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By Effie Caloutas

Chum Creek Child Care educator Lorraine ‘Jane’ Thomas was announced as the regional winner in the 2017 Excellence in Family Day Care on 29 August.
Registered with Murrindindi FDC, Jane is one of over 21,000 family day care educators playing a vital role in the lives of 120,680 families around the country.
Ms Thomas says that there are huge benefits to Family Day Care.
“Family Day Care allows for lots of one-on-one time with children and provides a more family orientated atmosphere,” she said.
“Family care provides a more peaceful surrounding and the ability to be able to adjust the program to the needs of the children.”
Ms Thomas says that winning the award hopefully shows the local community how Family Day care can be a great benefit to families across the country.
“Winning the award hopefully shows the local community how Family Day Care can be such a benefit,” she said.
“How the providers have a very high standard and on a more personal note, it is so good to have the families of the children I care for, happy with the service I provide.”
Family Day Care Australia’s Excellence in Family Day Care Awards acknowledges incredible work done by family day care educators since 2011.
Family Day Care Australia Chief Executive Officer Andrew Peterson says the award shows the important role family care providers play for families across the country.
“This is an opportunity to highlight the special contribution that educators like Jane make to the lives of the children in their care,” Mr Paterson says.
“To be named regional winner is a testament to not only Jane’s dedication to providing quality early childhood education and care, but also to the relationship that Lorraine has with the children in her care.”

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