Look who's talking: Jacinda Wraight from Education Angels
Jacinda Wraight believes home-based care is becoming more popular as parents move to more one-on-one care. She talks to reporter Paula Hulburt.
In the last few years, the need to provide in-home child care and nannies seems to be more in demand? Is that the case and why do you think that is?
Yes, I do think this is the case. The more knowledge we have learned about brain development, and the importance of being with a primary caregiver in small group settings, is bringing home-based care into a different light.
Home-based care offers small group numbers, with a maximum of four children, it allows time for educators to follow a child's home routine, strong relationships to develop and is the perfect environment for children to thrive.
Are there any advantages over private preschools?
Yes, small group numbers, more one on one, more opportunities to get out and about within the local community, time for educators to follow a child's home routine,and generous subsidies are available to all families.
Do you have to try and "match" your carers and nannies to particular children or does one size fit all?
We do our best to match children with educators, mostly we find our parents will choose the educator who best suits their child's needs.
When you were 10 years old, what did you want to do as a job when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a nurse
As a mum, is it easier to deal with someone else's child when they are misbehaving or your own and why?
To be honest Alfie is too little to get up to too much mischief, but I would imagine totally someone else's children, because most of the time other children who are not your own tend to usually listen to you, and are generally well behaved for other people.
Do children growing up today face different pressures from children a decade ago?
Yes absolutely, the pressure from society, technology, peers, parents and school.
In your opinion, what makes someone a good home carer?
Kind, caring, compassionate, fun, bubbly, and most of all enjoy being with children. Enjoy watching children grow, providing a rich learning environment through play and celebrating their successes.
What advice would you give your younger self if you could?
Live life to the fullest and take every opportunity that comes your way as you never quite know what's around the corner. Go out into the world with an open mind, travel, experience and live life, walk in someone else shoes for a day. Most of all be grateful for what you already have!
Small children can do and say the funniest things. What is the funniest work story you have?
Children can say the funniest things, and I have had so many laughs over the years working with children, they have a way of brightening up your day in the loveliest way without even knowing they are doing it, they can always put a smile on your face. So many I can't even think of one that stands out.
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