Little Oz Kids Family Day Care

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As a culturally inclusive family day care scheme we at Little Oz Kids Family Day Care recognize, value and celebrate the cultural differences that exist within our children, educators, families and staff.

For families looking to place their children in care, we can offer a safe, secure and comfortable home environment. We support working families with part time, full time and casual care, as well as before and after school care.

More FAQ for Parents and Educators are as below:

FAQ for Parents about enrollment

Why would I choose Family Day Care for my child?

Family Day Care is a service that is home based and therefore offers a familiar environment to the child. The intimacy of the home based setting encourages a caring, social interaction between the children and develops the skills for a good start in life. Family Day Care is a nurturing environment for babies and, along with the toddlers, preschoolers and after school children offers the opportunity for the interaction and challenges of mixed ages.

Is Family Day Care regulated?

Yes. All Family Day Care Schemes are regulated by Education and Care Services National Regulations and the Child Protection Amendment Regulation 2013. The numbers of children in each Family Day Care home is regulated.

How will I know about the quality of the Family Day Care Scheme or Educator?

Quality is maintained by the educators themselves and the Co-ordination Unit that visit educators on a regular basis. In-service and induction training is provided for educators to ensure their professionalism. The National Quality Framework was implemented in 2012. All child care services are assessed and rated against National Quality Standard . Families can verify the status of any children’s service by accessing the National Register http://www.acecqa.gov.au/families/national-registers

How many children can an Educator have in care?

Educators can care for 4 children under school age and up to a total of 7 children under 13 years of age. Little OzKids Family Day Care recommends that educators, where possible, only have two children under 2 years of age in care at any one time.

What hours can I use?

Educators offer a variety of hours and days for care. The Co-ordination Unit has a list of the hours and days each Educator is prepared to work and will try to match the parents’ needs to the Educator.

Are other forms of care available?

Each Educator, in consultation with the Co-ordination Unit, decides how many hours and days they will provide care. There are some Educators that offer evening care and weekend care. Parents need to speak to a member of the Co-ordination Unit about the availability of these forms of care.

What is a Co-ordination Unit or Scheme

A Family Day Care Scheme consists of the Educators who provide the primary care in the home and the Co-ordination Unit office is where the service is managed and administered. The parents’ first contact is with the Co-ordination Unit. Little OZKids Family Day Care has a coordination unit located at 22 Granada Pl,Oakurst ,NSW 2761. The local coordination unit provides educators, families and community members the convenience of local service.

What is the role of the Co-ordination Unit?

The Co-ordination Unit manages and administers the Family Day Care Scheme. The staff recruit, select, coach, support and monitor educators. They organise the family requests for care and monitor the children’s welfare in care. Little OZKids Family Day Care provides families and educators with access to resources, advice and links to other services that may assist with the education, care and development of children.

What learning opportunities or experiences will my child have in care?

Educators implement a child developmentally appropriate program which includes fun activities and experiences that follow the child’s interests, are suited to the ages of the children, and will assist them in their development and learning.

How much does care cost?

Costs of care varies with each educator. Educators set their fees independently and families are encouraged to discuss fees and the services offered for those fees with the individual educators during the initial interview. Child Care Benefit is available for families who are eligible.

Do I have access to any financial help in the cost of care?

Child Care Benefit (CCB) is provided by the Australian Government to assist with the cost of care. It is administered by the Co-ordination Unit.

Can I go on a waiting list?

Yes, you can place your child’s name on our placement list at any time. Our placement officer will attempt to match your request for care with the vacancies that educators have. Parents will need to keep in touch with the scheme on a regular basis. Parents should talk to the Co-ordination Unit staff to find out what system they use.

How do I know that the Educators will do their job properly?

Every Educator has been approved as a suitable person with a safe home environment. They have completed a Working with Children Check and a First Aid Certificate. Each year Educators complete in-service or short courses to upgrade their skills. All Educators have completed a Certificate or Diploma course in child care and new educators need to have completed the qualification or be actively working towards the qualification. Because we have a local centralised Scheme office, staff are able to visit educators regularly to reassure families that their children are receiving quality education and care. Our local office can be contacted at any time by families or educators for assistance or advice.

Do Educators go out with the children in vehicles?

Many Educators transport children in vehicles to engage in community based activities such as play session, shopping or park play. Educators are required to have a safety check regarding the appropriate child care restraints and are required to conduct and document risk assessments on all excursion venues and prepare excursion management plans. Educators are required to discuss their routine excursions with families at the time of enrollments and provide families access to the risk assessments. Parents must provide written authorities for excursions.

