Information for Educators

Are you interested in establishing a Professional Career in Early Childhood Education in Coffs Harbour?

A rewarding and flexible career in early childhood education in Coffs Harbour may be more possible than you think. Are you energetic, reliable and do you enjoy having children around you? Do you want to make a difference in their lives? Are you looking for an opportunity to work from home? If the answer is yes to these questions then talk to Coffs Harbour Family Day Care. We may be able to offer you the chance to build a successful home-based early childhood education business on the Coffs Coast.
Whether you’re looking to spend more time at home with your own children while earning an income or interested in using your childcare qualifications to start your own business, early childhood education in Coffs Harbour may just be the answer.


What does Coffs Harbour Family Day Care Offer?

  • You have the security of working with an organisation that has more than 30 years’ experience in providing family day care in the Coffs Harbour region.
  • You’ll receive the support of a service that is a member of NSW Family Day Care Association and abides by the Code of Conduct.
  • We give you support in building your business.  You receive training and guidance to assist you to establish your professional education and care service.
  • Our existing educators are willing to mentor you and provide the opportunity to do some work experience with them prior to commencement.
  • Benefit from the networking opportunities with other educators with the service.
  • Receive automatic membership of the NSW Family Day Care Association
  • Have access to the national industry association, Family Day Care Australia
  • Be provided with the initial induction and training and the ongoing support of professional staff at a local office in Coffs Harbour.
  • You will receive a fortnightly newsletter and up to date information regarding changes within the early education and care sector.
  • Have access to the latest policy information, newsletters and scheme forms via the educator section of our professional website.
  • You will be provided with marketing and promotion materials and we will assist you with further promotion of your service if required.
  • Receive professional service from our administration team who are responsible for ensuring that you receive correct payment for the service you provide in accordance with the relevant legislation. You have access to a local office for support and ease of access to resources and a 24-hour On-Call service.

Qualities we look for:

A good sense of humour and good health is essential when providing personalised care for children. The operation of any business requires effective communication skills, management and organizational skills. When considering a professional career in Early Childhood Education in Coffs Harbour you may also consider some of the questions below:

  • Do you enjoy being with children?
  • Are you creative?
  • Do you have Certificate III in Children’s Services or above?
  • Are you willing to complete Certificate III in Children’s Services?
  • Have you read our Philosophy?
  • Do you feel you can provide a service that is consistent with our service philosophy?
  • Do you have enthusiasm and genuine commitment to the wellbeing of children?
  • Are you willing to provide an environment that is warm, nurturing, secure and family-focused?

Whether you’re looking to spend more time at home with your own children while earning an income or interested in using your childcare qualifications to start your own Family Day Care service in Coffs Harbour business, we may have just the perfect opportunity for you.

Want to find out more?

Keep searching through our webpage for more insights into our service. We would be happy to talk to you about this exciting career opportunity. We are happy to arrange a time to meet with you, have a preliminary visit to your home, meet your family and pets if any, and discuss your options for family day care as a career.

If you have any further questions about early childhood education in Coffs Harbour, please contact Coffs Harbour Family Day Care on (02) 6652 7819.

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Existing Education Information

Coffs Harbour Family Day Care is a professional home-based education and care service offering quality, flexible services for the changing needs of families on the Coffs Coast.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of becoming a Family Day Care Educator?
If the idea of running your own childcare business from home with the support of the Co-ordination Unit appeals to you then why not give us a call.  As an educator you can:

  • Run a business from home.
  • Work with children 0 to 13 years.
  • Look after your own children while working.
  • Work independently under the guidance from the Co-ordination Unit.
  • Have company for your own children.
  • Be part of a team of local child care Educators.
  • Enjoy the support and resources from the Co-ordination Unit.

What do I need to become a Family Day Care Educator?

  • Hold a Certificate III in Children’s Services or above, or be enrolled and actively working towards Certificate III qualification.
  • Complete the registration process including interviews, referee reports, working with children checks and scheme induction and training.
  • Your home (care area) must meet National and local Scheme safety standards.
  • Attend ongoing professional development.
  • Be committed to providing a professional high quality education and care service.
  • Be 18 years or over and have current Senior First Aid Certificate, recognised Asthma and Anaphylaxis training or be willing to obtain one.
  • Public liability insurance.

