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FDC in crisis

A friend emailed me this article, FDC in Crisis, from the Autumn 2015 edition of Rattler magazine. It absolutely breaks my heart to see how much of a beating Family Day Care is taking. I am very curious to know why the Government did not respond to the issues that were being reported to them? I have reported a few cases of ‘dodgy family day care’ only to be told that, essentially nothing can be done due to various reasons / excuses!  It sounds to me like it’s too hard for Family Day Care to be monitored. Not only are there hundreds of Schemes, but there are thousands of educators.  Common sense would tell you to clamp down on the Schemes, don’t make it so easy for them to set up, but obviously common sense does not prevail in this situation. I would be so interested to hear what a Government official’s response to this article would be.

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This is ILLEGAL and families need to know!

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I saw this post on Facebook tonight and I got really upset and disappointed with this educator. Then I thought to myself, maybe she doesn’t know any better. Maybe her Scheme has not taught her about the rules and regulations in Family Day Care.

There is one thing that this educator and all families need to know – offering care for children in an educator’s home without a registration certificate is ILLEGAL! I’m sure that this educator is great with children, I noticed that she got a few ‘likes’ on her post, but at the end of the day she is advertising an illegal business and practice. Family Day Care educators have to go through a rigorous registration process. They are educating other people’s children and they need to show that they are good enough to do such an important job.

If they are registered with an ethical Family Day Care Service then they should be monitored on a regular basis with support visits.  These visits ensure that your children are safe and that the educator is complying! Family Day Care Educators have a curriculum that they need to follow, they have healthy food guidelines they should abide by and their services are checked from the front to the back to make sure that they are safe for your children.

Posts like this should be reported to the Education and Care Regulatory Unit. Family Day Care educators are passionate about what they do and they work hard to offer high quality services.  Sure, there are some out there who don’t maintain high standards, but that’s what the National Quality Standards are for! I can’t stand by and watch this happen anymore. Join me and help give Family Day Care the recognition it deserves. If you see people advertising child care from their own home, and they are not Family Day Care Educators, REPORT THEM. It’s time to take a stand because it seems like nobody else will!

Why does it feel like the government is trying to get rid of Family Day Care?

I came across this article published on the ABC news website talking all about the changes with the Working With Children Card. What I find interesting is that other than one sentence mentioning the review period of the cards, no other changes were covered in detail.  This is where the opportunity comes in to try and give Family Day Care a bad name. 

There are a few sentences about the fact that Educator’s husbands or partners are not required to have a Working With Children Card! Believe it or not, anyone over 18 living in the house is not required to have one unless they actually work with the children! Now let me clear something up……Family Day Care Services, who monitor and support these Educators, have been insisting for over two years now that anyone over 18 SHOULD have a WWC Card! We (I’m speaking on behalf of these Services) have been told to stop asking our Educators to get other occupants checked! It is our moral and legal obligation to ensure that children are safe in their Family Day Care environment and we do all we can to make sure that happens. I would like parents to know that we DO try to get every adult checked and even though they can’t apply for a WWC Card they do still have to get a police clearance. Choose a reputable service, get to know the staff who support your Educators and I promise you Family Day Care will be the best form of child care that you have used.  It’s a beautiful, nurturing, dynamic and educational early childhood experience that I wish every child could discover! 

Community Engagement Newsletter

As early childhood educators, creating
a ‘sense of community’ is an important part of what we do. It is integral to the core themes of belonging and identity that run through the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF):
‘Children learn about themselves and construct their own identity within the context of their families and communities’ (DEEWR, 2009, p. 20).

Take the time to read this newsletter to see how you can establish or strengthen Community Engagement in your Family Day Care.

How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative recently unveiled an animated video, which presents the core story of brain development in an accessible and visually engaging format. This video, “How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development,” can be used in staff development and parent education as well as advocacy efforts.

Raising Resilient Kids – Green Child Magazine

There is nothing harder than watching your precious child fail at something. The disappointment in their face is enough to crack any parent’s heart. This is a part of life though and things won’t always go their way. They will fail, they will feel horrible and they will wish that they could change things.

Learning how to deal with life is important, I’ve realised that I won’t always be there for them when they fall. Green Child Magazine has a great article that proves that the best thing I can do for my babies is to teach them the tools to cope with life to teach them how to be resilient! If they have the resources then I know they will be able to handle whatever life throws at them.

The Power of Lullabies – ExchangeEveryDay

“According to studies by Dr. Jeffrey Perlman, whenever a premature baby hears a lullaby, its heart rate slows and breathing steadies. That can help the baby sleep easier, gain weight faster, and leave the hospital sooner. But lullabies can help healthy babies, too. A 2013 study published in the journal Psychology of Music showed that singing a lullaby could reduce the level of pain a child feels. That’s because lullabies, like most pieces of pleasant music, activate the brain’s limbic system, releasing pain-killing endorphins.”