Em’s Wiggles and Giggles Family Day Care Caring For Kids During COVID-19

Family Day Care operator of Em’s Wiggles and Giggles, Emily Crew having fun with Kayden.

 

SOME parents may be worried about leaving their child in day care with the health current risks.

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There are options available including Family Day Care.

Family Day Care offers a different setting for care for pre-school children with limited numbers in a family home.

Emily Crew of Em’s Wiggles and Giggles Family Day Care Medowie told News Of The Area, “The best reason for Family Day Care instead of a long day care setting is the closer bond formed between the educator and families as the children get more one on one time with their educator.”

There are a maximum of 4 children under school age cared for a day in this family day care setting each day, therefore less risk of spreading or catching germs than a setting with more families and children in care every day.

Family Day Care offers a home-like-environment so the children tend to feel safer.

Emily believes that Family Day Care offers more flexibility for families with some Family Day Care educators offering early mornings and late afternoon drop offs and pick-ups as well as before and after school care for older siblings, some even offer over-night care and weekend care.

Within Em’s Wiggles and Giggles to address the risk of COVID-19 have been practicing hand washing with children multiple times daily.

Emily has like other family day care service providers been keeping up to date with requirements regarding COVID-19 such as doing online training sessions.

Family Day Care businesses have been educating families with signs and pamphlets available for parents to read regarding the risks and ways to minimise risks.

Of course like all businesses Family Day Care businesses have hand sanitiser available for families to use upon entering and are limiting the amount of people who come into the care setting while making sure the children use separate sensory activities such as using their own play doh (not sharing it).

Family Day Care offers parents a more flexible option, one which provides children with quality care.

Council supports 75 educators in providing professional education and care for children ranging from birth to 13 years in our region.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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