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About Homewood Farm FDC

Homewood Farm Family Day Care is a farm based family day care giving your child a country atmosphere to learn in. Homewood is a working farm, giving children the opportunity to learn environmental sustainability along with the more mainstream developmental activities found in early childcare. Our aim is to cater to the 'whole' child, giving them a true sense of belonging, being and becoming.

I am a grandmother and a qualified Educator.As a grandmother I have had many years experience with children of all ages. I have also worked with many children over a number of years in early childcare and vacation education schemes.



As an educator I focus on the experience of the 'whole' child. I follow the principles of both play based learning and intentional teaching, often using play based as an extension into intentional teaching. There is a large emphasis placed on nutrition and healthy foods.

 

Being a working farm this can be easily extended to include Environmental Sustainability, showing children how little we waste if we are wise in our methods of recycling. Food scraps go to sheep, chooks or dogs. Anything they don't eat goes to the worm farms or compost.

I will never take children out of the Day Care environment and onto the farm environment without express permission from parents beforehand.

Testimonial

“Your child will be treated as if their own grandmother was caring for them.”

Colin

Needlefelting - Risky Play

Needlefelting is a Fibre Art that preschoolers can enjoy with correct supervision.

The children who made this took turns adding their choice of fibre and colour to produce a colourful design for a wall hanging in their room.

Philosophy

At Homewood Farm FDC our philosophy is all about caring for the 'whole' child in a farm home setting. 

Our educational programs are reflective and adhere to guidelines set by ACECQANational Quality Framework and The Early Years Learning Framework, taking the child’s developmental level into account. There is plenty of opportunity for children to participate in spontaneous independent experiences as part of play based learning.

We give children in our care

  • A warm, welcoming home-like environment that promotes secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships.

  • A vibrant and flexible environment that is rich in choices and provides dynamic opportunities for learning as individuals and as part of a group.

  • Opportunities to undertake collaborative group work and projects inspired by children’s interests and/or family interest, community or educator initiation.

  • Opportunities for children to develop independence through everyday routines.

  • An environment that is safe and promotes exploration, discovery, challenge and understanding of our natural and physical worlds.

  • An environment that builds high self-esteem and self-worth.

  • An environment and curriculum that promotes holistic development and high expectations for children across all developmental areas through intentional teaching and spontaneous learning.

  • Opportunities for children to express their knowledge and understanding through art, music, story, drama, construction etc.

  • Respect for diversity by acknowledging the cultural backgrounds, languages, values and contributions of all families at Homewood Farm and the surrounding community, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

  • Opportunities for children, families and educators to develop cultural competence by promoting positive attitudes, learning and developing communication skills and interactions across diverse cultural groups

  • Opportunities for children, families and educators to share their ideas, knowledge, skills, culture, language and experiences through regular communication, involvement and program development.

  • Partnerships with families in all aspects of their child’s development including working with families to develop and evaluate goals for their child.

  • Ongoing records of children’s development and assessment through learning stories, reflective journals, project documentation, samples of children’s work and reflections on children’s goals.

  • An environment that promotes positive behaviours and pro-social relationships between children and others.

  • Opportunities for educators to gain further knowledge, skills and competence in the early childhood field through regular training and professional development.

Poddy Lambs

Children have the opportunity to interact with animals in a safe environment