If you are interested in a career in early childhood you could consider becoming a Family Day Care educator. While enjoying the challenge of running your own small business under contract with the Shire, you’ll receive many benefits of becoming a Family Day Care educator. These include:
Choosing your own educating days and hours
You’ll be able to make a difference for children within our community on a schedule that works for you.
Being there for your own children
Working from your own home or approved venue allows you to also teach and care for your own children, at the same time.
Becoming a member of a supportive network
You’ll receive the encouragement and guidance of other early childhood professionals within our community. This also includes the support of our Coordination Unit staff.
Gaining low-cost career development
You’ll automatically be entitled to minimal or no-cost professional development, through the Shire.
Receiving tax benefits
You’ll be able to register for GST, and receive back all GST you pay on business expenses. Furthermore, all costs related to running your business are tax deductible.
You set your own hourly fees, which are charged on behalf of the Shire. Changes/increases to fees are submitted for approval to the Coordination Unit on an annual basis. You receive full payment fortnightly direct from the Shire.
The booked fee range for 2016-2017 is from $6.70 per hour per child up to $10.00 per hour per child.
A fortnightly Educator Administration fee is paid to the Shire from your fortnightly payment. For 2016-2017 this fee is $44 (includes GST).
Getting help with setup
You may have the opportunity to apply for an interest-free loan to assist with the costs of setting up your own business.