Is your business a reflection of you ?

Why do you run your

Family Day Care?

I’ve been reading some of the questions coming through Facebook and it occurred to me – as our children grow and our businesses change our priorities change, do our motivations also change for running our Family Day Care business’s.?

The year is 1992 – After having my first son I needed work and to earn an income, my Carer – We were just changing from Day Care Mums to Carers back then – was leaving and there was no other carers in my area. My Carer was in a small town and leaving left a huge void that needed to be filled. My motivation was to prove, as a young mum, I could earn an income and continue to provide a quality service that other parents desperately needed as well.

Looking back I cared for children who needed Care that I had a position for, I worked the hours anyone asked me to work. We had regulated fees and very little flexibility or control of our business the only way to increase our income was to work more hours.

 
 

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Wind the clock forward to 2010 – My youngest son was born and my strong motivation for building a Family Day Care Business after we moved was being at home with him! My older sons had had the benefit and joy of their childhood, filled with friends coming to play and mum being home with them and that was what I wanted for all my sons.

Family Day Care has had many changes over the past 20 years, regulations, documentation, we are now truly educators. I interview parents and children, I’m much more precise on the hours of care I offer. We have deregulated fees therefor a much greater flexibility in how we run our business’s. A greater control over tailoring our business to our own individual areas and family needs.

As Educators and individuals our situations will always be different. My aim has always been to provide the best experiences for my sons and the children and families I care for. As time goes by we all change, develop and grow, our business’s are a reflection of us and our families.

I hope this stimulates your thinking on what motivates you when building your Family Day Care Business, I would love to hear… Why you started your business and what motivates you to offer a quality, home based early childhood education and care service? 🙂

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here… 

 

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Sharing in Naidoc week

 

I wanted to share with you our learning during this Naidoc week and some exciting ideas and experiences other educators have created for their children and children in care.

 

We had three focuses this week

1# 3 Books lent to us by a good friend

2# Emus, feathers and creating these wonderful birds

3# Revisiting family photos of a recent trip to Mount Grenfell, Ngiyampaa
people rock art.

You can see above…

 

#Our three focus books for Naidoc week

#Our Emu craft from Smarty Arty by Mr 4 and Miss 18 mths and Mr 19 mths 🙂

 

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These experiences blended and rolled into one another creating an environment of discussion, thoughtfulness and stepping stones being laid towards an understanding and celebration of all cultures.

 

Why not look or ask around your community for historical or important sites to visit with your children?

I was also very conscience this year of not being tokenistic…

 

Tokenistic… a word bantered around by ‘teachers’ a lot as Naidoc week approaches and during the special time meant for focusing on learning and recognising Aboriginal and Islander culture.

 

It saddens me that as educators we are quick to judge and strip away the confidence and often genuine efforts educators make to expose children to valuable cultural learning opportunities.

 

For me, Naidoc week is a celebration of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders culture. Bringing an extra focus onto experiences we have had over the year and showing respect, value and importance of recognising Australias first peoples and the land, they are connected.

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Here is a few of my favourite finds this week 🙂

-From Giggle and Grow Family Day Care

-Create Aboriginal Stick Painting

-Commitment to heritage and showing respect 

 

And some resources you may find useful 🙂

-http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/mount-grenfell-historic-site

-http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/nqsplp/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/EYLFPLP_E-Newsletter_No7.pdf

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Please share with us your experiences this week………………………….

 

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