Become an Educator

If you are interested in running a small business in a growth industry from your home, then consider a career in Family Day Care.

Educators receive training, support and resources from the Camden Family Day Care Scheme and are paid by the hour in accordance to the number of children they provide care for.

About Family Day Care Educators

Family Day Care Educators are people whose personal qualities reflect community diversity - of families, values and cultures - empathy, warmth, flexibility, professionalism and maturity. All Educators are committed to nurturing and caring for children, and strive to meet individual families needs. Many Educators have their own children of varying ages, and all have experience with children.

Educators are recruited, trained and resourced by the Coordination Unit, which also supports and monitors individual Educator services. The resourcing and ongoing support provided by the Coordination Unit sets Family Day Care apart from many other childcare models. With access to continued learning and leading thinking in child care, Family Day Care Educators have access to the most unique training structure within the child care sector and many Educators hold tertiary qualifications.

  • All Educators must comply with the National Education and Care Services Regulations and Law
  • All Educators must comply with National Education and Care Quality Standards
  • All Educators have a current First Aid Certificate
  • All Educators have Public Liability Insurance
  • All Educators must comply with the annual Educator Resident Risk Assessment
  • All Educators must comply with Road and Traffic Authority guidelines when transporting children
  • All Educators must have completed a minimum Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care.
  • All Educators must provide a happy, safe, learning environment, which enhances children's overall growth and development.

Process of Recruitment

  • Staff complete Prospective Educator Enquiry Form during initial enquiry
  • Staff send out Prospective Educator Information Pack which includes; Recruitment of Educators Policy, Handbook and Application to Operate a FDC Service form.
  • Once application form has been returned to staff, applicant will be contacted to confirm application has been received
  • A preliminary inspection of the home will be conducted to assess suitability
  • Interview process and reference checks conducted

The Coordination Unit will assess the prospective Educator in regards to:

  • Knowledge, experience, and/or training in childcare
  • Attitude and commitment to the aims of the scheme
  • Age, maturity, health, physical and emotional ability to care for young children
  • Communication skills with adults and children
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity towards the needs of young children and their families including a range of cultures, religions and disabilities.

The criteria for the recruitment and registration of Educators will be based on, but not limited to:

  • The number and needs of families on the waiting list
  • The area in which the Educator resides
  • The qualifications and experience of the prospective Educator
  • The suitability of the prospective Educators care environment

Additional information that will be required during recruitment period:

  • Attendance of compulsory Prospective Educator Training
  • Completion of Module Assessment Tasks
  • Be of legislative age and suitable maturity
  • Be subject to a Working with Children Check (all persons residing in the home over the age of 18 years, must undergo a Working with Children Check)
  • Provide the Coordination Unit with contact details of two referees
  • Provide proof of identity and residing address
  • Hold a current First Aid certificate, prior to commencing as a registered Educator
  • Provide a recent medical certificate from a certified practitioner stating suitability to fulfill the requirements of a registered Educator
  • Complete a Risk Assessment on their home in conjunction with the Coordination Unit, ensuring an adequate standard is met for the provision of the service
  • Be informed of their obligation to attend Work Health and Safety (H&S) training and Child Protection training within the first year of registration
  • When accepted, a registered Educator will be on a three month probation, with ongoing support and assessment by the Coordination Unit

An application may be rejected for reasons that include, but will not be limited to the following: (please note that this could occur at any stage of the recruitment process)

  • Unsatisfactory Working with Children Check of Applicant or household members
  • Unsatisfactory character of the applicant or household members
  • References unavailable or unfavorable
  • Unsatisfactory Risk Assessment of the applicants home
  • Unsatisfactory medical report
  • Inability to demonstrate the capacity to supervise and care for the children adequately
  • Refusal by the prospective Educator to comply with an obligation within service and legislative requirements
  • Unsatisfactory completion of training requirements

Selected applicants will be notified in writing by the Co Ordination Unit and will be provided with information about the compulsory Prospective Educator Training.

A prospective Educator that disagrees with the decision of the Coordination Unit may appeal this decision to the licensee in writing stating the reasons for appeal.