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Start your own business

If you have a real passion for working with children, being a family day care educator could be for you.

Family day care educators manage their own businesses. You choose the hours that suit you, and you work from your own home. You can build a long-term professional career and make a difference to the lives of children.

Ask us about becoming an educator.

This video from Family Day Care Australia tells you how rewarding a career as a family day care educator can be.

Career in family day care video transcript

Educator: I love my job 'cause I enjoy being with the children.

Educator: Being able to offer a service where there's so much trust, it's really rewarding.

Educator: We become that extended family for other people, it's marvellous for children.

Educator: Being an educator means that I can work at home.

Educator: This is the most rewarding job. You get love.

Educator: The beauty of being a family day care educator is you're only limited by your own imagination.

Narrator: Begin your journey as a family day care educator at familydaycare.com.au

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Qualifications and skills needed

To be an educator, you need:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • 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)
  • Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care training
  • a medical clearance
  • public liability insurance.

There are also other personal and business requirements that you need to meet. Our team can help you assess your current skills and tell you if you need to do anything else.

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.

See the family day care business handbook for more information about setting up your business.

Support at every step

Our team will support you at every step as you work towards becoming a family day care educator. We will help you deliver early learning and care for children.

Time with your own children

If you have children of your own, you can combine your career as a family day care educator with caring for your own family.

Preparing your home

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

Setting up your home for family day care

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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Celebrating 40 years as an educator – Cheryl Lloyd

40 years with family day care is an incredible career and a wealth of experience. Based in the Eastern districts, Cheryl Lloyd tells her story of being an educator.

A portrait of Cheryl Lloyd

Hello to all fellow FDC educators. My name is Cheryl Lloyd and I have been a registered FDC educator for just over 40 years. I have always enjoyed working for FDC and from the very beginning of my chosen career, I knew I wanted to be part of this recognised, respected and much needed area of childcare. After completing the required course, I was eager and highly motivated to set up and manage my own childcare business. Home based childcare was becoming increasingly in demand. I felt very fortunate as I loved being a mother home with my very young children. I believed I was more than capable of taking on the role of an early childcare educator, and to care for children in an environment that would be safe and secure. I would take this position very seriously. I believed in myself and knew I had so much to offer these children in my trusted care.

I was a sole parent, bringing up my three children on my own, so I was very grateful for the opportunity FDC gave me, allowing me to work from home while spending quality time with my own children while they were growing up.

I embraced this new chapter in my life with excitement, confidence and efficiency. My FDC business began to flourish. I soon accepted I was creating a very hectic lifestyle, and I loved it. I welcomed every challenge with immense enthusiasm. I provided long day care, respite care, overnight care, emergency care, back-up care, before and after school care. My home was abuzz during school holidays. I was fortunate my own children enjoyed growing up in ‘organised chaos’ at times. They were always very supportive and helpful. My children and I have made many lifelong friends and acquaintances due to our association with FDC.

My experiences and memories are many. Here are just a few:

  • I have cared for 402 children. I also now have the pleasure of many of these past children returning with their own children for me to care for.
  • I have cared for triplets (11 weeks to 5 years).
  • I have cared for multiple sets of twins.
  • The children I have cared for have come from over 14 different nationalities and cultures.
  • Many special needs children and challenging behaviours.
  • I have worked with grief councillors to assist and help children suffering from trauma.
  • My youngest child to come into care was 2 weeks old.
  • I have completed a Certificate III in Early Child Care.
  • I have managed to work through the many changes to FDC over all these years.

My children, my grandchildren and I have fond memories and stories as we recall growing up in my FDC business. My journey with FDC and the success and fulfilment of conducting my own business has given me a great sense of achievement. My FDC business has been and still is very satisfying and rewarding, and I have never imagined doing anything else.

This has been an amazing career and a huge part of my life. I hope I have made a positive difference in the lives of the many children that I have welcomed into my home, and shared in their journeys, cared for and educated them.

One of my many goals is that the children in my care, past and present, leave my home with a happy and memorable association of me and my family.

Educator web portal

When you become an educator with us you will get access to web resources to help you with your business.

Contact

Family Day Care Business and Customer Support Centre

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