GUIDE ON BECOMING A HOME-BASED EDUCATOR

ARE YOU SOMEONE WHO IS:
  • Sitting at home as a new parent wondering where to begin with getting back into the workforce and how are you going to find quality childcare for your little one?

  • An ECE teacher in a centre who is looking for a change of direction and pace? Maybe you want less of crowd control and more of what you trained for – teaching?

  • A Grandparent, Aunty or friend of someone who is looking for childcare for their children?

  • Someone who has a passion for quality childcare and desires the opportunity to create their own business while working from home?

THEN READ ON

SEVEN STEPS IN BECOMING A HOME-BASED EDUCATOR

1. CHOOSING THE RIGHT HOME-BASED EARLY CHILDCARE PROVIDER

This is a huge part of making this journey enjoyable and your homebased ECE business successful. There are a huge range of ECE providers out there who will offer you the world, this can be confusing and daunting when you are starting out.
The best advice would be to contact many, (some will not get back to you) choose the provider who will offer you the best ongoing support, who you feel most comfortable with, try not to be tempted by the offers of “free” resources, these can often be misleading, some ECE providers over promise and under deliver, it is essential that you get ongoing support in a variety of areas like, marketing, payroll and good quality visiting teachers, especially in the set up phase of your homebased ECE business. Can you set your own rates? Can you set your own hours?

2. ADMIN, INVOICING & GETTING PAID

Another thing to look for when choosing an early childhood provider is whether they offer support with administration and payroll. Every ECE service provider will be different, some will offer a payroll system but charge for it, others will offer this payroll for free, and some may not offer this service at all.

Personally, as a homebased educator I prefer my ECE service provider to invoice my families and take care of the payment and administration side of my business so that I can concentrate on the positive relationships I have with my families and children in care and not worry about chasing up money. In summary, choosing the right homebased ECE provider can make the set-up phase of your new ECE business an easy transition, do your homework, research and choose wisely.

3. COMPLETE EDUCATOR APPLICATION PROCESS

This is where you will have chosen the service provider you want to work with to establish your homebased ECE business.
What you will need to do to apply:
  • If you rent your home then get permission from the landlord prior to starting the process.
  • You will need a safe home with a fenced section
  • Educator application form completed and signed
  • Educator job description read and signed
  • Educator expectations read and signed
  • Submit 2 forms of ID (1 being photo ID) for the office file
  • Complete police vetting for yourself and anyone over 17yrs living in your home
  • Have a health and safety check done on your home and rectify any actions needed.
  • Gain a first aid certificate (can be a child first aid)
  • Organise marketing for your homebased ECE business

4. FINDING CHILDREN

This is huge and can be overwhelming with where to start. Again, if you have chosen a good service provider, they will support you in getting up and running. Some things to consider are:
  • Business cards
  • Letterbox flyers
  • Fence signs
  • Car magnets
  • Facebook page
  • Branded clothing
Join local groups like mainly music, wriggle and rhyme and any other child activities in your local area, this gets you out and seen in the community. Wear branded clothing, this is an icebreaker when at these events, parents will see that you are a homebased educator and may approach you to discuss further.
Always follow up enquiries.

5. THE INTERVIEW PROCESS WITH FAMILIES

Once you have enquiries families will want to come and meet with you and see the home environment their child will be in. It is important to have your home set up as you would for a day with children. Have activities out, have the sleep room set up, this gives parents a visual idea about the environment and programme you are offering.
This meet and greet is also a chance for you to see the family, and the children and whether they would fit into your homebased environment, you don’t have to take everyone who comes through your door, you are free to make choices just as the families are. If you feel uncomfortable with the interview process, ask your service provider for support and tips.

6. CHILD ENROLLMENT PROCESS

How exciting you have your first family wanting to enrol their child with you, you are on your way, your business is now under way.
With the enrolment process your ECE service provider will help you with this but you will need to ask the families to:
  • Complete an enrolment form
  • Provide either a copy of birth certificate or passport
  • Complete a contract between you as the homebased educator and the family stating conditions of service (really important to set the ground rules)
  • Provide a copy of immunisation record if immunised.

7. YOU'RE AWAY. YIPPEE!

With your fist child enrolled you are now off on your exciting journey as a homebased early childhood educator, enjoy watching your business grow, have fun, make connections, but abide by the rules!

Check out the licensing criteria for a homebased early childcare educator here.

I hope you have found this helpful. If you would like to learn more about becoming a homebased educator or how eden homebased childcare could support you please contact us, we are also on facebook, check out our page and give us a like!!