HEADSTART Family Day Care

Excellent family day care where every child will have a bright future

About Our Philosophy

Excellent family day care where every child will have a bright future
We believe all children should feel safe, secure, respected, valued, cared for individually free from bias or discrimination and should have a strong sense of identity.
We believe all children need a safe and stimulating environment to explore, problem solve, create and construct. Environments are vibrant and flexible spaces that are responsive to the interests and abilities of each child.
We believe all children should experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. . In achieving this we embrace and promote the National Quality Framework including the early years and school age frameworks and the research and theories that underpin the outcomes they seek for children.
We recognise that diversity contributes to the richness of our society and provides a valid evidence base about ways of knowing. It allows the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. The diversity in family life means that children experience belonging, being and becoming in many different ways.
We believe in all children's capacities to succeed, regardless of diverse circumstances and abilities. Children are confident and involved learners.
We believe in responding to children?s ideas and play forms as an important basis for decision-making in programming, children become effective communicators.

Mission Statement

We engage, support, resource and inspire Educators to work in collaboration with families ensuring each child reaches their full potential. In meeting our vision the service will act in a professional and respectful manner, valuing partnerships and diversity. Our primary focus is always what is in the best interests of the child and in doing so we honour the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Headstart Values

  • Respect
  • Promoting access and equity for all
  • Striving for excellence
  • Promoting collaborative relationships
  • Fairness
  • Toleration
  • Community Contribution
  • Community Connection
  • Cultural Competence
  • Confident leaning

Our Educators

Educators are responsible for providing a high standard of care to children. They are required to meet service policies and procedures. Family Day educators need to meet the provisions of the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011. Support and training is available from the Coordination unit.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


Ensure Each Child's Needs are Met

Plan and develop effective procedures to meet each child?s and family?s needs including children who have disabilities or other special needs and taking into account their cultural and religious requirements.

Work within Current Regulations and Policies

Adhere to service guidelines and policies and code of conduct as outlined in the Policy and Procedures Manual.                      

Quality Improvement

Embrace and implement Quality Improvement principles and strategies that result in better outcomes for children in care.                                                      



Training and Professional Development

Commit to professional development and improved practices. Complete an annual professional development plan. Meet training requirements of service including Induction Training, 3 training sessions per 12 months. Educators in Family Day Care will be required to have successfully completed a Certificate 3 in Childrens Services or to be enrolled by 1st January 2014.

Support Parents

Provide support, information, advocacy and referral services to parents.

Maintain Professional Standards

At all times act in an ethical, diligent, honest, friendly and professional manner and follow the ECA code of ethics and service code conduct.


How to become an Educator


SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • A demonstrated ability to plan to meet the needs of children. An educator must have the ability to sensitively assess and meet the physical, social and emotional requirements of individual children, including children from different cultures and those with special needs.
  • Effective communication skills with children, families and service staff that facilitate identification and resolution of concerns and resolve conflict.
  • Responsiveness toward children that facilitates their settling, learning and growth in a socially and emotionally warm environment.
  • Ability to represent themselves and the service in a professional manner and adhere to the Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics.
  • Organisational skills in planning, observation taking and record keeping that will meet the National Quality Standards.
  • Ability to offer a safe and stimulating home environment for children with opportunities for outdoor and indoor play for all ages.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A current First Aid certificate
  • A current CPR Certificate
  • A current anaphylaxis and asthma certificate
  • A current positive working with vulnerable people card for the educator, household members and regular visitors
  • Educators in Family Day Care will require to have successfully completed a Certificate 3 in Childrens Services or to be enrolled by 1st January 2014.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete and return the Educator Application form to Headstart family day care.
  • Pass the Home Safety and Hygiene Assessment which will be conducted through visits from coordinating unit staff.
  • Obtain a Medical Report.
  • Citizenship or Permanent residency or the right to work in Australia
  • Obtain Public Liability Insurance.
  • Submit all relevant forms e.g., bank details, payment of registration fee, care agreement contract, etc.

Enrolments

The primary importance of family in the lives of children is acknowledged and respected and is an underlying principle for practices and procedures. Parents, guardians and other family members are encouraged to share information with the service and the educator about their child, their culture and to become involved in the service.

Childcare rebate and Childcare benefits are available to eligible families.

To enrol your child please click on the online enrolment form link below and complete the form. You can also print the paper form enrolment form.

If you need assistance with completing the form please call us on 0456 371483 or 0469 680296


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Resources

Quick Links

Family Day Care Australia
Phone : 1800 658 699
Website : www.fdca.com.au

Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority
Phone : 1300 422 327
Website : www.acecqa.gov.au

Department of Education
Website : www.education.gov.au

National Police Record Check
Website : www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks

Department of Human Services
Website : www.humanservices.gov.au


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Get in Touch

Call Us: 0456 371483, 0402 729695 / addministration.headstartfdc@gmail.com / Gungahlin District, Australia
ABN: 66 929 212 838

Contact Info

HeadStart Family Day Care
Gungahlin District, Australia
addministration.headstartfdc@gmail.com
P: +61 2 62555226, 0456 371483, 0402 729695