Becoming A Carer
Kingborough Family Day Care Scheme welcomes carer applicants from all areas. Potential carer 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 carers 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 else is required?
Carers are required to hold a current first aid certificate and to provide a satisfactory safety screening clearance.
Do I need formal childcare qualifications?
You do not need any formal qualifications to be a carer however formal qualifications and experience in the field are very beneficial to working as a Family Day Carer. A commitment to ongoing training is appreciated. The Coordination team can assist you to access many flexible training options which will suit your needs.
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 carers. For this reason there are guidelines and standards in place to cover the home environment, both inside and outside, 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. However the Coordination team can assist you to access grants and interest free loans to help cover the costs of setting up. (Conditions apply).
How many children can I care for?
Carers are self employed and charge an hourly rate for their service. Whilst you can elect how many children you care for, and the days and hours you are available, you will be responsible for no more than seven children under the age of 13 years, including the carers own children at any one time. (Conditions apply).
What about income?
Carers can build up a solid business and earn good incomes. Carers are able to set their own fees. For example if you choose to work part-time (30 hrs per week),and your fee is set at $5.00 per hour and you have four children in care, your income over 48 weeks would be in the range of $29000. If you choose to have the same number of children over a 50 hour week your income over 48 weeks would be in the range of $48000.
Carers with qualifications or working towards them are able to have a fifth child under 5. This would increase the prospective income to $36000 part time and $60000 for 50 hours care. These figures are based on all places being filled.
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