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Family Day Care FAQs

  1. What is Family Day Care?
  2. Are Educators employed by Marrickville Council?
  3. What measures are taken to ensure that Educator environments are safe?
  4. What is the Coordination Unit and what support does it provide to parents and Educators?
  5. What happens if my Educator is sick or on leave?
  6. What kind of activities will my child be offered?
  7. How much does Family Day Care Cost?
  8. Can I get government assistance to help with the costs?
  9. Is there a waiting list?
     

1. What is Family Day Care? 

Marrickville Family Day Care is part of Marrickville Council's Children & Family Services. Family Day Care provides quality education and care within a home environment. We have registered Educators throughout the local government area that provide families with flexible child care arrangements, including:

  • full time care
  • part time care
  • mixed days
  • weekend / public holiday care
  • before and after school care
  • emergency care
  • overnight care

Educators are selected and registered with Marrickville Council to care for a maximum of 4 children between 6 weeks–5 years or 7 children under 12 years of age.

Child enrolments with Educators are organised and supported by the Family Day Care Coordination Unit.

2. Are Educators employed by Marrickville Council? 

Educators registered with Marrickville Family Day are self employed.  Educators are required to provide and maintain quality child care in a safe, nurturing and friendly home environment. These responsibilities include adhering to current National Regulations and Law, National Quality Standards, Work Health and Safety legislation, FDC policies and procedures and participation in ongoing professional development, which is often outside their normal hours of operation.

Educators determine what days, hours and age groups they work with and set their own fees. Educators fulfil administration and business requirements as a self employed person.

For more information on the above requirements: http://acecqa.gov.au/links-and-resources/national-quality-framework-resources/

3. What measures are taken to ensure that Educator environments are safe? 

All Educators approved by Marrickville Family Day Care undergo regular home safety check to ensure their home meets regulations. Educators have a legal and ethical responsibility to behave in an appropriate and careful manner to keep children safe and must have undergone a range of screening procedures, including Working with Children Checks.

Ongoing safety checks are carried out throughout the year during regular home visits.

4. What is the Coordination Unit and what support does it provide to parents and Educators? 

The Coordination Unit includes a Coordinator, Children's Service Advisors (home visitors) and an Operational Administrator. The Coordination Unit office is situated in Petersham Town Hall on the Ground Floor, 107 Crystal Street, Petersham.

Staff from the Coordination Unit:

  • visit Educators' homes regularly to support and guide ongoing programming and appropriate routines for children in line with the Early Years Learning Framework. For more information on the EYLF: http://deewr.gov.au/early-years-learning-framework
  • support Educators to provide a safe environment
  • provide professional training for Educators
  • provide Playsessions each week
  • provide regular parent / Educator newsletters and information
  • provide opportunities for parents and Educators to comment on draft policies

5. What happens if my Educator is sick or on leave? 

In the event that an Educator has an emergency, such as illness, or the need to take annual leave, the Coordination Unit will, where possible, make alternate arrangements to provide child care with another Educator if required, until the Educator is able to resume work.

6. What kind of activities will my child be offered? 

Educators plan an educational program of activities for children in their care and display their program where parents can view it. Having planned and unplanned activities helps to ensure that a child’s time in care is stimulating and enjoyable with the view of meeting individual children’s developmental needs and interests and maximising opportunities for learning. Programming supports children's interests and keeps them involved in learning. Programming also helps parents understand how their children spend their time in care.

Programs for children include a range of experiences and activities covering areas such as visual arts, dramatic play, language/literacy, music and movement, fine and gross motor skills. Activities are appropriate to the age, developmental stage and learning needs of children.

7. How much does Family Day Care Cost? 

As self employed operators, Educators set their own fees. Marrickville Council acts in the capacity of sponsor of the Family Day Care Service. Council has a recommended fee of $9.50 per hour; however this is a recommended fee only and fees will vary from Educator to Educator. There is also a 90¢ levy per hour per child. There is an enrolment fee of $92.10 per child. These fees are subject to change.

8. Can I get government assistance to help with the costs? 

Marrickville Family Day Care is an approved child care provider. If you are eligible for Child Care Benefit (CCB) or the Child Care Rebate (CCR) you can claim your benefits through this service. More information on Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate can be obtained from:

or by calling the Department of Human Services on 136 150 between 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. Call 131 202 for information in languages other than English.

9. Is there a waiting list? 

Family Day Care does have a waiting list and you can put your name down by contacting the Coordination Unit on 9335 2235. If the line is busy or unattended, please leave a message and someone from the Coordination Unit will call you back.

 

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