Information for Families

Family Day Care is a natural choice and transition into child care.

Finding a quality care arrangement and the right fit for your family

Every education and care service in Western Australia is assessed and rated against National Quality Standard by the Education and Care Regulatory Unit and the service must display a copy of this rating.

Finding and choosing quality child care and the right fit for your family can be a daunting process when looking but it is important to know that you and your child will be the best judge of what quality is for your particular family. As a rule of thumb, remember that no matter what type of service you choose, in a high quality setting your child will feel happy, safe and secure and have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of play based learning experiences. As a parent, you should feel comfortable approaching your educator and service staff and confident that your child's well-being is a priority.

Eastern Region Family Day Care are a service rated Exceeding and have family day care educators in several areas in Perth's Eastern Metro Region - contact us to enquire about suitable care arrangements and availability in your area.

OurParent Handbook 2018 offers more information specific to Eastern Region Family Day Care and your child's care.

Fees

Fees for your child's education and care are outlined in each Educator's Statement of Fees and Service Fee Guides and available to families when visiting an educator, all fees are pre-approved by the service. The total fee includes a Service Parent Levy and Educator fee, families eligible may apply for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) through Centrelink.

Subsidied payments are calculated based on your family income assessment, the activity level of parents and type of child care service. Families must provide this information using your Centrelink online account. If you don't have a MyGov account  here. Full fees may be payable if care commences prior to your CCS assessment and approval.

Once CCS is confirmed your parent fee is paid directly to your educator and any balance due to an educator is claimed through Eastern Region Family Day Care. Any questions regarding fees can be directed to either your educator or our office.

Number of children in care

The number of children in care is set by the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2012, it ensures that no more than seven children (including an educator's own child) are in care at any one time.

Of this, no more than four children can be under school age and three primary school aged. In addition, a policy requirement has been established whereby only one baby under 12 months may be in care at any one care session (exceptions can apply).

Play based learning environment and experiences

Planned and spontaneous indoor and outdoor experiences for children have a play based focus and are specific to each child and the small group.

Experiences may include dressing up, story telling, building cubbies, messy play, painting/collage, singing and dancing, playing games, reading, cooking, water and sand play and  obstacle courses.  Some educators extend children's learning and socialising in larger groups through outings to to parks, libraries and play sessions.

Experiences may be initiated or led by a child whereas others will be planned and offer intentional teaching by an educator. Educators base their educational program on an approved learning framework, this helps prepare children in all aspects of their learning and development as focuses on addressing the developmental needs, interests and experiences of each child, while taking into account individual differences.

There are 2 nationally approved learning frameworks which outline practices that support and promote children’s learning:

Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF) (for young children from birth to five years of age)

My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia (MTOP) (for school age children).

 



​Eastern Region Family Day Care
9274 6222
children@mundaring.wa.gov.au

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