Nambucca Valley Family Day Care

Nambucca Valley Family Day Care (NVFDC) supports  educators on the Mid North Coast. Our Early Childhood Educators, who are professionally supported and mentored, understand that every child and family is unique and all have different needs.

Family Day Care is different to other models of childcare. A Family Day Care educator can offer highly personalised flexible quality care for children aged from 6 week to 12 years of age in their nurturing and safe home environment.

We offer small group settings that support collaborative and meaningful relationships between the children and their educator. Our Early Childhood Educators design individualised programs for your child that reflects your child’s interests, strengths and abilities. These learning experiences are guided by the Department of Educations – Early Years Learning Framework and the My Time Our Place curriculums. These programs are developed in partnership with your family, and you receive ongoing feedback about your child’s development.

 

Nambucca Valley Family Day Care is licenced under the Nambucca Valley Children’s Group Inc and managed by Lifetime Connect Ltd.

 

 

Useful Information

Service Philosophy Statement

Vision: Promoting excellence in home-based education and childcare

Nambucca Valley Family Day Care believes each child has the right to quality education and care which fulfils their individual needs and promotes positive outcomes for every
child every day.

Nambucca Valley Family Day Care has provided a  trustworthy quality education and care
service for over 30 years since 1990. All participants strive for excellence in all aspects of service
delivery. The service uses the Early Years Learning Framework Principles and Code of Ethics
which underpins the service to guide practice which ensures best outcomes for children.

We believe in providing:

Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships

  • Each child’s uniqueness and potential is acknowledged
  • Each child’s contribution to the group is recognised and children are encouraged to think for themselves, make decisions, work towards their own solutions, express their own ideas and feelings at their own pace
  • A nurturing environment is provided to enhance each child’s wellbeing
  • The importance of all participants’ contribution to each child’s wellbeing is accepted
  • Our Scheme advocates for young children’s needs and rights
  • Experiences are offered to encourage children to respect their world
Families
  • The important role families and family routines/cultures play in their child/ren’s lives is understood and accepted
  • Information is exchanged between families and educators about the child’s experiences at home and in childcare
  • Relationships are built on trust and respect
  • Our Scheme recognises and fosters an active partnership between all participants to embrace different points of view and encourage honesty to enable all to work towards common goals
  • Our Scheme will liaise with other family focussed facilities in the community to promote family day care
Children
  • Promoting positive wellbeing and ensuring that all children feel safe and valued
  • Understanding that children learn and express their knowledge in different ways
  • Recognising that meaningful learning and language development occurs in the context of the child’s everyday experience
  • Ensuring that our team are responsive and acknowledge that environments encourage and promote learning through play.
High expectations and equity
  • Educators, families and staff acknowledge and respond to children’s individual needs in a safe and stimulating environment offering meaningful experiences to work towards positive outcomes
  • Our Scheme provides child focussed and nurturing environment
  • Our Scheme recruits and supports highly trained professional and suitable people in all positions who have the capacity to strive for excellence in early childhood education
  • Our Scheme promotes sustainable practice to all stakeholders, especially through activities, role modelling and resources with the children
Respect for Diversity
  • Participants are not discriminated against on the basis of gender, age, race, experience, religion, language, ability, family dynamics, culture or national origin
  • Families’ needs are considered when offering childcare placements while following the priority of access guidelines
  • Our Scheme welcomes, respects and offers equal opportunity of participation of children with additional needs
  • Our Scheme values and promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
Ongoing learning and reflective practice
  • Ongoing training, resources and support are provided to empower educators to deliver the best possible care situation
  • Critical reflection is encouraged and supported
  • Our Scheme is proactive and welcomes initiative and innovative ideas
  • Our Scheme provides for input on issues which affect families and educators to be responsive in meeting their diverse needs
  • Our Scheme acknowledges the need to operate within budget requirements
Source
  • Early Childhood Australia – Code of Ethics
  • The Early Years Learning Framework
  • National Quality Standards – 1.2.3 , 4.2.2, 5.1.2, 7.1.1
  • MTOP Framework for school aged care in Australia
  • NVFDC staff team meeting days

National Quality Standard

The National Quality Standard (NQS) sets a high national benchmark for early childhood education and care and outside school hours care services in Australia.

The NQS includes 7 quality areas that are important outcomes for children.

Services are assessed and rated by their regulatory authority against the NQS, and given a rating for each of the 7 quality areas and an overall rating based on these results.

Nambucca Valley Family Day Care is currently rated as Meeting the National Quality Standards in all 7 areas.

Every Educator registered with Nambucca Valley Family Day Care has this rating certificate located near the entrance of their family day care environments.

It is located in the front entrance of the Coordination Unit.

Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics

The ECA Code of Ethics is a set of statements about appropriate and expected behaviour of early childhood professionals

Designed especially for early childhood education and care environments, and based on the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1991) the ECA Code of Ethics reflects current pedagogical research and practice, providing a framework for reflection about the ethical responsibilities of early childhood professionals who work with or on behalf of children and families in early childhood settings.

ECA-COE-Brochure-web-2019

STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY

Our Service is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. We understand our responsibilities and statutory duty of care to comply with both the New South Wales Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme to build our capacity as an organisation to prevent and respond to allegations of child abuse.

Our Service is committed to implementing and abiding by our Child Safe Environment Policy  based on Child Safe Standards in NSW (2022), which accentuates our zero tolerance for child abuse and raising awareness about the importance of child safety in our Service and the community.

We are dedicated to protecting children from abuse and neglect and promote a child safe environment, maintaining children’s wellbeing. We adhere to our comprehensive Child Protection Policy, standing by our mandatory reporting responsibilities to protect children from physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse and neglect.

We work to ensure there is clear awareness between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour concerning adults and children. We require clear precincts between children and employees, volunteers and the community to maintain children’s safety.

We are dedicated to promoting cultural safety for Aboriginal children, cultural safety for children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

We value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices.

We are committed to ongoing professional development for employees to maintain their ability to distinguish and respond to situations of abuse and neglect, ensuring employees are responsive to their responsibilities in keeping children safe.

We work in collaboration with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and have confidence in educating children about their right to be safe. We believe in teaching children what to do if they feel unsafe and encouraging them to express their view and thoughts on matters that directly affect them.

As educators we listen to and empower children to act on any concerns, they or others may raise which is reflective in our policies and procedures in keeping children safe.

Quality Area 2

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Policy in Review

 

 

Policy Review

 

 

 

Munch & Move is a NSW Health initiative that supports the healthy development of children birth to 5 years by promoting physical activity, healthy eating and reduced small screen time (e.g. watching TV or DVDs, playing on computers and small hand-held games devices).

Munch & Move offers training and resources to educators working in NSW early childhood education and care services. The training aims to assist educators to implement a fun, play-based approach to supporting healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The Munch & Move program fits within the new National Quality Framework and the Early Years Learning Framework.

 

Contact Details

Email:
fdcadmin@lifetimeconnect.org.au

Phone: 

02 6569 4222