My son Max (two) has been going to his PAUA home based carer Mary-Alice for almost one year. He goes three days per week and absolutely loves it. I was initially nervous about returning to work part-time but once I saw how settled, comfortable and happy Max was, it put my mind at rest.
What I love about home based care is how Max is treated as part of the family; Mary-Alice is always coming up with fun new activities and tailors these around the interests and ages of the kids. Max is especially proud to come home and show us new pictures he has done and always insists it goes on the fridge. Max also really enjoys going to PAUA playgroups because they always have a fun variety of activities for him (and I think he really enjoys the morning teas!).
I think another big advantage of home based care is there are a smaller number of children - I believe this has greatly limited the times Max has been sick this year. Because he was so young when he started I think it’s great Max only has to bond to one carer, and it makes communicating Max’s routines, likes/dislikes, moods and sleeps easier. It’s also very flexible - I can change pick up times and days with Mary-Alice and it’s never any trouble.
PAUA are excellent with their communication and I look forward to getting updates (Educa profiles) of Max from his Visiting Teacher and carer. These are detailed stories and photos about what he has been up to. These are online and also posted out. Mary-Alice sends me photos and writes in a Daily Diary too, which is fantastic as I always know what Max has been doing, especially as I’m not always the one to pick him up.