends and myself throughout their play. Some of our outdoor play spaces include a shallow rocky river, teepee, water wall, veggie garden, noise board made from pots and pans, outdoor stage, mud kitchen, fort made from pallets and more.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 6.30am to 6pm (minimum hours 6/day)

Leanne

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services and First Aid.

About me: I have worked in the Early Childhood industry for many years, including Pre-School, Long Day Care and casual Child Care. With this passion still existing, I joined Family Day Care five years ago. I enjoy interacting with children and their families, and I love watching children grow and develop their own sense of identify.

My service: I welcome everyone to visit my service, join our play and see what we are about. I pride myself in providing a safe and caring environment, valuing knowledge, ideas and interests. We go on regular outings in the community and meet with other educators to provide larger group interactions. I believe children learn through play. Routine is also another important part of my service giving children opportunities to meet their needs of rest, physical activity and meal times, and be able to participate in small group times where we read, sing, dance and play games.

My Facility: My service is located on the outskirts of Wagga, where we have five acres to play, explore, garden and engage in physical activity. There is both natural and built equipment throughout our indoor and outdoor play spaces, accommodating social interactions as well as quiet times. Separate sleep areas are available to meet individual needs.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm (or on a needs basis)

Leonie

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services; all relevant certificates are up to date.

Career background: I have been a registered Family Day Care educator since 1993 with a number of services.

My service: I provide each child with a flexible but stable routine full of fun activities which includes free play, singing, dancing, creative play, lots of outdoor and gross motor play, plus inside activities including art and craft, dress-ups, story and reading time. Most importantly we have lots of fun, laughs, love and sharing between everyone who visits my home. I believe in providing a program to suit each child’s individual needs, likes, dislikes, wants and needs. I place importance on ensuring open communication with families and also believe it is important to provide a home environment where children feel safe, secure and supported.

My facilities: I offer a well-kept and tidy environment that has a neat playroom with all resources set out to be at children’s reaching level. There is also an undercover outdoor play area, and I offer bikes, ride-along cars, plus a grassed area for running and ball games. There is room for children to explore and be themselves.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 5pm. I am flexible to meet the family’s needs.

Linda

Qualifications: Registered and licensed Family Day Care Educator since 2009; Certificate III Children’s Services; Updated knowledge of FDC Policies, Procedures and Regulations; Senior First Aid, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management; Early Years Learning Framework and National Standards Training.

About me: My husband Michael and I moved to Finley in 2000. We have four children – Sarah (1996), Grace (2001), Jacob (2002) and Cate (2005).

My service: I believe all children deserve quality childcare in a safe and caring family environment. My home will always be warm and welcoming, encouraging each child to feel part of it. I believe children learn through a ‘play based’ environment, catering for individual strengths, cultures, ages and stages of development. I offer group and more individual experiences to your child, in which they can learn, develop their own skills, risk assess and socialise, all with imagination and fun, feeling belonging here at all times.

My facility: I offer a safe, secure and happy home environment. We have a smoke and pet free home with plenty of space for children to have fun, learn and play. Ours is an imaginative and fun environment with a focus on educational and developmental activities where empathy and kindness shines through. It is a ‘homey’ environment with plenty of room to explore, play and learn no matter what the weather, inside and outside.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 7am to 5pm.

Lisa

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services, first aid, anaphylaxis and asthma training and regular ongoing training

About me: I started working in early childhood education and care service in 2009. I began my work with 5 years working in the crèche environment providing care mainly for younger babies I have also worked in the preschool environment both as an aide, providing assistance for children who have had a disability, and a preschool assistant. I registered as a Family Day Care educator on 2013. I am also a mum to 2 daughters.

Philosophy: I believe that children grow and develop in an environment that is happy and safe and where children feel secure and supported by an educator that takes the time to get to know children and their extended families.  I believe that children’s wellbeing is most important and fostering positive self-esteem, resilience and independence will assist children in their journey.

My service: I like to provide an environment that helps children become confident and enjoy learning. I provide play based opportunities, role modelling and consistency to assist children in their learning.
I like to work with children to provide opportunities that are age and stage appropriate and developed in partnership with families. I do provide an environment that is rich in literacy and numeracy, providing exposure to children from a young age to letters, words, sounds and numbers. We also spend time in the outdoors tending to the vegetable garden, riding bikes and push cars and playing with balls.

