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Family Day Care

Our Family Day Care is a network of experienced, dedicated and passionate education and care professionals. All of our educators are committed to providing a unique, flexible and family focused education and care experience for all families. Family Day Care is guided by a national framework but delivered locally with the support of Eurobodalla Shire Council’s co-ordination unit.

Eurobodalla Family Day Care was established in 1990, with the co-ordination unit being located in Council’s main administration office in Moruya. Educators are self-employed business operators working under the licence approval held by Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Eurobodalla Family Day Care provides quality education and care for children up to 12 years of age in the homes of an approved Family Day Care Educator. The Educators are monitored and supported by our professional early childhood trained co-ordination unit. Educators provide a safe, secure and stimulating education and care service in a small home-based environment for your children. This allows the opportunity for you and your children to develop a close and personalised relationship with your Educator.

Eurobodalla Shire Council Family Day Care prides itself on being more than just child care for families. It is a service that meets and exceeds in the National Quality Standards for education and care and will be the perfect choice for your child and family.

To read more information for parents and educators or to find out more about our policies and procedures go to our General information and brochures page.

Frequently asked questions

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What type of care is available and who can use Family Day Care?

Family Day Care is a flexible service that can be tailored to your childcare needs and is available to all families. It provides:

  • full time, part time and casual care
  • care for children of shift workers
  • before & after school care
  • vacation care
  • respite, and
  • weekend overnight and out of normal hours care.

Standard hours

Family Day Care is open from Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 6.00pm. Care outside these hours is available and will be charged at non-standards rates.

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Who will be caring for my child?

Before an applicant is registered as an Educator they must:

  • Undertake a strict selection, screening and training process.
  • Have appropriate, approved and current Public Liability Insurance.
  • Pass a "Working With Children Check" along with all members of their household over 18 years of age.
  • Educators and their homes must meet Council's Home Safety standards.
  • Participate in an assessment and rating process under the National Education and Care Regulations and Law.
  • Agree to comply with Eurobodalla Family Day Care Policies and Procedures.
  • Meet  all WH&S obligations for business.
  • Demonstrate the skills and qualities that are important in caring for children.
  • Educators must as a minimum have a Cert III in children's services.

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What is the cost of Family Day Care?

Each Educator sets their own fees and operates their own individual Family Day Care service. Because of this, fees will vary depending on the Educator you choose.

The Department of Human Services website has detailed information for families about Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and Family Tax Benefit.  

To claim Child Care Benefit as a lump sum families can access Online Services at the Department of Human Services website, visit a Centrelink Service Centre or phone 136 150.

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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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Coordination Unit staff and services

Our Coordination unit is staffed by qualified and experienced early childhood professionals who:

  • Provide families with information regarding Family Day Care and guide them in choosing a care environment which most suits their particular needs.
  • Carefully select, train and provide ongoing professional development for Educators.
  • Ensure childcare standards and practices are maintained and continuously improved.
  • Administer the enrolment process.
  • Administer Child Care Benefit (CCB) and other government subsidies such as the Jobs, Education and Training Program (JET).
  • Provide play sessions, up-to-date information, ideas, other resources and events.
  • Promote networking within the community.

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More information

For more information please contact Children's Services: