Family Day Care earns top marks

Published Thursday, 31st August 2017

A Family Day Care educator with the children.

Fairfield City Council is reassuring parents about the quality of its Family Day Care service in light of reports last week that a third of Family Day Care operators in NSW have been shut down.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said Council’s Family Day Care service had received the outstanding result of “Exceeding National Quality Standard”.

“Children's services covered under the Education and Care Services National Law are assessed and rated against the National Quality Standard,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Council acknowledges the importance of our Family Day Care educators to local families in Fairfield City. We are proud of the contribution they make and that they have been recognised for their care and support to our community.

“Council’s Family Day Care scheme is not-for-profit and has operated for more than 40 years in the Fairfield community. It is the only Family Day Care scheme in Fairfield City to receive this outstanding result.

“Parents can be assured our professional educators shine when it comes to promoting the safety, health and wellbeing of children in their care and that they focus on achieving outcomes for children through high-quality educational programs.”

The National Quality Standards are a benchmark for all childcare providers to aim towards raising quality and driving continual improvement in education and care services.

To receive the “exceeding” rating, the service had to excel in at least four of seven quality areas – educational program and practice, children’s health and safety, physical environment, staffing arrangements, relationships with children, collaborative partnerships with families and the community and leadership and service management.

The NSW Department of Education commended Council’s Family Day Care service for having an educational program that responded to children’s interests, abilities and cultural background, the positive relationships established and maintained with each child, their family and community.

It noted that the effective leadership and management of the service demonstrated the commitment to quality by the approved provider, nominated supervisor, educators and staff at Council’s service.

Mayor Carbone said Fairfield City Family Day Care would continue to provide high-quality education and care to the 260 families using Council’s scheme.

“Parents can put their children in the hands of our Family Day Care educators with the confirmed knowledge they are exceeding the National Quality Standard and are contributing to positive outcomes for families and children,” he said.

If you enjoy working with children and would like to make a difference in their lives by providing quality care and learning experiences from your own nurturing home environment, then family day care could be your career of choice.

Council welcomes enquiries from people interested in becoming a Family Day Care educator. For more information contact Suzanne via email at SSkrabanich@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au or call her on 9725 0367.