Growing childcare spaces to meet demand

Growing childcare spaces to meet demand

To help meet the growing demand for quality childcare in the inner city, the City of Sydney is hosting free information sessions for residents interested in running family day care businesses from their own homes.

Family day care is approved care for babies to school-age children in qualified educators’ homes, and the small group environment enables strong bonds between children and their carers.

The free one-hour information sessions are being run in collaboration with Randwick’s Infants Home and the Waverley Family Day Care coordination units, who already professionally manage family day care in the City of Sydney area.

The City has already brought forward an allocated $55 million budget to fast-track the delivery of new childcare centres in Sydney over the next five years, but Lord Mayor Clover Moore said more needed to be done to increase childcare spaces.

“The demand for childcare places is extreme, and waiting lists for day care – even one day a week – are far too long. This is placing an unacceptable strain on parents already working hard to raise young families.” the Lord Mayor said.

“With more and more families choosing to raise their children in the inner city, this demand for childcare is set to increase even further.

“The City is working with accredited family day care organisations to provide as many options as possible to ensure young children get the quality day care they need.”

Family day care pic supplied by Family Day Care Australia
Family day care pic supplied by Family Day Care Australia

Based on Census statistics, the City estimates that from now to 2031 the number of families will increase by 45 per cent. Family day care is operated by nationally-accredited educators who are professionals in early childhood and care, and who only work with small groups of children at one time.

Under the National Quality Framework family day care educators must be working towards a minimum qualification requirement of Certificate III by 1 January 2014, however many educators chose to complete a Diploma in Children’s Services or Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education).

Family Day Care Australia Chief Executive Officer Carla Northam applauded the City for the initiative and for their commitment to expanding access to quality child care for parents in the inner city.

“Partnerships between service providers, local government and key stakeholders are an innovative approach to addressing the needs of working families,” Ms Northam said.

“There is great demand for quality child care places in the inner city of Sydney and the family day care model is well placed to meet the ever-increasing demands from parents.

“There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to child care. More and more families are realising the benefits of the small group settings, flexible, quality care arrangements and nurturing environment of family day care.”

 

Family day care pic supplied by Family Day Care Australia
Family day care pic supplied by Family Day Care Australia

There are over 125,000 children enrolled in family day care Australia-wide, and more than 19,000 registered family day care educators. There are 112 registered educators with family day care services in Waverley,

Botany, South Sydney, Bronte and Randwick.

Training and requirements include approved first aid, emergency asthma and anaphylaxis management training, a NSW Working with Children Check, medical clearance and public liability insurance.

Family Day Care Educator Information Sessions:
Thursday 7 November, 10am-11am
Monday 11 November, 7pm-8pm
Green Square Community Centre
3 Joyton Avenue, Zetland
To register, phone Randwick South Sydney Family Day Care Coordination Unit on 02 9664 8655 or email chunter@theinfantshome.org.au

Wednesday 13 November, 10.30am-11.30am
Monday 18 November, 6.30pm-7.30pm
Ultimo Community Centre library room
40 William Henry Street, Ultimo
To register, phone Waverley Family Day Care Coordination Unit on 02 9386 7855

For more information, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/community-services/children

 

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Jodie Minus, phone 0467 803 815 or email jminus@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Shehana Teixeira on 0418 238 373 or email steixeira@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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