Qualifications & Training
- Associate Diploma of Children's Services
- Senior First Aid
- Statement of attainment in ‘Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk of Harm’
- Emergency Asthma Management
- First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis
I am a qualified early childhood professional with an Associate Diploma of Children's Services. My career spans almost 25 years caring for and educating young children. I have previously worked in long day care environments and joined the Sutherland Shire Council 10 years ago as a registered Family Day Care Educator.
I was raised in Engadine and continue to live here with my husband and our three children. Having young children myself, I initially established my Family Day Care service with the intent to work from home with a small group of children whilst caring for my own.
I have been a Family Day Care Educator for a decade now, and although my own children have grown and headed off to school, I continue to thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to work in this small group setting. It is a delight to develop close relationships with the children and their families and help them grow into happy, confident individuals with great memories and friendships from their time in my service.
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About my service
Family Day Care is a unique environment where children develop strong relationships with one Educator and a small group of children in a home environment. I believe it is important for each child to be valued, to feel happy and to feel secure within this environment, whilst developing close friendships within the group.
I believe that play is the basis for children’s learning and gives the best opportunities to learn and discover.
I provide a daily program for the children that is based on each child's interests and developmental goals. 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 have my own car that is able to transport all four children and has been professionally fitted with car seats to enable us to regularly enjoy wonderful excursions. Some of our outings include local playgrounds, Symbio Zoo, apple picking at Glenbernie Apple Orchard, our local library for storytime, Camelia Gardens and Hazelhurst Art Gallery, along with play visits and performances at other Council Family Day Care services.
About my facilities
My Family Day Care service is run out of my own home in Engadine. The children enjoy a large, brand new and light-filled indoor space with access to a wide range of toys and educational resources.
The children also enjoy many planned activites throughout the day. Our daily routine incorporates a variety of structured and free play activities, such as craft, play dough, blocks, puzzles, drawing, homecorner, outdoor play and group times with singing, games and story telling.
There are also opportunities to enjoy many regular excursions to destinations including our local playgrounds and library for storytime.
Outdoors, there is a large, level natural grassed area for enjoying many outdoor experiences, such as a sandpit, obstacles, hay bales for climbing, ball games, gardening and feeding and collecting eggs from my friendly pet chooks. There is ample space for creative experiences such as, for example, a new scarecrow the children and I built recently.