Sponsored by Moonee Valley City Council
Families needing care for their children have the options of childcare, occasional care, family day care or relying on family and friends. Of course, each family chooses the type of care suited to their family’s needs.
A few years ago, I investigated Family Day Care. The concept sounded appealing: our kids would be cared for in a home by a professional, with a small group of other kids. It sounded cosy and community focused.
Unfortunately the educator closest to us was fully booked. She had a great reputation amongst the community and we were disappointed to have missed out. I wondered how many other families had also been unable to secure Family Day Care.
That’s why I’m so happy to hear Moonee Valley City Council want to recruit more Family Day Care educators!
By growing this service, not only will there be greater care options available in Moonee Valley, but it will also create employment opportunities for local families.
About Family Day Care educators
Family Day Care educators hold a Certificate III in Children’s Services (as a minimum qualification) and provide professional education and care for a group of children in their own home. They may have their own children home too, although this isn’t a requirement – people without children at home can also be educators.
Educators set up age-appropriate activities and games for the children, feed the children, settle them for naps and supervise the children at all times. They are actively involved with the children while caring for them.
Newborn babies through to 12 year old children are cared for by Family Day Care educators, with a maximum of 4 under school age and 3 school age children. Care is offered all day, a few days a week, before or after school or during school holidays.
Melody has been a Family Day Care educator within Moonee Valley for 15 years. Melody has built many strong professional relationships within her community whilst providing care, taking children to kinder and school, visits to the local library and nearby parks, being flexible and supportive to meet the needs of different families. Also being there for her own children while working.
Flexible job opportunity, with support
Becoming a Family Day Care educator is a great way to earn some money, while working from home.
Educators can set the days and times that they work, and Moonee Valley City Council links the educator with children for care. Children are booked in with Family Day Care educators as agreed with the family.
Moonee Valley City Council provides complete support to Family Day Care educators: there’s regular professional development, home visits, assistance with planning programs. Council also manage all the invoicing, paperwork and are the employer of the educators.
Find out more
Moonee Valley City Council would love to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming a Family Day Care educator. For more information, visit the Moonee Valley City Council website or call 9243 8888.