WITH working parents struggling to find childcare in the shire, Bega Valley Family Day Care is again putting out the call for educators to join their ranks.
Zanette Burr from BVFDC said educators are always needed, but recent changes in ratios now allow for one carer to four children instead of the previous ratio of one to five.
“The ratio change does ensure quality care, but it’s really put the squeeze on,” Ms Burr said.
“The wait list for childcare, particular in the Bega township and Tathra, is growing.
“The changes have made it very hard for working parents in the area.”
There are BVFDC educators working throughout the area from Cobargo to Eden.
Ms Burr said the BVFDC is eager to recruit more educators.
“It’s a very rewarding career personally, and it’s such a wonderful thing for parents to know their child is receiving such excellent care in a home environment.”
Ms Burr said BVFDC provides a generous start up grant of $500, training, access to play equipment and ongoing support from BVFDC staff.
“Educators also have the support of two preschool teachers Erin Whitcombe and Megan Whitford, who visit their home and work out programs for the children with them,” she said.
“They can help compile kits that can be borrowed from BVFDC containing toys, CDs, books, puzzles and lots of other educational supplies.
“Our educators can also call on the help and support of BVFDC staff any time of the day.”
Ms Burr said all the educators under the BVFDC umbrella bring something unique to the role.
“They are all nurturing and passionate about the role, and they all bring something different our day care family.”
For more information about becoming an educator, call Bega Valley Family Day Care on 6492 3788.