0:03 There are many quality options available for early childhood education and care and family
0:07 day care is one of these options.
0:09 This video demonstrates how one service is meeting the national quality standards.
0:13 The philosophy of family day care is where education and care happens in a home environment
0:18 where an educator delivers the best quality outcomes for children in their own home.
0:22 When a family walks in, they'll get a feel for what's really important and they'll
0:26 trust their instincts about the relationship they see with the educator and the child.
0:30 The other important thing about quality family day care is that relationship between the
0:34 family and the educator, and the educator understanding what the needs of that family
0:37 are and delivering that.
0:43 When a family comes to visit a home they should ask the new educator what type of procedures
0:48 they have in place, what checks to they do and what types of documentation do they have.
0:52 So for example if the family day care educator will be taking the child on excursions or
0:56 taking them to school and back again, what procedures are in place and what documentation
1:00 do they gather to ensure that those procedures are carried out effectively, and in accordance
1:05 with the regulations.
1:06 When you walk into an educator's home you should have a feeling that you're going
1:10 to be included.
1:11 What that means is that all the child's needs and wants are going to be catered for.
1:16 That the parent's perspectives, the parent's values are going to be understood and going
1:21 to be respected.
1:22 In family day care, other things that are critical to the wellbeing of children whilst
1:27 they are in care is that educators are skilled and knowledgeable about ensuring that they
1:30 can support children in emergencies.
1:32 Say for example there is a fire they get to practice fire emergencies all the time.
1:37 When a coordination unit brings on an educator, they will ensure that that educator has support
1:41 mechanisms in place so if there is an emergency who they can call, who can come out to assist
1:45 them in an emergency situation.
1:52 Constant supervision.
1:54 We educate the children how to hold hands and crossing the road, or holding the pram
1:57 when we are getting in and out of the car.
1:59 I am there always with them.
2:02 I think what I like about our family day care educator is the personal attention and care
2:08 that she gives to Louis and Louis's development.
2:13 Visit our website www.earlychildhood.qld.gov.au for more information on early childhood education
2:16 and care options and support for services.