In Home Care is child care in a family’s own home. In Home Care educators are dedicated child care providers. Their role 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.
Being an In Home Care educator can be a unique and rewarding experience. An educator can play an important role in the lives of families with unique child care needs and improve their quality of life.
How do I become an educator?
To become an In Home Care educator, you will have to possess the necessary qualifications and be registered with an approved In Home Care Provider.
What are the requirements?
In Home Care educators are required to have the following minimum qualifications:
- minimum Certificate III level qualification in a relevant course or be working towards a Certificate III qualification and provide documentary evidence.
- a 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.
- the primary school teaching qualifications of educators 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 31 December 2023 will apply.
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
- engaged by an approved In-Home Care service
- holding a current working with children check
- undertake a police check
- hold an approved first aid, emergency asthma and anaphylaxis qualifications.
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.
Purchase the 2023 In Home Care Educator Diary
Our 2023 In Home Care Educator Diary helps the Family Day Care educator to organise their documenting and planning. This easy-to-use diary helps you record, reflect and plan programming so you can provide quality education and care for children. It is a great tool to help you keep track of your EYLF outcomes and evaluate activities as well as interactions with families.
This easy-to-use diary helps you record, reflect and plan programming so you can provide quality education and care for children. It is a great tool to help you keep track of your EYLF outcomes and evaluate activities as well as interactions with families.
Available for $29.00 (+ postage)
224 pages, A4 size (colour cover, black/white, spiral bind).
(Please note, some banks charge an exchange rate on orders through our print-on-demand company Lulu, ranging from 1% to 3%. If you pay with PayPal, there is no exchange rate charge.)
Online training and Webinars
Guiding Children’s Behaviour
Being an IHC Educator
Creating engaging learning spaces for children in IHC
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.
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.
Safe Transportation for In Home Care Educators
This resource created specially for In Home Care Educators by the In Home Care Support Agency, is about best practice before, during and after the transportation of children while in In Home Care.
Managing relationships in In Home Care
This resource created specially for In Home Care Educators by the In Home Care Support Agency is about managing your relationships and the educational partnership between yourself, families and service providers.
Staying Safe at work in the IHC context
This resource created specially for In Home Care Educators by the In Home Care Support Agency is about your rights at work and ensuring your safety.
Safe Sleep for In Home Care Educators
This resource created specially for In Home Care Educators by the In Home Care Support Agency is about ensuring you are following best practices for children’s sleeping arrangements.
Framework for School Aged Care
This is V2.0 of Australia’s national framework for school aged care. The aim of My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia (the Framework) is to assist educators in providing children and young people with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for successful lifelong learning.
The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia
This is V2.0 of Australia’s national Early Years Learning Framework. The aim of Belonging Being and Becoming: The Early Years Framework for Australia is to support early childhood providers, teachers and educators to extend and enrich children’s learning from birth to 5 years and through the transition to school.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
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.