Kingborough Council - Becoming A Carer - Tasmania

Becoming A Carer

Kingborough Family Day Care welcomes educator applicants from Kingborough and Huon Valley. Potential applicants are recruited and trained by our central coordination unit, who provide ongoing resourcing and back up support.

What skills and qualities do I need to have?
If you have experience caring for children, can provide a warm, secure and family focussed environment, and want to build your own successful home based child care business, we can offer you support to get started. A sound understanding of child development and the ability to recognise and provide for children's needs is also required. Many educators have their own children of varying ages - all have experience with children. Personal qualities such as empathy, compassion, flexibility, and professionalism will certainly assist you to offer a high quality business.

What training and skills are required?
All educators must complete an inductin program that includes child protection, food handling, fist aid, anaphylaxis and asthma and work towards or hold an approved childcare qualification.

Educators must have Public Liability Insurance and all educators and household members of 18 years and over most hold a current Working With Children Check (WWCC).

Educators are required to develop and run a play based educational program that reflects childrens current interests, needs and strenghts.

How much does it cost to set up, and is my home suitable?
Safety and health of children is a priority for all family day educators. For this reason there are guidelines and standards in place to cover the home environment and each criteria must be met before you open your business. Depending on the age and style of your home there may be modifications required to make your house safe for childcare.

Start up costs include:

  • any home maintenence or changes required to meet safety standards;
  • equipment and materials such as toys, bedding, car seats, prams and high chairs; and
  • registration and training costs (First Aid, Child Protection and approved qualifications).

The coordination unit staff will assess your home and provide advice and support on meeting regulatory requirements. Other business costs to be aware of include insurance, training and WWCC fees. There is an initial registration fee for educators and an ongoing weekly fee that contributes to the administration and support services provided.

How many children can I care for?
Educators work with small groups of children from birth to 12 years. Educators can care for up to four children under school age (including their own) and three school age children at any one time.

What can I expect to earn?

As an educator you are self-employed and can set your own hourly rate within the parameters set by the coordination unit. An estimate for an educator caring for four children, eight hours a day, five days a week may earn around $60,000 before tax per year. An educator operating longer hours, weekends and evenings has the potential to earn a much higher income.

How do I apply?
If you are interested and would like more information, please contact the Coordination team, who will support you to set up your childcare business. Staff are ready to discuss your application and any questions you may have. We can also arrange for a staff member to advise you about the suitability of your home. Please contact us.

Phone: (03) 6211 8295
Email: fdc@kingborough.tas.gov.au

Online Application Form

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