Supporting educators needing In Home Care and the services which provide it in NSW & SA.

What do we do for IHC educators?

The IHC Support Agency:

  • provides professional development resources to help IHC educators provide education and care in the family home and work with families with complex needs
  • can provide guidance on educational and professional development opportunities for IHC educators


Additional Needs

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is a broad term to describe the range of neurodevelopmental disorders on the autism spectrum. ASD are complex disorders that are characterised by difficulties with social communication, noticeably limited interests and activities, and repetitive behaviours.

Working with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

A child’s ability to sustain attention and moderate their activity develops over time and with practice. Such skills are essential ingredients for schooling and social success.

Autism Inclusion at Kindergarten

This brochure is specifically focused on autism in a centre based setting but it provides lots of valuable advice about techniques that can be used when working with autistic children.


Guiding Children’s Behaviour

Developing an understanding of acceptable behaviour and being able to manage their own behaviour (self-regulation) are important aspects of a child’s social and emotional development. Children’s services staff play a key role in this process through guiding children’s behaviour.

Identifying Emotional and Behavioural Problems

Most young children display behaviours that would not be socially acceptable in older children, or could cause personal and interpersonal problems if they persisted into adolescence and adulthood. Examples include tantrums, unfounded fears and overly anxious behaviour, aggressive behaviour such as hitting or biting, disruptive behaviour and defiance.

Keeping a balance: Managing feelings and behaviours

Children experience ups and downs when they are trying to manage their feelings and behaviours. Helping them to find ways to balance this is called self-regulation.

Social and Emotional Development

Social and emotional development is the process of learning key social and emotional skills. Development is affected both by biological factors (as children grow and mature) and by environmental factors (such as relationships and their care situation).

Complex circumstances

Complex Circumstances – Trauma & Grief

When times get tough

Often people think trauma is an unusual event that happens to only a few unlucky people. However many people are affected by trauma to some degree during their life.

Managing trauma and ways to recover

People casually talk about ‘being traumatised’ by missing their favourite television show or by misplacing their car keys. Although these events can be upsetting, the definition of trauma is much more than a minor upset or being distressed for a short period of time.

Managing tough times:
Suggestions for families and staff

There are a number of ways parents, carers and staff can respond to help children recover from a traumatic event.

Getting through tough times:
Resources for families and staff

This resource contains further information on what families and staff can do to support children who are affected by trauma.

Trauma, Loss and Grief

Trauma occurs when someone has had a distressing or overwhelming experience, with intense pain, stress, fear, or helplessness. It can result from a single event or repeated experiences, e.g. injury, medical procedures, child abuse, violence, rape, torture, war, terrorism, natural disaster.

When someone dies: helping children cope

When someone dies, your child might have strong feelings – sadness, despair, anger, confusion and anxiety. These feelings are normal. You can help your child by providing a safe and supportive environment as your child learns to deal with feelings about death.

Complex Circumstances – Mental Illness

Attachment and Mental Health

Babies and young children rely on adults to meet all their needs for food, safety, physical care, social interaction and emotional security. Babies have an instinct to reach out and build a connection with their parent or carer, which helps to ensure their safety and survival.

Child Abuse, Neglect and Mental Health

Child abuse or neglect is the harmful mistreatment of a child. This handout summarises the potential impacts of child abuse or neglect on a person’s mental health and wellbeing.

Children of Parents with Mental Illness

Twenty to 25 % of Australian children live in a household where a parent has a mental illness. The term mental illness includes many different disorders that can have an impact on a person’s thoughts, feelings, relationships or behaviour.

Helping children with mental health issues

The early childhood years are a critical period for children’s wellbeing and mental health. Early childhood mental health is about young children’s social, emotional and behavioural wellbeing.

Safe and Supportive Environments

To promote the best possible learning and developmental outcomes for babies and young children, it is important that we strive to provide safe and supportive environments for them in the early years of life.

Being an IHC educator


In Home Care Guidelines

The guidelines that govern the IHC program.

In Home Care Handbook

The operational policy for the IHC program.

ECA COE Brochure 2016

This is the code of Ethics that all educators (including In Home educators) must follow.


Framework for School Aged Care in Australia

The Council of Australian Governments has developed My Time, Our Place – Framework for School Age Care in Australia (The Framework) to assist educators to provide children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation
for future success in life.

Educators’ Guide to the Framework for School Aged Care in Australia

This Educators Guide has been developed to support the professional practice of those who are responsible for the interactions, experiences, routines and events, planned and unplanned, that occur in a school age care environment.

The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia

This Educator’s Guide his designed to be used in interactive ways to promote in-depth conversations and thinking over a sustained period about the concepts which build the EYLF.

Educators’ Guide to the The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia

Belonging, Being & Becoming: the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and Educators Belonging, Being & Becoming: Educators’ Guide to the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia are intended to support curriculum decision making to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to five years and through the transition to school.

Developmental milestones

This resource links developmental milestones to the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) outcomes and the National Quality Standards.

Learning Spaces

Boundary setting for In Home Care Educators

This resource created specially for In Home Care Educators by the In Home Care Support Agency is about how and why In Home Care Educators need to set professional boundaries for themselves whilst being an educator in a family’s home.

Creating great learning spaces

This resource created specially for In Home Care Educators by the In Home Care Support Agency is about creating great learning spaces for children in their family’s home.

Education and Care in the IHC context

This resource created specially for In Home Care Educators by the In Home Care Support Agency is about how working as an educator in a family’s home is very different to working in a Centre or FDC service.

Online Training Course

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