Foundations Family Day Care Philosophy
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” – Chinese proverb
Foundations Family Day Care is committed to providing the best educational and care outcomes for children. We believe children benefit from rich environments in which they are able to explore, experiment and use their imaginations. They need to be frequently out in their community, to have regular routines and to be able to interact with nature. Having high expectations for children, during their explorations and experimentations encourages them to do far more than we, and perhaps they, believe to be possible. Children are born with the ability to learn: It is up to each of us to foster that natural inclination, through our interactions and through the ways we allow children to be themselves, to make their own choices.
Foundations Family Day Care believes positive, respectful relationships form the basis of a child’s health and wellbeing. Relationships between children, family members, Educators and Coordination Unit members all contribute to positive opportunities and outcomes for all, particularly the children. The partnerships formed through respectful relationships enable everyone to achieve far more than they are able by themselves.
Our service believes strongly in the benefits of diversity, equity and inclusion. We all come from a range of situations and cultures, from broad all the way to the cultures within individual families. It is by including all these elements that we encourage children to appreciate the people around them and the interesting ideas we can learn from and share with each individual.
Our key ideals come from the Principles of Belonging, Being & Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. These are:
- Respectful relationships
- Partnerships with families, staff and educators
- High expectations for every adult and child within our service
- Respect for diversity, equity and inclusion
- Reflective practice
Foundations Family Day Care Policies
To assist in the smooth operation of our service, to enable each person to know what to expect and to comply with the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010, Foundations Family Day Care has developed a comprehensive yet concise group of policies. Below are the policy statements. The full policies are available by request to the Coordination Unit.
Additional policies for Family Day Care (Regulation 169)
FDC1 – Assessment and reassessment of venues and residences
Foundations Family Day Care ensures all Family Day Care residences are assessed for suitability prior to care and education occurring, and at least annually. All residences used for Family Day Care must pass the assessment, or reassessment, prior to approval being granted for the Educator to use those premises for the purposes of Family Day Care. This is to ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of children being educated and cared for by the service are protected, for the welfare and safety of others at the residence, including the Educator and any visitors.
FDC2 – Engagement of registration of Family Day Care Educators
Foundations Family Day Care will have a consistent process in the recruitment and registration of Family Day Care Educators. The Educators registered with Foundations Family Day Care will have a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, to reflect the diversity within our society, whilst meeting all regulatory requirements, as well as any requirements above those of the regulations which the service chooses.
FDC3 – Keeping a register of Family Day Care Educators
Foundations Family Day Care will keep a register of family day care educators as required by Law. The information contained in the Family Day Care Educators Register will be confidential.
FDC4 – Monitoring, support and supervision
Foundations Family Day Care recognises the importance of monitoring, support and supervision of family day care Educators, as this assists individual educators and the service in the process of continual improvement and compliance, as well as providing high standards of education and care to children. All our Educators will be provided with regular support, supervision and monitoring
FDC5 – Assessment of Educators, Assistants and residents
Foundations Family Day Care ensures all Family Day Care Educators, Educator Assistants and people residing at Family Day Care residences are fit and proper persons and have completed suitable training. This is to ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of children being educated and cared for by the service are protected, through all requirements being met.
FDC6 – Visitors to Family Day Care residences
Visitors to Family Day Care can bring a wealth of learning, through interactions and activities with children, and can provide a child with access to their community; however the safety and wellbeing of children is of the highest priority. Foundations Family Day Care complies with the legal requirement to have visitors sign a record when they attend the residence where Family Day Care is being provided, and for the visitor to have a Working with Children Check if the visitor attends the education and care residence more than 3 times in a twelve month period. This is to ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of children being educated and cared for by the service are protected, and the standard of quality is maintained. Quality care is important at all times children are in care.
FDC7 – Provision of information, assistance and training to Family Day Care Educators
Foundations Family Day Care has a program of support for our Educators. This program includes the provision of information, assistance and training. Through the provision of information, assistance and training, we will ensure our service’s ongoing commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
FDC8 – Engagement or registration of Assistants
Foundations Family Day Care will have a consistent process in the recruitment and registration of Family Day Care Educator Assistants. The Educator Assistants registered with Foundations Family Day Care will have a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, to reflect the diversity within our society, whilst meeting all regulatory requirements, as well as any requirements above those of the regulations which the service chooses.
Health and Safety
H&S1 – Delivery and Collection of children
Every child who uses Foundations Family Day Care will be signed into and out of care and education, each and every time they use care: This ensures their safety, reassures families the safety and wellbeing of children is our highest priority and means that our service meets all legal requirements about attendance. We utilise the short time with family members during drop off and pick up to exchange information and build partnerships with families.
