Although I'm not their parent. I care for them each day I cuddle,sing and read to them, and watch them as they play. I see each new accomplishment, and help them grow and learn. I understand their language and listen with concern. They come to me for comfort, and I kiss away their tears. They proudly show their work to me, I give the loudest cheers.I am not their parent but my role is just as strong.I nurture them and keep them safe,though maybe not for long.I know someday the time may come when we have to part.But I know each child I've cared for is forever in my heart.
I have lived in Alice Springs since 2007 with my husband and 4 sons and been an Educator with ASFDC since 2015.
My day care environment consists of a large grassed yard with many places for children of all ages to explore, play and learn. Vegetable gardens, fruit trees, chickens and ducks are all part of our program and I encourage all the children to become involved – which means getting dirty and hands on with nature. Following the EYLF we learn through play which gives me the opportunity to build on learning experiences by following the children’s interests.
We love getting out and about in the community and go on excursions to various locations around town, including playgroup and play gym ran by ASFDC.
My favorite thing about FDC is the trust and relationships we build with the children and families.
I am a Nose wiping, Potty helping, Hand soaping, Crayon drawing, Story reading, Alphabet singing, Number counting, Jacket zipping, Tear wiping, Hug giving, Difference Maker for Young Children.
If you trust play, you will not have to control your child's development as much. Play will raise the child in ways you can never imagine. Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play.
I started my childcare journey with ASFDC in 1983 to enable me to earn a small income while being home with my own children. Many moons and countless daycare children later (while there have been challenges like increased regulations and paperwork) helping out families and watching their children grow and blossom has been the ultimate reward.
About 20 years ago while on an international childcare conference in Sweden I came across this poem which is a reminder of why I continue to and love working with children.
A Hundred Years From Now
it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of
house I lived in or the kind of car I drove
but the world may be different because I was
important in the life of a CHILD
I am born and raised in Sicily, Italy. After migrating to Australia 21 Years ago I first settled in Kalgoorlie, WA. We moved to Alice more than 7 years ago and I have been working as an Educator with ASFDC for almost 3 years.
I am a Father of five myself and very passionate about early childhood education. I very much enjoy working with children, to observe and experience there imaginative play, to watch them grow and develop.