Communicare's Family Day Care Service has served the community for over thirty five years. As a not-for-profit organisation, we focus our efforts on raising the quality of care by offering education, mentoring, and friendship to our care providers and the families of children in their care.
Communicare Family Day Care Educators (formerly known as Communicare Family Day Care Providers or Carers), provide a home based child care service that offers care and developmental activities for families with young children.
We are committed to meeting the needs and expectations of all families by providing quality home based care where we will strive to promote care in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment which ensures that each child will be respected for their individuality and nurtured in happy surroundings where emphasis is placed on fostering children’s self esteem.
Each Educator is registered to care for children aged birth to 12 years 11 months. The Service offers a range of affordable child care options including full time, part time, evening, overnight care, occasional, weekend and emergency care, as well as before and after school care.
The Service provides a support service for Educators, parents and children. We assist parents with updated information on Educators’ vacancies. We offer advice and support educators on the care provided to families and undertake the necessary administrative activities, which enables parents to have access to Government funding and Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) .
The Service operates out offices in Cannington (28 Cecil Ave) and Joondalup (Unit 11, 48 Central Walk) in Western Australia.
To find out more on becoming a Family Day Care Educator, please click this link: www.fdcmembership.weebly.com for more information on the application process.
Communicare Family Day Care (FDC) Service Philosophy
Communicare FDC Service is committed to embracing and supporting each child's sense of Belonging, Being and Becoming. We believe that when a child is guided by a responsible adult who is nurturing and caring within a safe, secure and stimulating environment, a child will have the opportunity to flourish and reach their potential.
We foster children's learning through enriching play-based experiences, discovery, creativity, exploration of the natural and built environments, and social and community interactions. We believe that play is vital to a child's development. All children have the right to play and through play they will have the opportunity to practice their skills, grow and develop whilst learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
We are committed to providing exemplary leadership by employing staff with appropriate skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience who are dedicated to the provision of quality early childhood education and care in our FDC community. We value the dedication of our educators and provide support, advice, guidance and ongoing professional development opportunities to promote quality FDC service provision in all areas.
To achieve this we will ensure that elements of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and Framework for School Age Children (FSAC) are implemented, including the five principles:
1. Secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships –we will develop and maintain respectful, supportive and collaborative relationships with children, their families, educators, staff and the wider community connected to our FDC Service.
2. Partnerships – we value strong partnerships with families and acknowledge the critical importance of children, parents and educators as partners in children's learning. In addition, we will foster community partnerships at all opportunities.
3. High expectations and equity – we are committed to the highest standards of professional practice in our FDC Service and seek to deliver sound practices to support all children and their families within the limits of our FDC role.
4. Respect for diversity – we believe that all staff, educators, children and their families should be valued and respected regardless of age, gender, race, culture or disability.
5. Ongoing learning and reflective practice – we will reflect upon daily practices to promote quality improvement and ensure that our practices are fair, non-discriminatory and are in the best interests of children and families.
Further, we will implement the six Guiding Principles that apply across all seven Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard (NQS):
1. The rights of the child are paramount – we will act in the best interests of all children.
2. Children are successful, competent and capable learners – we will engage children in curriculums/program, that are meaningful and provide quality learning experiences, and provide environments that excite, extend and enrich children's learning. This process will be supported and guided by the Educational Leaders.
3. Equity, inclusion and diversity – we will embrace the social justice principles of fairness, equality, accessibility and advocacy to enrich the development and learning of all children and support their families.
4. Valuing Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures – we will seek to provide a culturally safe and inclusive environment for children and families.
5. The role of parents is respected and supported – we will encourage open and honest two-way communication in order to acknowledge, value and build upon the parent's strengths and support them to nurture their child's wellbeing and development.
6. High expectations for children, educators and service providers – we will aim to keep the vision of quality improvement for all children in education and care at the heart of all decision making.
This philosophy is supported by the commitment of the Communicare FDC Service to make a positive difference in the lives of children by: