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Our values and philosophy

Embraced Family Daycare is is founded on the idea of mothering the mother. I know first hand how hard it can be to create a village to support you once you become a parent. Whether it be returning to work, or just needing a couple of days to yourself (which everyone needs!) I am here for you. I am passionate about providing a nurturing environment for your children and mine, and giving you the support that you need.

Have you ever heard the saying “you can’t pour from and empty cup”?

I am here to give you the space to refill your cup, so that you can be the best parent to your children. I am also here to give unconditional love to the children, so that they are safe, secure and connected and forming those beautiful, positive neural pathways which will serve them for the rest of their lives.

The way we do this is learning through play, it’s the key way that children learn and helps form brain synapses that retain that information. Play based learning uses intentional teaching and storytelling through play which means being deliberate, thoughtful and purposeful in the learning environment. Having a responsiveness to the children and building on their strengths is part of the ongoing learning cycle and helps with their sense of being, belonging and becoming.

Rudolf Steiner views “play as the serious work of childhood”. Through play, children experience the possibilities and boundaries of life. For a young child the imaged world can have more reality than the actual world which is why stories are so important in the Steiner approach. We order the world by telling stories to ourselves and others. Our consciousness is a stream of narrative with which we identify ourselves. We learn so many skills through story telling and play which is why open-ended materials are available to stimulate the imagination and open up a world of possibilities.

We use rhythms in the day to ensure the children foster a sense of stability and ensure we have a combination of breathing in and breathing out activities (rest and restoration + more active structured activities). It is my belief that children are easily over stimulated and over structured in our modern society, so it is my goal, with Embraced Family Daycare that we take it slow with our rhythms and give children the time and space they need.

Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are. ~ Jim Henson

Every day, in a 100 small ways, our children ask, ‘Do you hear me? Do you see me? Do I matter?’ Their behavior often reflects our response.”~ L.R. Knost

Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves. ~ Jean Piaget

One of the ways we do this is through our connection with nature. Being immersed in nature allows children to build on their innate curiosity and to understand their place in the world as a whole. This can enable children to regulate their own energy levels, as they engage all their senses while exploring the natural environment. Our regular outings down to the Long Jetty foreshore enable the children an unhurried experience to explore our very own natural surroundings.

One of the most important parts of our philosophy is that we see children as children, and not tiny adults. Having realistic expectations of the children helps to guide them in their learning as well as in their emotional needs – which go hand in hand.

My role as the educator, first and foremost, is to form a strong connection with the children. I will sensitively guide the children in their learning, creating rich environments for learning and expressing. Mindfully observing the children allows the educator to be sensitive and respectful, knowing when to step in and when to allow the children to direct their own learning, creating the perfect balance.

I view myself as a co-learner, coming from a place of curiosity and wonder. It’s not about having all the answers but asking all the questions. Provoking deeper thought, curiosity and wonder is what childhood is all about.

The environment has a huge part to play too. It is wholly integrated rather than compartmentalised, this helps to keep the homely atmosphere and not turn our beautiful FDC space into a traditional “classroom” . We know the learning environment is the third teacher, which is why it is important that it reflects our individual values. Learning does not happen in isolation but as a part of the bigger picture: The community, the rhythms of the day and the environment.

You will often notice the children doing activities that focus more on their physical abilities rather than seemingly “intellectual” activities. This is based on the Steiner philosophy of “nimble fingers, nimble minds”

“The brain discovers what the fingers explore… If we don’t use our fingers, if in childhood we become ‘finger-blind’, the rich network of nerves is impoverished – which represents a huge loss to the brain and thwarts the individuals all-round development…

But today Western civilisation, an information obsessed society that overvalues science and undervalues true worth, has forgotten it all.”

– Professor Matti Bergstrom

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On inclusions, fees, or have any questions as all please email christie at

I would be more than happy to discuss your family’s individual needs.