Family Day Care (FDC) services deliver flexible home-based education and care for children via a network of FDC
services support and administer the care that is provided, on their behalf, in educators’ homes.
FDC services are responsible for the effective operation of all components of FDC, including recruiting, training and supporting educators; monitoring care provision; and providing advice, support and information for parents.
FDC services can provide flexible care, including all-day care, part-time, casual, overnight, before and after school care, and care during school holidays. Educators do not have any legal right to independently enter into a care arrangement for Child Care Benefit approved care. However, service operators may authorise educators (acting as an agent for their service) to enter into care arrangements on their behalf.
FDC educators and services must meet their obligations under the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care and comply with the Early Childhood Services Education and Care National Law and National Regulations, and any other applicable state and territory regulations, when providing care to children.
An educator may provide care in their home for the maximum number of children, including their own children, in accordance with the National Law and National Regulations.
The majority of Family Day Care services are approved child care services. This means that families using the service may be eligible for Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate.
Information sourced from mygov.com.au