Chloe has worked in the childcare industry for nearly eight years, starting in early learning as an assistant and later as a room leader. Later she combined working as a Director of Out of School Hours care as well as long day care.
Chloe decided to move into Family Day Care because of the flexibility it offered her to be available for her own family after her daughter was born. “I know what a huge impact the early years can have on children, so I really wanted to be able to combine having a career while also being there for my daughter. Family Day Care was the perfect choice for me,” she says.
Family Day Care is run from an educator’s home. It is popular because it provides a family-style atmosphere as well as small group sizes which facilitate individual care and support. Chloe now runs her Family Day Care business registered as an educator with Windermere.
Family and individual care is also a core aspect of Chloe’s Family Day Care philosophy towards the children she cares for. “I treat them as if they were my own children;” she says. Chloe currently educates three preschool children along with her daughter in her Family Day Care.
Watching the children develop friendships and confidence. The small class sizes, which are a wonderful feature of Family Day Care, means that I can give attention to all of the children individually. I can also cater to their different interests with different play spaces according to their interests. I can also give the parents daily updates about their child.
Having a small group means I can really cater to what each child needs and have activities ready so they can be engaged and happy right from the start of the day.
I’m also really lucky to be able to have the opportunity to work and be with my daughter. I’ve gotten to watch her confidence increase. She used to be nervous and shy and now we can see she’s a different child, much more comfortable in different environments and more confident.
Setting children up for the future. They will use everything they learn now when they’re older so it’s important my program reflects life skills. I use a lot of role play activities. Currently we have an animal hospital set up where the children can learn about medicine and patients. Some previous examples include role plays activities with a grocery store using recycled materials, an ice cream/desert shop as an extension of this a few weeks later, and our home corner (play kitchen and baby accessories and dolls) which is always set up as it is much loved by the children.
I don’t just see these role play and activity areas as only toys. I am giving the children actual experiences that have meaning so that the can be involved in and understand their worlds.
Being able to have those small group sizes. It means I can adapt the program to the individual child and their interests and skills while setting appropriate challenges. It makes programming much easier too because the activities can be planned with one child in mind.
I try to make sure my experiences reflect life skills and variety. So we do things with books, crafts, sensory play and role play. Messy play is always fun and it’s something the children wouldn’t normally do at home. We always do one sensory play a day, like colouring or pouring rice.
I love being a part of the community. My supervisor Jayne (from Windermere) is very supportive, she’s always available and willing to help. Her support visits are very in-depth and her focus is on developing and supporting me as a person.
Windermere was the best move career-wise for my Family Day Care. It’s such a welcoming environment and I feel so supported. Windermere is a wonderful organisation to work with.