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Family day care

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Family day care gives small groups of children—from birth to 12 years of age—access to flexible education and care in the private homes of registered educators.

Family day care can be: 

  • all day
  • on a part-time basis
  • in the evening
  • overnight
  • before and after school
  • during school holidays.

Family day care services can offer care to children with parents who work outside centre-based normal hours.

Family day care services must employ staff who hold or are studying an approved qualification in order to comply with the National Quality Framework

Learn more about: working in family day care (PDF, 337KB) (DOCX, 28KB).

Roles and qualifications to work in family day care

There are many family day care providers across Queensland. Thousands of people work in family day care settings with different qualifications and in a range of roles, including:

Family day care educator Certificate III level qualification

  • Provides individualised education and care to small groups of children (no more than 4 children under school age) in their own homes.
  • May also care for 3 additional school age children who attend family day care outside of school hours.

All family day care educators must hold or be 'actively working towards' at least an approved Certificate III level education and care qualification.

Family day care coordinator Diploma level qualification

  • Manages the standard of education and care by monitoring, supporting and developing educators.
  • Helps educators design, plan, implement and evaluate their educational programs.

All family day care coordinators must hold an approved Diploma level education and care qualification.

Learn more about: qualifications for family day care services

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Last updated 21 December 2018