BUNDABERG Baptist Family Day Care will host an astronomical week of celebrations during National Family Day Care Week in May.
The local family day care service is one of thousands of providers in Family Day Care Australia's national network to be taking part in this annual week-long event.
With the theme "Every Child is a Star" National Family Day Care Week is being held from May 4 through to May 10 to celebrate the star qualities of each and every one of the 142,400 children attending family day care in Australia.
To recognise this important event, Family Day Care Australia has adopted a star through one of Australia's leading observatories. During National Family Day Care Week, Sirius the brightest star in the night sky will be recognised as the 'Family Day Care Star'.
During National Family Day Care Week thousands of family day care services will host their own 'Wish Upon a Star' events.
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care has planned multiple events including an art show at Sugarland Shoppingtown; 'Evening Under the Stars' nights at individual educators' homes and a community open day at their office on Saturday, May 10 with lots of star themed activities.
Family Day Care Australia Chief Executive Officer Carla Northam said National Family Day Care Week was about recognising and celebrating the many unique benefits of family day care that help children to shine.
"Every child is a star and this special nationwide-event will recognise family day care's nurturing early childhood setting and how it encourages, develops and celebrates a child's own individual star qualities," Ms Northam said.
"The many different events will provide opportunities for children to share their wishes upon the 'Family Day Care Star'.
"It will also provide an opportunity for services, educators and families to come together and celebrate the important role family day care plays not only in their community, but in shaping and supporting the lives, hopes and dreams of hundreds of thousands of children around the country."
As well as being a fun activity that will unite the family day care sector, the theme and activities of National Family Day Care Week have strong links with the Early Years Learning Framework.
Family day care is a quality home based early childhood education and care service for children aged from six weeks through to school age. With small group settings, operating under National Quality Standards by an early childhood education and care professional, family day care is fast becoming the preferred child care of choice for Australian families.
Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care can be contacted by phoning 4152 9233, in person at 14 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg or going online www.familydaycarebundaberg.com.au.
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