Family day care educators operate their own small business that needs to meet the National Quality Framework, which includes making sure their business meets the education and care legislation and standards.
Family day care educators are very different to educators working in centre based services, like long day care or occasional care centres. Family day care educators are liable for fines of up to $2,000 per incident, which is outlined in the JPS Survival Guide for Australian Family Day Care Educators.
Running a home business brings a range of benefits and challenges; you can work your own hours, set your own income and deliver your own program.
At JPS, we advocate for and see the family day care as the optimal early childhood model, family day care allows for children to:
Professional Improvement for Educators in Family Day Care
We are now all very aware of the value and shift to self- education. I’m a known advocate, I’ve taken control of my own professional improvement for more than 20 years.
By taking control of your own professional improvement, educators in family day care get to set the direction of your business and career. You can do it in your own time, within your own budget and base it on your specific needs which are ever-changing in child care. You can do as little or as much as you need or want. It’s your business, it’s up to you how far you take it!
So where do you start when planning your own professional development? For most of our career we’ve been directed by our chosen field and then our managers. But as family day care business owners, it’s now up to you.
How can you do it? Firstly by conducting your own ‘training gap analysis’ and business plan. ‘What?”, I hear you say, “my qualifications never prepared me for business and self-management!” But you can! All you need are the tools, information and support and anything’s possible.
The JPS Survival Guide for Educators is designed to be used in conjunction with my range of free videos on my youtube channel and my ‘crash course’ blog posts, making it easy for you to go through the topics needed to run a compliant, professional family day care business. Each section guides you to identify your strengths challenges and barriers and then to develop an improvement plan. And, yes, you get to design your own business plan including a training plan. Easy!
I also have an online training course, with over 4 hours worth of content including templates and resources for educators titled;
- The Business of A Family Day Care Educator (coming soon). This is a business course for getting your business established or growing your current child care business – skills we don’t get in early childhood training. It is custom made for educators in family day care.
- More in development
Remember, you can always book a chat with me, a recognised education and care expert to answer, guide, motivate or clarify anything along the way.