Menai - Jen

Days of Operation:Wednesday Thursday 

Hours of Operation:7.30am-5.30pm

Phone:9710 0466

Current Vacancies: No vacancies

About Jen


Essential qualifications, certificates and/or licenses required for this position

  • Bachelor of Teaching Birth to Five Years
  • Senior First Aid
  • Emergency Asthma Management
  • First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis
  • Certified to Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk of Harm

I’m very excited as I start my own service, Talbot Close Family Day Care with Sutherland Shire Council. I have been working within the Early Childhood field for over 16 years throughout the local area in Early Education Centres.

I started my career as a trainee in 2003 and studied while working full time to complete my Certificate III in Children’s Services, Diploma in Children’s Services and Bachelor of Teaching Degree. I finishing my last position in an Early Education Centre as a Centre Director in 2019. 

Early Childhood Education & Care is my passion and after having two little girls of my own I have decide to create a special environment within my home. I feel passionate about children’s learning and love being able to be a part of their very special learning journeys.

About my service

Talbot Close Family Day Care provides children with a small, secure and nurturing environment for them to grow and learn. The children receive personalised attention and a play-based curriculum tailored especially for their age, needs and milestones.

My service provides care and early education to only four children under school age. It is a highly pesonalised form of care. We develop a close connection with each child and their families. We work in partnership with families to ensure their ideas and interests are reflected in our learning program.

The experiences available to the children promote all areas of their development – language/literacy, social/emotional, physical, cognitive and self-help/life skills.

On a daily basis the children participate in:

  • Music
  • Art, craft & sensory experiences
  • Story time/language & literacy development
  • Group time
  • Fine & gross motor development
  • Cognitive development
  • Social & emotional development  
  • Construction play
  • Dramatic play
  • Pre maths and science experiences

Other experiences offered on a regular basis include community events and activities, cultural celebrations, calendar events and nature experiences.  

Our program covers all areas of children’s development to achieve all of the five outcomes of the The Early Years Learning Framework (the only Government-approved Framework for children under school age):  

  • Children have a strong sense of identity
  • Children are connected with and contribute to their world 
  • Children have a strong sense of wellbeing
  • Children are confident and involved learners
  • Children are effective communicators 

The daily diary, observations and photos about your child and their personal learning journeys will be available for you to see via email. 

My service is registered with and regulated by Sutherland Shire Council’s Family Day Care Scheme.

About my facilities

My Family Day Care service is located in a very quiet neighbourhood close to the bush, which creates a beautiful serenity.

It features a dedicated play space for the children's enjoyment and learning. It is specially set up for the Family Day Care children with a beautiful feel of natural light. There is also a bathroom/laundry off the playroom and also a separate sleeping area offering a quiet, relaxed space for the children to sleep. 

Outdoors, there is a large outdoor play space with a sandpit, sensory garden and cubby house.  We also have a side patio area, which is great for those wet weather days and craft/messy play. 

We are located just a few minutes drive from the interection of New & Old Illawarra Roads Menai, for ease of drop off and pick up.


Parents from Jen's Family Day Care service were keen to share their positive experience:

"My son (who recently turned two) started three days a week with Jen when her facility opened. We had recently moved into the area and had come from Maroubra where we had a wonderful Family Day Care Educator who Jack adored. When we bought locally, the Day Care move was actually the biggest worry for me. 

When I first met Jen I had a really good feeling that she was the right choice for us but I was still very nervous about the move. However it wasn’t until Jack started that I realised I really didn’t need to worry at all. He absolutely LOVES his days with Jen. He settled pretty quickly and has developed beautiful relationships with all the children there. Jen has a wonderful kind way with the children and I’m really happy with the balance between play, creativity and the educational side of things. This all shows in how excited Jack is when we get there in the morning and how hard it is to get him to leave at times (which can be disappointing for poor old mum at times). 

Jen has a lovely set up, fabulous indoor space with plenty of role play activities. Lovely large outdoor area and sandpit. I’ve had two Family Day Care experiences now and I can’t speak more highly of it. If you are looking for Family Day Care in Menai then I can’t recommend Jen and Talbot Close Family Day Care more highly. We feel very lucky to have found such a great option so soon after moving. Thank you Jen!" Lucy.

"Where to start ? My son (21 months when starting) attends Talbot Close Family Day Care and is so in love with Jen he never ever wants to leave, and will run to her for a cuddle instead of me, which hurts a little but proves just how caring and nurturing Jen is. He had never been in care before or been looked after by anyone other than myself and was fully settled on day three which is one of the best things about Family Day Care by having one consistent educator it’s literally an extension of your family. Jen’s service is 5 star, her set up divine and from the second you walk in you will know this is the place you have been praying for. Her program is varied but also concentrated on the needs of the children and to expand the skills and learning whilst having an absolute ball.  Added bonus of providing nappies milk and morning and afternoon tea.  I would highly recommend Jen and Talbot Close Family Day Care to anyone who is seeking a more personal experience and undivided attention." Leanne.

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