A look into family day care
0:03 There are many quality options available for early childhood education and care and family
0:07 day care is one of these options.
0:09 This video demonstrates how one service is meeting the national quality standards.
0:13 The philosophy of family day care is where education and care happens in a home environment
0:18 where an educator delivers the best quality outcomes for children in their own home.
0:22 When a family walks in, they’ll get a feel for what’s really important and they’ll
0:26 trust their instincts about the relationship they see with the educator and the child.
0:30 The other important thing about quality family day care is that relationship between the
0:34 family and the educator, and the educator understanding what the needs of that family
0:37 are and delivering that.
0:43 When a family comes to visit a home they should ask the new educator what type of procedures
0:48 they have in place, what checks to they do and what types of documentation do they have.
0:52 So for example if the family day care educator will be taking the child on excursions or
0:56 taking them to school and back again, what procedures are in place and what documentation
1:00 do they gather to ensure that those procedures are carried out effectively, and in accordance
1:05 with the regulations.
1:06 When you walk into an educator’s home you should have a feeling that you’re going
1:10 to be included.
1:11 What that means is that all the child’s needs and wants are going to be catered for.
1:16 That the parent’s perspectives, the parent’s values are going to be understood and going
1:21 to be respected.
1:22 In family day care, other things that are critical to the wellbeing of children whilst
1:27 they are in care is that educators are skilled and knowledgeable about ensuring that they
1:30 can support children in emergencies.
1:32 Say for example there is a fire they get to practice fire emergencies all the time.
1:37 When a coordination unit brings on an educator, they will ensure that that educator has support
1:41 mechanisms in place so if there is an emergency who they can call, who can come out to assist
1:45 them in an emergency situation.
1:52 Constant supervision.
1:54 We educate the children how to hold hands and crossing the road, or holding the pram
1:57 when we are getting in and out of the car.
1:59 I am there always with them.
2:02 I think what I like about our family day care educator is the personal attention and care
2:08 that she gives to Louis and Louis’s development.
2:13 Visit our website www.earlychildhood.qld.gov.au for more information on early childhood education
2:16 and care options and support for services.
Family day care services offer flexible education and care for children from birth to 12 years of age, in the private homes of educators.
This video takes a look into how quality family day care services meet regulations and the National Quality Framework standards, and key questions you can ask.
The philosophy of family day care is where education and care happens in a home environment where an educator delivers the best quality outcomes for children in their own home. The Family Day Care Association Queensland Branch can provide information about many family day care options in Queensland.
Carers and educators receive ongoing training and support and are part of a community of educators.
From creating safe and engaging learning environments to keeping parents informed with learning journals, family day care services provide a link between home care and a theoretical approach to early years learning.