Frequently asked questions

How is Family Day Care different from other forms of child care?

How many children are cared for in a Family Day Care home at one time?

Does my child need to be immunised to attend Family Day Care?

If my child has additional needs such as dietary and/or special needs, how can this be catered for in a Family Day Care environment?

What kind of training do educators have and how is this training maintained?

What happens if the educator is sick or goes on holidays?

What is the role of the Co-ordination Unit?

How do I ensure that my child is safe at Family Day Care?

How do I register my child for Family Day Care?

How are child care places allocated?

When I am contacted — what is the next step?

How is Family Day Care different from other forms of child care?

Family Day Care is provided in the homes of educators who are registered with a Family Day Care Service. Family Cay Care offers child care in a small group setting — up to four children under school age and three children of school age (including the educator’s own children). This means that children are exposed to fewer illnesses and there is less risk of cross infection. Family Day Care enables siblings to be cared for together in the same environment and sometimes an educator can be located close to a family home.

This home environment is designed to provide opportunities for play-based learning, linked to the Early Years Learning Framework.

With a maximum of four non-school aged children, educators can focus on individual interests, strengths and developmental needs.

Educators incorporate programming and activities which extend learning and respond to the learning opportunities in everyday life. Play-based learning experiences reflect the diversity and unique interests of each child.

Children and their families also benefit from the opportunity to build strong and nurturing relationships with their consistent and familiar educator. The opportunity to build strong relationships in early childhood is acknowledged to promote the development of supportive relationships throughout life.

How many children are cared for in a Family Day Care home at one time?

An educator may provide care for a maximum of four children under school age, including their own children. In addition to the four children, educators may provide care for three children of school age (including their own children under the age of 12).

Does my child need to be immunised to attend Family Day Care?

Yes, it is the parents’ responsibility to provide an up-to-date immunisation history statement  to the Service. The Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate are also linked to immunisation.

In a situation where a child has a medical condition and is not able to receive immunisations, a GP needs to complete an immunisation medical exemption form (IM011) and submit it to the Australian Immunisation Register.

If my child has additional needs such as dietary and/or special needs, how can this be catered for in a Family Day Care environment?

Family Day Care is ideally placed for caring for a child with additional needs. The small number of children enables an educator to provide individual care for a child who has additional needs.

Where necessary, Family Day Care can refer to external agencies for additional support for the child.

What kind of training do educators have and how is this training maintained?

To work as an educator in Family Day Care, the minimum qualification is Certificate 3 in Children’s Services. All educators have current Level 2 First Aid, Management of Anaphylaxis, Management of Asthma and CPR qualifications.

The educators and any family members over 18 years, have current police checks and working with children checks.

All educators undergo an orientation prior to registering with the service. This training covers topics including health; hygiene; safety; child protection; programming; and planning etc.

To maintain their skills and knowledge, educators are required to attend a certain number of training sessions each year. This training is organised by the service  or educators can access their own training.

What happens if the educator is sick or goes on holidays?

When your educator is unavailable and care is still required, please contact our office to arrange for an alternate educator. The Family Day Care Co-ordination Unit can organise backup care for the family.

What is the role of the Co-ordination Unit?

Staff members employed within the Co-ordination Unit conduct regular unannounced visits to educator’s homes, monitoring and resourcing educators, children and parents. The Unit endeavours to visit every child in care regularly. Their role is to ensure that the children have settled into care and that the educator is meeting all the necessary rules and regulations.

When a new family starts, staff conduct a one-on-one parent orientation. Records of all children and educators are maintained at the office.

All processing of timesheets and payments is done at the office and both parents and educators are sent an invoice every fortnight.

How do I ensure that my child is safe at Family Day Care?

Family Day Care is covered by the same children’s services regulations and legislation as long day care centres, pre-schools and before and after school programs.

Family Day Care works within the National Quality Framework and meets the requirements of the National Law and Regulation. For further information, visit www.acecqa.gov.au  

In addition, educators and anyone over 18 years living in the residence, must complete a working with children check and police records check. Educators must also maintain a visitors’ book so that information relating to visits to the educator’s residence are noted and maintained.

Educators are visited regularly and most of these visits are unannounced.

How do I register my child for Family Day Care?

If you are interested in applying for a vacancy, you can complete the registration form online or for further information, contact Glen Eira Family Day Care on 9524 3461 or email fdc@gleneira.vic.gov.au

How are child care places allocated?

When a parent contacts the office they are asked for information relating to their address, date of birth of child and what areas they prefer. Based on the information received, they may be referred to an educator with vacancies or put on the waiting list and contacted when a suitable vacancy arises.

When I am contacted — what is the next step?

Once you have been advised that the Service has a vacancy for your child/children, you will be offered the name/s of educators who are able to help you with the child care required. It is up to you to make contact with the educator and determine who is the most suitable.

Once an educator is chosen you will be asked to complete an enrolment form and you will also need to provide other documentation such as an Immunisation History Statement, birth certificate for your children, and Medicare numbers.