20 years of education and care to children in Finley

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It was all smiles for Finley educator Tracey Jones recently as she was acknowledged for 20 years of providing education and care to children through Intereach Family Day Care.


In 1996 the former hairdresser made the decision to become an educator to challenge herself and explore a new career. She now reflects that it has become “so much more; it is now a truly fulfilling, rewarding and life-changing experience.”

“During my time as an educator I have had the pleasure of caring for over 150 beautiful children and their families, and in some cases I have been able to care for the children of children I have cared for. They are the very special moments that family day care educators get to celebrate. We really do become an extended part of children and families lives”.

Tracey has experienced many changes to Family Day Care (FDC) over her years of service, from the initial title of Family Day Care Mum to Family Day Care Educator. The pay rate in 1996 was only $2.95/hour and there were few rules in relation to Government Legislation.

Over the years with the introduction of assessment and ratings, and most recently the Early Childhood Curriculum- The Early Years Learning Framework, the level of professionalism and accountability has greatly increased. Tracey says “although some of these changes have been difficult, they have all provided the opportunity for me as an educator to grow and increase the quality of education and care I provide, while ensuring young children receive the best possible start in life”.

Tracey says that she has had many special and rewarding moments with the children through their naturally funny, curious and inquisitive personalities. While she doesn’t enjoy it when families who have used her service move away or onto school, she does get to see the children around town and is comforted by knowing she has positively impacted their life.

Tracey says she is proud of the role she has plays in the community; providing an important choice for local families in the education and care of their children. She looks forward to many more years with Intereach FDC.

Intereach support a range of local Family Day Care professionals in the region who provide education and care for children from birth to twelve years of age. Intereach work alongside the Educators to ensure that the quality of care meets National Quality Standards, reflected by the ‘Exceeding’ rating achieved in 2015.

Families are encouraged to contact Intereach Family Day Care on 03 5890 5210 or fdc@intereach.com.au to discuss the choice of education and care options available throughout the Finley, Jerilderie, Tocumwal, Berrigan and Deniliquin areas.

Image: Educator Tracey Jones with Savannah, Ashton and Indianna enjoying the rewards of their cooking experience