Become a Family Day Educator

A Family Day Care Educator is an early childhood professional who is passionate about offering nurturing, supportive, inclusive and consistent individualized care and education for children.

Becoming a Family Day Care Educator is the process of starting a small business, providing approved early childhood education and care to children, from the Educator’s place of residence.


Becoming a Family Day Care educator has many advantages such as, a great source of income, and setting your own work hours. Becoming the owner of your own service is ideal for many educators whom have varying family, personal and professional commitments. As an independent contractor, you are also afforded the benefit of setting your own hourly fees and controlling your business finances. 

Benefits of Becoming a Family Day Care Educator

There are many things to consider when thinking about becoming a Family Day Care educator, it holds the potential to significantly improve your lifestyle, if you and your family are willing to work with change and be patient while your business grows.

By becoming an Educator, you:

Become a small business operator, contracted to Beenleigh Family Day Care

Get to set your own flexible hours and days

Set your own fees, with support from the coordination unit

Receive consistent support from a team of qualified early childhood coordinators and administration staff

Are offered flexible training and professional development options

Working at home with your own children

Being an Educator allows you to have more time to spend with your family. You can take your own children to and from school, take them on excursions with you and include them in your everyday learning experiences with your family day care children. You will be approved to care for 4 under school age children per day, up to a maximum of 7 children up to the age of 13. Keep in mind, your own children are counted in these ratios until they are over 13 years of age.  

Requirements for Becoming a Family Day Care Educator

Enjoy working with young children and their families

An ability to establish cooperative working relationships with children, families, Coordination Unit staff, other educators, support services and the local community

Be professional and enthusiastic about being self-employed and operating a small business with the understanding that the Service is unable to guarantee income

Sound record keeping practices and organisational skills

Be over 18 years of age

Maintain a smoke, drug and alcohol-free environment whilst providing care

Motivated to continually improve and reflect on the care and education provided as well as a commitment to ongoing Professional Development

Access to a computer, internet and a printer for the use of our web-based platform Harmony, business communication and record keeping.

Attend Induction Training

Hold a Certificate III in Children’s Services, Diploma in Children’s Services or another ACECQA approved qualification

Medical check

Child protection, safe sleep and food safety training

Attain or already hold a QLD Blue Card for the Educator and all Adult occupants within the Family Day Care residence. 

Attain or hold an approved First Aid Certificate in the Education and Care Setting

Public Liability Insurance for your business

Sufficient and suitable furniture, materials and developmentally appropriate equipment

Download and submit our Expression of Interest to arrange a consultation with our Service Manager

How to become a FDC Educator

The process of becoming an Educator may take some time allowing for: collection of required documents, completion of home safety audit items, the interview process to occur which involves a number of home visits by coordinators and possible processing of Positive Notice Blue Cards.

Step One

Enquire with the Coordination Unit about becoming an educator

Step Two

First home visit and safety audit completed

Step Three

Completion of the application package

Step Four

Risk Assessments completed during 2nd Home visit

Step Five

Attendance at New Educator Induction Training

Step six

Final Audit and Sign Up Completed at 3rd Home Visit

Step seven

Mentored by Coordination Unit Staff for probationary period of 3 months

Step eight

On going professional development, mentoring, support and guidance