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27 years experience in quality childcare services

About Ballina Byron Family Day Care

Ballina Byron Family Day Care has been providing our local communities with quality childcare, for over 27 years.

We are a non-profit community based Family Day Care Scheme, and our service is sponsored by a community based management committee consisting of representatives from the community, educators, parents and staff. All our parents, educators and community members are encouraged and invited to attend our General Meetings throughout the year.

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Early Childhood Services

All early childhood services in New South Wales are regulated by the NSW Government Department of Education and Communities. Family Day Care Educators are obliged to obtain Working with Children checks, hold a minimum of a Certificate III Level Education and Care qualification and hold a Child Protection Certificate. All educators must also have a current First Aid and CPR Certificate and have completed Emergency Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management training.

Ballina Byron Family Day Care has received a three year grant from the Federal Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations as a contribution towards operational costs. In addition, parents and educators pay a levy to the scheme to access mentoring support, supervision and specialist referral services.

Our Coordination Unit Team works in partnership with educators to meet required legislation, National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework. They recruit and monitor educators and provide training, support and resources. Our team also assists in finding a suitable educator and environment for your child.

Our office staff will assist with any childcare needs regarding Child Care Subsidies, Additional Child Care Subsidies (Grandparents, Transition to Work, Child Wellbeing), Adult Migrant English Program and Brighter Futures. They are available to discuss any information about the service.

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Philosophy

Ballina Byron Family Day Care represents the true essence of Quality Home Based Education and Care. Our qualified Educators believe in a nurturing, natural home environment to foster a warm and caring relationship within an intimate small group. Ballina Byron Family Day Care is not only the right choice it’s the first choice.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and we embrace our responsibility to develop an awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture by embedding Aboriginal perspectives into our pedagogy .

We value the importance of quality education and care. Through child centred play based learning programs we promote each child’s sense of Belonging, Being and Becoming.

We advocate for the rights of the child by valuing children’s voices and seeing them as capable involved learners. In doing so, we foster their curiosity and their sense of agency.

We recognise the Importance of respectful collaborative partnerships and connections between all stakeholders within our
service and the wider community in providing quality outcomes for each child.
We are committed to being actively involved in continuous improvement through critical reflection. We scaffold our professional pedagogy with the National Quality Framework, The Early Years Learning Framework and My Time Our Place.

We accept that we have a responsibility to educate all stakeholders regarding environmental sustainability and the importance of lessening our carbon footprint.

Our Staff

Sharon Foran

Manager / Nominated Supervisor

Within my 30+ years’ experience in Early Childhood Education and Care, plus being a mother and Grandparent my pedagogy has never strayed from ensure positive outcomes for all children. We support Educators to always extend their learning to support Quality Care and Education. To me Family Day Care is the whole package!

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Christie Thompson

Educational Leader

As Educational Leader I have over 16 years experience in Family Day Care and proudly lead the development and implementation of effective educational programs in our service. I have an influential role in inspiring, motivating, affirming, challenging and extending Educators pedagogical practices in a collaborative endeavour to ensure quality outcomes for the children and families using our service.

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Deesha Stanger

Administration Officer

As Administration Officer it is my role is to greet, assist parents. I preform the daily processes of general office administration in the service and ensure the service runs smoothly and efficiently for the Manager, Staff, Educator’s & families.

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Kay Price

Co-Ordinator

In my role as a Coordinator I assist parents through the enrolment process. I support Educators to meet all National Quality Standards, abide by Education and Care Regulations and to follow Policies of Ballina Byron Family Day Care.

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Victoria Farrow

Co-Ordinator

I have completed my Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education and have worked in the early childhood industry for over 15 years, in both centre based and Family Daycare settings. I am passionate about play based learning, literacy and getting children active. I also have 3 beautiful children of my own.

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Kate Flindall

Playgroup Facilitator

As a Playgroup Facilitator, I program and implement high quality playgroups, which focus on connecting Family Day Care Educators and children to the community. Along with, developing their social, emotional, cognitive and communication skills, using the Early Years Learning Framework. As a Coordinator, my role is to ensure Family Day Educators provide inclusive, nurturing and learning environments for children, and are able to meet all the State and Commonwealth legislative requirements. As well as, identify the areas of improvement and work in collaboration with all participants to achieve quality learning outcomes for all children accessing the Family Day Care Service.

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