Day Care is a
professional home-based childcare service
established in Australia for 35+ years. It is the only formal
childcare option that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
100,000 children aged from
birth to twelve years are currently enrolled through 340 schemes
supporting over 12,000 carers in almost every region of
of family day care is
provided in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia
• 26%* of children using family day care are school-aged
• family day care provides the highest percentage* of care to
children with a disability when compared with other service
*Source: Commonwealth Childcare Census 2004
care is highly regulated and complies with Australian
government guidelines, state/territory regulations and Family Day
Care Quality Assurance [accreditation] through the National
Childcare Accreditation Council, National standards and individual
point of difference between family day care and centre based care is
the lower carer-to-child ratios, which enable individual
attention and strong relationships with one primary carer.
Current early years brain research
confirms that the single most
important element in stimulating a child’s learning is strong
relationships with significant adults – family day care’s
small group care enables children to build those bonds that are so
critical to their early learning and social development.
In family day care, children learn
naturally through play and everyday
activities in a ‘real world’ environment.
Each day is tailored to their
individual needs and development.
Family day care has in common
with centre-based care:
qualifications, quality assurance and health and safety/OHS
• as in centre-based care, the
authorised supervisor of a family day care service is required
to hold formal qualifications under licensing regulations
• a key role of tertiary qualified staff is to lead the
continuous training of service workers
• all workers with direct contact with children are required to
hold a current first aid certificate
• carers and their immediate family undergo background checks to
make sure they are suitable to work with children
are skilled, experienced and highly trained; many hold
formal qualifications ranging from Certificate III in Childcare to
in partnership with professionally qualified family day care staff,
and both staff and carers attend
ongoing in-service training in
contemporary childcare practice to ensure continued positive
outcomes for children.
• According to the 2004 Childcare
Census, 73% of family day care
staff held formal qualifications, compared with 60% of centre-based
Bayside Family Day Care has 100% of the
qualified or progressing to completion of formal qualifications
Carers are required to undergo
rigorous pre-service training prior to
starting in family day and this training isled and supported by
Family day care is
an affordable childcare option
where care is
charged on an hourly basis. Fees are generally set by individual
Australian Government's childcare benefit is available
for families, as is the 30 percent tax
·Family day care is
a viable career choice offering
the flexibility of
working from home and the
ability for carers to set their own hours and fees for service.
Depending on the number of children
in care and the hours worked, carers can earn anywhere from $20,000
to over $100,000 a year.
relating to the operation of a family day care
business are tax deductible.
Our scheme provides an
extraordinary level of free training and continuing support to
help you become a professionally licensed care provider operating a
business out of your own home.
Family Day Care?
Family Day Care is a professional and regulated home-based
childcare service offering care for children from birth to 12 years.
"Highly trained carers develop
and plan individual experiences to suit your child and form
close relationships, necessary for early learning and social
development. Family day care is the preferred child care
choice for over 90,000 families across Australia."
Family Day Care Australia, 2007
Warm, home-like environment
Individual attention to children
in small groups
Care for children is provided
from a very young age and can continue right through to age 12
Childcare can be offered during
standard hours, overnight, weekends, school holidays,
before/after school and occasional care
Family day care is flexible and
can support parents in shift working employment, such as nursing
or hospitality, or roles which require travel
Family Day Care can also assist
families in crisis or as a respite care option.
► If you
are a parent interested in quality, individual
and learning experiences for your child:
contact Bayside Family
‘If you are interested in children and want to earn a healthy
income working in your own home-based business, then family day
care could be the career choice for you.
‘Opportunities currently exist
for suitable people to join their local family day care service
where full training and ongoing support is provided.’
Linda Latham, CEO, Family Day Care
► If you
are interested in becoming a Care Provider and
own childcare business in
collaboration with our Service:
contact Bayside Family
Acknowledgement and Thanks
to Family Day Care Australia
for adapted use of material in
this fact sheet