Become an Educator

Whether you’re considering a career change or are just curious about what your life as a family day care Educator might look like, you’ve come to the right place.

Here you will find all the information you need on taking your first steps, the role of family day care services, and the ongoing support you’ll have access to in your new role.

Running a family day care business provides the rare and unique opportunity to run your own business from the comfort of your own home with the flexibility of setting the hours that suit your lifestyle. It also allows you to develop tailored educational programs that focus on the individual outcomes of the children in your care and offer high quality, flexible childcare to families in your local community.

Do you want to help children reach their full potential?
Do you want to be your own boss and take charge of your earning potential?
Would you like the freedom of working in your own home?

If you answered YES to any of the above, family day care might be your best new career move.
If you’re ready to start your journey as a family day care Educator you can click on the Enquire Now Tab below to register your interest and Whitsunday Shire Family Day Care will contact you to begin your journey.

You

Are you passionate about working with children and looking for a flexible and rewarding career?
Would you like to work with children and play a part in shaping their futures while running your own business from home? Why not combine your passion for children with the opportunity to create a rewarding and flexible career as a professional family day care Educator.

Whitsunday Shire Family Day Care are seeking Educators to join their team to meet the ever-growing demand for childcare in the Whitsundays.

Running a family day care business provides the rare and unique opportunity to run your own business from the comfort of your own home with the flexibility of setting the hours that suit your family. It also allows you to develop tailored educational programs that focus on the individual outcomes of the children in your care and offer high quality, flexible childcare to families in your local community. If you have young children, it enables them to make new friends whilst you stay at home with them and earn a substantial income.

If you are interested in becoming an early childhood educator with Whitsunday Shire Family Day Care, please complete the Enquiry Form we will contact you to discuss your application further.
All enquiries are confidential.

Job Description

Role of the Family Day Care Educator

Accountability and Responsibilities
Educators are responsible for providing a high standard of care to children. They are required to meet service policies and procedures. Family day care educators need to meet the provisions of the Education and Care Services National Law Act and the Education and Care Services National Regulations. Ongoing support and training is provided by the Coordination Unit.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure Each Child’s Needs are Met
    Plan and develop effective procedures to meet each child and family’s needs including children who have disabilities or other special needs and taking into account their cultural and religious requirements.
  • Work Within Current Regulations and Policies
    Adhere to service guidelines and policies and code of conduct as outlined in WSFDC’s Policy and Procedures Manual.
  • Quality Improvement
    Embrace and implement Quality Improvement principles and strategies that result in better outcomes for children in care.
  • Training and Professional Development
    Commit to professional development and improved practices. Complete an annual professional development plan. Meet training requirements of service including Induction Training and two Professional Development workshops per year. Educators in Family Day Care must have, successful completion of Certificate 3 in Children’s services or higher or be actively working towards gaining the qualification.
  • Support Families
    Provide support, information, advocacy and referral services to parents.
  • Maintain Professional Standards
    At all times act in an ethical, diligent, honest, friendly and professional manner and follow the ECA code of ethics and service code conduct.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Knowledge:

  • A demonstrated knowledge of child development
    An educator must have a sound understanding of the varying needs and interests of children and knowledge and an understanding of the physical, emotional, cognitive and social development of children.
  • A demonstrated knowledge of relevant health, hygiene, welfare and safety issues.
    An educator must have:
  • An awareness and sensitivity to the needs of children and their families, in particular, children of different cultures and religions, and children with disabilities.
  • Current knowledge of appropriate nutrition, health and hygiene practices,
    An understanding of workplace health and safety and safe practices including risk assessment and risk management strategies to reduce incidents in the home and on outings to ensure safety for children.
  • A knowledge and ability to implement positive behaviour guidance, in a respectful and professional manner that is age appropriate for the child.
  • A commitment to child protection practices.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • A demonstrated ability to plan to meet the needs of children. An educator must have the ability to sensitively assess and meet the physical, social and emotional requirements of individual children, including children from different cultures and those with special needs.
  • Effective communication skills with children, families and service staff that facilitate identification and resolution of concerns and resolve conflict.
  • Responsiveness toward children that facilitates their settling, learning and growth in a socially and emotionally warm environment.
  • Ability to represent themselves and the service in a professional manner and adhere to the Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics.
  • Organisational skills in planning, observation taking and record keeping that will meet the National Quality Standards.
  • Ability to offer a safe and stimulating home environment for children with opportunities for outdoor and indoor play for all ages.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

  • A current ‘Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting’ Certificate HLTAID012
  • A current CPR Certificate
  • A current Police Check
  • A valid Blue Card that is registered with Whitsunday Shire Family Day Care through the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian for the educator, household members and regular visitors over the age of 18.
  • Educators in Family Day Care must have, successful completion of Certificate 3 in Children’s services or higher or be actively working towards gaining the qualification.
  • Child Protection Training.
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Meet current Covid 19 Vaccination Requirements
  • Landlord permission if operating from a rental property

Enquiry Form

If you are interested in becoming an early childhood educator with Whitsunday Family Day Care, please complete the form below and we will contact you to discuss your application further.

All enquiries are confidential.

Educator Enquiry Form

Are you or have you ever been subject to any of the following in relation to Education and Care Services National Law and any other relevant regulations and laws? (check all that apply)

Home Details

Describe your type of residence(Required)
Housing Arrangements(Required)
Do you have pets at home?(Required)
Do you have a pool / spa at home?(Required)

Home Occupants

Adults over 18 living at residence

Home Occupants

Children under 18 living at residence

Qualifications and Experience (if applicable)

Date Obtained
Date Obtained

WSFDC Working With You

Marketing Support

  • Educator profile development
  • Advertising and promotion of your business
  • Client referral leads

Business Management

  • 24 hour access to forms and resources - Including mattresses. Highchairs, car seats, toy library, play groups
  • Forms and business templates
  • Childcare subsidy software system access
  • Above award industry income potential

Mentoring & Support

  • Outside of Business hours mobile support
  • Dedicated co-ordination unit team providing ongoing mentoring and support
  • Operational systems and program
  • Environment assessment, rental house suitability
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Educator network

Benefits of being a FDC Educator

  • Flexible working hours
  • Work from home whist caring for your own children
  • Earn a great income
  • Be your own small business owner and all the benefits that brings
  • Be part of an Exceeding team
Jennifer

Jennifer Brown

I had spent many years working in long day care centres before deciding to do Family Day Care and I am so glad I did. Having four children per day allows me to spend quality time with each child and enables me to really get to know them as well as their family so I can provide the best possible care.

Katy

Katy Allison

Being a Family Day Care Educator has given me the opportunity to work from home while my own children were young.  Allowing them to have the interactions with other children as they grown, learn and develop over the years.
The benefits for filling my role as an Educator is I have the positivity, compassion, rewarding environment and drive to ensure each child is equal in value and their ideas and interests are explored, developed, and maintained throughout their young years.  Over the years I have been a key role model in many children’s lives, made lifelong friendships and grown into a big extension of my own family.

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