One Tree educators shine at Family Day Care Week celebrations

One Tree Family Day Care celebrated National Family Day Care Week on Friday 6 May with a community event at the Andrew McLaughlin Centre in Port Hedland.


Family Day Care Week recognises and promotes the important role that family day care educators and services play in the early education of more than 203,790 children Australia wide. This year’s theme, “Every child is a star,” symbolises the way that family day care’s nurturing environment supports and encourages every child’s individual qualities.

“Being a family day care educator can be challenging, and requires commitment and a passion for early learning and development, as well as a willingness to work long hours,” explains Family Day Care Fieldworker, Leah Mountstephen, who was responsible for organising the event.

“The day was a great opportunity to recognise the amazing achievements of our educators and build relationships with the Hedland community,” she said.

It was a fantastic community event with children, community members, parents and representatives from Len Taplin Children’s Service all joining in the celebration. The children made their own star badges and placemats, and Kim Cappa from Karlarra House helped us to or organise an Indigenous artist to demonstrate her skills and harness the children’s creativity. They created some beautiful pieces of art on canvas, some of which is proudly displayed in One Tree Family Day Care’s office in South Hedland.

Local musician, Eldride Edwards, volunteered his time to play didgeridoo for the children, which was a highlight of the day. The children watched and listened as Eldride demonstrated his technique and showed the children how practice makes perfect. Dancing and musical statues were a huge hit with Eldride playing along!

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and helped us make the day a success,” said Ms Moutstephen. “We can’t wait to make next year’s event even better.”