My facility:  I have a purpose built Family Day Care room off my house meaning that experiences can be left up for children to return to projects days after day. Having a purpose built room also assists with ensuing the safety of children is maintained at the highest level.
For children requiring sleep, I offer a separate sleep room in my home which is just off from the Family Day Care room ensuing that children can have the best possible sleep without disruptions and those children that do not require sleep can continue to play and learn.
I provide a large range of toys, resources and equipment to enable quality learning experiences to be offered to all children from babies to school age.

Hours: Mon to Thurs (can be flexible) 8am – 5:30pm

Lisa

Qualification: Diploma of Children’s Services

About me: I have been a registered educator with Family Day Care since 2014. My previous work experience was in Long Day Care. I am married with three children who have all grown up in Family Day Care.

My service: My service provides children with opportunities that support and encourage emotional, social, cognitive, and physical growth and development. My program creates a nurturing environment offering developmental growth through individual and group experiences. My program is play-based learning as well as supporting self help skills. I believe building a strong, open and honest relationship with families is key to providing the best quality of care.

My facility: The main play room inside is catered to the children in my care with age appropriate toys and furniture. We use the whole house throughout the day. The outside provides a beautiful grass area for play as well as paths that the children enjoy ridding bikes and scooters on. The backyard also has a large wrap-around deck which comes in handy on rainy days. We go out into the community weekly on outings to parks, schools and one of the children’s favourite, to the local shop to buy supplies for our weekly cooking activity.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8am – 5pm

Lynda

Qualifications:  Certificate III in Children’s Services; Senior First Aid; Asthma and Anaphylaxis First Aid; Statement of Attainment Child Protection.

My service: I like to provide a safe and nurturing environment which I have kept developing since I started working in Early Childhood Education in 2001. I continue to improve my service by attending new learning experiences and trainings made available to me. This helps me to encourage our children to develop their own individual skills and knowledge.
The environment and play space I provide leads to children learning through play. I focus where I can on nature play, walking to the local island sanctuary and parks, gardening, recycling or “up” cycling reusing where we can, plus attending the local library and playgroups to encourage a sense of community.

My facilities: Our indoor environment includes a small kitchenette allowing for warm lunches and snacks in the colder weather. There are free choice toy shelves and a small library of books to share, as well as an art and craft cupboard. I have two separate sleep rooms. Our outdoor area is divided into small adventure worlds – a farm, dinosaurs, fairy garden, construction sandpit and a vegetable garden to grow our own vegetables.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 8am to 5pm. Holiday care available.

Marita

Qualification: Associate Diploma in Child Care Studies

About me: Certificate in Child Care Studies 1986, Certificate III in Children’s Services 2011, Safe Food Handling Essentials, 10 years experience working in disabilities and 20 years experience working with Family Day Care.

My facility: For children to develop a strong sense of belonging, wellbeing, and provide an environment surrounded with opportunity to make choices in a fun way, while in a small group setting.  For children to be successful, competent and capable learners where values and rights are respected. Provide experiences to assist growth, success and confidence in a positive environment. Create an environment that develops a foundation of life long learning, behaviour and good health.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8am – 4.30pm

Mary

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services; First Aid Certificate; CPR; Management of Anaphylaxis, Emergency Asthma Management. Additional courses include Child Protection and Mandatory Reporting Training; Training in Policies, Protocols and Regulations; Munch & Move in Early Childhood; OH&S.

About me: I have been providing Family Day Care in Deniliquin since 2009. I am married to Mark and we have two adult boys. My interests are gardening, cooking, craft, photography, travel and cars.

My service: I provide a welcoming, warm, clean and safe environment that promotes each child’s learning and development. The daily routines for all children in my care include opportunities to develop and build their skills in a range of areas including language, social, emotional, physical, creative and cognitive development. I provide families with a journal at the end of each year, which includes photos, artworks and observations. The National Quality Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework guide my practice and the outcomes for the children.

My facility: The children are provided with a variety of fun and engaging experiences including arts and crafts, story time and outdoor play. I have a spacious area for outdoor play that is surrounded by well-maintained garden beds where the children have the opportunity to explore the natural environment. I have a large playroom where the children can feel comfortable and have access to toys and equipment independently. The environment is well stocked with books, music, toys and games for children of all ages. Cooperative play is encouraged to foster a happy learning environment.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 8am to 6pm.

Mary

Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching (Primary); Certificate III in Children’s Services.