H&S2 – Excursions
Excursions and outings are an important part of Family Day Care life. They provide the child with opportunities to participate in their local community and to learn more about the world and their place within it. At Foundations Family Day Care, we encourage our educators to take the children out regularly, including to school, kindergarten, shopping, playgrounds, libraries, museums and other places and activities that are of interest to children, due to the learning that children can experience and the ways they can be supported and encouraged to develop their sense of belonging as part of their community.
H&S3 – Acceptance and refusal of authorisations
Foundations Family Day Care respects the right and obligation of each Educator to accept or refuse authorisations for excursions, supply of medication and permission to leave the Family Day Care residence or venue. In most situations, authorisations will happen as per the family member’s instruction, however if the Educator is concerned about the health, safety or wellbeing of any child, or they feel that accepting the authorisation is likely to breach their Duty of Care, the Educator may choose to refuse an authorisation.
H&S4 – Dealing with infectious diseases
Foundations Family Day Care protects the health and well-being of all children and adults in our service by following the recommendations of Staying Healthy in Child Care, Edition 4, when dealing with illness and infectious diseases. Anyone exhibiting symptoms which may be signs of infectious disease will be excluded from care until cleared by a doctor or, if they have been diagnosed with an infection covered by the ‘Recommended minimum exclusion periods,’ until the exclusion period has passed.
H&S5 – Dealing with medical conditions
Foundations Family Day Care supports the health and well-being of children with ongoing medical conditions in our service through partnerships with families and support from each family’s medical professionals. By using current Medical Management Plans, families can be assured our service will do its best to support the health, education and care needs of their children in a manner which is inclusive.
H&S6 – Emergency and evacuation
Foundations Family Day Care ensures the health, safety and wellbeing of children being educated and cared for by the service are caringly and comprehensively cared for in an appropriate manner, including in the event of an emergency. Due to the range of residences in which Foundations Family Day Care Educators have education and care residences, we require each Educator to develop emergency and evacuation procedures that reflect the potential situations which may arise in their location.
H&S7 – Administration of first aid
Foundations Family Day Care ensures the health, safety and wellbeing of children being educated and cared for by the service are protected through requiring all Educators to provide first aid to the best of their knowledge and ability, as required.
H&S8 – Nutrition, food and beverages, dietary requirements
A nutritious diet to children is necessary to continuing health and wellbeing. Children who do not have adequate food and fluids do not perform to the best of their ability and are more prone to accident due to tiredness and irritation. Children attending Foundations Family Day Care will eat food which is nutritious, developmentally and culturally appropriate. Food will usually be supplied by their family, however may be supplied by their educator. Breast feeding is encouraged at our service.
H&S9 – Sun protection
Foundations Family Day Care follows the recommendations of Sunsmart in protecting children from the harmful effects of sun exposure, whilst ensuring children have the benefit of being outside, through a balance of indoor and outdoor experiences. We also ask Foundations Family Day Care’s staff, volunteers, families, visitors, Educators and Educator Assistants to consider the OH&S implications of their own sun exposure. This will include the appropriate use of sunscreen, hats, glasses and making the use of shade, particularly when the UV is 3 and above. Foundations Family Day Care understands a balance of ultraviolet radiation (UV) is important for health, with too much causing sunburn, skin and eye damage and skin cancer, whilst too little can lead to bone and muscle problems.
H&S10 – Water Safety
Children attending Foundations Family Day Care will be allowed to participate in water play, however will be protected as far as possible from the dangers associated with water hazards. Educators, Educator Assistants, visitors, volunteers and staff will be aware of the dangers of water hazards both within the usual education and care environment, as well as on outings or excursions.
H&S11 – Incident, Illness, Trauma and Injury
Foundations Family Day Care ensures the health, safety and wellbeing of children being educated and cared for by the service are conscientiously and comprehensively facilitated. Educators will try to prevent situations which may lead to incidents, injuries, trauma and illness, however in the event these things happen, the Educator will promptly deal with them in a manner fitting the situation.
H&S12 – Providing a child safe environment
Foundations Family Day Care respects the rights of every child to live, learn and grow in an environment of safety, whilst still encouraging appropriate risk taking. We provide a safe and stimulating environment. Our Educators, Educator families, staff, Educator Assistants and volunteers are all fit and proper persons and have completed appropriate training.
Relationships with Children
R1 – Interactions with Children
Foundations Family Day Care respects the rights of every child to live, learn and grow in an environment of safety, whilst still encouraging appropriate risk taking. Children need to take risks in order to develop their abilities and understanding of their world and it is the responsibility of the adults around them to enable children to take risks in a safe setting. Our Educators and staff interact positively with children, guiding their behaviour whilst assisting them to interact positively with other children, adults and their environment.
