I love taking a peek into REAL LIFE educator environments! This year Empowered Educators have been kind enough to share their enviroments and educator spaces with us and we are excited to continue this series.
We have been highlighting some of the wonderful work that professional family day care educators do here in Australia and also overseas.
We take a peek into their home based early years environments, talk about why they love what they do and even share a few of the unique challenges that only this role offers.
Last month I put the spotlight on Lil Critta’s Family Day Care and this month I’m continuing to highlight some of the wonderful work that professional family day care educators do all around the world.
If you missed last month’s Educator Spotlight you can catch up HERE.
I’m excited to continue our family daycare areas series by putting the spotlight on Kirti from Rytham Family Day Care. Kirti is a member of our Empowered Educator Facebook Community with over 7 year of early childhood experience. She is also a recent Educator of the Year Winner in 2021. Congratulations Kirti!
Family Daycare Areas & Activities - Rytham Family Day Care
What is your Family Day Care Service Name?
Rytham Family Day Care
How long have you been an educator?
I have been an educator for 7 years and am currently running my own family day care.
What qualifications and experience do you have?
I have a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education along with 7 years experience working in early childhood education.
What is your philosophy regarding working with and caring for young children?
I believe that family day care is about a fun way of learning in a safe and healthy environment.
Challenges & Benefits For Family Day Care Educators & Children
What is your biggest challenge working in this sector?
Working with mixed age groups.
What do you feel are the biggest benefits to children attending a family day care service like yours that the community and families might not be aware of?
Many of parents think that family day care services are not as professional as day care centres but I would advise that your child’ needs are being looked after really closely as the ratio of Educator to child is 1:4 and children get a home environment and close relationship with their Educator.
What made you decide to work in early childhood education?
I love to be around children. I love being around little ones and the trust and bond I build with my community through my services.
What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to your first year as an ECE?
My advice would be to be open to feedback!
A Little About Me
Jodie Clarke is an early childhood professional supporting educators who want and need to stay passionate about the work they do! She has 30 years hands-on experience in the early childhood and human services sectors across many different roles.
Jodie is mum to 3 in Australia and has already helped thousands of educators with their work through her popular blog posts, activity ideas, online training and e-books.