Career background: I am the mother of three grown-up daughters. I trained in Primary School Education, and prior to Family Day Care I spent six years as a Reading Recovery Teacher in a local Primary School.  I have been a Family Day Care educator since 2015.

My service:  I provide a welcoming and calm environment in my home. My program is flexible and is about the individual.  I include a balance of indoor and outdoor play and the children take part in a daily routine which provides for free play, group time, sharing stories, active and rest times, exploring and creating. I believe children learn through play.  I provide children with an environment where they can feel safe and build trusting relationships with both children and educators. To maximise children’s learning I will follow their lead and provide a program that builds on their strengths and interests. I value, acknowledge and respect each child’s culture and background.  When educators partner with families in educating children we provide greater support in their development.  I believe all children have the right to be treated equally.

My facilities: I am located in a rural setting six minutes from Swan Hill. I have a large back yard with an undercover area which ensures plenty of shelter for outdoor play.  Children regularly play in the sand pit, ride scooters and trikes, run about and enjoy ball games.  I also have a variety of indoor play experiences with furniture suited to the age of the children.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am to 6pm.

Maryann

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services.

Career background: I have been involved in the Early Childhood sector since 1999 and I have worked in both Long Day Care and Family Day Care.

My service:  I provide all children in my care with a variety of experiences that are age and stage appropriate while encouraging creativity, exploration, investigation, imagination and interpersonal skills. All experiences offered are based on children’s interests and my knowledge of the children’s likes and preferences. I offer a routine throughout the day to assist children in transitions and building a sense of security within the service. We have structured activities, story time, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, indoor and outdoor play.  I offer children the opportunity to learn about the community in which we live and the cultural diversity that exists. I believe children need an environment where they feel safe, secure and supported, and that it is important to embed practices based on research to support children’s learning and development. It is also important to provide an inclusive environment and one in which children are able to explore and feel comfortable. Strong partnerships with families are also a priority, as they know their children best.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am to 5.30pm.

Melanie

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children and Community Services.

About me: I worked as a Nanny and worked in childcare centres before doing Family Day Care. I have been a registered educator since 2004.

My service: I believe that children learn through play in a safe and happy environment, experiencing both outdoor and indoor play. My program is developed around the children’s interests and input from families and their needs.

My facility: I am based in Tocumwal. Children can play with a range of toys and activities both indoors and outdoors. We regularly go for walks to the park and participate in the town library’s ‘Story-time’ once a week.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7.30am to 5.30pm

Meridith

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care).

Career background: I am a married mother of two children and I have been working in the Family Day Care industry for 22 years. Both of my children have grown up and left home, but visit occasionally, so there is now generally just myself and my husband at home.

My service: This is based around a simple philosophy which relates to my personal life, as much as my professional one. I believe everyone has the right to feel safe, secure, respected and valued, both physically and mentally. I believe intrinsically that children are the future and that I, as an adult and carer, am bound to provide for all these needs to ensure they have the best start in their life. I ensure this is achieved by providing a friendly, loving and inclusive environment where all who come to my home are free to grow and learn new skills through a range of enjoyable and fun routines and experiences.

My facility: I run my Day Care from my home in Swan Hill. We have a four-bedroom weatherboard house that I have extended to now include a large play room that is specifically for the children. It has easily accessed shelving so they can choose their own toys, a blackboard/whiteboard for drawing, room to use ride-on toys and a home corner. We also have a fridge for the children’s drinks and food, plus a separate toilet and sink.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am to 5.30pm.

Michelle

Qualifications: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care: Diploma in PC Engineering; Certificate III in Marketing Management; Statement of Attainment HLTAID004 First Aid; Statement of Attainment Child Protection training.

About me: I have been in the early childhood industry since 2016 starting my early childhood experience in a Long Day Care service, where I gained much experience. Prior to this I have worked as a Pharmacy Assistant and a Kumon Maths and English Instructor.

My service: My family day care service is committed to providing a warm, safe, inclusive environment for all the children and children’s families. The children who attend my service are an extension of my family, which consists of my husband Clive, son Luke and daughter Emma who the children all have lots of fun and laughter with. Respectful relationships are an integral part of my service. I believe this is fundamental for effective communication, thus providing quality care and achieving individual learning goals. My aim is to always provide an educational and stimulating environment for all children, providing them a space to use their imagination and learn through their play. We occasionally go on excursions but mostly love to go for walks out on the Nature Reserve exploring the wonders of nature right in front of the day care residence.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 8am to 5.30pm (negotiable).

