Engagement Or Registration Of Family Day Care Educators

To provide clear guidelines to the prospective educators to understand the process of recruitment to become an FDC educator under FIRST IDEA FAMILY DAY CARE SERVICES, SERVICES

These guidelines will apply to the Approved provider, nominated supervisor, educational leader, supervisors, educators, staff, students on placement, volunteers, parents/guardian, children and others attending the service.

To give clear understanding to the applicants or to be educator about our selection method
To give them a clear idea about the requirements to be an educator with FIRST IDEA FAMILY DAY CARE SERVICES,
To attract suitably qualified FDC Educators from culturally diverse backgrounds that reflect the families of the local community

Guidelines to be followed

The approved provider/Nominated supervisor will be involved in the recruitment and induction process.

All applicants have an equal opportunity to participate in a consistent recruitment process after their application to register as a FDC educator with FIRST IDEA FAMILY DAY CARE SERVICES,

Co-ordination unit staff will ascertain the areas where there is a need for more FDC Educators to meet families’ demand

After we get the application we would organise for a presentation which outline all the necessary requirements both prior to the registration and for on-going registration. Application forms will be given to the interested candidates after the presentation only.

Applicants are advised that all stages of the registration process must be met at a satisfactory level before the applicant can be registered with FIRST IDEA FAMILY DAY CARE SERVICES


  • Prospective FDC Educators who have completed an application form and returned to the
  • FIRST IDEA FAMILY DAY CARE SERVICES, office by the due date will be invited to the group discussion based on the demand for FDC educators in that particular time and area.
  • After the group discussion, individual interviews will be conducted.
  • The reference checks will be done for the short-listed applicants.
  • Letters to the successful candidates will be sent outlining the next step -orientation program and buddy program for the successful applicant with one of our existing educators.
  • Letters to the unsuccessful educators will be sent


  • To successfully complete their orientation training, prospective FDC Educators must attend a two-day orientation program,
  • The induction process will be carried out by the Approved Provider/Nominated supervisor
  • One play group session organised by FIRST IDEA FAMILY DAY CARE SERVICES, SERVICES which the prospective FDC educator has to attend
  • Hold a current first aid certificate, anaphylaxis certificate and asthma certificate
  • Hold a completed ECEC qualification/working towards a ECEC qualification
  • Hold WWCC, police check, medical reference form filled and signed by the GP.
  • The topics covered in the orientation program
  • The policies and Procedures of FIRST IDEA FAMILY DAY CARE SERVICES,
  • National Quality Frameworks
  • Public liability insurance
  • home visits
  • Safety
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Support available
  • Placements of children
  • Behaviour guidance
  • Planning the day
  • Nutrition and Physical activity
  • Child protection
  • Manual Handling
  • Car restraint checks
  • Toy list
  • Professional development

Other requirements prior to registration

  • Hold a current first aid certificate, anaphylaxis certificate and asthma certificate
  • Hold a completed ECEC qualification/working towards a ECEC qualification
  • Hold a current WWCC, police check, medical reference form filled and signed by the GP.
  • Successfully meeting all safety check standards
  • Ensuring that all policies have been received, read and understood
  • Commercial public liability insurance is arranged
  • Educator/Educator assistant/any one residing at FDC Educator’s home who is 18 years or above must have the current Working with children check card. The original should be given for sighting purposes.
  • Once all requirements have been met, a registration certificate will then be issued to the new FDC Educator which will be valid until registration in August each year.

Links to legislation and policies

Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010

Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011

National Quality Area

National Quality Standard Element




4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3


7.1.2, 7.1.4, 7.2.2, 7.2.3,



  • Children’s Health and Wellbeing Act 2009
  • Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005
  • Children, Youth and Families Act 2005
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
  • Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic)
  • Fair Work Act 2009
  • Family Assistance Act 1999
  • Family Law Act 1995
  • Food Act 1984
  • Public Health and Well Being Act 2008
  • Health and Safety Act 2004
  • Health Records Act 2001 (Vic)
  • Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 2001
  • Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 (Cwlth)
  • Information Privacy Act 2000
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
  • Privacy Act 2000 (Vic.)
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cwlth)
  • Working with Children Act 2005

References and resources

  • Department of Education and Training
  • Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
  • Early Childhood Australia – Code of Ethics
  • Early Childhood Australia
  • Criminal History Requirements: Family day care
  • Guide for Family Day Care Educators
  • DET Emergency Management Guidelines
  • Protecting the Safety and Wellbeing of Children and Young People



July 2018


July 2019


Policy created for First Idea Family Day Care Services, inclusive of changes to the National Quality Standards and Education and Care National Regulations

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