Qualifications & Training
- Diploma of Community Services Children’s Services
- Senior First Aid Certificate
- Emergency Asthma & Anaphylaxis
- Child Protection
- Food Handling & Nutrition & Dental Care
- Programming with the Early Years Learning Framework
- Impressions of Reggio Emilia
- Explore the World through Art & Craft
- Songs and Dances around the World
- Guiding Children’s Behaviour in the right direction
- Storytelling & Early Literature
- Assessing Children’s Language
My experience in the Early Education & Care sector spans almost 25 years.
For many years I worked in centre-based childcare services, including establishing a new centre during this time. I have also worked as a live in Nanny and most recently as a Family Day Care Educator.
My association with Sutherland Shire Council spans 20 years, working previously in two of Council’s Early Education Centres at Caringbah and Cronulla.
After having my first child, I began looking at childcare options and decided to commence my own Family Day Care business. Operating my own business was the perfect fit - nurturing and educating my child along with a small group of truly inspiring young children.
My first child was six months old when I started Family Day Care. My daughter now attends primary school with many of her Family Day Care friends. It thrills me to follow and see the successes of the children I have nurtured and educated from such a young age in our community.
After the birth of my second child and a break from the workforce to spend time with my new baby, I returned to work in a long day care environment. It confirmed my personal philosophy that small family-based grouping is the ideal place for children to reach their full potential.
In 2013 I recommenced my own Family Day Care business and ‘Peace at Play’ began. I chose this business name after years of reflection on just one of the important factors my Family Day Care environment offers – a peaceful place for children to belong, be and become and where children can reach their greatest potential.
About my service
Peace at Play Family Day Care is registered with Sutherland Shire Council’s Family Day Care Scheme and is a member of Family Day Care Australia. As part of Council’s Scheme, my service meets the childcare industry’s national standards, regulations and legislation.
Peace at Play Family Day Care Helensburgh offers an environment where children feel relaxed and ready to play from the moment they first arrive. This allows me the opportunity to quickly form a bond with each individual child in my care.
My service provides programs based on the Early Years Learning Framework, the industry recognised and approved guideline to educating children in the early years.
During play and interactions I am able to focus on each child’s interest and abilities. With this ongoing knowledge of each child’s interest and abilities, I consistently use intentional teaching by resourcing what is needed to extend each child’s learning and skills.
At times the children’s interest in a subject may only need to be extended one step. For example, we might talk about a question they pose. Other interests, for example, can turn into full investigations and lead to project work which often involves a number of children.
Peace at Play Family Day Care has an endless supply of educational resources. The children and I love to spend time in our natural bushland top yard connecting with nature and learning to respect our natural environment.
We also take advantage of being able to walk safely to the duck pond park, spending time developing our gross motor skills, connecting with our community, observing ducks, eels, fish and learning from the world around us.
At Peace at Play we also broaden our knowledge and expand on the children’s interests by participating in excursions (with all appropriate permissions) to destinations including Symbio Wildlife Park Helensburgh, the Science Centre and Planetarium, local library and local art, dance and music classes.
Science has been one of the children’s favourite subjects this year. During science experiments the children develop great concentration and focus due to their heightened interest. Children develop numeracy, literacy, language skill, self-confidence and fine motor skills as we play out our wondrous experiments.
Working in partnerships with families is important to me and ensures a positive transition to care and allows each family to work together with me for the greatest outcomes for their child.
Using our imagination, being creative and connecting with the arts are also experiences I’m passionate about offering children in my care. These experiences develop self-confidence in each child.
Preparing your child for primary school is an important component of my business. From the time your child starts at Peace at Play, they are participating in activities which will progressively develop the skills needed to thrive at school. The children also work through a School Readiness Program throughout their final year of care before school.
At Peace at Play I use a secure online documentation system ‘Raise Learning for Educators’. Each child has their own online portfolio where I enter a Daily Summary including photographs. Each child’s portfolio also contains observations, intentional teaching and follow up plans. I also give families the ongoing opportunity to comment or communicate their own ideas for me to undertake with their child whilst in Family Day Care.
About my facilities
At Peace at Play we offer a great balance between indoor and outdoor activities. Our indoor environment consists of three large rooms flowing onto each other. The first room is used for dancing, music and movement, group circle times (e.g. parachute games), yoga, meditation, large construction toys, making cubby houses, dramatic play and for relaxing and listening to stories.
The second play room is used for drawing and writing, fine motor manipulative toys, educational board and card games. The floor area is used for transport, and construction toys (e.g. large wooden block, floor puzzles). This room also has a large wooden day bed where children can sit together for story time or relax with a quiet activity.
The play room flows onto the dining area then out onto a large 98% UV protected covered concrete area that still lets warmth and light from the winter sun in but is cool and shaded in summer.
Our outdoor covered area often becomes our outdoor class room and is used for everything from water play, gardening and science to gross motor activities including bowling and ball games. We also often use this area for wood work, art and school readiness activities.
The undercover concreted area then flows onto a flat lower yard grass area used for running games, ball games, obstacle courses, teepee, dramatic play, puppet shows and sustainability activities.
We then go up bush rock stairs to the top yard area into the natural native wonderland with a sand pit shaded in summer, trampoline, slide, and bush rocks to climb or use as a table to make ‘potions and stews’.
There is a flat grassed area between the Gymea lilies were we have picnic lunches. A large bush rock - also among the Gymea lilies - is ideal for group times and stories.