Pauline

Qualifications: Certificate III in Child Care; First Aid Certificate: Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management; Child Protection training; ongoing professional development.

About me: I have worked as a Family Day Care Educator for many years. I registered as a Family Care Educator in 1998 and have since enjoyed caring for children and working with families in the local community.

My service: Pauline’s Family Day Care home is in central Moama so we have regular walks to the local park where we can explore the environment. The children and I also visit the Play Centre and attend Intergenerational play sessions at Glanville Aged Care facility in Echuca where we spend time with the local residents enjoying activities, music and gardening. My philosophy is to provide a quality Family Day Care service to the children and families in the Echuca/Moama area, working closely with families to ensure the children are happy and well cared for.

My facility: I provide a home like environment both indoors and outdoors. The large outdoor environment provides much opportunity for motor activity and exploratory play.  Indoors also provides opportunity for individual and group play with dress-ups, books, cars, trains and a variety of equipment to support the children’s learning.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7.30am to 5.30pm.

Rowena

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education & Care); First Aid certificate; Emergency Asthma and Anaphylaxis; Child protection; Sun smart; regular professional development annually to refresh and revise new and ongoing developments in the childcare sector.

About me: I am a fully accredited educator working for Intereach Family Day Care. I have been working in the Early Childhood sector since 2006 with years of experience and wisdom behind me. I am passionate about working with children and watching them thrive within an enriched fun-loving natural environment, creating a holistic approach, developing small minds through play and engaging experiences based on the needs of individual children.  I provide a family inclusive service so children feel safe, secure and supported. I live in Moama with my husband Michael and two sons, Blade and River. I started working in childcare in 2006 with the Shire of Campaspe and have continued to love working with children, supported by staff now within Intereach.

My service: I create a safe, secure and inclusive environment where families feel welcome and involved with their children’s daily practices. Daily routines provide consistent care with excursions and regular outings offering unique experiences where children can engage through play sessions with other educators, inter-generational playgroup at Glanville or planned outings to coincide with our current program. Some experiences include the library, parks, strawberry farm or bush kinders for a change in scenery. Intentional teaching allows the opportunity to check development milestones and areas to work on as well as providing a guide for families, which is especially important when children are transitioning to school or kindergarten. I follow a holistic approach using the Early Years Learning Framework and national standards to foster key learning areas in a positive environment, allowing learning to occur through natural play and meaningful experiences. Each child has their own profile book as a record of their year in care for parents to keep at the end of the year. Artwork and observations as well as reports for development milestones are all examples of recorded documentation.

My facility: Indoors, children have their own room through the day which is set up based upon the children in care for the day and their interests, such as blocks, puzzles, animals, cars and trucks, plus many toys available. Meals are eaten in the kitchen on a table, outside under our spacious pergola or in the right weather conditions on a mat on the grass as a picnic which is loved by all children. Some activities such as cooking will be in the kitchen and nap time is in the main lounge if children are on day beds or the study if children require a cot whilst in care. Individual bedding is supplied for each child and washed regularly for hygiene purposes. A powder room is used by children either toilet trained or in training to work with parents. A seat is provided for smaller children to assist with toileting. Outdoors, my backyard is set out in three separate yards for the children, all offering something different to cater for all abilities and talents. Our children’s enclosed yard with cubby, climbing equipment, bikes, painting and blackboards provides room for imaginative play and creativity to run wild.The middle yard has a large open grassed area for motor skills and movement or simply sitting together enjoying games and picnics. Down the back is the sand pit, mud kitchen and messy play yard where children can invent a new recipe or simply share time with friends.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 6am to 6pm; Friday, 6am to 4pm. Casual weekends if arranged and agreed upon.

Sally

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services; Diploma of Community Services; First Aid Certificate; Asthma and Anaphylaxis management; Child Protection training; ongoing professional development.

About me: I have worked as a Family Day Care Educator for many years. I registered as a Family Care Educator in 2002 and have since enjoyed caring for children and working with families in the local community. In 2013 I was nominated for Educator of the Year. I was born and raised in Rochester and did all my schooling here.

My service: Sally’s Family Day Care aims to provide a loving, nurturing environment for the children and families in Rochester and surrounding areas. The children and families have always been a part of my home environment and I like the children to feel they are coming to their aunty’s place and not day care.

