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Posted by Family Day Care Australia on Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Daycare centre first in Australia to launch bullying program

Daycare centre first in Australia to launch bullying program

STARTING EARLY: The launch of the Kindness on Purpose program at Clarence Family Day Care.
STARTING EARLY: The launch of the Kindness on Purpose program at Clarence Family Day Care. Adam Hourigan

A CLARENCE Valley day care is the first Family Day Care in Australia to teach children about bullying before they begin school.

Clarence Family Day Care officially launched the Kindness On Purpose program yesterday after recognising one in four students will be bullied at school.

The Kindness on Purpose program is a social learning program that focuses on increasing empathy to reduce bullying, decreasing anxiety and supporting each child’s ability to learn.

Each child participates in early learning activities centredon acts of kindness on purpose and identifying the feelings of others.

They also learn steps they can take to learn how to look after their feelings.

Program CEO and founder Katrina Cavanough said the program was created because the rate of bullying was at epidemic proportions.

“Sixty-four per cent of girls from Year 6 to Year 12 will be cyber bullied,” Ms Cavanough said.

“From the age of three bullying starts. That’s so young.”

Federal MP Kevin Hogan, who attended the event, said the program was powerful.

“The government can only do so much, it’s the people like you doing the ground work…who we need to support,” said Mr Hogan.

Clarence Family Day Care manager Cristie Harris said kindness and empathy were attributes all people could have.

“We are never too young or too old to demonstrate and practise this skill,” Ms Harris.

“Whilst we are running the Kindness on Purpose program for our young children, we are hoping that what they learn is also passed on and practised by the people that they come in contact with.”

“Kindness doesn’t cost money but the long term benefits of being kind is invaluable.”

Clarence Family Day Care hopes the program expands to run from kindergarten to Year 12 in the Valley area.

Daily Examiner – REVEALED: This is the Valley’s favourite childcare centre

REVEALED: This is the Valley’s favourite childcare centre

1. Clarence Family Day Care


162 Turf St, Grafton, phone 6643 1002.



NUMBER ONE: Clarence Family Day Care has been named the Valley's favourite childcare service
NUMBER ONE: Clarence Family Day Care has been named the Valley’s favourite childcare serviceKathryn Lewis


THERE were big smiles and giggles all around for the children of Clarence Family Day Care, with the news of an exciting win for the service.

Clarence Family Day Care, Grafton has been named the Valley’s favourite childcare in a Daily Examiner subscriber-only online poll with 31 per cent of the vote.

Clarence Childcare Services manager Cristie Harris said it was the passionate educators who care for children in the educator’s home who ensured the service was loved by families.

“I love helping educators and staff look at ways we can further engage and the opportunities we can give children in the Valley to play and learn,” she said.

“The major brain development is in that 0-5 years. These early years are critical in child development.”

Ms Harris said the four children to an educator ratio helped the service stand apart.

“You’ve got a consistency of that one educator every time they go to care so they get to form very close bonds. Families are dealing with one educator so they get to form very strong relationships,” she said.

Exciting excursions are all part of a day’s fun at childcare. “We’ve been to the peach farm and the alpaca farm,” Ms Harris said. Children also attend aged care homes where they love to interact with their elderly friends.

Family Day Care’s educational leader Tracey Richardson said the in-home environment worked particularly well for some kids.

“It’s not a big centre, it’s not full of 30 or 40 children. Some children get very overwhelmed by that kind of number.”

“Programming is around every individual child that comes to their (the educator’s) service. What each child is interested in, the educators incorporate that into their day,” she said.

“They get lots of opportunities to get a program that’s tailored for where they are at developmentally.”

2. Cubby House for Kids Preschool and Long Day Care Centre

8 Cypress St, Townsend, 6645 4201

3. Goodstart Early Learning Grafton

58 Duke St, Grafton, 1800 222 543

4. New School of Art Preschool

Corner Skinner and Spring St South Grafton, 6640 3800

5. Jacaranda Preschool

61 Kelly St, South Grafton, 6642 4082

6. Coldstream Community Preschool

Clarence St, Tucabia, 6644 8244

7. Maclean Community Preschool

15 Scullin St, Townsend, 6645 2213

8. Blinky’s Children’s Centre

21 Cranworth St Grafton, 0416262879

9. Ohana Early Learning

15 Heber St, South Grafton, 6656 4664

Daily Examiner Article – ‘What other industry is being forced to take a 50% pay cut?”

The government’s free childcare package might seem like a win for working parents, but it comes at a cost to educators.
The government’s free childcare package might seem like a win for working parents, but it comes at a cost to educators.

Touted as providing ‘hip pocket relief’ to families during the Coronavirus pandemic, Clarence Family Day Care manager Cristie Harris said early childhood educators and operators will be financially crippled under the new scheme.

“The public have been hoodwinked by it because it’s not free at all,” she said.

Starting from today, approximately 50% of child care fees will be paid for by the government based on the attendance figures that each service had in the last two weeks of February. The remaining 50% of fees will be waived for parents. Any child enrolled after the 1 March, the Government will not pay the 50% of fees for. The government have indicated that they will create a process in which services can apply for special consideration, yet this is still be developed.

“In other words, Family Day Care educators are footing the bill for that remaining gap,” Ms Harris said.

“What other industry is being forced to remain open and be told to take a 50% pay cut?”

Ms Harris said the one-size-fits-all scheme failed to realise the complexity of the industry.

“Our educators are sole traders so they’re contracted to us and the impact this will have on them has clearly been overlooked,” she said.

“And as a sole trader, you have your own expenses to pay like tax, superannuation, bills and so forth before you even take the pay packet home, so to have your income cut in half just shows how little they’ve considered those who work in this industry.”

Despite being considered an essential service, Ms Harris said it was disappointing that the early childhood education and care sector had yet to be adequately supported by the government.

“There has been zero consideration for our own health and safety, let alone even providing a bottle of hand sanitiser,” she said.

“Our educators are in a position where they simply cannot self-isolate if they want to because they’re expected to provide this essential service. And now to have a 50% pay cut is just insulting. No other sector has been told that they are essential workers and are to remain working, only to having the Government tell them that their income will be at least cut in half.”

Play Session Dates for 2017

Our playsession dates for 2017 are now available. So come on over for some fun and games!

Every Thursday at the playground 162 Turf St, Grafton
10 AM – 11.30 AM


2 FEB, 9 FEB, 16 FEB, 23 FEB, 2 MAR, 9 MAR, 16 MAR. 23 MAR, 30 MAR, 6 APR


27 APR, 4 MAY, 11 MAY, 18 MAY, 25 MAY, 1 JUN, 8 JUN, 15 JUN, 22 JUN, 29 JUN


20 JUL, 27 JUL, 3 AUG, 10 AUG, 17 AUG, 24 AUG, 31 AUG, 7 SEP, 14 SEP, 21 SEP


12 OCT, 19 OCT, 26 OCT, 2 NOV, 9 NOV, 16 NOV, 23 NOV, 30 NOV, 7 DEC, 14 DEC

If there is a theme for play session, an email will be sent out prior to the day.