Family Day Care
Family Day Care is a child care service providing care and education for children from birth up to 12 years of age. The care is provided in the home of a qualified and registered educator. Educators have been carefully selected, are supervised by CatholicCare, and operate under the Education and Care Services National Regulations.
Our educators are committed people who provide high quality child care for your child. They can care for up to 4 children under school age. This means the educator can give each child the personal care and attention which is vital to help young children develop new skills and interests. The children form friendships with their play mates easily in the small group.
Benefits of family day care include:
- Small group of children
- Flexible hours and/or days
- Individual attention
- Stimulating play-based learning
- Close relationship with the educator who knows your child well.
We have the following care options:
- Long day care
- Part-time care
- Casual care
- Emergency care
- Weekend care
- Overnight care
- Before and after school care
- Vacation care
- Siblings cared for together
If your needs change, your family day care educator can usually assist you. The close relationship between educator and family ensures that the interests of your child and family are accommodated wherever possible.
Family Care Co-ordination Unit
P: (02) 9488 2402 or (02) 9488 2400
Staff will discuss your care needs and your preferences as well as gather information about your child. They will carefully assess your needs and match this with an educator who has a vacancy. You and your child can then visit the educator and they will show you their facilities, program and discuss your expectations of care. When you have chosen an educator you enrol your child and we will discuss with you all aspects of our service including Government assistance with fees and our family day care policies.
Our Family Day Care educators are in a wide range of suburbs in the Hornsby and Hills areas. We currently have educators in the following suburbs:
- Castle Hill
- Mt Colah
- Mt Kuring gai
- Pennant hills
- West Pennant Hills
Fees for care are not regulated. Each educator determines the appropriate fee for their service. You will be advised of the fees each educator charges when you are referred to the educator. The educator will discuss with you the fees payable, payment arrangements and conditions of care.
Some families may be eligible to claim government assistance with fees including child care benefit and child care rebate. Fee assistance can be paid directly to the service or to the parent.
- Child Care Benefit (CCB): is a means tested assistance which is paid per hour of care.
- Child Care Rebate (CCR): is 50% off fees (after other assistance has been deducted).
Support for Family Day Care children, families and educators is provided by our Co-ordination Unit. This is made up of a team of very experienced and qualified staff who are employed by CatholicCare to manage the service and to provide support and monitoring of the care.
Coordination unit staff manage the payment of government fee assistance including child care benefit and child care rebate. They also visit your child’s educator regularly to monitor the care provided and also to monitor your child’s development and learning. Parents can contact the staff at any time to discuss all aspects of your child’s care.
Our education and care program is based on the Early Years Learning Framework (for children not yet attending school) and My Time, Our Place (for school aged children).
Educators provide a programme of experiences for the children which is play based and individualised for your child, encouraging them to develop their skills, knowledge and interests. Educators respond to each child’s interests and use everyday events to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences.
The small group and close relationships with children and families allow educators to implement individually tailored transition to school programs.
Prior to commencing care families must provide a copy of their child’s immunisation records. One of the following documents is to be provided:
- ACIR Immunisation History Statement
- ACIR Immunisation History Form
- ACIR Medical Contraindication Form
- ACIR Conscientious Objection Form
You can get a copy of your child’s immunisation details through Medicare Online Services or by calling the Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.