Our Village Family Childcare children and educators in Sunbury celebrated National Family Day Care Week with a picnic.

Childcare co-ordinator Sue Damiano said seven educators and more than 20 children gathered at Galaxy Land Jackson Park to enjoy the picnic and live music.

“It was a great day, a little freezing though,” she said. “The children had a great time with the music … and playing on the equipment.”

Ms Damiano said that while the event was a chance for the children and their day carers to have some fun, it also acknowledged day care’s contributions.

“It’s really important to recognise the service in the community,” she said.

The Sunbury family day care service was one of many childcare centres that celebrated National Family Day Care Week.

Family Day Care Australia chief executive Andrew Paterson said the work day care services provided for children were important to their development.

“Celebrating the uniqueness and diversity of family day care is at the heart of National Family Day Care Week and at the heart of family day care itself,” he said.

“The ability for family day care educators to provide one-on-one attention in a natural home environment is something that cannot be replicated in other early childhood education care settings.”