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Family Day Care –
New mum Heather Delahunty joined the Family Day Care service just a few
months after her first child was born.
“Family Day Care gives me the opportunity to be a stay-at home-mum for
my nine-month-old daughter while still earning an income for my family,”
“My little girl loves the children coming to play, and becomes very excited
as they arrive each morning.”
Heather appreciates the flexibility of choosing the days and hours she will
work, as well as being able to take holidays when needed. The role also
offers her flexibility to incorporate daily activities of her choice, such as
cooking, gardening and getting outside.
After working as a primary school teacher for 10 years, Heather enjoys
working and caring for young children and finds it particularly rewarding to
watch children grow both socially and developmentally.
“Watching the children in my care smile and laugh makes everyday an
enjoyable one,” she said.
“In the future when I decide to go back to work I know my little girl will be
in safe and caring hands with a Family Day Care Educator.”
Meals on Wheels review
The Meals on Wheels (MOW) program plays a vital role in our community,
delivering an average of 3,250 meals each week to local residents who
need support to meet their daily nutritional requirements.
The MOW program currently has 170 volunteers who offer their time on
a regular basis delivering meals to more than 650 residents throughout
In October 2010, the City of Ballarat conducted a review to benchmark the
program against industry standards to enhance meal quality, food handling
practices and safe delivery methods.
In addition, a client and stakeholder advisory committee was established
to assist with the review and implementation of recommendations.
The review recommended a number of changes, such as to cease delivering
meals into eskies at client’s homes to better comply with Food Safety
From April 2011, the local Meals on Wheels ser vice adopted a cook/chill
method of food preparation, which now provides clients with a better quality
meal and the flexibility to consume at their preferred meal time.
A CAll FoR VoluNTEERS
The City of Ballarat urgently needs 25 to 30 volunteers to assist with
its Meals on Wheels service.
More that 600 residents rely on the service. The service urgently needs
additional volunteers to ensure that the regular deliver y of meals is
not interrupted or compromised.
New volunteers are provided with training and ongoing support. Payment
is provided to cover petrol expenses.
To be a part of this important community support program, please
contact Council's Community Care and Access unit on 5320 5629.
Above: Family Day Care Educator Heather Delahunty provides home-based care
for Ballarat families
A CAll FoR FAMIly DAy CARE EDuCAToRS
Family Day Care Educators provide high-quality and flexible home-based
childcare for Ballarat families.
Based in their own home, educators look after no more than four
pre-school aged children and up to seven children under the age of
12, including their own children.
The ser vice requires more educators. For more information contact
5320 5720 or email email@example.com
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