GUIDE ON BECOMING A HOME-BASED EDUCATOR
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?
SEVEN STEPS IN BECOMING A HOME-BASED EDUCATOR
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.
- 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
- Business cards
- Letterbox flyers
- Fence signs
- Car magnets
- Facebook page
- Branded clothing
- 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.
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!