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    Default Any family day care mums out there that can give me some info

    Hi I'm wanting some info on how to become a family day care mum I've googled it but I'm after more info can any help me what thing do I need to make my home safe to become a daycare mum i have a 2 story home but would get a safety gate to keep kids down stairs only in my home there is a bar room if alcohol was removed would it be ok to use ?? I have a wood fire so I'd assume I need a fire guard do I need qualifications to become a daycare mum?? And any other info you can give me what were your starting up costs and with toddlers that are in bed where can they sleep ???

    Any info would be great

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    My dd2 has gone to fdc for over 1 yr now I love it.

    Max of 4 kids per carer including any of your own.
    She has a fully fenced yard and pool, her dogs stay in the pool yard during the day, cats outside.
    She just shuts the doors to the rooms they don't go in, and kids tend to play in only a few areas anyway. I wouldn't think the alcohol would be much of a problem more the fingers and glasses and pulling things down.
    Porta cot for the littlies in her room and my dd sleeps in her daughters cot, sometimes they go down together they are the same age.
    My career has navy quals so that covers 1st aid etc.
    Not sure about any other quals, I'm sure there are some including a blue card.
    She is attach ed to a lutheran church run fdc organisation, but no religion needed or taught thats just her governing body. They visit every 2weeks to check/help/advise/monitor her and the kids. She gets toys on a rotation basis plus her own. Advise on setting up structured activities etc. lots and lots of support for the carer.

    Hope that helps. This is qld btw, other states might be different.

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    Any home daycare mums out there

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    Fdc is moving towards all states being regulated the same. As for qualifications you will need minimum cert 3 in child care by the end 2012, senior first aid and anaphylaxis training to be redone every year BEFORE they run out. Whomever you are registered through will require you to do a minimum amount of training about 15hrs year.

    You will require public liability insurance which can be provided by family daycare Australia costs about $400pa but can be paid off. Also you will need a fire evacuation plan and will have to have regular inspections from fire brigade. Your vehicle will need to be maintained to a certain standard and must be fully insured if transporting children.

    The other major expense for many is your windows - if they are less than 100cms from the floor they must either be covered with safety film or be made from safety glass. Fences must also be minimum 120cm tall and have child proof locks.

    When I was day caring I could have upto 7 children with a max of 4 under four years including my own. With the ages of your children I don't know if it would be financially viable for you as you would only be able to have one other child without putting your own in care and that kind of defeats the purpose of doing daycare at home.

    I recommend you talk to a licensing agency near you they can look at your home an let you know what you need to do to be upto standard. This can e costly and time consuming and expensive and my then your eldest may be five!!!

    Best of luck.

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    Sorry to hijack thread OP, but I'm looking into daycare and I feel I have misconceptions of fdc. My mum says not to use because you never know with porn rings or domestic violence these days.

    However, just reading a few of these posts and regulations make me feel much better

    What do you think pros and cons are?

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