Friendship Tree Day Care

nurturing care and education for your little one

Thank you and farewell

A fond farewell as we thank all who supported Friendship Tree Day Care.  We are now closed for business.

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What customers are saying…

“Many thanks to Rachel for creating Friendship Tree Daycare and providing such conscientious care to my four-year old son. Rachel is genuine in her efforts to find out what it is that a child needs and to support them in their own trajectory of development. I am very happy to recommend Rachel’s services to any parent or carer. The space, the relationships, the play and the extra efforts have made Friendship Tree a very positive experience for our family.” – Haidee Browning




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At Friendship Tree Day Care you can expect a safe, comfortable and fun home environment.  Your child will be supported as they explore and learn.


My style is influenced by Reggio Emilia style education.  I am also passionate about the importance of empathy in care and education, and you will notice a Waldorf Steiner influence in the resources and environment offered.

What this means for you and your children is:

  • children lead their learning
  • I support play based learning throughout your child’s day because children have the greatest sense of wellbeing and are most motivated while playing.
  • children are supported in their chosen path of discovery
  • children learn from nature
  • the care environment is uncluttered, looks appealing, and features natural materials
  • I provide a loving, nurturing environment that is inclusive and respectful
  • my focus is on meeting needs (yours, mine, and your child’s), be that for fun, food, rest, self expression etc.
  • I am not judgmental.  I strive to honor our unique strengths and experiences, and I am motivated to collaborate with you for the best outcomes for your child.
  • I provide ‘passive’ toys that support brain development toward creativity, resourcefulness, independence, and sticking power

I have Cert III in Early Childhood Care and Education.  I have previously established and run a weekly playgroup and family day.  I have current First Aid with anaphylaxis and asthma training.  I have studied NVC (‘the language of connection’). I have my Working With Children clearance.  I attend additional training throughout the year.  Plus, my own four children trained me VERY well!

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Commonly asked questions:

What is the hourly rate?  $10 per hour.  Depending on circumstances you can likely expect a rebate payable by Centrelink before you see your bill.  I can give you an estimate of out of pocket fees if you provide me with your Centrelink %’s.  Casual bookings are billed at $12 per hour.  Most families are eligible for Government rebates.

What does this cover?  Most excursions, wipes, meals and snacks.  I may invite families to approve special excursions that may attract an additional fee.

Are there other costs?  You pay Lady Gowrie Family Day Care a one off set up fee of $30 per family.  This is transferrable between Lady Gowrie Tasmania day carers and care centers.  Families pay $8 to LG FDC each week of care used for administrative costs.


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What if my child is not immunised?  If your child is not immunised you will not be eligible for rebates via Centrelink.

How many children are in your care?  In Australia registered carers may book up to 4 children who are not yet attending school.  A total of 7 children up to and including age 12 may be in care at one time.  While I rarely have ‘full quota’ in my care I find that magic happens when we have older children mixing with younger children in this compassionate environment.

What hours can be booked?  A block of ten hrs is available, with after school being available as a 4 hour block.  Start and finish times can be negotiated.  Currently I have 8:15am and 7:15am starts and 6:30pm finishes.  eg. book 7:15am to 5:15pm, 8:30am to 6:30pm.

Which schools do you pick up from? I currently collect from Tarremah and Campbell Street Schools.  Ask me about pick ups from your child’s school.

Do you do before school drop offs?  Before school care can be negotiated depending on the needs of families.

All above information is correct as of July 2017.

0458 991 466  .

Before and After school care

I collect from Bruny Island Primary depending on the needs of families, and feed children as well as providing for their after school needs, whether that be active play, a quiet space, or some priceless time spent with our “littlies”.

Before school care also available by negotiation.

Phone 0458 991 466 to enquire.


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