Family Day Care

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Family Day Care offers flexible quality care in an Educators home for small groups of children and allows for individualised care and education.

Melton City Council’s Family Day Care:

  • is licensed by the Australian Government and eligible for child care subsidy (CCS)
  • has achieved an overall rating of Meeting National Quality Standard with Exceeding Standard 4
  • established since July 1975 we pride ourselves in a history of excellent support for our educators and community
  • we currently have vacancies across Melton, please contact us

 

 

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Family Day Care provides:

  • quality care for preschool and primary school aged children (0-12) in the homes of Family Day Care Educators
  • a network of approved Family Day Care Educators, who are recruited, supported and monitored by our coordination unit team
  • a safe, secure and stimulating  educational home environment, with care being provided for small groups of children
  • a flexible program offering full time, part time, casual, before and after school, school holiday, weekend and over-night care depending on the availability of Educators.
  • Priority of access to Family Day Care is given to children with parents who are working, studying or seeking work. 

Family Day Care fees:

Fees are approved by Melton City Council and currently range between $10.25 and $13.55 per hour per child, for booked care Monday to Friday.

Families may be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy to help meet the cost of childcare. For information on Child Care Subsidy visit: www.centrelink.gov.au.

Family Day Care Educator Role

Educators are people who:

  • reside across the municipality of the City of Melton
  • offer a close relationship with the child and his or her parents
  • are recruited, trained and monitored by the Coordination Unit
  • have access to training to develop their skills and knowledge of children and child care practices
  • represent the cultural diversity, which exists within the community
  • comply with National Law and Regulations and the National Quality Framework

All registered Educators have a minimum qualification of Certificate 111 in Children's Services, current Level 2 Certificate in First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Emergency Asthma Management training and have undertaken a recruitment training program prior to commencement with the service.

All Educators undertake an annual safety check of their home and an individual review to identify continuous improvement and suitability to work in Family Day Care.

All persons 18 years of age and older who reside in the Educator’s home are required to obtain a Working with Children Check and a Police Check.

All staff and Educators require a Working with Children Check Card in compliance with the “Working with Children Act 2005.” 

Role of the Coordination Unit

  • Is staffed by experienced and qualified professionals
  • Assists parents/guardians in a range of ways, including helping to select a suitable Educator, waiting list management, ongoing advice, information and support
  • Recruiting and training new Educators, ongoing support, supervision and resources for Educators
  • Home visits to Educators to support and monitor the care environment
  • Supporting educators when caring for children after hours
  • Keeping up-to-date with current practices and future direction in child care
  • Supporting the administration of Government Child Care Subsidy (CCS).
  • Ensuring compliance e.g. numbers of children, priority of access, ongoing improvement. 

New Families Enquiry Form

Become a Family Day Care Educator

Become a Family Day Care Educator

If you are interested in becoming an Educator with Melton City Council you can find out more information about the process & forms by visiting Become a Family Day Care Educator and complete the Expression of Interest online form

Feedback and Reviews

 "Thank you very much for your assistance, it was really easy and convenient than I thought." - Parent feedback, regarding enrolment process, 15/4/2024 

"As a parent, finding the right daycare for our precious little one was a daunting task. But fortunately we got in contact with Ravinder, who has been an absolute blessing in our lives to care for 18 month old full time. From the very first day, Ravinder welcomed our child with open arms and a heart full of warmth. Her genuine love for children is evident in every smile, every hug. Our little one absolutely loves to be in her care. Not only babysit, Ravinder also organises creative activities, age-appropriate games and appropriate outdoor play. Ravinder handles all tantrums very patiently. She is really good with understanding each child’s unique needs. She always encourages kids in her care to finish their lunch bags by offering consistently. She ensures our little one stays hydrated and gets plenty of fresh air every day. All play area at Ravinder’s family day care is childproof and always very clean. Ravinder always sends me regular updates about my child throughout the day. Thank you, Ravinder, for being an exceptional educator and a cherished friend to our little one. We are forever grateful." - Parent review 19/03/2024

"I just wanted to acknowledge Angela and let you know how much of a positive difference Angela has made to our lives. Our child’s wellbeing team at school have noticed a massive change in her attitude and behaviour since being with Angela and as for us as parents I don't know how I ever survived without her. As full time workers … I take comfort in knowing that our child now has Angela on her side to help her with the little things we miss. I couldn't be more thankful or appreciative to have such a beautiful caring lady supporting my child." - Parent feedback 13/04/2022

"Last night Rosanna had a Diwali party for all of the children in her home. She welcomed the parents, provided food and an enriching cultural experience for all of the children. My daughter looks forward to Diwali at Rosanna's in the same way she looks forward to Christmas Day. I can't emphasise enough how amazing Rosanna is and how much she genuinely cares about the children and families around her. Rosanna isn't just an educator, she is adept at building a community out of the families in her care. We know each other and have built relationships because of her ability to bring people together. Rosanna is an excellent educator and I am thankful everyday that we found her!"- Parent feedback 16/02/2022

Contact us

Melton City Council Family Day Care currently has education and care places available.

For more information call us on 9747 7307 or email: familydaycare@melton.vic.gov.au.