Supporting In Home Care educators in NSW & SA

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.

Resources

Purchase the 2022 In Home Care Educator Diary

Our 2022 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).

PURCHASE

(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

Programming for IHC Educators

Programming for Complex Needs

Educator Wellbeing

Guiding Children’s Behaviour

Supporting Autism

Being an IHC Educator

Supporting Educators

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.

 

Guidelines

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.

 

Documentation

Framework for School Aged Care

The role of In Home Care Support Agency

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

How do I become An IHC Service Provider?

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Behaviour

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

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.

 

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

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

 

Getting through tough times

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 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

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.

 

Resources for educators during COVID-19

Looking after children

Read this book to the children you care for

Or this one

Online activities to engage children

Check out these learning resources

Psychological first aid for children

Looking after yourself

Read this webpage

Infection control online training for educators

Listen to this podcast

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