What is family day care?
Family Day Care is an accredited form of child care that is provided in the Family Day Care educators own home. Family Day Care educators are early childhood education and care professionals, registered with a Family Day Care service that is responsible for approving, supporting, training and advising its educators.
How is it similar to center-based child care?
Family Day Care provides early childhood education and care services for children across Australia. We are operate under the same National Quality Framework (NQF) as other forms of childcare; incorporating national regulations, quality and qualification standards, educational frameworks and an assessment and ratings process. Parents are eligible for the same Federal Government Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate subsidies.
How is it different to other forms of child care?
Your child’s education and care is provided by an individual educator who has been trained in early childhood education and has been approved by Alice Springs Family Day Care to operate professionally within their own home. Educators work with small groups of no more than four children under school age.* Educators work in partnership with a local coordination unit who regularly visit the educators home to monitor the children’s progress and to provide support.
* An educator may care for 3 additional school-age children, outside of school hours.