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How do I become a Family Day Care Educator?

If you are looking for a rewarding career and you enjoy the company of children then Family Day Care may be right for you. It offers:

  • A way to earn a financially rewarding income from home.
  • The ability to set work hours and days that suit you and your family.
  • Companionship for your children.
  • A new career or a career change.
  • A way to make a positive difference to the lives of families in our community.
  • Being part of a friendly, dedicated team that will help guide you in your new business and mentor you with training and professional development.

What are the Special Qualities of a Family Day Care Educator?

You will need to have early childhood qualification such as a Certificate III in Children's Services or higher or be willing to study. You will need to be physically and emotionally able to care for young children and must be able to:

  • Plan and provide play-based learning experiences for children 0-12.
  • Guide children's behaviour in positive ways.
  • Form ongoing partnerships to effectively communicate and work cooperatively and positively with coordination unit staff, parents, children and other Educators.
  • Accept diversity, inclusive practices and to be respectful of all families including cultural or religious practices, disabilities and additional needs.
  • Provide a safe, hygienic and healthy environment for children.
  • Learn and develop new skills through a variety of professional development opportunities and to participate in a range of scheme activities.
  • Conduct your business professionally and to respect client confidentiality.
  • Understand and complete administration tasks and to be able to respond to ongoing support and direction from the scheme.

What steps do you take to become an Educator?

If you are over 18 years of age and are willing to provide nurturing care and to spend time creating stimulating play environments with children then you can apply to become a Family Day Care Educator by following these steps:

  • Contact the Co-ordination Unit on the phone number or email below to obtain a New Educator Package.
  • Complete and return the application form.
  • All adults residing in the Educator's home must complete this form accompanied by a 100 point check of identification sighted and photocopied by the Coordination Unit.
  • Complete a Working with Children Check.
  • Working with Children are then verified by the Coordination Unit.
  • Attend an interview with the Coordinator and another Family Day Care staff member.
  • Home visit by Family Day Care Coordinator to ensure that the prospective day care home is a safe environment. Suggestions are given as to any safety improvements that need to be made.
  • Attend orientation sessions at Family Day Care office.
  • Attend a Playgroup.
  • Gain a First Aid Certificate and Asthma and Anaphylaxis Certificate.
  • Obtain Family Day Care Public Liability insurance prior to children commencing with your Child Care Service.
  • As a minimum have a Certificate III in Children's Services.

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