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I run a small family day care service from Monday to Thursday, looking after four children a day. It’s a business that suits my lifestyle, because my husband travels overseas a lot for work, so I was looking for something that I could do from home, that was flexible, because I wanted to be able to set my own terms and still have time to spend with my family. Family day care was the perfect choice.
I’ve raised three daughters of my own, but I hadn’t worked in child care before, so I spent time training and getting my qualifications in child care in order to start this business. Wesley Mission Queensland was really helpful with that process – I’ve done lots of training and attended many conferences through WMQ, and I’ve learnt a lot.
Looking after the children in my own home is so rewarding, I feel very lucky. The kids are always excited to come to my house – it’s like I’m their second mum! Because we’re a small group, it means I can get to know the children individually, learn their likes and interests, and then plan the day around that. I can also pick up on their emotions and feelings and can respond to that, so it’s very personal. And because it’s such a small group, we get to know each other better, and I think the children develop stronger friendships and settle down faster here than if they were going to a long day care centre, with more children around them, and more staff members.
If you’re thinking about becoming a family day care educator, I can definitely recommend it. It can seem daunting at first, because you’re essentially running your own business, but Wesley Mission Queensland is so helpful and supportive through the whole process and they’re always there to help you whenever you need them.
I’m so glad I became a family day care educator – every day spent with the children in my care is a joy!
- Maryann Wang, Family Day Care Educator