Are educators qualified?
Yes. All In Home Care educators are required to have a minimum Certificate III level qualification. Acceptable qualifications include a Certificate III, Diploma or Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Care.
In Home Care educators are also required to hold a current first aid certificate.
Can a family member be an educator?
No. In Home Care cannot be provided by a family member.
There is no entitlement to the child care subsidy (CCS) or additional child care subsidy (ACCS) where an in home care educator cares for:
- Their, or their partner’s, child, including a foster care child, adopted child, kinship child or child for which they otherwise have legal responsibility, or
- Their, or their partner’s: brother, sister, half-brother or half-sister, step-brother or step-sister
- Their, or their partner’s: niece, nephew, cousin, grandchild or great grandchild
There are some very limited exceptions to this. For families that live in very remote areas and are unable to find an educator, in certain circumstances, a suitable relative can be an IHC educator.
Please contact us for more information.
Responsibilities of an educator
In Home Care educators are skilled, qualified and dedicated child care providers.
The main role of an educator is to provide children with a variety of age appropriate, play-based activities that encourage each child’s development, learning and life skills.
If an educator has children under-school age in their care, they will be required to work with the Early Years Learning Framework.
An educator may also work alongside other service providers who all have specialist knowledge to assist each family with their specific circumstances.
Educators are not expected to perform household duties outside of those associated with the care of children.
How to become an educator
Being an In Home Care educator is a truly rewarding and unique career.
In home care educators play an important role in the lives of families. Many educators make lifeline connections with families and children.
Plus, you’ll be making a real, positive impact.
To become an In Home Care educator, you need to:
- Meet qualification requirements
- Be registered with an In Home Care Service
- Meet additional requirements
In Home Care educators are required to have the following minimum qualifications:
- Certificate III level qualification in a relevant course or be working towards a Certificate III qualification and provide documentary evidence.
- Certificate III, a diploma or a degree in Early Childhood Education or equivalent qualifications that have a major focus on Early Childhood Education are acceptable qualifications.
- Primary school teaching qualifications of educators registered with state-based Teacher Regulatory Authorities are also deemed as acceptable qualifications.
- If you work in a rural or remote area and have difficulty meeting the qualification requirements, transitional provisions until 1 January 2020 will apply.
Register with an in home care service
Every In Home Care Educator is required to be registered with an In Home Care Service.
Once you are registered with a service, they will work with you to match you to a suitable family.
Services support educators by:
- Conducting safety assessments to ensure the home environment is suitable for you to work in
- Providing resources and information to help you in your role
- Acting as an initial contact point for any issues you may be having
To be an in home care educator, you must also be:
- At least 18 years old
- An Australian resident, permanent citizen or have the relevant visa to allow employment on a continuous basis for 12 months or more
- Hold a current working with children check (blue card)
- Undertake a police check
- Have a current first aid certificate, preferably for providing first aid to children
How we support educators
If you’re an in home care educator, we can support you by:
- Providing resources and tips on providing education and care in the family home
- Providing information for working with families who have complex needs
- Connecting you with other educators to share ideas and get peer-to-peer support
- Being an independent party to discuss concerns relating to the safety of your physical environment of the home you are working in.
Rights of Children
In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has proclaimed that childhood is entitled to special care and assistance.
Australia is a signatory to the “Convention on the Rights of the Child”.
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Below are some resources to assist educators in providing quality education and care. These links will take you to external websites.
This initiative aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools, from early years to 18. Resources are available for early childhood educators.
Find resources for early childhood educators and professionals support the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standard, link theory to practice, are accessible and easy to use and are written by experienced professionals.
Early Childhood Australia produces a number of publications for those working, studying or interested in the early childhood sector that can help support professional development.
Access professional learning modules that are self-paced and free. You will receive a certificate once you have successfully completed one or more of the modules.
Whether you are a new or experienced educator, you’ll find lots of ideas to keep your children learning, growing, and having fun.