Children build healthy habits early in Family Day Care

SGSC Family Day care provides childcare like no other, eight unique home environments offer lots of benefits in their own ways, and lots revolve around healthy eating and physical activity at Debbie White’s home care!

Debbie has been providing care for several years, and has always had a strong emphasis on ensuring children spend more time outdoors than they do inside, and get plenty exposure to nature. Over the past little while, Debbie has been hard at work implementing more strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of the children in her care, and the list is extensive – well done Debbie!

  • Debbie leads children on a ‘garden walk’ every morning, rain hail or shine – because “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”. Debbie’s care environment has plenty of green and bush space, and the children love going on their morning walk exploring for around an hour to get their day started. They stop off and feed the chooks and collect the eggs, that they sometimes use in the kitchen later in the day
  • Debbie nurtures a vegetable garden with the children, involving them in planting, watering and harvesting produce. At the moment the children are loving watching their beans, silverbeet, carrots and tomatoes flourish!
  • Occasionally, Debbie cooks with the children, often whipping up things like pancakes topped with fruit, using the eggs children collect from the resident chooks each morning
  • Debbie continues to build on her outdoor environment to make it conducive to lots of outdoor active play. Debbie regularly sets up obstacle courses throughout the yard that the kids adore, and has designed a permanent ‘bike track’ underneath her car port, where she has road signs and rules to teach the children road safety.

                  

Debbie says the response from children and parents alike towards her approach has been extremely positive, all her strategies are embedded in daily practice now so it’s ‘just the way we do things’. Debbie is turning to focus more on the nutrition side next, looking to trial a change in the way the children do ‘fruit time’, encouraging shared consumption of cut fruit rather than each child being confined to consuming the one piece of fruit they each bring from home.

Debbie’s enthusiasm is backed by a healthy eating/nutrition policy in place with the SGSC Family Day Care unit that is currently being reviewed and expanded.

Big congratulations to Debbie for all she is doing to make healthy choices easy, and to the SGSC team for supporting her to do so!

To find out more about Family Day Care services offered by Southern Grampians Shire Council, contact Kim Ayling on 55518484, or email kayling@sthgrampians.vic.gov.au