How to become a Family Day Care Educator

Family day care educators provide education and care for babies and children in the family day care educator's own home under local government, community-based or privately operated management schemes.

Personal requirements of a Family Day Care Educator

  • Enjoy working with children
  • Able to relate well to children and their parents
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to use judgment to prioritise tasks
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • 18 years of age or older

Education & Training for a Family Day Care Educator

To become a family day care educator you usually have to complete a VET qualification in early childhood education and care. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a family day care educator through a traineeship in Early Childhood Education and Care or School Age Education and Care. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.

Duties & Tasks of a Family Day Care Educator

Family day care educators may perform the following tasks:

  • provide a range of activities and experiences that are designed to promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual development for each child
  • supervise the activities of children in their care, ensuring their physical safety at all times
  • support and guide children’s behaviour using positive strategies
  • maintain a safe, clean and appealing environment for children
  • ensure meals and snacks provided for children are varied and nutritionally adequate
  • take children to and from school or preschool
  • perform first aid in emergencies
  • maintain records of children’s development within identified learning outcomes
  • provide feedback to parents about their child’s day
  • maintain accurate attendance records
  • maintain a register of emergency telephone numbers such as those of parents, doctors, police, ambulance and the fire brigade
  • maintain a daily record of accidents, illnesses and the administration of medicine in accordance with requirements.

Employment Opportunities for a Family Day Care Educator

Family day care educators may work during standard business hours, before and after school, during school holidays and sometimes overnight or on weekends. Many family day care educators are self-employed, operating from their own home.

Additional Information
To work as a family day care educator, you will need to obtain a Working with Children Check. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. You must also hold a Provide First Aid Certificate and have completed training in anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma management. Contact the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority for more information.
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