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FDC in crisis

A friend emailed me this article, FDC in Crisis, from the Autumn 2015 edition of Rattler magazine. It absolutely breaks my heart to see how much of a beating Family Day Care is taking. I am very curious to know why the Government did not respond to the issues that were being reported to them? I have reported a few cases of ‘dodgy family day care’ only to be told that, essentially nothing can be done due to various reasons / excuses!  It sounds to me like it’s too hard for Family Day Care to be monitored. Not only are there hundreds of Schemes, but there are thousands of educators.  Common sense would tell you to clamp down on the Schemes, don’t make it so easy for them to set up, but obviously common sense does not prevail in this situation. I would be so interested to hear what a Government official’s response to this article would be.

This is ILLEGAL and families need to know!

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I saw this post on Facebook tonight and I got really upset and disappointed with this educator. Then I thought to myself, maybe she doesn’t know any better. Maybe her Scheme has not taught her about the rules and regulations in Family Day Care.

There is one thing that this educator and all families need to know – offering care for children in an educator’s home without a registration certificate is ILLEGAL! I’m sure that this educator is great with children, I noticed that she got a few ‘likes’ on her post, but at the end of the day she is advertising an illegal business and practice. Family Day Care educators have to go through a rigorous registration process. They are educating other people’s children and they need to show that they are good enough to do such an important job.

If they are registered with an ethical Family Day Care Service then they should be monitored on a regular basis with support visits.  These visits ensure that your children are safe and that the educator is complying! Family Day Care Educators have a curriculum that they need to follow, they have healthy food guidelines they should abide by and their services are checked from the front to the back to make sure that they are safe for your children.

Posts like this should be reported to the Education and Care Regulatory Unit. Family Day Care educators are passionate about what they do and they work hard to offer high quality services.  Sure, there are some out there who don’t maintain high standards, but that’s what the National Quality Standards are for! I can’t stand by and watch this happen anymore. Join me and help give Family Day Care the recognition it deserves. If you see people advertising child care from their own home, and they are not Family Day Care Educators, REPORT THEM. It’s time to take a stand because it seems like nobody else will!