When you run a family day care business you can inevitably expect some roadblocks along the way. The most important thing is not to panic and act on emotion. Think about what is working and what isn’t and consult.
There are a number of Facebook Groups that you can join. These can sometimes be helpful and sometimes not. For a start-up it can be difficult to distinguish between what is factual and what is someone else’s opinion. When in doubt ask your family day care scheme. They have the know-how and if you have selected the right family day care scheme they will be more than willing to assist.
Visit the homes of other family day care educators and learn. Look at how they do things and why. You can distinguish for yourself what works and what doesn’t.
Sometimes complying with the National Regulations, National Quality Standards (NQS) and Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) can seem overwhelming. You don’t have to climb Mt. Everest from day one. Get to know your scheme. Get your family day care scheme to set you up on their templates and use those until you develop your own style and become more accustomed to the National Regulations, NQS and EYLF.
Use your Certificate III or Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care to your advantage. This provides a basis on which to evaluate and assess your family day care business. Identify the things that you need to work on and prioritise them. Start with the children. They are your first priority. Are you providing them with the care that they require and is the care being provided in accordance with the National Regulations and National Quality Standards. Then move towards changes in your environment and documentation.
Use your Quality Improvement Plan as a bible. The National Regulations require approved services to have a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP). The aim of a QIP is to help providers self-assess their performance in delivering quality education and care and to plan future improvements. You don’t need to achieve an “exceeding” rating from day one however the Quality Improvement Plan will allow you to identify what is required to achieve an exceeding rating. Update this Quality Improvement Plan on a regular basis.
Reflect. By writing down things you somehow manage to solve your own problems. It also gives you a better understanding of why the problem has arisen in the first place. Think about ways in which you can resolve the matters identified and consult if need be.