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Start your own business

If you want to use your skills and experience to build a long-term professional career and make a positive difference in the lives of children, family day care is a great choice.

Family day care educators manage their own businesses. You can choose your hours and work from your home. If you have your own children, you can combine your career as a family day care educator with caring for your own family.

Download the brochure on the benefits of being an educator with family day care (PDF 2.5MB).

Our team can help assess your current skills and experience. If they’re a good match we can support you to work towards starting your own family day care business. The application process can take up to a year.

Complete this form to enquire about becoming a FDC educator.

Qualifications and skills needed

To be a family day care educator, you need:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, or a higher qualification in education
  • one year professional experience as an early childhood educator
  • proven professional experience in planning, implementing and evaluating children’s learning
  • a high level of business practice and administration
  • an appropriate house for children to participate safely in play-based learning
  • current certificates in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, asthma and anaphylaxis
  • child-related employment screening (this will also be required for anyone aged 18 and over living at your home)
  • an understanding of child protection in South Australia and your role as a mandated notifier
  • responding to risk of harm, abuse and neglect – education and care (RRHAN-EC) training
  • a medical clearance
  • public liability insurance.

Watch this video to learn how rewarding a career as a family day care educator can be.

Career as a family day care educator video transcript

If you’re passionate about caring for children...

...seeking to inspire young minds…

...and keen to work from home…

Discover the rewards...

...of being a Family Day Care educator.

Manage your own business...

...and enjoy the flexibility…

...the connection...

...the career development...

...and the satisfaction of Family Day Care.

Your qualifications and skills...

...as a valued educator...

...can help shape a child’s future...

...in Family Day Care.

www.education.sa.gov.au/familydaycare

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Find out how much you could earn

Use our income calculator to see an estimate of the gross income (your income before tax and other expenses) that you could potentially earn as a family day care educator.

Setting up your home for family day care

Working as an educator means sharing your family home. You need to balance your business and family life.

Setting up your home for family day care will involve spending some of your time and money on making spaces for children to use in your home (indoor and outdoor). This space needs to be separate from your family area.

Your ability to successfully manage a small business in addition to educating and caring for children will be considered when you apply to become a family day care educator.

Here are some videos about preparing your home to run a family day care business.

Setting up your home video transcript

Narrator: Setting up your home for family day care.

When you are a family day care educator, you need to set up your home to protect children from harm and hazards. Your family day care provider will help you work out what changes you may need to make to your home. In setting up your home, you need to think about what children need.

Children need places to sleep. Children need sleeping mats or cots. They need to be placed so there is space between them. Cots needs to be safe. They need to meet Australian standards. You need to follow safe sleeping guidelines. Babies need to be placed at the bottom of the cot, and the cot needs to be free of toys, pillows and too many blankets. Each child needs their own sheets. You need to be able to check children's breathing and skin colour regularly while they are asleep.

Children need places to go to the toilet and have their nappy changed. Children need to be able to get to the toilet easily and quickly. Think about which toilet they will use. Do they need a step to get up to it? Is the hot water inaccessible? Can they reach paper towels and soap?

Children need places to learn and play.

Indoors. Children need space to play indoors without bumping into furniture. They also need a place to eat, and a place to store their bag, coat and hat. You need toys and equipment and places to store these.

Outdoors. Children need to play outdoors, safely. You need shade, play equipment that is stable, safe, and not too high. Play equipment to help children learn to jump and catch and balance. Natural materials. Think about having a sand play area and plants, non-poisonous of course.

You also need a place to prepare and store food. A place to do laundry, storage space, and good fences and gates. You need to have fences that prevent children from climbing over, under or through them.

You need some special things in family day care. There are some special things you need in your home as a family day care educator that you may not already have. A fire extinguisher. A fire blanket. Smoke detectors. Safety plugs in all power points. Hot water tap covers. Proper child car restraints. An emergency exit plan near each exit of your home.

Making sure you have set up your house well for family day care will make everything easier when you are caring for children.

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Creating great learning spaces in family day care

Creating great learning spaces video transcript

Narrator: In family day care, while you are caring for children, you are also educating them. Some learning just happens, other learning comes by careful planning by the educator. That's why it's important for educators to create great learning spaces.

To create great learning spaces, you need to think about both your indoor spaces and your outdoor spaces.

Set up your indoor spaces so children have access to resources to help them meet the learning outcomes of the early years learning framework and/or the framework for school-aged care. You need to have spaces with tables and chairs to work at, for children to relax in, for art and music, for exploration, to display work, for pretend play, to store toys and equipment.

Outdoors isn't just a space for play. Children learn a lot from outdoor play. You need spaces for music, for digging, to read, art areas, cubby houses, tables and chairs, spaces to use balls, spaces to grow things in. Children need spaces to read and to hold books in. You need spaces where you can read books to children. Think about making reading spaces cosy with cushions and blankets and low shelve to display books. You could have fairy lights or indoor tents or small chairs. Think about the sort of space you would like to relax and read in.

Spaces where children can build things are very important in family day care. Can children have a place in your home where they can make things from blocks and other construction materials?

Children in family day care need spaces for imaginative play. It could be a home corner or play kitchen area. It can be a dress-up area where children can use clothes to imagine they're someone else.

When children are young, they need spaces to develop what is known as gross motor skills. These are the physical skills which require whole-body movement, and which involve the large muscles of the body. Have you got places where children can run? Jump? Hop? Throw and catch? Climb up, down, over, under and through things? Pedal on ride-on toys or scooters or push toys? Push and pull? Practice crawling and walking?

Under the education and care laws, your family day care provider has to make sure that you have taken every possible precaution to protect children from injury at your home. They also have to make sure you have enough furniture, materials, and toys and equipment and that everything in your home, including the toys and equipment, are in good repair.

Creating great learning spaces for family day care can be fun, much like being a family day care educator.

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Family Day Care Business and Customer Support Centre

Phone (metro): 8343 6533
Phone (country): 1300 551 890
Email: educationfdcbusiness@sa.gov.au