Coastal caring

May 13th, 2011 No Comments Other

Coastal caring

Caring is woven into Debbie Phelps’ life. Monday to Friday she works for Shellharbour Family Day Care, with up to five under-five-year-olds at her home, but on weekends she patrols for her local surf life saving club.

Debbie and her husband ‘escaped’ from Sydney 15 years ago and settled near the picturesque NSW coastal town of Shellharbour. With two young pre-schoolers of her own, she decided that it made sense to care for a few more children by using her own home as a family day care centre.

“Over the years, I believe I have developed as a professional in this field but I lacked the formal qualifications. The move to mandatory national qualifications in our industry prompted me last year to gain my Certificate III in Children’s Services,” says Debbie Phelps.

Debbie completed her course with us by correspondence in just seven months and she found that support and advice was available on two fronts: “While I had access to an excellent tutor, I could also call upon the advice of my work colleagues, most of whom have gained their qualifications through Cengage Education.”

Debbie Phelps loves the life down the coast and she loves her calling: “It’s always good to see the children happy and I get great satisfaction out of making their day more interesting for them.”


Saga Briggs is an author at InformED. You can follow her on Twitter@sagamilena or read more of her writing here.

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