FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is Happy Kids Family Day Care ?
Happy Kids Family Day Care has been in the childcare industry in Cammeray since 2004. It provides early education and care in a nurturing, natural and flexible home learning environment. A classroom and a playground is set-up with access only to the children ,educator and staff. Well studied requirements are created to comply with the National Regulation.
Happy Kids FDC offers the opportunity for children to form genuine long lasting bonds with their qualified and passionate early childhood educator.
HKFDC's educator offer individualised learning programs for the children.
HKFDC provide education and care for children 12 months up to 5 years of age, offering the siblings to be cared for together, all in one location or classroom. Offered scheduled days and hours depends on the Educator/Manager's preference and availability.
HKFDC is regulated to have 4-children in a day under 5 years .
Majority of GPs have stated that If your child is attending a FDC service, there is less possibility of your child getting ill frequently due to less exposure to a number of children with viruses and bacteria. More number of children in a Childcare centre can result to higher feasibility of your child being exposed to more illnesses. Which makes Happy Kids FDC an ideal childcare setting particularly now with the worsening Covid-19 pandemic .
HKFDC's children and educator ratio of 1:4 offers a more effective monitoring of all the children compared to a huge centre with a ratio of 1:10 to 1:20 of educator and children.
2. Who is the Main Educator?
The main educator is Maria Aggabao. She is married and has 2 wonderful teenager boys. She is the educator and the play leader of HKFDC. An enthusiast to early childhood education.She has been working as a dedicated and passionate FDC educator in Cammeray for 19 years.
Maria plays the piano, guitar and ukelele .She likes singing, photography, sketching/drawing and baking. She plays chess, volleyball, basketball, soft ball, pingpong, badminton and bowling. She is interested about gardening and cooking too.
She use to work as a Dental /Medical Nurse both in abroad and here in Australia . She was able to work in a Hospital and in a Medical Centre in its various departments such as the Pediatrics ,Dental, Obstetrics , Ophthalmology and the General Medical Department while working abroad . She was able to meet a diverse number of families ,children and colleagues from different cultural backgrounds .
She started working as a Family Day Care Educator in Cammeray since 2004 by managing and being the main educator of Happy Kids FDC. It is her love and dedication for her own children that motivated her to eagerly learn the ability to teach and understand how children behave and learn. With years of experience and excellent feedbacks from families, her work performance and ethics have been praised and appreciated by families whose children she has worked with and is still working with until now for whom she responds with utmost gratitude and pride.
3. How does Maria work with children?
Maria works with children with dedication and care.Where the children's safety and happiness are most important to her . She believes that if a child is happy and comfortable in his new environment, the "classroom"(playground and playroom) , learning becomes fun and exciting for each child regardless of their age and development. The child will develop naturally as he /she learns new basic skills such as , holding his own milk bottle or using his spoon or fork or a cup during meal time or wearing his shoes or applying sunscreen lotion. A child who learns the joy of being independent , will keep thriving to learn more as he/she grows ,develops and discovers new skills in a stable less over whelming natural environment such as a small group setting at Happy Kids FDC.
4.Where do children sleep?
Children 2 years and up sleep in a kindy bed . Children 1 year and younger sleep in a cot . Bed sheets and blankets are provided. Parents are advised to bring their child's sleeping bag if needed. The children sleeps in 1 room together which often causes a positive effect to children such as feeling more calm and assured that they are not alone. The educator monitors all the children during rest & sleep time regularly.
5. When do families drop off and pick up their children?
Parents or guardians can drop off /pick-up their children anytime during the day as long as it is with in the operating hours from 8:00am to 5:00pm. If parents drop-off or pick-up their children during outside operating hours, there will be incurring charges.
6. What food should you prepare for your child to bring for lunch and snack time?
Your child can bring any prepared food like sliced vegetables & fruits , sandwiches , pasta, sushi , etc. and fruits except food with nuts or junk food like lollies. We have a nut free classroom.
7. What are the age of kids attending currently?
We have children from 1 year to 4 years all in one group together who are currently attending Happy Kids FDC in Cammeray.
8. Are nappies and wipes provided?
Yes , we provide nappies and wipes. If your child has sensitive skin, it is best to bring your own nappies.
9. What is the daily routine?
Please check our Daily Routine page for more information. Daily Routine and Weekly Program is posted in our Notice Board in the premises at Happy Kids FDC.
10. How does the educator help settle the children to sleep?
The educator stays with the children in the room until all the children are sound asleep. At times, when necessary the educator gently pats the younger children to sleep calmly. The educator monitors the children every 10 minutes after.
11. Can families leave their pram or stroller in the FDC service?
Yes . There is an area in the frontyard or by the side of the shaded entryway where you can leave your pram within the premises.
12.Can families park their car for a longer period of time?
Yes, there is a free-off street parking available at one side of Massey street . That means you can actually leave your car during the day to take a bus along Miller street or at Willoughby road or at West street which are just a few blocks away.
13. Why is Happy Kids FDC better than any FDC services in the area?
The Main Educator has been in the childcare industry for 19 years .She has a vast experience and knowledge about teaching and caring for young children . She also has excellent feedbacks from families(Please read the "Review" page of this site). Happy Kids FDC has been using an apps in order to welcome and support families by giving them daily updates about their children for easy monitoring and excellent communication between families and educator. We have efficiently been using Electronic Sign In digitally making sure attendances of all the children are accurate. HKFDC is registered approved for ChildCare Subsidy.These and other important information will all be presented during Parent/Educator Orientation Day.
14. Which Family Day Care Scheme is Happy kids FDC registered with?
Happy Kids FDC is registered with Sydney Family Day Care Scheme. This FDC Scheme has the friendliest , most supportive and kind Team of officers and staff. Happy Kids FDC is proud to be a part of this team.
Sydney FDC Scheme's Contact details:
Phone- 94362277/Address: G 83-85 Chandos st., St. Leonards NSW
15. Any other fees? Daily Fee is $135.00 which includes Admin or Parent Levy.Please contact Maria by email regarding the detailed Scheduled Fees of Happy Kids FDC.
16. What are the available days that is currently being offered to families?
Places available will be posted in our home page's "Vacancy Update" . Contact us immediately to reserve the available spots for your child .An update will be posted for any days that will soon become available in our home page.
17. What are the effectiveness of having a small group setting of children 1 year to 5 years in one classroom at Happy Kids FDC?
The older children learn to become more caring and emphatic. The older children learn good social skills as they learn to play with children of different age group, be with babies or with their peer group. There is less agressive behaviour when younger children play with the older children as they are monitored closely by the same main educator all through out the year. The younger children learn by observing how the older children play, behave and communicate making the presence of older children an important part of our small group-setting in Happy Kids FDC.
Families who have any other enquiries , please don't hesitate to get in touch with us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by messaging us at 0406108452.