Establishing a New Family Day Care Service
Educators operating on their own are not eligible for a service approval under the Education and Care National Law.
Family Day Care services who employ or engage two or more educators must be approved under the National Law.
The first step is to apply for and be granted a provider approval, which assesses your fitness and propriety, and capacity to operate an early childhood education and care service.
An application for service approval may be submitted at the same time, or at any time after a provider approval has been granted.
If you are a single educator, you might wish to consider working with a Family Day Care service that is already approved and operating in the ACT. These services welcome new educators and provide support and monitoring through their coordination unit.
Alternatively, you may offer care in your own home for up to seven children, including a maximum of four children under school age, without requiring a license or service approval. This option will not allow families using your service to be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy.
Operating a Family Day Care Service
A Family Day Care service must have a Nominated Supervisor. This person must meet requirements for qualifications and/or experience and hold a supervisor certificate issued by CECA.
The Nominated Supervisor, along with the approved provider, has responsibility for ensuring the service operates in accordance with the National Law and Regulations.
Family Day Care services must appoint enough Family Day Care coordinators to monitor and support their educators, such as through visits, phone calls and training. Coordinators must hold at least an approved early childhood diploma level qualification.
All Family Day Care educators must hold, or be actively working towards, at least an approved Certificate III level qualification in early childhood education and care. Approved qualifications are listed at ACECQA.
Family Day Care services must also appoint a suitably qualified and experienced educator or coordinator to be the educational leader of the service.