Interested in being an Educator?
Expectations of Educators
Knowledge and Experience
- Ability to plan and provide playbased learning experiences for children in care.
- A demonstrated ability to respond to children in an appropriate manner and a positive approach to behaviour guidance.
- A basic level of spoken and written English to help guide children's learning, communicate with families, staff and essential services, and understand and complete administration tasks.
- Knowledge of good nutrition, health, hygiene and safety.
A certain amount of paperwork is required in every business and family day care is no exception. Your service will help you with this side of your new business, but typical paperwork will include:
- Timesheets for each child in care: these are sent to the service office for processing of child care benefit payments fortnightly.
- Daily/weekly/monthly plans that include age appropriate experiences for each child
- Written observations for each child.
- Incident records for insurance and child protection purposes.
- Income and expense records.
- Policies and welcome information for new parents. Quality Educators also meet the following expectations:
- Provide high quality childcare and adhere to all the conditions contained in the service policy manual, national family day care standards and the 2009 children’s service regulations.
- Provide a healthy and safe environment for all children in care at all times.
- Provide varied and stimulating activities that cater to the developmental needs of all children in care.
- Participate in service activities e.g. in service training, playgroups etc.
- Adhere to all concerning administration guidelines, for example accurate record keeping.
- Undergo an annual re-registration, which involves renewing your safety check, care restraint checks, and updating the police check every third year as well as the working with children check every 5 years. Reregistration is dependent on the satisfactory performance as outlined above.
Is Family Day Care right for you?
In order to become an educator with Building Blocks Family Day Care you must:
- Have a genuine interest and respect for children and be prepared to care for children of varying ages in your own home.
- Be the owner house or have permission from the landlord if renting, which has suitable areas and a nurturing environment in which to care for children.
- Be prepared to extend on your skills and childcare knowledge.
- Have a working phone connected.
- Be available to work at least 24 hours over 3 days a week.
- Not smoke while providing care to ensure a smoke free environment.
- Be in good physical and mental health.
- You and any adults residing in your home must have a satisfactory police check.
- Hold a working with Children Check and volunteer WWC check for any adults residing in your home.
- Be prepared to work according to the service policies and procedures.
- Have completed certificate III in Children’s Services or have a commitment to actively work towards achieving certificate III in Children’s Services.
- Hold a current drivers licence and access to a motor vehicle (preferable). As a FDC educator you will have the opportunity to:
- Choose working hours that suit your needs.
- Earn an income whilst working from home.
- Have access to professional training – train on the job.
- Provide valuable socialisation for your own child/children.
- Establish friendships with children in your care and their families.
- Be part of a network of Family day Care professionals in your local area.