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About family day care

Family day care is approved child care that truly focuses on each individual child’s development, while providing high quality early learning in an educator’s own home.

In small groups, children will enjoy a natural approach to play and discovery, and form genuine lasting bonds with their qualified and passionate early childhood educator, while you will enjoy peace of mind knowing your child is happy in a nurturing, natural and flexible home learning environment.

How is it similar to centre based child care?

  • Family day care provides early childhood education and care services for children across Australia.
  • Family day care operates under the same National Quality Framework (NQF) as other forms of child care; incorporating National Regulations, National Quality Standards educational frameworks and an assessment and ratings process.
  • Parents are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy.

How is it different to other forms of child care?

  • Your child’s education and care is provided by an individual educator who is an early childhood education and care professional, operating within their own home.
  • Educators work with small groups of no more than four children under school age* at any one time.
  • Educators work with an approved service that carries out regular visits to monitor the children’s individual development and provide support.

Benefits of family day care

  • Family day care provides early education and care in a nurturing, natural and flexible home learning environment.
  • Family day care offers the opportunity for children to form genuine long lasting bonds with their qualified and passionate early childhood educator.
  • Family day care can offer care during standard hours, evenings, before/after school, during school holidays and in some cases overnight and weekends.
  • Family day care educators offer individualised learning programs for the children they care for.
  • Family day care can provide education and care for babies and children up to 12 years of age; offering the possibility for siblings to be cared for together, all in one location.
  • Family day care provides experiences which reflect the diversity of your community.

About family day care educators

Family day care educators are early childhood education and care professionals who engage in the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and work within the requirements of the National
Quality Framework.

In order to provide a safe educational environment for children, there are requirements for all educators to:

  • Be registered with an approved family day care service
  • Hold or be actively working towards a Certificate Ill* level education and care qualification.
  • Meet national quality standards which include maintaining quality individualised learning programs, safe and hygienic learning environments, record keeping and qualifications.
  • Maintain current first aid and CPR certificates and training in the emergency management of asthma and anaphylaxis.
  • Maintain a clearance for working with children.
  • Participate in regular support and monitoring visits conducted by their approved service.
  • Attend training, meetings and workshops periodically to maintain currency of skills and knowledge.
  • Maintain current public liability insurance coverage.
  • Complete a National Police Check

Albury Family Day Care

Vision Statement

Albury Family Day Care provides a place for children to grow, learn and experience their world in a supported, inclusive, and respectful home environment.

Philosophy

Children
We recognise children as unique individuals, confident and capable learners. We empower children to make choices and to have a voice in their daily care.
We support children to learn through play and to participate in quality education and care programs in a home environment.

We value the FDC home environment where children can interact in multi-aged groups, fostering close friendships and caring relationships.
Families

We recognise that families are the first teachers of their children, therefore we respect and support their involvement with our service.

We value the strong connections and relationships that form between educators and families, that have developed over multiple generations.

We recognise that every family’s culture is unique, and we support the individual needs of families and children to access quality education and care.

Educators

We are a team of professionals who provide high quality care and work together for the best interests of children, families, and our local community.

We recognise and celebrate our educators who have dedicated themselves to FDC, providing their wealth of knowledge and experience, with some educators being part of our service for many decades.

We value the relationships that educators have built as a team and their willingness to mentor and support new educators in our service.

Community

We provide an inclusive connection to community through our Playsession. We come together to celebrate special events, learn new experiences, and support one another.

We connect to our community through participating in regular excursions to parks, local venues, and community events.

We respect and embrace the diverse cultures within our community and support their inclusion in our service.

We teach our children to care for the land and acknowledge the traditional owners, the Wiradjuri people, their leaders, both past, present, and emerging.

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