Meaning of Family Day Care?

 

Family Day Care (FDC), means a group care provided by an Educator in a homely environment. Children learn though play and every day activities in a homely environment.

 

FAMILY DAY CARE IS HIGHLY REGULATED

It has been established in Australia for more than 25 years and complies with extensive Government guidelines. All Educators hold current first aid certificates and undergo routine background checks.

 

Educators have a various qualifications but must have or be working towards a Certificate III in Children’s Services.

 

Staff regularly visit Educator’s home to monitor the care provided and offer support and resources for Educators. Visits take place at any time during care hours and may be announced or unannounced.

 

Educators plan for activities, provide resources and set up environments to provide learning opportunities that meet individual needs.

 

LOW EDUCATOR-TO-CHILD RATIOS

 

FDC offers lower Educator-to-child ratios than centre based care, allowing for more individual attention and the opportunity for children to build strong relationships with one primary Educator. One Educator may care for a maximum of 7 children with a maximum of 4 at preschool age or under.

 

FLEXIBLE HOURS

 

Family Day Care is the only formal child care option that may operate 24 X 7.