CLASSICAL music, home-cooked meals and space to roam are the special touches one Border family daycare “mum” provides for her charges.
Hannah Spannari has been running her business out of her Thurgoona home since February and has already been named the region’s best daycare educator.
“It’s pretty amazing and a great achievement in less than 12 months,” the 25-year-old said.
Along with the care she provides, Ms Spannari cooks four meals a day for the babies and toddlers under her care and offers parents a menu of foods to chose from.
A range of classical music plays on a stereo while children are free to roam in any room of the house.
Ms Spannari branched out on her own this year starting out with three families after six years’ experience at a daycare centre.
In just a few months, 17 families were on the books and now she has 40 families on a waiting list.
Caring for a maximum five children at a time, those families might be waiting for some time.
Admitting her fees were “quite high”, with a bachelor of teaching under her belt, Ms Spannari believed the number of families wanting her services proved that parents were willing to pay any price for quality care.
Ms Spannari was nominated for the 2013 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards for the Albury-Wodonga and Murray region by parents of the children she cares for.