What about income?
Educators are self employed and set their own fees taking into account business costs and affordability. Parents pay the Educator direct their portion of the fee, while the Co-ordination Unit pays the Childcare Benefit portion fortnightly to the Educator.

What is a Co-ordination Unit or Scheme?
A Family Day Care Scheme consists of the Educators who provide the primary care in a licensed family day care venuee and the Co-ordination Unit office is where the service is managed and administered. The parents’ first contact is with the Co-ordination Unit.  Coffs Harbour Family Day Care has a coordination unit located at ‘The Cottage’ 2 Peterson Road, Coffs Harbour. The local coordination unit provides educators, families and community members the convenience of local service.

What is the role of the Co-ordination Unit?
The Co-ordination Unit manages and administers the Family Day Care Scheme. The staff recruit, select, train, support and monitor educators. They organise the family requests for care and monitor the children’s welfare in care. Coffs Harbour Family Day Care provides families and educators with access to resources, advice and links to other services that may assist with the education, care and development of children.

How do families find an Educator?
Families contact the Co-ordination unit with their request for care. A suitable Educator is contacted regarding the placement and an enrolment process is undertaken. Where possible, more than one Educator is available for families to meet.

Is Family Day Care regulated?
Yes, all Family Day Care Schemes are regulated under Education and Care Services National Regulations and the Education and Care Services National Law 2010. The numbers of children in each Family Day Care home is regulated.


How many children can an Educator have in care?
Educators can care for 4 children under school age and up to a total of 7 children under 13 years of age. Coffs Harbour Family Day Care recommends that educators, where possible, only have two children less than 2 years of age in care at any one time.

Do Educators go out with the children in vehicles?
Many Educators transport children in vehicles to engage in community based activities such as play session, shopping or park play. Educators are required to have a safety check regarding the appropriate child care restraints and are required to conduct and document risk assessments on all excursion venues and prepare excursion management plans. Educators are required to discuss their routine excursions with families at the time of enrolments and provide families access to the risk assessments. Parents must provide written authorities for excursions.

What do the other members of my family need to know or do?
The involvement of an educator’s family is an extremely important aspect of the family day care experience. All family members over the age of 18 years residing at the family day care premises will need to consent to a ‘Working with Children Check’.
Educators need to have the support of all family members for the family day care experience to be of benefit to everyone.

Where will I access training?
Coffs Harbour Family Day Care conducts an initial educator induction program for potential educators and provides ongoing training and offers other training opportunities for educators. Educators need to have a current First Aid Certificate, Asthma and Anaphylaxis training.  This training is not provided by the Scheme.

What about taxation?
Family day care educators are responsible for setting their own fees and business practices.  Educators are required to have an ABN as educators are conducting their own business.  Educators are responsible for establishing and maintaining their own business records. Educators’ are encouraged to seek advice from an accountant in relation to record keeping for this purpose.

Who pays superannuation?
Educators are not employees of Coffs Harbour Family Day Care and are responsible for their own superannuation arrangements.

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    From the parents

    We have used this service for both of our children - both with Helen. She is amazing! Our son loves going to Helen's, it's a second home for him. He has made great friends there too. We can't express enough how much we appreciate Helen and Coffs FDC for caring for our kids in a home environment. Highly recommend using this service!!read more
    Jenny Haynes
    Jenny Haynes
    00:39 18 Dec 19
    We had our son in care with Jacqui for 2.5 years (from 6 months-3years) and she treated him as her own the entire time. We shared all of his special milestones together, she taught him so many things-counting, shapes, colours, improving fine motor skills, speech and physical movement. He’s been on fun excursions and is socialable in most settings, he is such a kind hearted little boy. I honestly have Jacqui to thank for a lot of it. She communicated well with us the entire time and always had our sons best interest in mind and heart. We for sure will be sending our next Bub to Jac! She is exactly who you want to help raise your kids when you’re at more
    Brittany Comino
    Brittany Comino
    10:32 13 Jul 19
    Great team to work with
    bryn goode
    bryn goode
    01:04 13 May 19
    Super easy, friendly and wonderful environment. Definitely recommend!
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    Jacob Connor
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