Routine Revisited.


In my first post I gave a run down of my routine, I hope it will help when
planning your own.

But as with most things it just brings to light more questions to debate.

I’ve addressed a handful of them below and I hope they will help you when starting your family day care or needing to adjust your current routine….

?Would a less conventional work day work for you?

I know educators that work 5am -12noon, 5am-3pm, 6.30am-5pm, 9am-6.30pm.
From 2days to all 7days as well as rolling rosters. Monthly sleep overs to mini afternoon play sessions, FDC can be as flexible as your imagination and your clients needs.


?What time does your family start their day?

My Lach(Mr3) consistently wakes at 8.30am so I have worked for 2 hours before he gets up, this works well for our family but you may feel more comfortable with an opening time after your family is up and going.


?Are you willing to work with before or after school children?

This will effect your opening hours, school children also add a different dynamic to a FDC setting. You will also need additional age appropriate resources. A consideration is also transport to and from school, will you drive them or is a bus available?

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?Will you be accepting Babies?

Often schemes place a maximum limit of two children under the age of two for new educators. But an option educators often miss debating is for all children to be the same age or over a certain age.


?Will you be offering food?

I take my hat off to those educators that are organised enough to offer a consistent, well balanced, portion and age appropriate menu. One that takes into account allergies, healthy food options, likes and dislikes. I personally need the children to bring their own food and place it in the fridge.


?What sort of network do you need?

Some educators are comfortable and thrive on creating a positive, high quality home based educational working environment. Others are more social and find being an educator very isolating and need to spend time with others at playgroups, mini playdates and excursions.


?What area of your home is suitable for FDC?

A suitable playroom, bathroom and sleep room are musts. But these can be your lounge room and bedroom. Preferably a sign in area and an area to cook and eat in as well. The layout of your home will have a huge influence on how you will be able to offer your service.


There are so many important questions to ponder and these are just a few, Id love to hear more of your questions……



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How controversial are pets in your Family Day Care scheme?

I believe in family day care we have an opportunity and an obligation to offer experiences to children that broaden their thinking, excite their emotions and develop an understanding on other creatures within their world.

When contemplating or programming, your scheme policies needs to be read & re-read and active communication and documentation is a must with parents and coordination units. It really is very doable to offer exposure to animals in a safe and positive way for your Family Day Care Children.

I thought I would document three of our favourite pet experiences but as you saw on Wednesday I quickly realised I have many more to choose from then I first thought. So I will give you a list of animals that have been a super positive experience with the children over the past few years and I will be offering these animal experiences in my FDC service again.

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Frogs- Silk worms- Butterflies (Chrysalis kits)

Wonderful for life cycle awareness, easy to find, keep alive and to set free or give away when the children’s interest has moved onto something else.

Hermit Crabs- Fish-snails- worms

Super for adding when focusing on sea themes, or when wanting an experience to follow up from a holiday, or focusing on the environment.

Dogs/puppies – Pony

These are a much bigger commitment and if you are not already experienced or interested in these size and types of animals then maybe a polite visit to a friends or group excursion is in order.


Lamb- Guinea Pigs- Chickens

Now, when it comes to these three I am a complete softy, and we have had all three of these living inside in the cold weather. (They need an area away from the Day Care children).We care for a poddy Lamb for a friend and hatch chickens in the spring.


Galas- Goats- Donkey

Our elderly neighbours are very friendly and kind, they are welcoming to the children, we walk to feed their animals regularly.

If all else fails and you decide that offering a live ongoing project is too much why not include a visit to the local Reptile show or our Bird society often hold displays with their show birds.


We as educators have so many special gifts we can share with our Day Care children. An understanding of some of the other creatures in our world is, I feel, a very important one. I hope to instil in my Day Care Children a strong understanding of kindness towards animals, nature and a desire to explore our world.

I’d love to hear about your experiences and other animals you have shared in your service….

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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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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.


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 


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


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