Whyalla celebrates National Family Day Care Week

The children of Tara Utting's Family Day Care at Whyalla were this week involved in a picnic to mark 2021 National Family Day Care Week.

Ms Utting is one of thousands of early childhood professionals to have joined in on the annual celebration.

The week recognises and promotes the unique benefits of nurturing home environments, small group settings and flexible hours of care that family day care provides.

As a family day care educator Ms Utting operates her own business, educating and caring for children within her home, giving her the freedom and flexibility to base her programming on the children's needs and interests, and develop close relationships with the children and families.

Ms Utting celebrated the day with the children at Ada Ryan Gardens on Wednesday, with the theme of 'every child is a star', and said the day went well.

"Our planned event gave the children to get back to nature with a 'star' hunt throughout the Ada Ryan Gardens," she said.

"We had an obstacle course set up where children used their balancing skills, bubbles to chase and an egg and spoon race.

"We got crafty and decorated stars to go with our theme of 'every child is a star' - symbolising everyone matters - and we played games with a large parachute, then all sat to enjoy our morning tea."

She said the Family Day Care Week helped to raise awareness of their services in the community.

"Family Day Care plays a small, but important part in our local community," Ms Utting said.

"Family Day Care Week is to bring awareness to our local community about the services we provide, raising the image of Family Day Care and how important we are in the children's development and how unique the service is."

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) chief executive officer Andrew Paterson said the week was a chance for the sector to celebrate.

"National Family Day Care Week is a chance for the sector to come together and engage with the community on the importance of the sector, and education and care in the early years more broadly, to support strong learning and developmental outcomes for children," he said.