National Family Day Care Week has been celebrated across Australia this week to recognise the important role family day care educators and services play in the development and wellbeing of more than 206000 children across Australia.
Kanga Kids Family Daycare educator Karen Eldred has been in the family day care business for 10 years.
‘‘We celebrate every year by celebrating the uniqueness of each individual child and always encourage them to be their own little personalities,’’ Mrs Eldred said.
The Kanga kids celebrated yesterday by dressing up in a costume of their choosing.
‘‘We have a pirate, an artist, a cowboy and Owlette from PJ Masks today,’’ she said.
Mrs Elder said family day care allowed her to focus on the individual and accommodate their interests.
‘‘I like that the kids feel that they’re at home and it brings out their confidence, but they’re still learning social skills by sharing and communicating with other kids,’’ she said.
Mrs Eldred said she and the children enjoyed regular excursions around Shepparton and activities in the park.
‘‘We’ve been going every fortnight to Mercy Place and it’s amazing to see how much the young and the old get out of that,’’ she said.
Kanga Kids continued to celebrate outside while the sun was out.