Say Hi to Tania
I came to Early Childhood Education after having my own children. My previous career was is in marketing, but while I was a university student, I baby sat and nannied throughout my studies and I loved it! After graduating, I spent several years working in the pharmaceutical industry.
Upon going on maternity leave, I rediscovered my love for early childhood and enrolled into a Certificate 111 in Early Childhood Studies, I am so lucky that I can align my career with my true passion. My work is meaningful and I find such joy in the amazing relationships that I have cultivated with the children and their families.
When you join In Bloom Family Day Care, I am opening my home and my heart to you and your child.
Children’s Play Room
I have an oversized rumpus room which we use as our play room in the downstairs of my Queenslander, the room connects purposefully with the outdoor environment and the children are free to move within the indoor and outdoor environments.
Indoor Play Opportunities
When indoors, the children use our open ended toys to play in a thousand different ways. They build, create and pretend with blocks, musical instruments, train tracks, fabrics, dolls and home corner.
We also have a cozy reading nook and a large tent that children may use to find moments of peace and quiet.
The lily pily, frangipani and poinciana have blessed us with a bounty of shade which means that we can comfortably use out outdoor space all day long. In the patches of sunlight, we lovingly nurture our vegetable garden.
We change what we grow each season, right now we are enjoying beetroot, spinach, silverbeet with plenty of basil. The lime tree provides limes and we are eagerly watching the passionfruit ripen.
I am extremely passionate about nature play and I embrace the joy and the mess that being outdoor provides.
The children ride their cars and bikes, they dig in the sandpit, they create imaginary small worlds by the fallen logs, they climb and search and marvel at everything we find.
Daily and Weekly Rhythms
I follow a weekly rhythm which I change from season to season. This Autumn, we enjoyed a cooking experience on Mondays, followed by a Nature experience on our excursions to Northey St Farm on Tuesdays. Wednesday we craft or make art with natural elements.
Our daily rhythms include circle time where we share meaningful stories and songs, we have our planned activity for the day, followed by free play outside and we sit together to join in for meal times.
Our rest times at midday is followed by child led activity, usually outdoor free play with plenty of books and singing before our day comes to an end.
As an avid reader myself, I still find so much joy in story telling and being captured by words and taken to another world.
I want to take the children on a journey through the gift of words, both through story telling and reading books to the children.
On beautiful days, we enjoy eating at out outdoor setting. The children help to set the table and clear away after our meal is done.
I model healthy eating behaviours and manners by sitting with the children at meal times.
Whole Food and Nutrition/ Cooking Program
I create a menu for the children that focuses on making and serving wholefoods. My menu is largely wheat and sugar free.
Each Monday, we cook together and in the past, some recent examples of what the children have helped to make are; homemade ricotta which we use in pikelets, bolognaise using herbs and tomatoes from our garden, fruit smoothies, homemade yoghurt with local honey, veggie muffins, nutty slices and sushi.
I aim to use only materials which can be eventually be composted or recycled.
We use recycled paper with our watercolour paints, crayons and pencils. We use wool, playdough, clay and beeswax and I am currently learning to needle felt with fleece, I look forward to sharing this skill with the children.
We frequently include loose parts from nature in our crafting, too.
This past season, we have crafted bookmarks for our mothers, made a woolly cat toy, magic wands from sticks and bits and pieces from nature, a collage honouring Autumn and a leaf garland for our room.
I aim to inspire small children’s imaginations and I love to see how they interpret an idea and execute it in a thousand different and marvellous ways.
Exploring our Community
We visit Northey Street City Farm each Tuesday and join in the playgroup. Northey Street aims to support children to become ‘nature smart’, we learn about the animals and plants at the Farm through observation and supported questioning; explore Indigenous knowledge; experiment with Earth Arts and bushcraft skills; and put permaculture into practice.
Each week is a joy and the children absolutely love and thrive at our visits to this very special place.
Festivals are important for my little community that I have created within my family day care. I aim to build and nurture connections between the families and myself and create a very strong village of interconnected groups that actively care and support one another.
At our most recent festival, we created kites with our children to fly at the park. The parents had the opportunity to enjoy some craft and one on one time with the children, while they ate delicious and tasty food to nurture the body and soul.
Documentation – Daily Photographic Journals, the Curriculum Planner, and Photo Books
When you join my family day care, I will invite you to a private facebook group where I will document our days. I share children’s voices, photos and videos and I honestly take such joy in sharing our days with the families.
I participate in seasonal sharing days where I can network with other experienced educators and we exchange ideas for our planning. At these days, I can plan for the next three months, I have so many ideas and not enough time!
Details for IN BLOOM Family Day Care in East Brisbane
- Opening hours and days: Monday to Wednesday 8am-4.30pm
- Enrolling children from: 12 months to 4 years
- Fees per child per hour: Please ask Educator for their Statement of Fees
- Minimum hours: 7 hours
- CCS Childcare Subsidy approved
- A maximum of four children under school age each day
- Please call: 0457 356 333
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