About Family Day Care
Family Day Care is an approved form of child care that is provided in the family day care educator's own home. The educator works with a small group of no more than 4 to 7 children*.
Family day care educators are early childhood education and care professionals who are registered with a local coordination unit. A local coordination unit, such as the Sydney Family Day Care Scheme, is responsible for approving, supporting, training, and advising its educators.
What are the benefits of a Family Day Care?
Family Day Care has many benefits:
- The home-based setting provides a familiar and safe learning environment.
- Educators can provide education and care for all children, ranging from babies to school age. This makes it possible for siblings to be cared for together in one location.
- The small group environment facilitates strong bonds and promotes effective early learning and social development.
- Family Day Care has flexible operating hours. Educators can offer care during standard
hours, before/after school, in the evenings, during school holidays, on the weekends, and in some cases overnight.
How much does it cost to send my child to a Family Day Care?
Educators set their own fees. On average, the hourly charge can range from $5-$15. Discuss with the educator to find out more about his/her fee structure.
What documents do I need to provide to enrol my child at a Family Day Care?
When enrolling your child, you will need to provide these information:
- The child's name, address, birthday
- Parents' or guardians' names, phone numbers, emails
- Parent's CRN and the child's CRN
- The child's Medicare number
- The child's immunisation record
- The child's birth certificate
- Details of the child's medical health and special needs (allergy, asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes etc.)
- Details of emergency contact persons
- Details of people who can pick up your child from the Family Day Care