Family Day Care Information
How do I apply for care?
Families can complete an Application for Waiting List which will provide the details of your care requirements and any additional information that assists the coordination unit staff to offer the most suitable educator.
To lodge your Application for Waiting List:
- Complete the Application for Waiting List and email it directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact coordination Unit staff between Monday and Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm on 4645 5190 who will take you details over the phone
- By visiting the coordination unit located at Narellan Child Family and Community Centre, 16-24 Queen Street, Narellan NSW (Available Hours may vary, Covid safe Practices established.
Completing an Application for Waiting List ensures that Camden Family Day Care staff has the necessary details to place children with the most suitable Educator available. Parents are contacted by Family Day Care staff upon receiving the application to discuss the care arrangement and potential Educator vacancies.
Please note that by completing and submitting this form, there is no guarantee on securing a position within our service. This is dependent on current vacancies and waiting list demands.
It is a requirement to disclose all information relating to medical condition to support suitable placement for your child into care.
What happens after I submit my application?
The Coordination Unit maintain current vacancy information for each educator registered with the service. Updating vacancy details and placement of children in care is a continuous process and management by the Camden Family Day Care’s placement officer.
When a vacancy does become available, waiting list applications are reviewed in order of the date they were received to find a family who’s care requirements match the vacancy. The family will be contacted and referred to the educator giving them the opportunity to meet with them and view their service.
Following the meeting, if both parties agree to proceed, the co-ordination unit will begin the enrolment process and email out the enrolment forms and information required prior to commencement of care.
Government Assistance with the Cost of Childcare.
Families may be eligible to claim Child Care Subsidy to assist with the cost of child care and need to contact Centrelink if they wish to find out about their entitlements and to apply. Refer to your ‘myGov’ account or phone 136 150 or visit www.servicesaustralia.gov.au.
When we receive your completed application form the details provided are registered and filed on our Waiting List Register. If your details change after returning the Application for Waiting List, please contact the Coordination Unit to provide the updates.
Coordination unit staff will contact parents with the name and contact telephone number of potential Educators when a suitable position becomes available. With careful planning and consideration Coordination Unit staff will always endeavor to provide families with more than one educator during the referral stage. However this is dependent on age groups, the child’s priority of access rating and Educator vacancies.
It is the parents’ responsibility to contact the Educator to arrange a time to meet them and discuss the education and care needs. Ideally contact should be made within 48 hours of the referral.
If the parents and the Educator are both happy to proceed with the placement, the parent contacts Camden Family Day Care on 4645 5190 to arrange a formal enrolment interview. An enrolment pack and checklist of required documentation will be emailed for the parent to complete prior to the interview. Should you feel that the referral given wasn’t suitable or wish to discuss placement further, please contact the Coordination Unit and speak to the placement staff.
Parents are required to provide completed enrolment forms and supporting documents one week before commencing care to the FDC coordination unit. A staff member from the coordination unit will contact the family to process an enrolment fee. At this time further information will be provided regarding the Camden Family Day Care policies and procedures, Family Assistance Law and the National Quality Framework.
Children are able to commence care only after the enrolment process has been finalised and all required documentation has been provided to the Coordination Unit.