SM1 – Governance and management of the service
Foundations Family Day Care ensures each and every child’s, family’s, Educator’s, Educator Assistant’s, volunteer’s, student’s and staff member’s records are kept in a confidential manner, in recognition of our legal obligations and the trust each of those persons put on us. Accurate record keeping assists in the management of the service, ensures the safety of children and provides a level of transparency and accountability for services, the Regulatory Authority and families.
SM2 – Enrolment and orientation
Foundations Family Day Care supports the role of families through care and education for children. We have a comprehensive enrolment and orientation program which ensures each child’s needs are met within our service and that all legal requirements are also met. Foundations Family Day Care recognises that it can be stressful to children and their families when starting a new care and education placement, particularly if this is the first time children have been away from their families. We support each child, their family and educator to ensure the transition to care and education is as smooth as possible.
SM3 – Payment of fees and provision of a statement of fees
Foundations Family Day Care is committed to fair fee charging. We comply with the requirements of the Child Care Management System. Our Educators use Independent Fee Setting, are subcontracted to the service and their fee structure is part of their subcontracting agreement. Families are responsible for paying their fees fully and promptly, including always paying their fees at the start of the current fortnight, directly to Foundations Family Day Care.
SM4 – Dealing with complaints
Foundations Family Day Care welcomes and appreciates compliments, concerns, grievances and complaints being notified to our Coordination Unit, as we see them as an opportunity to develop our level of quality care, education and customer service. We respond to all concerns, grievances and complaints promptly, trying to resolve the situation to the satisfaction of all involved. We encourage each person to try to resolve the difficulty initially with the person concerned, however it is the right of each family member, child, Educator, volunteer, student, Educator Assistant and staff member to elevate their concern, grievance or complaint in a manner they feel to be appropriate.
SA1 – Code of Conduct
Every staff member, Educator, Educator Assistant, volunteer and student on placement with Foundations Family Day Care will behave with the highest professional standards. We follow the Code of Ethics, as developed by Early Childhood Australia and it is embedded in everything we do and say as part of our work. The following values and processes are considered central to the Code of Ethics:
- social and cultural responsiveness
SA2 – Determining the responsible person
Foundations Family Day Care supports and monitors educators, by providing access to fit and proper persons who have been approved by the Regulatory Authority as Certified Supervisors, the Approved Provider and the Nominated Supervisor. There will be at least one supervisor, whom we refer to as the Coordinator and Field Workers, available at all times an educator has children in care and education with our service. This policy assists in determining who is in charge at any time.
SA3 – Participation of volunteers and students
Foundations Family Day Care uses the ECA’s Code of Ethics and recognises our responsibility to students in gaining appropriate experience. We also appreciate the assistance of volunteers in the work of our service, including in the Coordination Unit and with individual Educators. The placement of students and volunteers will only occur with the approval of the Coordinator, and after the student or volunteer has completed an induction with our service.
We charge an enrolment levy of $100 per child, which enables that child to use any Educator with Foundations Family DayCare. This is non-refundable.
? Foundations Family Day Care uses Direct Debit for all fees. It is a condition of the use of our service that families pay their fees via this method.
- If using a bank account through the HubDebit system for payment of accounts, Foundations Family Day Care will cover the cost of the transaction fee, however will charge additional fees charged by HubDebit, such as credit card and dishonoured transaction fees, to the family.
- ? Children who are registered as casual care will be ceased from the service if they do not attend at least once in 6 months. If they then need to be in case, they will need to be re-enrolled, including paying the enrolment levy?.
- Fees for care and education vary from $6.70 to $27.00 per child per hour. (Most are around $10-$14 per hour)This includes the Administration Levy.
?Late fees are extra. ?
The reasons for the variations include location, qualifications, programs and extras offered, time and days of care and education. Please check with your Educator or the Coordination Unit if you want to know the rate for a particular Educator.
- ? Families are able to access Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR), if they are entitled to them, to reduce their care and education costs. ?
?Please be aware it usually takes the Government at least 2 weeks after linking with Centrelink to commence paying CCR.
Bookings are paid in advance, at the start of each fortnight. As we are unable to foresee which child will have travel, meal or other charges, ?these are charged the first Monday of the next fortnight.
(Families are advised to keep track of any additional fees they have incurred as they will not usually receive an invoice for those additional amounts until after the payment was due.)
?If a family is having difficulty paying their fees on time, they must contact the Coordination Unit prior to payments being due to make alternate payment arrangements. Any alternate arrangement must be fully complied with or care will immediately be suspended.