The nature of family day care is for educators to be self employed and manage an at home business.
Family Day Care creates and allows freedom of choice for people wanting to work from home and families wishing to place their child in a house rather than centre environment. However, the approved provider is responsible and liable to ensure legal obligations are met. Policies and procedures are the foundation of setting the obligation, standard and expectation of people working or engaged in the service (stakeholders).
Policies are the ‘tool’ used to interpret and communicate the legislation, your operational requirements and to meet the philosophy and culture of your service. Each educator’s home, surroundings, and environment is different which goes to say each educator’s education and care program is going to be different. Service policies support the compliance of every home allowing educators to be flexible in the delivery of their own unique educational program.
The biggest challenge with policies, particularly in family day care, is making sure educators and staff are consistently implementing and reinforcing your services standards as dictated.
If you have been operating your service for a number of years and are yet to achieve ‘Meeting’ under the National Quality Standard, here is the best, most sound starting point for improvement.
My policies are designed on the Education and Care National Regulations 2011 and the Child Care Provider Handbook (Family Assistance Law 2010) you will receive 33 policies and all prescribed forms which can be easily modified and individualised to meet your service’s philosophy and practices.
All of the training, recommendations, consulting work, and content creation we do at JPS is designed around these very policies. Why? Because they were compiled by me, early childhood education and care and family day care governance expert, Jodie Signorino, and they contain the foundational systems and professional standards to meet everything required for running a professional family day care service.
JPS policies contain:
- Systems for monitoring, networking, counselling
- Training requirements for educators and the leadership team
- Staff appraisal
- Processes for continued improvement and growth
- Counselling, disciplinary and reporting systems
Now is the opportunity to ensure your family day care is a professional service that is a fully booked, utilised profitable business.
JPS policies and procedures are also suitable for applications for both Service (approvals and transfers) and Child Care Subsidy Approval under State and Federal Legislation.