Become an Educator
Are you passionate about working with children and want to play a part in shaping their futures while running your own business from home?
‘It’s like a home away from home,’ says Sharon Taylor from her veggie-filled garden in Mount Riverview. From this nurturing home, Sharon operates a child-centred and sustainable family day care service.
Sharon reveals her ideas about child care and what she loves about being a Blue Mountains Family Day Care educator:
The lifestyle, working from home, not being stuck behind a desk and, to some degree, getting out of the house, such as when I take the children on excursions. There’s a sense of freedom, to be my own boss, and operate by my own philosophy.
It’s very child-centred. And I have a Marte Meo practitioner qualification. It’s about respectful communication to support the children’s social, emotional and communication development.
Mine is a family home based service. The children interact with the routine of my household and they’re involved in the usual routine of the day and this supports their sense of belonging. It’s like a home away from home. For the families I attract, this is what they want. They don’t want a centre-based childcare, particularly with the children who have been with me from babies. I become an extended member of their families and even go to their birthday parties. I’m still in contact with one of the children, who is now at university. I’m showing my age!
Kids love the sense of belonging and the sense of connection with other children. They feel as comfortable here with me and the other children, as they do in their own home.