About Family Day Care
Bright Futures Children’s Services has been established since 1988 operating family day care. Family Day Care is a quality child care option where children are cared for by an educator operating their own business and who is a member of an Approved Service. These educators must have attained a Certificate III in Education and Care as a minimum before they can apply for membership with our service. Many of our educators hold a Diploma and have been recognised within the Family Day Care industry as exceptional professionals.
Winner of the 2015 Family Day Care Australia WA Service of the Year award, Bright Futures Children’s Services is managed by a Coordination Unit. Our team includes child care professionals who support educators in the provision of quality education and care for children between 0 – 12 years.
As well as family day care, our service supports three programs;
- Family Day Care
- In-Home Child Care
- Moorditj Kulungar (an Aboriginal playgroup facilitated by our staff for local Aboriginal families to access)
We want a “bright future for every child”.
Children attending child care in Bright Futures Children’s Services learn through play and exploration in the natural environment of a home. This learning happens best within a small group setting unique to Family Day Care. Children receive individual care and attention and are acknowledged as strong and competent learners who can initiate their own learning experiences. Bright Futures’ educators receive the highest level of support to help them in their very important work with your child. Staff and educators work within the National Quality Framework, which includes the “Belonging, Being and Becoming: Early Years Learning Framework for Australia” and the “My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia”.
We have an experienced Educational Leader who guides staff and educators in meeting the National Quality Framework that is embedded into everything we do in providing quality child care. Our Educator Support Officers mentor and guide educators in all aspects of their family day care business.
Over the years we have built strong collaborative partnerships with families and educators. We recognise that families are child’s first and primary educator and the most effective learning happens when the family and Service work together. Our educators acknowledge that children need to be supported to become confident individuals who are socially and environmentally responsible members of our community. Empowering our educators through quality support, resources and training assists in creating learning environments where every child can achieve their full potential.
All educators have met the fit and proper criteria and are registered with Bright Futures to operate a Family Day Care or In Home Care business in accordance with all regulations and legal requirements, including a current Working with Children Check.
Our facilitated playgroup sessions and toy library support and enhance the educator’s by providing opportunities for children to access experiences outside of the educator’s home that build connections with the wider community.
The City of Kwinana is the Approved Provider of our service and as a part of this vibrant local government, the Service is also included in the City’s assessment against the requirements of ISO Standards, ensuring that the management and administration systems we have in place are sound, sustainable and continually striving for improvements.
Our Vision, Mission and Core Values
Our vision is “excellent family day care where every child will have a bright future” and to meet this vision we act in a professional and respectful manner, valuing partnerships and diversity.
Our mission is to “engage, support, resource and inspire educators to work in collaboration with families ensuring each child reaches their full potential.” Our primary focus is always what is in the best interest of the child and, in doing so, we honour the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Our core values are:
- Differences will be valued in our service
- Promote access and equality for all
- Communicate open and honestly
- Strive for excellence
- Promote collaborative relationships
- To be focused on positive outcomes
Fees and Charges
Parents can receive a reduced fee through the federal government Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Families can visit the Centrelink website to apply or call 13 61 50. Families will need to register for a myGov account if you don’t already have one in order to claim benefits.
Additional Child Care Subsidy may be available in times of temporary financial hardship and/or exceptional circumstances. Please contact the service to apply, or contact us.
Grandparents responsible for the care of their grandchildren may also be able to access the Child Care Subsidy. Grandparents will need to go through the same process to register for the Child Care Subsidy as explained above.
Each educator has their own individual Fee Schedule that has been approved by our Service and the Service charges families a weekly Service Levy which is included in the fee and collected through educators.
Child Care Subsidy
Are you registered for the Child Care Subsidy? The package can help parents with children aged 0-13 access work, training, study and volunteering. This subsidy is paid directly to the service, reducing your total cost of care.
Complete your online form now through myGov to find out if you or your partner are eligible for assistance with the cost of child care.