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Power Pack |NSW Family Day Care Association CEO Anita Jovanovski

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A Family Day Care service is a network of trained and registered professional educators who provide education and care in their own homes to children aged between 6 weeks and 12 years. Children are nurtured in a small group settings and, through the educators’ individualised programming, are encouraged to further develop their skills and knowledge. Family Day Care services offer very flexible hours, and provide children with the comfort of a nurturing, home environment. Educators are monitored and supported by a service operator which must be licensed. They operate under the Education and Care Services National Regulations and receive regular compliance checks.

Anita JovanovskiNSW Family Day Care Association is the peak body for Family Day Care in NSW. NSW Family Day Care Association was established in 1976 to promote and support all aspects of Family Day Care within the NSW community. This includes research, information dissimilation, advocacy, consultation and education of the sector through their own in-house RTO (Registered Training Organisation) PEAK Training.

NSW Family Day Care Association are providers in home care, with mentoring and coaching available to assist in professional development through the professional services and services for the new Nanny Pilot Program that the Government is trialing.

What prompted you to go into this field?

During High School I did voluntary work in Child Care Centers. I was intrigued on how the children responded, communicated and engaged with each other, this motivated and inspired me to progress a career within the industry that I was passionate about. I was offered a position and started working full time while I continued to study part-time.

I have now been involved and working in the child care industry for 30 years.

What have been the biggest challenges you faced?

The Early Childhood and Education Care Sector is continually evolving with the changes through registration, legislation and quality assurance. These are constant challenges that we face, and are a good opportunity to move forward and assist the sector to advocate benefits for children and their families as well as the services and staff.

The challenge is to work with organisations to work out how to best implement these changes and the impact they will have in the sector.What did you do to overcome those challenges?

The best way to overcome these challenges is to work collaboratively so that the changes made result in the best outcome possible for everyone involved from the children, parents right through to the staff and stakeholders.

I offer support for individuals and families to understand the impacts that it may have on external stakeholders by providing training sessions to full understand the obligations within these changes.

From your experience, what are the 3 key pieces of advice you would give other women?

  1. Always be current, constantly update your skills and know what is happening around you whether it be within your industry or generally. Have your finger on the pulse when it comes to change and keep very aware of the climate you are sitting in.
  2. Be really well prepared for everything especially if you are representing your company or attending a meeting. Do your homework and know answers to potential questions and think of possible strategies for improvement, that might support and assist long term.
  3. Have a good support group with peers and family around you. A mentor is also great as a support base as they can inspire and advise you at time when you need it.

 

 

 

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