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FAMILY, YOUTH & CHILDREN
If you enjoy caring for children and helping them
develop and grow, becoming a Family Day Carer
is a wonderful career choice.
Imagine doing a job you love in your own home?
Not only is Family Day Caring a career where you
can make a real difference to the lives of young
people, it's also financially rewarding.
The City of Ballarat is dedicated to helping people
interested in becoming Family Day Carers get the
support they need. The Family Services team
offers a great range of support, training and
networking opportunities as well as free access
to toys and equipment and much more.
There are 55 Family Day Carers, also known as
educators, in the Ballarat area, who care for up
to seven children (with a maximum of four pre-
schoolers) in their home. Educators are required
to have, or be working towards a Certificate III in
Children's Services, are self-employed and set
their working schedule.
Want to know more?
Call City of Ballarat's Family Services Childcare
and Supported Play Groups Manager Chris
O'Doherty at 5320 5713.
Become a Family Day Carer
Life as a Family Day Carer
By Rosalie Brown
Two years ago, I started to wonder how good it
would be to have a job that I really enjoyed and
looked forward to each day. What would that
perfect job be?
I saw a MyBallarat story about becoming a Family
Day Carer, decided I'd like to do it and called!
That's how easy it was to make my career change.
Two years later, I have achieved what I set out to
do and I really enjoy sharing each day with the
Family Day Care is a very personal form of care.
Children share their achievements and have
respectful relationships with their carer and the
It's rewarding to take part in each of their new
milestones and I often smile at the funny little
things that they say and do.
I get excited to see how creative they can be with
items we find in the garden and how far their
imagination can take them. The result of what
they end up with still amazes me.
It's been challenging at times but it's the
challenges that have lead me to be able to make
such a positive difference in the child's lives and
share their learning journey with them.
Enrolling your four-year-old in a local
kindergarten will be easier with the City of
Ballarat's new centralised system.
Kindergarten is an important stepping
stone for your child in the year before they
enter school. To attend kindergarten, your
child must turn four years of age on or
before 30 April of their enrolment year.
The City of Ballarat is committed to
ensuring that all four-year-old children
in Ballarat are offered the opportunity of
a funded year of kindergarten. The new
system will also help Council plan for
Ballarat's kindergarten requirements.
The Centralised Kindergarten Enrolment
Scheme will open mid-2012. In 2013,
20 community-based kindergartens are
participating in the enrolment scheme.
How to enrol in kindergarten
An enrolment kit, containing information
on participating kindergartens, the process
of enrolment and enrolment forms, is
available online at www.ballarat.vic.gov.au.
The process of enrolling a child using this
system is easy.
On the enrolment form, parents will select
their three preferred kindergarten choices,
programs and hours. This process saves
you the hassle on putting your child's name
down at several kinders and will eliminate
duplication of kindergarten spaces.
With the new scheme, parents and carers
can make a kindergarten enrolment when
their child turns two years of age.
Want to know more?
Visit www.ballarat.vic.gov.au or call City
of Ballarat's Family Services officer Melissa
Harris at 5320 5684.
Did you know that the City of Ballarat's
Maternal and Child Health team now has
Saturday morning appointments?
Ballarat's Girrabanya Children's Centre is
now open from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays for
Maternal and Child Health appointments only.
This is a great opportunity for busy families to
catch up on their 2 and 3 ½ year old health
checks. It's also a perfect time to bring your
partner along to a visit.
Appointments are essential - call 5320 5155.
Open for Saturday Appointments
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