My facility: The outdoor area is large and inviting where the children enjoy craft, water play, messy play and a range of dramatic play options.  We have a cubby and a sand pit. The children enjoy collecting the eggs from the chooks. Indoors also provides opportunity for individual and group play. Sally’s Family Day Care home is in central Rochester so we are able to enjoy regular neighbourhood walks where we can explore the local environment. We also visit the local library to borrow books.

Hours: Monday – Friday and after school care. Flexible and negotiable.

Sandra

Qualifications: Certificate IV in Family Day Care, Certificate III in Children’s Services, First Aid Certificate, Asthma Management

About me: I have been a registered Family Day Care educator since 1992 and have enjoyed caring for children and working closely with families in the local community. I have 5 grandchildren who live in Canberra and Toowoomba.
I believe children feel secure and happy in a stable environment. It is my desire to support the parents using my service by providing a happy and loving alternate family for their child, giving opportunity for each child to develop their maximum potential through play-based learning. My goal is to work in partnership with parents to bring out the best in each child in my care.

My service: I provide each child with a flexible but stable routine full of fun activities which include free play singing, dancing, arts and crafts activities, dress-ups, and story time.

My facility: I am based in the center of Wagga. Children can play with a range of toys both indoors and outdoors. We regularly go for walks to the park and visit other educators for playgroup.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 5.30 pm (can be flexible when required)

Sandra

Qualifications: Diploma in Children’s Services; Certificate III in Children’s Services; Working with Children Check; Police Check; First Aid Certificate; Asthma and Anaphylaxis management; Child Protection training; ongoing professional development to keep up to date with changes in legislation and new ideas for children’s learning.

About me: I am a dedicated educator who has been providing quality care to children and their families in the Echuca/Moama area for 26 years.

My service: I am located in Echuca South and provide an environment that is play based, stimulating and challenging. It encourages independence, acceptance of others and is supportive of each individual child’s needs, interests and learning as part of the Early Years Learning Framework. I believe each child should be treated with equality in an environment that is non-judgmental and their cultural diversity embraced. I strive to work in partnership with families providing a program that is based on children’s individual needs, interests, skills and abilities.

My facility: Our indoor area provides choices and many resources promoting positive, respectful relationships with others while engaging in activities like cooking, board games, dramatic play, music, puzzles, art and craft. Our outdoor area consists of a wide range of sensory and exploratory activities; some of these include a mud kitchen, water wall and river, lean to, sandpit, sensory boxes, gardening, and a range of equipment for gross motor development. We enjoy approved regular outings to enhance children’s learning such as to the library, Twisted Science, local bus rides, bush outings, parks, the homes of other educators and Glanville Village Aged Care Home.  We also occasionally engage in approved non-regular excursions like the Echuca Fire Station, police meet and greet, Kyabram Fauna Park and train to Bendigo Science Works, Melbourne Zoo and Aquarium.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7am to 5.30pm (6 hours minimum). Occasional weekend and overnight care available.

 

Sharon

Qualification: Certificate III in Children’s Services

About me: I have been a Child Care Educator for 23 years.

My service: My aim is to offer a relaxed and happy atmosphere in which the children can have fun while learning in a safe and secure environment.

My facility: I have an area inside devoted entirely to the children, offering lots of toys and equipment readily available to the children. I also have a pleasant outdoor area with lots of shade and outdoor equipment.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm.

Sue-Annah

Qualifications: Bachelor of Education and Diploma of Children’s Services.

About me: I have worked within the child care education profession for 30 years in a variety of settings; Long Day Care, Preschool, Primary School and Family Day Care. I bring a multitude of skills and experience to the Family Day Care setting.

My service: My service provides a caring, nurturing and welcoming environment which promotes positive relationships and open communication. Educational based programs are developed to enhance children’s individual learning and development.

My facility: A secure and safe indoor and outdoor environment provides opportunities to develop skills with a variety of educational resources. I also provide excursions opportunities to  enhance children’s learning and encourage a sense of belonging in the community.

Hours: Monday -Thursday,  7.30am to 5.30pm

Tammy

Qualifications:  I have a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) Degree.  I also have a Certificate III in Children’s Services, Food Handling Certificate, First Aid Certificate, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Management Certificates.

About me: I have worked in mainstream primary schools as well as special education schools in both Victoria and New South Wales.  I have worked in Pre-schools and Long Day Care in Victoria.  I have been working in Family Day Care since 2015. I am married and have three high school children.  My family all love the children as much as I do.

