Qualifications & Training
- Diploma of Children’s Services (early childhood education & care)
- Certificate III in 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 have been a registered Family Day Care Educator with Sutherland Shire Council for more than 20 years, and I love what I do.
Initially, I began providing a service to local parents with demanding work hours, as I had the time to help out. There has also been a growing need to offer care outside of standard working hours, particularly for those parents working as flight attendants and service men and women. Family Day Care has been a wonderful way to provide care for my own children (then one and two years old) as well as others who were struggling to find care.
I thoroughly enjoy the experience of operating my own early education and care business as well as forming strong relationships and friendships with many families and children around the Shire. The children have taught me a lot over the years!
My husband and I have two wonderful adult children employed in the hospitality and building industries.
About my service
In keeping up-to-date with changes in the childcare industry and the Early Years Framework, I have attended numerous training opportunities as part of my professional development and will continue to attend many more.
I welcome multicultural communities and embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island families. I can speak, read and write Greek and English and it’s not uncommon for the children to sing a Greek song or two.
I believe in a holistic approach to educating young children, teaching them through their own initiated play.
In our environment we are working towards a sustainable future. We aim to use natural resources wherever possible.
The children have the opportunity to discover and explore as well as connect with our outdoor world and natural environment. They are able to use their senses as they learn through touch, taste and the smell of nature. Our worm farm is in a very healthy state as the children bring in food scraps from home. They feel connected to this outdoors project.
About my facilities
We have a purpose-built early education learning room detached from the main house to meet the children’s needs.
The children are learning all the time, particularly given we spend a lot of time outdoors exploring in our sunny, covered backyard, whether it’s counting birds and butterflies or lizards to finding where they might be hiding.
Back indoors we have reverse cycle air conditioning to cater for all seasons and to keep us at a comfortable temperature while we explore indoors, sit for a puppet show or do some singing and dancing. Rest and sleep times are dependent on the children’s individual needs.
Parent feedback is often sought and always welcomed. It is always taken into consideration when developing programs.
Parents in Sue's service share thei experience:
"Sue is an exceptional Educator who gives her whole heart to the children in her care. What is amazing about Sue is the way she tailors learning experiences based on things they are passionate about. She uses these authentic interests to build into developmental areas. For example my son has recently been asking me a lot about the moon. I mentioned this in passing to Sue and then over the next few days I was thrilled to hear my son explaining how he had learned about the different phases of the moon, he had drawn and cut out the shapes. They had been doing imagination and play time pretending to go to the moon and he had been learning about all the different planets. To me it shows how much Sue listens and values my children's perspectives on things and is interested in going on a journey of exploration with them. Sue also works incredibly hard, being so flexible in my shift-working hours, always so willing to adjust based on what is going on in our family life.”
"There are no words to adequately convey just how lucky I am to have met Sue and had her as our son's Educator for the past two years! We are going to miss seeing her each week. I am so thankful for Sue's wealth knowledge in caring for children, for her professionalism, her calm and reassuring manner and her unique ability to bond so quickly and closely to my son. As a new mum and single mother Sue has given me such a great deal of support which has been invaluable to me. I will never forget it. Thank you Sue for everything."