Become a Family Day Care Educator

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Are you passionate about working with children, want to run your own business from your home… looking for a career change from Kindergarten or centre based care… then welcome to Family Day Care.

With over 45 years of operation, a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals, Melton City Council Family Day Care warmly welcomes you.

We are offering you an opportunity to become a Registered Family Day Care Educator, to establish close relationships and make a lasting difference in the lives of children and families in our growing community of Melton.


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If you are interested in becoming an Educator with Melton City Council please review the drop down sections below or contact the Co-ordination Unit on 9747 7307 or email

What are the benefits of becoming an educator?

  • Freedom of being your own boss, building your business and a rewarding career,
  • Flexible working hours and days – choose to include before/after school, holiday care, and even overnight, evenings and weekends too.
  • Genuine long lasting bonds with a small group of families and children
  • Paper free program planning, develop and set up your own programs  
  • Developing area with many new housing Estates and young families and high birth rates are an opportunity for a new business to grow

What support and costs are involved?

  • Part of a FDC Educator community with loads of experience and knowledge to help you
  • Support you through every step of the process of applying and set up
  • Ongoing high quality training and support from Melton City Council and our amazing FDC Unit team
  • For support and costs associated with running a FDC business, please discuss with your TAX agent or seek independent advice.  For further information download the Family Day Care Educator - Support Guide(PDF, 108KB)


What fees can I charge? How much could I earn?

  • You will earn more or less depending upon your availability and flexibility. You set your fees within our agreed fee range.
  • You can earn extra by – being open some weekends and evenings (limits apply) and available for casual or back-up care
  • Charging a higher rate for after hours and weekends.
  • You can charge for extras such as transportation, snacks, meals, excursions, pick up or drop off services,  
  • We will support you with full details when you complete the fee schedule and sign the FDC agreement, before registration.
  • We provide educators an easy process for renegotiating your fees each year through our proposed fee schedule procedure.