Providing family day care as a sole carer?
Most family day-care services are regulated under the National Law. They generally consist of a group of educators operating through a coordinating unit.
However if you are caring for children in your own home as a sole carer, you may be regulated under the SA Law and the South Australian standards for family day-care service (for sole educator services).
Services regulated under the SA Law, and not the National Law, are called residual services.
A residual family day-care (FDC) service is:
- a service that is providing, or intending to provide, education and care on a regular basis for a child or children under 13 years of age
- delivered through the use of a sole educator
- from a residence or approved venue that is not the child’s own home
- for fee or reward
- not a personal arrangement.
A personal arrangement means education and care provided to a child:
- by a family member or guardian of a child personally, otherwise than as a staff member of, or under engagement with, a service providing education and care on a regular basis to children under 13 years of age; or
- by a friend of the family of the child personally under an informal arrangement where no offer to provide that education and care was advertised.
People wishing to operate a residual family day-care service must apply to the Education Standards Board for approval. If approved, they must comply with the South Australian standards for family day-care service (for sole educator services)