Information for Families

The Educator

Educators are experienced, skilled individuals who earn an income by providing care within their own homes for small groups of children.

To be registered with family day care, they undergo an interview, undertake an orientation program and they, and any person residing in their home eighteen years or over, has a Police Records Check and Working with Children Check.  They need to provide evidence that their application is being processed before they can commence work.

Educators are required to complete an accredited Level 2 First Aid Course, and attend professional development training on children’s development and associated aspects of children’s wellbeing. The educator’s home is safety checked prior to commencing as an educator and then annually to ensure it is maintained in accordance with the National Standards for Family Day Care.  The educator is required to maintain a smoke free environment whilst children are in care.

 

The Co-ordination Unit

The Co-ordination Unit is comprised of experienced staff, employed by UnitingCare Gippsland to administer the scheme according to Commonwealth Government guidelines which are set out in the Child Care Services Handbook.  A copy of this Handbook is available at each Family Day Care office and can be viewed upon request.

The Co-ordination Unit staff work in partnership with educators in supporting children’s learning and development, while developing supportive relationships with families and educators.

It is important that you are confident and happy with your children’s care. Please discuss any issues with your educator. Our staff are available for pre-arranged, face to face meetings with families, to enable confidential discussion & sharing of information about your child’s progress. UnitingCare Gippsland complaints policy encourages feedback as a means of improving the service, and gathering a range of views about the scheme’s practice. Complaints can be verbal or in writing, clients can request an advocate be present, and all complaints will be treated confidentially and discreetly. A copy of the complaints policy is available from your Co-ordination Unit.

 

Childcare Benefit

Childcare Benefit [CCB] is provided by the Federal Government to families using childcare and is based on an income assessment.  If you receive or will be receiving Family Tax Benefit as a fortnightly payment, you will be able to apply to the Family Assistance Office for CCB over the phone.  If your child has never used any form of childcare before, you must organise your Childcare Benefit with the Family Assistance Office prior to using Family Day Care.

Please note that Childcare Benefit is only available on a maximum weekly childcare amount per child, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that their Childcare Benefit remains current and is reviewed annually or when there is a significant change to the family income.

 

50% Child Care Tax Rebate

The Child Care Tax Rebate is a payment from the Government that helps working families with the cost of child care.  The Government will provide you with 50% of your out-of-pocket child care costs for approved child care, with a rebate of up to $7,500 (indexed) per child per year, and paying the rebate quarterly.

 

For further information, please contact the Family Assistance Office.

 

No Jab No Play

No Jab No Play is a Victorian State Government legislation to help protect children from serious and possibly life-threatening illnesses.

The legislation came into effect from 1 January 2016.

Under the new law, all children must be fully vaccinated to be enrolled in childcare and kindergarten.

Only children who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will be able to be exempt from No Jab No Play. A GP (General Practitioner) or other medical doctor would need to decide this.

‘Conscientious objection’ will not be an exemption.

The Importance of Vaccinations

Vaccinations save lives. The current immunisation rate for children under five years of age is around 92 per cent; however immunisation coverage of 95 per cent is necessary to stop the spread of particularly infectious diseases, such as measles.

Recent outbreaks of measles both here and overseas have highlighted the need for higher immunisation coverage.

Immunisation not only protects those people who have been vaccinated, it also protects those in our community who may be unable to receive vaccines themselves, by reducing the occurrence and spread of disease.

Required Immunisations for Child Care and Kindergarten

By four years of age, children should be immunised against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

For more information about the immunisation schedule, visit the Victorian Government’s website.

Conscientious Objection Exemption Removed

The legislation ensures as many children as possible are vaccinated against serious and possibly life-threatening illnesses.

The science and medical expert advice is clear; immunisation is critical to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The choice of one parent not to vaccinate their child puts other children at risk of serious or potentially life-threatening illnesses.

Accessing Immunisations

There are some children in the community whose families face difficulties accessing immunisations.

Families who are eligible for kindergarten grants will be eligible for extra time (16 weeks) to bring their children’s immunisations up-to-date. These children will be able to attend the childcare/kindergarten service during the grace period.

The Government will ensure that early childhood services provide families of children who aren’t up-to-date with their immunisations with support and information about where they can access vaccinations.

Enrolling into Childcare

Parents must make sure their child’s vaccinations are up-to-date.

For more information about the immunisation schedule, visit the Victorian Government’s website.

Family Day Care is Quality Accredited with National Childcare Accreditation Council

Family Day Care Quality Accreditation aims to provide children in family day care throughout Australia with high quality care that best promotes their learning and development in the vital early years. Validation for quality accreditation is conducted every two years. Educators in family day care adhere to National Standards for Family Day Care and the Quality Practices Guide, which are governmental requirements.

National Quality Framework

In December 2009, all Australian Governments agreed to a new National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care. This means that all Australian children, regardless of their location, will get the best possible start in life through high quality early childhood education and care and school age care services.

The Framework will help providers improve their services in the areas that impact on a child’s development and empower families to make informed choices about which service is best for their child.

In 2012 Family Day Care Educator will work within the guidelines set by The National Quality Framework, which includes:

  • a national legislative framework that consists of the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011
  • a National Quality Standard
  • an assessment and rating system
  • Being, Belonging, Becoming Framework and Victorian Early Years and Developmental Framework
  • The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

ACECQA, the new national body is responsible for providing oversight of the new system and ensuring consistency of approach. While Family Day Care currently holds high quality accreditation under NCAC we will be assessed and rated under the new National Quality Framework in the future.

 

Information about childcare options is also available in a variety of languages.

For more information please contact Gippsland Family Day Care

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