Family Day Care hits milestone
THE Warwick and District Family Day Care Association celebrated 25 years of caring for children in our local community on Saturday morning.
Educators, administrators, parents and children all joined in the festivities.
Service manager for Warwick and District Family Day Care Alana McMillan said although the basic caring of children had remained the same for day care mums, due to new legislation all carers were now required to hold a certificate III in early childhood learning, a first aid certificate and blue card.
"The new rules and regulations only serve to further enhance the wonderful care a day care mother gives to the children," she said.
"We are proud to provide support and offer a place where the educators can come to utilise resources."
Currently a total of 17 educators offer a safe and nurturing environment for almost 200 children in the district.
Jenny Clothier is one of the mums who has enjoyed every moment of her 22 years as an educator.
Mrs Clothier said she initially became a day care mum so she could earn an income without being away from her children when they were young, and of course because she loved children.
"All the children I have cared for have become a part of my own family," she said.
"It is so rewarding to see the children grow and learn and I feel fortunate to be a part of that.
"I feel the children in day care benefit from the family environment and individual attention we can offer."