Family Day Care

Family Day Care is a flexible home-based child care and education service that offers a safe, secure, caring and familiar environment for young babies through to pre-teens. More than 203,000 children attend Family Day Care across Australia, learning from fully qualified Educators who are carefully selected by a Family Day Care Coordination Unit.

For more details about enrolling your child in Family Day Care or becoming a Family Day Care Educator read the information below or call us on (03) 5018 8271.

Who provides Family Day Care?

There are more than 35 registered Family Day Care Educators throughout the Mildura region. Educators work from their homes across the Mildura Rural City Local Government Area as well as Wentworth Shire.

Every educator is carefully selected, has a genuine love of children and the skills and resources necessary to provide a caring, stimulating environment for children to learn and grow.

To gain registration, Family Day Care Educators must be 18 years or over and meet strict requirements including a Certificate III in Children’s Services qualification, Working with Children and Police Checks, National Quality Standards and induction training and home safety assessments.

How is Family Day Care monitored for quality?

As the local Family Day Care Coordination Unit, Mildura Rural City Council is responsible for recruiting, screening, training and providing ongoing support for Family Day Care Educators throughout our region. Council staff make unannounced home visits to see children in care and to support and monitor the service. These visits are documented. Spot Checks and formal assessment visits from the State Government Department of Education and Training are also made. Family Day Care is approved under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011.

Council's Family Day Care service has a rating of 'Exceeding' the National Quality Standard and was awarded the National 2015 Excellence in Family Day Care Award for the state of Victoria.

What type of care is available?

One of the best things about Family Day Care is its flexibility to suit the individual and changing needs of families. Full and part time care, casual care, after and before school care and school holiday care is available. Family Day Care can also accommodate children whose parents work shifts, and may require overnight or weekend care.

How many children can an educator care for at once?

Family Day Care Educators can care for up to seven children in total – four children under school age and up to three children attending primary school. These numbers also include the Educator’s own children.

What do children do in Family Day Care?

Educators work hard to provide the babies and children in their care with relationships and learning experiences that extend and enrich children’s learning. Activities are planned to suit each child’s individual needs.

Family Day Care staff and Educators are able to discuss specific additional care or special requirements children may have.

How much does Family Day Care cost?

Each Family Day Care educator sets their own fees. Charges are calculated on an hourly rate, ranging from between $5.45 and $10 per child for ‘core’ care from 8am to 6pm weekdays. Care outside these times is charged at a different rate.

The Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate apply to Family Day Care which can greatly reduce the cost of care. Both are available to eligible families and can be obtained by contacting the Department of Human Services (previously Family Assistance Office).

Enrolling your child in Family Day Care 

To enrol your child in Family Day Care, you should first contact the local Family Day Care Coordination Unit at Mildura Rural City Council to discuss your care needs, expectations and responsibilities. The Coordination Unit will seek placement with an educator based on your requirements. Once an appropriate educator has been found, Council will contact you and you can arrange to meet the educator.

Is a career in Family Day Care for you?

Do you enjoy the company of children? Do you want to make a difference in their lives by providing quality care and learning experiences from your own home? If you answered yes, Family Day Care may be for you. A career in Family Day Care offers flexibility, stability and support. While Educators are self-employed, they are carefully selected, trained, supported and approved by Council’s Family Day Care coordination unit.