Thousands across Australia are getting ready to celebrate National Family Day Care Week!

From May 1-7 thousands of educators, service staff, families and children will be taking part in National Family Day Care Week celebrations across Australia to mark the 11th anniversary of the annual week that highlights the important role family day care educators and services play in the development and wellbeing of over 85,000 Australian children.

National Family Day Care Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge family day care as an essential part of the early learning landscape across the country.

To celebrate the week, family day care educators and services will be holding picnics across Australia with themes from The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Superhero Spectacular, and Nature Play Picnics.

Family day care is an approved, government funded form of early childhood education and care that for over four decades has provided a nurturing, home-based early learning environment for children.

National Family Day Care Week is a chance to celebrate the unique benefits of the small group settings, personalised educational programming and flexible hours of care that make family day care the option of choice for so many Australian families.

Family day care also a wonderful career opportunity and is one of Australia's largest networks of women in small business; offering a unique opportunity to run your own small business from home while supporting your local community with much needed access to high quality early learning.

FDCA Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Paterson said, "National Family Day Care Week is a wonderful time for the family day care sector to come together and reflect on the crucial role family day care plays in the lives of Australian children, families and communities.”

For many families, small group settings, home environments and the bond created between educators and children are a deciding factor in selecting family daycare as their early learning option of choice.

"The home environment and one-on-one attention that family day care provides means children receive the attention they need to thrive, and educators have the space to follow their passion and educate their way,” said Mr Paterson.

"Family day care also offers much needed flexibility to support shift workers, regional communities and families in need of care outside of the usual 9 to 5. Family day care educators and services are an essential part of the education and care landscape, offering a unique approach to early learning that cannot always be replicated in larger settings.”

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