If you have decided that you want to work with children, then you may already be considering education options. These options may have lead you to realize that you specifically want to work in the early childhood education niche. If this is where you have landed, an option is to get training as a family day care educator. Here are the things you need to know about that process.
Meet the Qualifications
The first thing you will need to do, if you want to become a family day care educator, is make sure you meet the qualifications. There are several qualifications that you must meet before you get started. The first of these is to already have, or be working towards, a certificate III level education qualification. You must also be current on first aid training and CPR. You can't have any legal issues when working with children. The final qualification is to have and keep up your public liability insurance.
Find an Approved Centre
Once you are certain you meet all the qualifications, you can move forward to find an approved centre. A family day care centre needs to be approved by the city or area you live in. The centre must also be accepting potential educators for training. The approved centre will help you get professional development and help you understand and meet the legal requirements of an educator. They will also allow you to get the hours you need to for your final educator certification.
One of the final tasks that you will complete during your training is an assessment. This assessment is done by the approved centre that you work with. The assessment is to ensure you are offering a safe and healthy environment for the children you will be caring for. It is also to ensure your residence is suitable for children, or that your landlord is aware in case you are operating out of a rental. You will need to notify your landlord if you are renting and you may have to provide proof, in the form of a notarized letter, that your landlord is aware.
Once you have moved through some of these steps, you can begin working towards your new career in family day care. Make sure to write down any questions you have about the process, or the career, before registering with an approved family day care centre. They can help you with questions and get you started on your new career training.