Family Day Care

REED – Great Beginnings Family Day Care

REED works in partnership with families, early childhood professionals and the broader community to ensure children are happy, healthy and develop a love of learning. We want children to reach their full potential.

REED provides a number of  services including centre based care, before and after school care, and vacation care.  They also offer Family Day Care (FDC) in the home of Educators and ‘In Venue’ FDC with a single Educator in community facilities.

FDC is a high quality, flexible child care service which is provided in a safe and secure home environment or a community facility. FDC is offered in towns where the number of young children is too small for a dedicated child care centre to be provided.

All FDC Educators hold Early Childhood qualifications and are regularly reviewed by REED staff to monitor education and care standards in accordance with the National Quality Framework (NQF) and REED’s Great Beginnings FDC Service Policies and Procedures.

The curriculum for children from birth to five years of age is based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). The Framework’s vision is for all children to experience play based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. FDC Educators use the framework in partnership with parents – children’s first and most influential educators – to develop a learning program that’s responsive to each child’s ideas, interests, strengths and abilities, and recognise that children learn through play.

Through the EYLF five learning goals, the curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop:

  • A strong sense of their identify
  • Connection with the world
  • A strong sense of wellbeing
  • Confidence and involvement in their learning; and
  • Effective communication skills.

FDC Educators also offer education and care before and after school during school terms and during holiday periods, for children aged from 4 to 12 years.

Hours, fees and the Australian Government Child Care Subsidy:

Hours of operation and fee schedules are determined by individual FDC Educators who are self-employed sole traders and members of an Approved FDC Scheme.

Financial support is provided by the Australian Government for parents with children attending an approved FDC service. The Government subsidises the cost of education and care for eligible parents through the Child Care Subsidy (CCS).  Information about CCS can be obtained from the Australian Government Department of Human Services on 136 150 or their website:https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy

More detailed information about the subsidy is provided via this link on our website Fee Structure.

Interested in becoming a Self Employed FDC Educator?

REED’s Great Beginnings FDC welcomes new or existing Educators from rural and regional areas in Western Australia.  If you have experience in caring for children, can provide a secure and family-focused environment and want to build your own home based education and care business, or provide family day care in an approved venue in your community, we can help get you started.

High-level assistance and support will be provided by REED along with training and resourcing as you work through the registration process. A minimum qualification of Certificate 111 in Children’s Services is required to become an Educator.

As safety and health are a priority for children in FDC, there are guidelines and standards in place to cover the home environment and community venues (indoors and outdoors) and each criteria must be met prior to commencing.

REED’s Great Beginnings FDC Educators are spread throughout regional Western Australia however for security measures REED only advertises the town where the service is offered. REED Head Office is located in Narrogin, which is also the base for our extensive resources and toy library. REED Great Beginnings FDC Educators, have access to these resources as part of their administration fee.

A career in FDC offers you the chance to work with young children; resources, advice and support from experienced REED staff; the chance to meet new people; and best of all, the ability to combine family and business in a professional and supported environment.

For all enquires about REED’s Great Beginnings Family Day Care, please contact Isabelle Hibbon, A/Manager

T:08 9881 2991

E: isabelle.hibon@reedwa.org.au