FDC Educator Kylie looks back on 13 years in the industry
Family Child Care Educator (FDC) Kylie has worked in the early childhood education and care sector in Hobart for 13 years and recently shared some thoughts on her experience with Unite Vic/Tas. An excerpt from his experiences appears below.
Having started her professional life in retail, Kylie soon realized that was not her true calling and decided to investigate working with children, something she had always wanted to do.
The flexibility of working in an FDC environment also appealed to Kylie, whoo is a mother of two children, with one child who has additional needs.
Being an FDC educator, she said, allows her the flexibility to raise her children while working and to be accessible to her daughter when needed.
For her daughter, growing up in an environment surrounded by other children has helped her become more social, and caring for up to seven children at a time has allowed Kylie to bond closely with those she cares about. ‘to keep busy.
“It’s actually like a family,” she said. “We drive down the driveway and they call it home.”
Reflecting on Uniting’s role as coordinator of her FDC program, Kylie said her experience was different from those she had previously with other providers.
“The union in general is more for families,” she said, “not just in terms of family child care, but it will help families who need help in more ways than one. “
For those considering a role in the FDC sector, Kylie has the following advice.
“Becoming an educator is not as difficult as one might think. A phone call was enough to start the process.
“You think you are alone because you are an educator at home, but you are not. You actually have a lot of support around you, I love that. I can’t see myself doing anything else now.
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