About Deb Bailey

From the moment my children were born and I held them in my arms I knew that each child brings their own unique quality into our lives and we have the responsibility of nurturing, caring and providing learning experiences to help these beautiful little treasures grow. They also give us the opportunity to learn and grow with them, we learn so much about ourselves through children, our strengths, weaknesses, patience, values and how to give unconditional love…

It has been a totally awesome journey for me being a parent of 2 amazing girls who I am very proud of and having the privilege to watch them  learn, grow, achieve, succeed and experience some of the challenges, excitement, fun and magic that life’s playground has to offer.

Once my children were both in school I set about gaining the experience and qualifications I would need to be a child carer and to have the opportunity to spend time with other parent’s children as it is such an honour for me.

Each child is so special and amazing and I love to encourage them to feel that way.

In 2009 I successfully completed my Certificate III in Children’s Services and Certificate II in Business while working as a Kindergarten assistant for the City of Casey, Victoria.

After relocating to the Sunshine Coast almost 7 years ago I have been employed by the Dept of Education, Pelicans Nest Early Child Learning Centre, completed my Certificate IV in Business Management and I started my own business ‘Smile & Shine Child Minding’ in 2011. I offer this service in resorts and holiday apartments/houses. This experience has enabled me to gain skills and knowledge that I love to share with all the amazing families I work with.

In 2020 I began to expand my experience and qualifications into support care services for school aged children and adults providing the support they need to live their best life. 

Deb's Qualifications

  • Certificate III Children’s Services
  • Blue Card & First Aid Certificate & Yellow Card
  • 4yrs Kindergarten Teacher’s assistant
  • CPI Training + Epilepsy Support + Induct Diabetes
  • Induct Mental Health + Hygiene Support
  • 4yrs Primary School Learning Support/Child Care Centre
  • 22 Years experience in child care
  • Mother of two amazing adult girls

Why Choose Deb

To me it is important to allow people, whilst in my care, to Smile and Shine.

All people deserve to feel safe, happy and special. If I can give that to an adult or a child then I have achieved my goal.

I consider it to be an honor to look after any human being, especially children. I believe, children are our teachers and I like to give them the opportunity to have fun, be creative, and provide them with a safe environment to inspire their imagination.

Rather than just watch over you or your children, I endeavour to provide an environment where people young or old can build life skills, self-confidence, have memorable experiences, and make the most of every day of their life.

Consequently I come prepared with a range of age appropriate books, puzzles, and interactive games and craft activities designed to ignite their creativity and imagination. Children inspire me daily to see things differently and I love sharing this with other children and adults in my care.

Happy Clients

Natasha Zuvela – Author of The Crocodile Effect

Linda Ireland

Director at Mortgage Choice Buderim

I cannot recommend Deb highly enough. Not only has she taught Grace some amazing skills, shown her so much love and guidance, she has become such an important part of our family. Literally, our whole extended family is so sad she won't be around as much, (now Grace is off to school) so will the plants and our little fur baby Libby. Every day for 4 years Deb has arrived at our home with different activities. She has built an incredible relationship, Grace has learnt so much, and so have we. If you're looking for someone really special, and I mean amazingly special, she's the one. 

Natasha Zuvela

Author of The Crocodile Effect

I just wanted to say a big thank you for looking after my daughter Jasmine while we were on holidays on the Sunshine Coast. Jasmine was so so happy and contented with you which made our holidays so much more enjoyable because I knew Jasmine was having heaps of fun with you.

Rachael Bermingham

Author & Proud Mum www.RachaelBermingham.com

I want to introduce you to someone… Deb Bailey from Smile & Shine Child Minding – she’s not only been the most amazing nanny for the twinnies but she has an absolute heart of gold & is considered a treasured part of our family. If you’re on the Sunny Coast & need to go to a wedding, have a date night or you just need a rest Deb arrives with age related activities & leaves with your house in better shape than it was when she came! So love that! Just had to give a shout out about her because we are so grateful we’ve been blessed to have her in our lives – love ya Deb! Look her up on the link folks – she’s a breathe of fresh air & your kids will ADORE her!!;

Nyssa Christensen

Hi Deb, thank you so much for looking after our kids last night, and going the extra mile and folding our washing for us, which you didn’t have to do. The kids enjoyed there arvo/night. There crafty items are being guarded. Thank you again when we come back we will defiantly use you again if needed and will be recommending your services.

Melissa Rowan

Author of Billion Dollar Budda www.equinoxlifecoaching.com

Deb has been amazing with minding my boys, so present, caring, creative and absolutely the perfect choice if you want someone to treat your children just like you would. Deb you are an angel and my boys really love you. Thanks heaps.

Sandy and Phil Gallagher

Deb — A true angel in disguise! We engaged the services of Deb to take care of our 3 children, our home, and our dog whilst we had a business trip in China. Every detail was taken care of including morning routines, soccer training and games, swimming lessons, basketball, groceries, washing, ironing, and many more tasks.
On our arrival home, we were greeted with a loving welcome home party and a memory book. Deb, together with our children, had compiled a scrapbook with photos and daily diary entries of their time whilst we were away. We have continued to engage Deb for her services and, in fact, have booked her in for another business trip. With Deb ’s commitment to happy children and attention to detail, we have no hesitation in recommending her for her services.

Mark & Michelle Paddenbur

Hi Deb, Just wanted to say a really big thank you for the care you showed our two boys on the past two holidays we have had on the sunshine coast. We felt totally secure and confident in your abilities from the moment we spoke to you and were equally impressed once we met you face to face. The most refreshing thing was that for the entire evening you didn’t resort to video/DVD etc with the boys you actually engaged them by playing games and reading books to them and they have not stopped talking about it since. It was a big call the first night as we had four (very active) boys under seven but by the time we got home they were all very peacefully asleep.

Because we were so impressed with your services that first time we made sure we pre-booked you for our most recent trip up there and once again the boys had a ball doing beautiful artwork and then reciting the stories that you had read to them. Now that we have just found out we are moving up to the sunshine coast we feel so reassured that we have someone reliable, friendly & professional to take care of our boys when we need it. Thanks again Deb you do such a great job and we just wanted to let you know that!”



Paul and Barb Tobias

Hi Deb, Just a short note to say thank you for the great job you did looking after our girls last night. Our two older kids commented on how wonderful you were from the moment you arrived. The photos were appreciated and gave us piece of minded we also appreciated your beautiful note. You are the best child minder we have ever had. We wish you all the best. And hope to see you again should we again be in your piece of paradise

Krishna Everson – Coolum Beach

I recently used Deb Bailey’s Smile and Shine childminding service and to say that I was delighted is somewhat an understatement! Usually my mother minds the children, but due to an unexpected situation, she was unavailable, so I called Deb after a recommendation from a friend. Deb is warm, loving and attentive. My children Luke 11 and Lily 6 absolutely loved her! Deb collected the children from the bus stop after school, amused Lily with activities she enjoyed, and supervised Luke with his homework. It was stress free and enjoyable for everyone! The children are STILL talking about it. I have no hesitation about using her service in the future, and would recommend Deb to anyone who wants a loving and caring environment for their own children.