Family Day Care
Family Day Care Mums provide care in their own homes
for up to 5 children, including their own, up to the
age of 12, but generally under school age. Family Day
Care schemes are run through local councils or independent
organisations such as a church, but with all schemes
there is a central office that provides support, training,
resources and regulation of the business.
To become a Family Day Carer, you will need a current
first aid certificate and a working with children police
check which the scheme will arrange on your behalf.
You do not need any formal qualifications in child care,
although a child care certificate or diploma would be
useful, and may allow you to charge more for your care
than an unqualified carer. (Rates you can charge vary
from scheme to scheme) Ideally you would have experience
with children (not hard if you're a mum!) and you must
enjoy looking after young children. Your scheme will
provide training which will cover things like safety,
hygeine, policies and procedures, and how to program
your week to cover each child's needs. Family Day Care
Schemes often run a playgroup you can attend with the
children, which is a good place to meet other Family
Day Care mums.
As with all child care, Family Day Care is regulated
through the government to ensure quality care is provided.
Your home will be checked to ensure it meets basic safety
standards, and you will need to have current public
liability insurance to cover your business.
How much money can you earn in Family
The hours you work and the number of children you care
for are, to a large extent, up to you. Carers in the
Northern Beaches area of Sydney area charge between
$60 and $80 a day per child.
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