How will I know what my child is doing during the day?

Educators are required to plan and program for children in care. Daily routines are displayed and the planning and programming is checked by Child Development Coordinators during regular visits. Our educators communicate with families about the happenings of the day. They may provide a Daily Journal for each child or a computer generated story about the day. Parents are encouraged to examine the happenings of the day so they can discuss them with their Educator and their child.

What do I need to bring to the Family Day Care home?

Each Educator will give parents a list of their requirements for care. The requirements may range from snacks and lunch, nappies, sunscreen and sun hats, extra clothes, appropriate shoes, painting aprons and bottles for babies. When parents visit an Educator to make a decision about the appropriateness of the care they can ask about the requirements needed by that Educator.

FAQ for Educators

What are the benefits of becoming a Family Day Care Educator?

If the idea of running your own childcare business from home with the support of the Co-ordination Unit appeals to you then why not give us a call. As an educator you can:

  • Run a business from home.
  • Work with children 0 to 13 years.
  • Look after your own children while working.
  • Work independently under the guidance from the Co-ordination Unit.
  • Have company for your own children.
  • Be part of a team of local child care Educators.
  • Enjoy the support and resources from the Co-ordination Unit.
What do I need to become a Family Day Care Educator?

Hold a Certificate III in Children’s Services or above, or be enrolled and actively working towards Certificate III qualification. Complete the registration process including interviews, referee reports, working with children checks and scheme induction and training. Your home (care area) must meet National and local Scheme safety standards. Attend ongoing professional development. Be committed to providing a professional high quality education and care service. Be 18 years or over and have current Senior First Aid Certificate, recognised Asthma and Anaphylaxis training or be willing to obtain one. Public liability insurance.

What about income?

Educators are self employed and set their own fees taking into account business costs and affordability. Parents pay the Educator direct their portion of the fee, while the Co-ordination Unit pays the Childcare Benefit portion fortnightly to the Educator.

What is a Co-ordination Unit or Scheme?

A Family Day Care Scheme consists of the Educators who provide the primary care in a licensed family day care venuee and the Co-ordination Unit office is where the service is managed and administered. The parents’ first contact is with the Co-ordination Unit. Little OZKids Family Day Care has a coordination unit located at 22 Granada Pl,Oakhurst ,NSW 2761. The local coordination unit provides educators, families and community members the convenience of local service.

What is the role of the Co-ordination Unit?

The Co-ordination Unit manages and administers the Family Day Care Scheme. The staff recruit, select, train, support and monitor educators. They organise the family requests for care and monitor the children’s welfare in care. Little OZKids Family Day Care provides families and educators with access to resources, advice and links to other services that may assist with the education, care and development of children.

How do families find an Educator?

Families contact the Co-ordination unit with their request for care. A suitable Educator is contacted regarding the placement and an enrollment process is undertaken. Where possible, more than one Educator is available for families to meet.

Is Family Day Care regulated?

Yes, all Family Day Care Schemes are regulated under Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 and the Education and Care Services National Law 2010. The numbers of children in each Family Day Care home is regulated.

How many children can an Educator have in care?

Educators can care for 4 children under school age and up to a total of 7 children under 13 years of age. Little OZKids Family Day Care recommends that educators, where possible, only have two children less than 2 years of age in care at any one time.

Do Educators go out with the children in vehicles?

Many Educators transport children in vehicles to engage in community based activities such as play session, shopping or park play. Educators are required to have a safety check regarding the appropriate child care restraints and are required to conduct and document risk assessments on all excursion venues and prepare excursion management plans. Educators are required to discuss their routine excursions with families at the time of enrollments and provide families access to the risk assessments. Parents must provide written authorities for excursions.

What do the other members of my family need to know or do?

The involvement of an educator’s family is an extremely important aspect of the family day care experience. All family members over the age of 18 years residing at the family day care premises will need to consent to a ‘Working with Children Check’. Educators need to have the support of all family members for the family day care experience to be of benefit to everyone.

Where will I access training?
Little OZKids Family Day Care conducts an initial educator induction program for potential educators and provides ongoing training and offers other training opportunities for educators. Educators need to have a current First Aid Certificate, Asthma and Anaphylaxis training.
What about taxation?

Family day care educators are responsible for setting their own fees and business practices. Educators are required to have an ABN as educators are conducting their own business. Educators are responsible for establishing and maintaining their own business records. Educators’ are encouraged to seek advice from an accountant in relation to record keeping for this purpose

Who pays superannuation?

Educators are not employees of Little OZKids Family Day Care and are responsible for their own superannuation arrangements.

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