What is family day care?
Family day care is a childcare service that is run from a qualified professional’s own home.
For families looking for an alternative to centre-based care, or a personal nanny, family day care offers a high-quality, small group option in an educator’s home. Often there is a Family Day Care Educator who looks after a small group of children, but that educator may also sometimes have an assistant.
A family day care is usually operated by community groups or local government authorities (for example, a church or council). Sometimes, it’s run by a private organisation.
There is a co-ordination unit who oversees this service, and which helps parents choose an appropriate educator for their children.
This co-ordination unit works closely with the Family Day Care Educator to ensure they meet the right requirements, and that they are also getting the support they need.
Who can become a Family Day Care Educator?
If you love interacting with children and are passionate about childhood education, then becoming a Family Day Care Educator might be a great career choice for you!
Family Day Care Educators usually work with children aged between 6 weeks and 12 years old. This means that even though you are working with a small number of children, you may have a variety of different ages. Each child will have different needs, wants, interests and learning styles, so you will need to be dedicated to providing top-level care and education for different children.
To begin career in childhood education, Open College's CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support is a good starting point.
What does a Family Day Care Educator do?
It goes without saying that to become a Family Day Care Educator, you will need to love working with children and helping them to learn and grow. You will be supervising a number of children at any given time, and it will be your responsibility to provide fun, high quality, developmentally appropriate programs for the children in your care. These programs must comply with Government requirements, as well as the service’s policies and the expectation of families.
Although you will be interacting with children frequently, you will also need to be able to interact on a professional level with care givers. You will be discussing the child’s needs and education requirements with families, and you will need to maintain a strong and healthy working relationship with families as long as their child is in your care.
What first aid qualifications does a Family Day Care Educator need to have?
In addition to a certificate or diploma, you will also need the following:
- Approved first aid qualification
- Approved asthma management training
- Approved anaphylaxis management training
In addition, you will also need to have a working with children check, insurance, and will need to pass health and safety regulations to ensure your home is safe for children.
Is becoming a Family Day Cared Educator a good career choice?
The childhood education sector has grown significantly in recent years, and is set to continue to grow.
According to the Government’s Job Outlook website¹ the average gross salary for a Family Day Care Educator is also a little below the national average at $953 per week, however, it’s worth taking into consideration that working as a Family Day Care Educator in your own home means that you’ll be lessening costs on things like commuting.
In a 2018 Federal Government report, it was noted that Australia is currently facing a skills shortage when it comes to finding qualified professionals in the childcare industry.² The main reason for this was because applicants lacked a formal qualification. This means that as the industry continues to grow, there is an increasing demand for qualified professionals.
So, if you were considering a career in this field, now is definitely the time to get your foot in the door with a nationally recognised qualification.
Are you thinking about working in childcare?
By studying an online course with Open Colleges, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification that will help you find work in the childcare sector, either as Family Day Care Educator or in a different role.
Our online courses have been designed by vocational experts to help you gain the skills you need to graduate job-ready.
Here is an online course to help get you get started:
- CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
Are you ready to join a rewarding, fast-growing industry? Study with Open Colleges today.
Source: Australian Federal Government. ‘Family Day Care Worker Overview’. https://joboutlook.gov.au/Occupation?search=alpha&code=421112
Source: Australian Federal Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment. 2018. ‘Child Care Occupations – Australia’. https://docs.employment.gov.au/documents/child-care-occupations-australia