To belong – often an underestimated foundation in any education setting.

The many facets of Educational Experience are what make this organisation stand out from other mere educational resource companies.

Georgina Picton, the National Sales Strategy Manager at Educational Experience recently hosted a highly successful workshop at the NSW Family Day Care Annual Professional Development and Networking Forum. The Annual Forum is targeted at all early childhood education and care stakeholders and is mostly visited by family day care services (local coordination and support offices for family day care educators).

“Our 2013 Annual Forum wouldn’t have been of such a high professional level without our platinum sponsor Educational Experience.” Anita Jovanovski, CEO of NSW Family Day Care.

The aptly titled session House of Fun offered practical and inventive ways to create a sense of place in the unique family day care educational setting. Georgina’s advice to the participants centred on this idea of creating a sense of place and to reinforce the sense of ownership over the educational setting. This allows for a level of mutual respect between the educator and the young learners – the children become a part of the learning environment, often adapting it to suit their routine and rituals.

EdEx workshop FDC

Photograph: Rosie Pupo.

Really, does anyone like constant change? This sense of place can be created by enhancing the environment so there is a constant consistent physical structure. To have a consistent physical environment allows the children to establish patterns, routines and rituals. These seemingly little rituals are vital to growing minds.

The feedback from the Annual Forum has been valuable in developing high quality work shops for 2014. As highlighted by CEO of NSW Family Day Care, Anita Jovanovski, “It’ll be a great challenge to top this year’s annual forum. I’m sure we’ll be back with other great professional development and networking opportunities in 2014, including regional Educator Forums.” Also, the embrace of social media by participants has been highly supportive of the Annual Forum, including its organisation and professional focus.

NSW FAMILY DAY CARE....I Just want to say thank you for a wonderful day full of amazing Presenters. The day started out with Keynote Speaker Michelle Bowden. I haven't laughed so much in my life yet at the same time felt so moved with your presentation...... Big thank you Harmony Software for their Presentation .. looking forward to the new Online Data Base. My second session was Clarity, Direction and Goal Setting with Peter Bliss who is such an empowering speaker.. thank you, we had a fun time understanding how to problem solve by sitting and thinking...I Learnt a great deal about myself ...... Last session for me was Social Media in FDC. Learnt a lot about this and hoping to implement this in our workplace.. Thanks again for a lovely day and thanks for the lovely goodies we received... Kindest Regards Effie Heldzingen

"I would just like to take 5 minutes to thank Anita & her amazing team & all the sponsors & speakers & especially my scheme Moree family day care for the amazing experience & privilege I got to be able to attend the wonderful annual meeting & work shop that you all worked so hard to put together for everyone. Speaking as an educator ( and only a new one) (6 months In this amazing industry) I can not express how thankful & honored I am to have had the opportunity to attend. I learn so much & was so inspired I'm just bursting with ideas & can't wait to put them all into my program. You guys sure know how to inspire people & my children will also thank you for making their educator the best I can be & we are going to have so much fun. Thank you so much & I've made some new wonderful life long friends & keep doing what you do because you are all amazing at it. Thanks again. From a very grateful learning educator from rural NSW. Thanks for your time."

Jodie Cadman posted on NSW Family Day Care's timeline

 ‘To be inclusive is to enhance learning’…this advice from Georgina is timely, perceptive and compelling when assessing how your education setting can be an inclusive learning environment. To have quality resources, rather than a high quantity, matters. Imagine the change when children have quality paper to use, they will use it wisely, respecting the quality of the resources.

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About NSW Family Day Care Association: The NSW Family Day Care Association Inc. was established in 1976 with this aim: To promote and support all aspects of Family Day Care in the Community. As outlined by CEO Antia Jovanovski in the 2011 Annual Report, ‘Our vision at the NSW Family Day Care Association is to be a preferred leader in the provision of innovative professional services to the childcare industry. We endeavour to meet our vision on a daily basis to continue to be a preferred leader in the early childhood sector.’