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FDC business

Post by JennBat13 » Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:56 pm

Hello there,

I am working towards a Cert III in childcare and eventually I would like to set up my own Family Day Care business.

I was advised that I can set up an FDC while working towards a Certificate III and that it is not necessary to complete your diploma to do that.

Is this true? If so then;

What about appointing a co-ordinator?

Do I have to employ a co-ordinator and how much will I need to pay them per month to have them employed?

(I have been working as a childcare trainee since June 2020 and I have pretty much a well rounded experience in running a room and planning programs and making observations. Although I doubt I can come up with policies and procedures for the organisation)

Any answer at this point will be much appreciated. Thank you.

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Re: FDC business

Post by Lorina » Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:47 am


The following info will explain the process and answer your questions!

FDC - Selecting A Service

Earning Potential

FDC Insurance


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Re: FDC business

Post by Butterflyblue » Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:28 pm

Hi JennBat13

Are you wanting to work as a family day care educator or start a family day care service?
Depending on which its 2 different answers (the above refers to family day care educators)
The responsibilities and duties are also very different

FDC educator
Family day care educators, educate and care for children in their own home.
You can work as a family day care educator whilst studying certificate 3. You'll have to register with a service near you and have/complete required paperwork (first aid, police check, working with children, interview, house check etc)
Family day care educators must be registered with an approved service in order to work as a family day care educator.

FDC service
Family day care services sometimes called schemes can be owned and operated by anyone as with other types of childcare such as long daycare. As an approved service provider you will be subject to legal requirements including employing coordinators.
If you would like to start and operate a family day care service you need to go through the process to be licensed by the Government as an approved early childhood education and care service.
Approved fdc services can recruit educators as contractors to work as part of your service.

Happy to help with any fdc questions :)

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Re: FDC business

Post by JennBat13 » Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:42 pm

Hi Lorina,

Thank you for your response.

I am looking to set up a Family Day Care Business/Service.

I am currently pursuing a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and I am working part-time to gain experience.

But the only hitch is I want to start this business Asap; which means I cannot finish my diploma before I begin the business.

Which means I will have to employ a co-ordinator and educators to run the business.

I was wondering if this is a viable option considering the running costs of the service.

I am of the opinion that I should get the Diploma before I establish the service. It is as per legal requirements that the co-ordinator of the business should hold a diploma.

This will help me run the business by myself without having to employ others. As the ratio for a daycare is 1:7.

But if there is any way I can start the business without getting my diploma and employ others to run it and make enough money to float the business then that would be great.

Currently, I am trying to complete 11 subjects from the diploma on the completion of which I will considered as pursuing a diploma. This is as per the regulations for me to get the Provider Approval.

I would appreciate any help I get in this regard.

Thank you Lorina.

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