Say hi to Pippa
Pippa has extensive experience and qualifications in education and caring for children.
Pippa gained her NNEB in England in 1982. This is a 2 year qualification fitting her to work in hospitals, children’s nurseries, schools and preschools with children aged from 0 – 8 years, similar to the early childhood diploma in Australia.
Pippa worked as a children’s nanny in London from 1982 until 1996 when she and her young family emigrated to Nowra, NSW, Australia.
In 2000 Pippa gained her Batchelor of Teaching (Primary) and began her teaching career in local primary schools.
Pippa gained her Diploma of Education, Teacher Librarianship in 2005 and she worked as a teacher librarian until 2014 when she took leave without pay to return to her first love of educating babies and preschoolers.
Pippa also worked as a fitness trainer at Cintours, gaining her Cert. 3 in 2014.
In 2018, Pippa resigned from her teaching position and now she works as an educator three days a week, while casual teaching on her free days.
A Passion for Early Childhood Education
Pippa is passionate about early childhood education, believing that these tender years are the foundation for the rest of our lives.
To Pippa, the children she educates are not just students but a part of the family, in the way her charges in England are (she’s still in regular contact with many of her previous families). Pippa and her families often have get-togethers outside of day care.
Pippa understands the pressures that families face in everyday life having brought two children up while studying and working full time, without the help of grandparents. Pippa’s own children went to Family Day Care and still see their educator, and remember her fondly.
Lifelong Learning, the key
Pippa is a lifelong learner who strives to keep up to date with information and strategies in the early childhood education sector. She’s currently interested in learning more about the Steiner and Montessori education movements, as well as children’s yoga, fitness and nutrition.
Pippa is very keen on craft, gardening, reading and cooking and she brings her love of these activities into her daily education environment.
Pippa has six small dogs at home, Apples 13y, Puffin 21/2, Poppy 21/2, Claude 1, Mini 1 and Quolly 1. The puppies spend day care days in their purpose built run, 15m from the kitchen in view of the children, but out of reach.
On Thursdays one puppy will visit, either Poppy (the mummy puppy), Claudie or Quolly.
Apples is a bit of a grumpy old man now, Puffin can be a bit bouncy and overwhelming and Mini is our special needs puppy, so these guys stay out of reach of the children. The children do love to see the puppies and are learning care and respect when they visit.
Pippa’s house is two stories, so most of the ground floor is available for day care.
The front room is also the sleeping room, and the perfect space for watching the garbage truck, the postie and beautiful lorikeets in the pear tree.
This room is calm and inviting, with our musical instruments, Himalayan singing bowls, chime bells and drums.
There’s a reading nook, two sofas, baby dolls, a dolls house area and other items for imaginative play and role play. There is also a ensuite bathroom and toilet, and a large store cupboard.
This large area is a great space in winter for running, riding bikes and using our wobble board… toys and equipment often moves here from the other rooms for imaginative play, building, role play and dancing.
An interactive program
The kitchen is the heart of our home. With a huge 8 seater table this is where we eat, craft, paint, cook, experiment, and talk, talk, talk… this is our ‘interactive table’ far more interactive than any tablet or device could ever be.
Each child has space to create freely here and often the children decide what they’d like to use here… play dough, kinetic sand, gloop, suds and food colour, puzzles, construction, writing… the play here is limited only by our imagination… and that seems to be unlimited…
Off the kitchen is another bathroom and then the back room.
The back room – another calm space
The back room is another calm space, sometimes used for the baby we have at the moment to sleep in.
It is a place of rainbows from crystals, felt pictures, duplo, a piano, more story telling, drawing on large bits of cardboard, and playing with trucks on the bedhead.
Outside we have a covered area with a table and chairs for outdoor eating and table work.
There is a large, grassed area for driving our cars, tractors, kicking balls, balancing on balance beams, putting up out tents and tunnels, drawing on our huge chalk board, painting on our huge easel, pushing our strollers, cooking in the kitchen and playing in the sand…
The trees have whimsical butterflies, beads, mirrors and set of pots and pans too… Often we just look up at the sky and watch the clouds.
We have raincoats and gumboots for rainy days and bubbles for every day. Oh, we garden here too… tomatoes and peas have been favourites so far.
Daily and weekly rhythms
When all the children have arrived, we share story time and seasonal songs each day.
In winter we stay inside for play or planned activities until 10 or 11am to protect vulnerable chests from the cold – then, after morning tea, we let rip outside!!!
We have lunch around 12, then rest time around 12.30 – 2pm.
These are approximate times and often depend on the children’s needs on the day.
Afternoon tea is around 3.30 and home time is between 4 and 4.30. We pack away just before afternoon tea and the rest of the afternoon is spent playing in the garden or sharing stories.
Excursions and outings
We plan to do one or two excursions a week.
Story telling at the library and music on alternate Tuesdays, to the park for equipment play once a month, and to the local shops and cafe once a month.
These are morning excursions which enrich the experiences of the children by giving them access to larger group activities and the local community.
I try to do a daily photo journal of our planned activities and I communicate with families through Kinderloop – a secure and private early childhood app.
Many of my families have added grandparents to this so that they too get daily updates of their grandchildren. Our curriculum planner is on display at the sign-in desk to give you an idea of what is planned for the day.
Our documentation helps to inform our planning for the best experiences for the children. It helps us to keep track of their achievements, interests and abilities so that we can encourage their development in all areas such as physical, emotional, intellectual and social skills.
Critical reflection and analysis of our days and documentation is essential for providing the best, professionally informed care for your child and their development.
Details for Pippa’s Family Day Care
- Opening hours and days: 6.30am – 4.30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Enrolling children from 6m to school age
- Fees per hour – please ask the Educator for their Statement of Fees
- Minimum hours: 9hrs a day
Please note: it is a condition of enrolment with Pippa that all children attend for the full three days to provide stability, a full educational experience and emotional security. Pippa dosn’t have children for single days due to the difficulty of their settling in, and the distress this causes to all of the children in care.
- The service is CCS child care subsidy approved
- A maximum of 4 children under school age each day.
- Please call Rainbow Bridge Family Day Care for more information on 0488369139.