My service: I provide a safe, caring environment which encourages children to learn, develop and socialise.  I plan experiences in accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework as well as experiences based on individual observations of children.  I encourage open communication with parents and parent input into goals for their children and the program.  Children learn through play and exposure to a variety of experiences.  Brain development is critical in the early years as connections are made.  I try to offer a wide variety of experiences at my service and in the wider community to stimulate and help their brains grow.

My facility: I have converted our garage into a playroom for the children to allow us to spend the majority of our day outside.  However, in extreme weather conditions, special activities such as cooking and karaoke, toileting/nappy change and sleep time, we do go inside.  There is a fridge in the playroom for drink bottles and lunch boxes.  I also have a good sized pergola to provide lots of cover from the weather.  I have a large backyard that contains a spring free trampoline with high nets all the way around, sand pit, mud pit with mud kitchen and large chalk board.  We have a dog, Bomber, who is a Schnoodle.  He is a friendly dog but does bark sometimes when people arrive or leave.  He is our second door bell.  Bomber has his own yard in which he is locked away when the children are here.  Children have access to all rooms in the house except the bedrooms, laundry and bathroom.  I have a designated sleep room for bed sleepers.  I use my kids’ bedrooms for cot sleepers only to allow babies the opportunity to have a good, uninterrupted sleep.  Where possible I use toxic free cleaning products. It is a safe, child friendly environment.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am to 6pm (can be flexible). Minimum of 6 contracted hours per day.

Tracey

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services; First Aid Certificate including Asthma and Anaphylaxis; Food Handling Certificate; Regular ongoing professional development.

About me: I’ve been a registered Educator with Intereach in Finley since 1996. I have two teenage children – one has headed off to uni while one lives at home and enjoys having the Family Day Care children in our home.

My service: I enjoy a close partnership with my FDC families to allow each child in my care to reach his/her fullest potential. I encourage the involvement of all families in the development of my program and menus. I take the children on outings to the library, walks and to other Educators’ homes when appropriate so they can meet up with other children and enjoy other experiences. I provide the children with a wide range of craft, construction, manipulative, interactive and age appropriate experiences to enable them to develop to their maximum potential.

My facility: I have a large outdoor area to allow the children to spend a lot of time outdoors. We grow vegetables and have hens and the children enjoy feeding them and collecting the eggs. I provide all nutritious meals and snacks. I encourage the children to assist in the preparation of the meals and snacks when appropriate.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7.30am to 6pm (flexible

Vicki

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children’s Services; First Aid and Anaphylaxis; Child Protection and ongoing training through Intereach in all areas of learning and wellbeing as an Educator; life experience as a mother.

About me: I have been a Family Day Care Educator since March 2004, a career I decided on because of my love for children of all ages. I have been blessed to have made lifelong friendships and relationships with many children and families that are and have been in my care.

My service: I believe in a balance of structural and unstructured activities, indoor and outdoor experiences, music and story time, multicultural and imaginary play. I am passionate about promoting play, as I believe this encourages problem solving, social interactions, role play and communication and enables children to develop skills in all learning areas which results in them being happy and confident. My philosophy is summed up with the following quote: ‘To every child …. I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy’ – Malala Yousafzai

My facility: I supply all food in my service and offer a menu of healthy foods, seasonal fruits and vegetables, nutritious cooked meals and breakfast for early arrivals.

Hours: I am flexible and offer care for times and hours required.

 

Wendy

Qualifications: Certificate III in Child Care; First Aid Certificate; Asthma and Anaphylaxis management; Child Protection training; ongoing professional development.

About me: I have worked as an Intereach Family Day Care Educator since 2011. I have continued to upskill my knowledge with training throughout these years and continue to do so. Over the years I have developed strong bonds with the children and families in my care and always strive to work in partnership with families, respecting their values and beliefs.

.My service: I aim to offer experiences in my weekly program, building on children’s interests and strengths, supported by the Early Years Learning Framework. I believe in providing an environment that is secure, loving and nurturing. I strive to create a home like environment that is warm and welcoming. My program aims to provide experiences that encourage and promote areas of learning and development while building children’s self-esteem and confidence. We get out into the community attending the local Aged Care facility and have regular neighbourhood walks. Occasionally we organise other outings but these will be discussed with families who are able to choose if they would like their children to attend.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 6am to 6pm (flexible and negotiable).


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