Exhibition celebrates 40-years of Clarence Family Day Care

AN exhibition featuring children’s artwork, interactive art displays, photographs and toy memorabilia dating back to the 1970s has marked the 40th anniversary of the Clarence Family Day Care scheme.

Clarence City Council started the Clarence Family Day Care scheme in 1977 and has since cared for thousands of children, currently averaging more than 400 children each week.

The Clarence Family Day Care scheme coordinates care throughout southern Tasmania, providing care for children from birth to 13-years-of-age within private homes of qualified registered educators.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said the longevity of the scheme was due to the quality of service provided by educators and staff.

“Family Day Care has vastly changed during the past 40-years, particularly with the introduction and changes to national and state standards,” he said.

“Council and staff of the Clarence Family Day Care scheme have embraced and adapted to these changes.

“Educators and coordination staff are assessed and rated in accordance with the National Quality Framework and the scheme is rated as ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standard – we are committed to ensuring we deliver a quality service for children and their families.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank past and present educators and coordination staff for their valued contribution during the past 40-years, as well as the families who have supported this scheme.”

Educators and coordination unit staff are qualified and offer a quality environment to nurture and stimulate the development of children cared for.

Educators develop a curriculum based on the Early Years Learning Framework, which is a National Framework for Early Childhood educators.

In 2005, the scheme moved into purpose-built premises at Alma Street in Bellerive, which includes an extensive toy and resource library for educators.

The anniversary exhibition ‘40 years of Family Day Care’ ran from 28 April to 7 May.

For more information on the Clarence Family Day Care scheme, phone 6245 8666 or visit the website at www.ccc-children.com.au.

Caption: Past and current Clarence Family Day Care scheme educators and coordination staff.