How to become a FDCE

How to become a FDCE 2017-04-24T09:59:45+00:00

Becoming a Family Day Care Educator

If you enjoy working with children, and want to make a difference in their lives by providing quality care and learning experiences from your own nurturing home environment, then family day care could be your career of choice! A flexible and rewarding career … at home!

Combine your passion for children with the opportunity to create a financially rewarding, professional home based career as an early childhood educator.

You will enjoy the flexibility of running your own business with the support and guidance of your approved service. Based on the demand in your area and the policies of your approved service, you will often determine your hours of work and your fees and charges. We offer low charge for educator levy $ 0.80 cents/hour.

You will also develop tailored educational programs for your children based on their individual developmental needs, interests and experiences.

1. Who can be an educator?
2. What is required to become an educator?
3. What costs are involved?
4. How does the income work?
5. What to do next?

1. Who can be an educator?

* Have you had experience caring for children?
* Do you have a minimum qualification of Certificate lll in Children’s Services or higher qualification?
* Do you enjoy the company of children?
* Can you create a safe, nurturing environment that enhances children’s learning and development?
* Are you willing to create a collaborative partnership with families?
* Do you have the skills to positively guide children’s behaviour?
* Are you willing to run your own business from your home with the support of a professional team of staff?
* Do you have effective communication skills and value the diversity of different cultures? If you answered yes to these questions Twinkle Family Day Care may be for you!!!!

2. What is required to become an educator?

Family Day Care educators are registered with Twinkle Family Day Care as the Approved Service Provider
Registered educators are required to have:
* A minimum qualification of Certificate lll in Children’s Services or a higher Early Childhood qualification such as a Diploma or Bachelor
* First Aid certificate
* Asthma and Anaphylaxis certificates
* Some business administration knowledge
* Working with Children Check (WWCC)
* Police Clearance
* Home safety inspection
* Public Liability insurance
* Adequate equipment
* Health and safety – regulations and standards ensure that your home and garden are hygienic and safe for the children

3. What costs are involved?

* There may be some costs associated with making your home safe such as fencing, barriers for stairs, mandatory glass audit and storage
* Costs associated with obtaining First Aid, Asthma and Anaphylaxis certificates
* Insurance costs
* Costs associated with purchasing equipment for the children such as cots, toys, car seats, plastic cabinet locks, electric outlet covers and educational equipment.

4. How does the income work?

As a Family Day Care educator you are running your own business and you set your own fees. The coordination unit has guidelines to assist you with this process.
Many families are eligible for Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR). This is administered by the coordination unit and passed on to educators with families paying the difference of the full fee.

5. What to do next?

If you are interested in becoming a Family Day Care educator and running your own business please complete the Educator Registration form and return the Expression of Interest to Operate a Family Day Care Service.