Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Coastwide Family Day Care?

Coastwide Family Day Care has a reputation for providing safe, secure, high quality home based child care.

Supported by early childhood professionals, qualified, experienced and dedicated Family Day Care Educators provide a flexible and affordable education and care service for families across the Central Coast, Lower Hunter, Port Stephens, Lower New England, including Tamworth, Werris Creek, Quirindi, Gunnedah and Narrabri regions.

With over 30 years of experience and a passion to deliver a child focused high quality service, Coastwide Family Day Care is guided by the National Quality Framework and has been nominated for a ‘Service of the Year’ in the Family Day Care Australia ‘Excellence in Family Day Care’ for the last four years.

To download a copy of our Family Handbook, click here.

Operating hours?

Coastwide Family Day Care is available standard and non-standard hours; weekdays, weekends, overnight or evenings. Before and after school care is also available.

Care is available 24/7 to meet the needs of the changing patterns of today’s workforce. Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

Fees?

Coastwide Family Day Care is an affordable child care option, which attracts Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. Child Care Benefit is assessed by the Family Assistance Office.

Fees vary depending on the child care environment, services offered and the qualifications of the Educator.

How does a Coastwide Family Day Care Educator cater for my child’s developmental needs, interests and strengths?

Coastwide Family Day Care Educators provide education and care for children aged 6 weeks to 13 years in a small group setting within a home environment.

This home environment is designed to provide opportunities for play based learning, linked to the Early Years Learning Framework.

With a maximum of four non-school aged children, Educators can focus on individual interests, strengths and developmental needs.

Educators incorporate programming and activities which extend learning and respond to the learning opportunities in everyday life. Play based learning experiences reflect the diversity and unique interests of each child.

Children and their families also benefit from the opportunity to build strong and nurturing relationships with their consistent and familiar Educator. The opportunity to build strong relationships in early childhood is acknowledged to promote the development of supportive relationships throughout life.

What training do Educators undertake?

Coastwide Family Day Care Educators are selected and trained to meet the highest expectations. Educators are required to:

  • Be a fit and proper person
  • Undergo the ‘Working With Children’ Check and National Police Check, including each person over 18 living in the home
  • Have current First Aid & CPR Certificates
  • Hold a minimum Certificate III level education and care qualification
  • Hold an emergency Asthma and Anaphylaxis management certificate
  • Have a current Child Protection Certificate

In addition, Coastwide Family Day Care Educators are required to:

  • Be physically and emotionally able to care for young children
  • Have an understanding of children’s needs and development
  • Be aware of sensitive to the needs of children and their families
  • Be able to communicate effectively with adults and children

How does the Coastwide Family Day Care Coordination Unit support children and their families?

Qualified, experienced and dedicated Coordination Unit staff provide additional early childhood experience and expertise to support your child’s child care arrangement, including:

  • Matching your family to the right Educator
  • Organising enrolment paperwork
  • Visiting Educators while your child is in care
  • Observing and recording your child’s progress
  • Assessing the safety and hygiene of the Educator’s home
  • Organising back-up care if your regular Educator is unavailable
  • Developing and delivering larger group play sessions and excursions
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