Updates to service due to coronavirus
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Council has stopped all hiring of Family Day Care educators until further notice. Please check the website for updates on when applications will open again.
If you’re passionate about working with children and want to play a part in shaping their futures while running your own business – then becoming an FDC educator could be the right choice for you.
The City of Casey offers a quality service with ongoing support and resources for our educators.
Benefits of becoming a Family Day Care educator
Working as an FDC educator can be a rewarding and fulfilling career option:
- You’ll enjoy the benefits of working with a small group of children in your own home.
- You’ll build ongoing relationships with children and their families and help to shape their growth and development.
- You’ll be running a business from home and earning an income by providing quality childcare to families in the community.
Why register with City of Casey
FDC is a not-for-profit childcare service. It began in 1981 and is supported by Council.
Our skilled team in the coordination unit will work to support you to provide a quality childcare environment.
Benefits of joining the FDC service:
- Educators are given a comprehensive orientation and an early training program.
- Regular home visits from our local coordination unit mean support is easily accessible. Educators also get access to phone support during office hours and an out of hours contact for emergencies.
- Playgroups run daily across the community. This encourages networking amongst educators and provides extra social opportunities for children.
- Special events run throughout the year as well as nature walks and playgroups for all ages. This allows children and educators to access the local community.
- Educators have access to a range of professional development opportunities. This includes training nights at our annual Educator Conference.
- Referrals of new families looking for care
We conduct a thorough recruitment process to ensure all our educators can provide high-quality childcare service.
- All applicants will be contacted by phone. If suitable, they will undertake a short phone interview.
- If successful, applicants will then be offered an in-home interview.
- Successful applicants at this stage will be required to attend two orientation sessions. These run on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.
- Attendance at Manual Handling and Child Safe Standards training is also required.
- A full safety check of the home will be conducted.
Once all requirements have been met, an Educator Agreement will be offered. You will then become a registered educator with the City of Casey.
These requirements must be met and maintained before registration:
- Must hold a minimum Certificate 3 in children's services
- First Aid training including asthma, anaphylaxis and CPR
- Manual Handling training
- Child Protection and Child Safe Standards training
- Minimum of 3 professional development sessions per year
- Working with Children Checks for all residents in the home aged 17 years or older
- Police Check
- Commercial Public Liability insurance
- Vehicle and car restraint safety checks (if transporting children in your car)
- Home safety check
FDC educators must be available at least five days per week. Educators can choose their hours of operation but these must be in line with community needs. This ensures families can connect with them. You have the option of also working evenings, overnight and weekends but this will be monitored by the coordination unit.
Being an FDC educator can be a very rewarding career option. But it’s important to consider whether this option is suitable for you and your family. Please consider the following:
- Your home must be maintained to a professional standard inside and outside.
- Family members must assist in maintaining safety standards at all times.
- Your home becomes a workplace and must be shared with the children and families using your service.
- Your children will be sharing toys, equipment and time with you.
- Any changes to the home, like renovations, must be discussed with the coordination unit to ensure it’s appropriate for FDC.
- WWCC are required for all regular visitors and/or people staying with you.
- There is to be no smoking or alcohol consumption in the home while FDC children are present.
- You must work additional hours outside of your care times to complete administration tasks. You must also attend professional development training.