Foundations Family Day Care is led by Kathi Hewitson, who has the multiple roles including Coordinator and Educational Leader.
Kathi has worked in Family Day Care for nearly 20 years, in a wide variety of positions. Initially, Kathi was a Family Day Carer (now known as an Educator) for eight years, then after a break became what we believe to be the first Professional Support Consultant to specialise in Family Day Care and In Home Care in Australia.
Kathi was one of a group of people passionate about the possibilities of care and education in a home based setting, and of the importance in supporting everyone involved in Family Day Care and In Home Care, so set up Home Based Education and Care Association Inc. (HBECA), a not for profit organisation.
Wanting to be more directly involved in a wonderful form of child care and education, Kathi commenced concurrently working with three Family Day Care services, all part time, as the Educational Leader, and for one as the Coordinator. It was whilst doing this that Kathi, with the support and encouragement of her family and friends, decided to start a new Family Day Care service.
Kathi has both the Diploma and Certificate III in Children’s Services and a Certificate in Home Based Care, as well as Certificate IV in both Training and Assessment and Employment Services. Additionally, Kathi has current training in First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma.
Kathi’s hobbies are wide and varied. She enjoys participating in athletics and is a proud member of Yarra Ranges Athletics, of which Foundations Family Day Care has long been a major sponsor. She also is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society and attends regular meetings and talks with scientists and other interested people from around Australia and the world.
Kathi can be contacted at email@example.com.
Our Field Coordinators
The role of our Field Coordinators is to directly support, encourage, resource and supervise our Educators, to work with and support families and to ensure the children in our service are thriving. They have the responsibility ensure everyone in our service follows the National Quality Standard, uses Belonging, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Framework for Australia and complies with the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011. All our Field Coordinators have a minimum of Diploma level qualifications in the child care sector, as well as First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma.
Our Field Coordinators regularly visit the Educators in their homes, when supporting our Educators and children. On occasion the ‘Home Visit’ may even occur whilst children are out at a park on a visit to the local library!
Both of our Field Coordinators also work part time as Educators with Foundations Family Day Care, giving them a brilliant insight into the role and responsibilities of Educators.
Our Educators are a dedicated group of professionals who work from their own homes and, here at Foundations Family Day Care, we are quite selective about who we choose to be one of service. All our Educators have formal qualifications in children’s services, training First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma, have completed a Working with Children Check and undertake regular refresher training. Their homes are regularly checked for safety and are visited often by our Field Coordinators and Coordinator.
They live in a wide range of areas. For further information on our Educators, or to search for an Educator near you, please visit our Finding Care page. Or, if you are interested in finding out what is required to become an Educator, go to our Becoming an Educator page.
Our Educator Assistants
All our Educators are encouraged to have an Educator Assistant. This is someone who can support their work by
a) transporting a child between the Family Day Care residence or venue and a school, another education and care service, children’s service or the child’s home in the absence of the Family Day Care Educator;
b) providing education and care to a child, in the absence of the Family Day Care Educator in emergency situations, including when the educator requires emergency care or treatment;
c) providing education and care to a child, in the absence of the Family Day Care Educator to attend an appointment (other than a regular appointment), (This will only be allowed if the absence is for less than 4 hours, the Director has approved that absence and notice of that absence has been given to the parents of the child; or
d) providing assistance to the educator while the Educator is educating and caring for children as part of a Family Day Care service.
All Educator Assistants in our service have been through an approval process, including having a National Police Records Check and a Working with Children Check. They all have training in First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma, and many have childcare specific training.