Wingecarribee Children’s Services strives to provide education and care that values and recognises the uniqueness of all involved; children, parents, educators, staff and the community.
We believe it takes a community to raise a child and the shared vision to provide an environment which is rich with opportunities for children to grow and develop to their individual potential.
Children's Services Philosophy(PDF, 554KB)
Family Day Care is a unique Education and Care option for families that offers quality, flexible care for children aged 6 weeks to school age (some provide opportunities for out of school hours care also) in a safe, small group, nurturing and stimulating home based environment.
Council’s Family Day Care Service has an established and positive reputation within the community providing quality Education and Care to children and their families across the shire since 1985.
Our Family Day Care Educators are qualified and dedicated professionals who run their service through our Coordination Unit. Support is provided to Educators in all aspects of service provision and staff ensure their compliance with all required legislation such as the National Quality Framework; including Education and Care Services Law and Regulations and Curriculum Frameworks and Council policy and procedures.
The Coordination Unit is staffed by qualified and experienced Education and Care professionals who assist Educators to provide stimulating, educational programs that are based on the latest research and recommendations for young children and support and encourage children’s learning, development and overall wellbeing. The Coordination Unit organises and runs Educational Play Sessions for the Educators to attend with the Children in their care offering opportunities for children to play and socialise in a larger group environment.
The cost of Family Day Care varies for each service, the Commonwealth governments Child Care Subsidy assists families with the cost of child care and applies to eligible families (contact Centrelink for information on eligibility); the co-ordination unit charges an annual enrolment fee of $35.00 per child.
Bookings & Further Information
All Educators working with Wingecarribee Family Day Care (FDC) have gone through a comprehensive training program with the Service prior to registration.
All our Educators have:
- A minimum of a Certificate III in Children's Services, with a number of Educators having additional qualifications in Early Childhood or teaching related fields
- First Aid, Anaphylaxis and Asthma Training. Updated every 3 years.
- A current NSW Working with Children Check and National Criminal Check
- Referee and medical clearance prior to registration
- Child Protection Training and regular refresher training
- Fire and safety equipment installed and checked every 6 months plus they all conduct regular evacuation/lock-down practices
All adult household members on the premises where FDC is conducted have:
- Current NSW Working with Children Clearance and National Criminal Checks
- Referee checks prior to an Educators registration
- Met with the Service Nominated Supervisor prior to Educator Registration where matters such as child protection, supervision and interaction with children is discussed
Our Educators are supported by the only locally based Coordination Unit. We are available for support whilst ever a child is in care. Educators are visited in their homes at least monthly by our Educator Support Officer (ESO). These visits are conducted as both announced and unannounced visits. Coordination Unit home visits are designed to support the Educator, engage with the children but also serve to ensure compliance with the Regulations, ensuring the safety and well being of the children is maintained.
A stringent and comprehensive home safety and compliance inspection is carried out on all Educators premise annually.
Please see below for information about each one of our Family Day Care Services.
Anna’s Family Day Care
About Myself and My Service
Hi my name is Anna, I have lived in Robertson for the past 22 years with my husband Roy of 25 years.
I understand the importance of quality early childhood education and care as I have raised my two boys who are now in their high school years. I strive to provide quality care that meets the individual needs of each child in a small group setting in a home based environment. I also provide after school care for primary school children.
I have had the privilege of being an educator with Wingecarribee Family Day Care for the past 11 years. I have my certificate 3 in Children Services and I am working towards completing my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I have worked at OOSH through Wingecarribee Children Services for the past 2 years as an assistant and Responsible Person with After School Care and vacation care.
My service supports play based learning and I am guided by the practices and principles of The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia. My environment provides a child friendly indoor and outdoor area allowing children to explore and learn as a group, independently and alongside their peers. Being part of a small group allows strong friendships to form.
I enjoy the opportunity for one on one interactions that having a small group provides, assisting and guiding children in their individual learning paths. I nurture children’s creativity and provide a holistic approach to children’s learning and well being.
Tuesday: 8.30am- 4.30pm
Wednesday: 8.30am- 4.30pm
Thursday: 8.30am- 4.30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
School Holidays: Closed
Cheryl’s Family Day Care
About Myself and My Service
I have lived in the Southern Highlands for many years and have over 20 years’ experience as a Family Day Care Educator; Family Day Care is my passion and I believe that children should be seen as active and involved participants in their learning and decision making. My natural and constructed environments and resources are planned to create a stimulating play based learning environment that allows children to discover who they are, a place where they feel they belong, a place to be culturally aware, to be motivated to engage with those around them and make friendships and a place to extend their learning by seeking new challenges while exploring, and solving problems extending their thinking & learning.
By continually developing my professional knowledge and skills and working in partnership with co-ordination unit staff, children, families and the community I continually strive to find equitable and effective ways to ensure that all children have opportunities to learn and achieve the outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework.
Tuesday: 8.00am- 4.00pm
Wednesday: 8.00am- 4.00pm
Thursday: 8.00am- 4.00pm
Public Holidays: Closed
JoJo’s Family Day Care
About Myself and My Service
Welcome to JoJo’s Family Day Care service for children aged 0-5 years. The service also offers before and after school care and vacation care for school age children.
I opened my Family Day Care service in the Bowral area in 2012, and previously worked in various capacities within the Early Childhood industry. My aim as an educator is to nurture the social and emotional well-being of the children in my care, to relish in their individuality and to see them as capable and unique individuals in the world. I welcome families and children from all cultures, lifestyles and religious backgrounds.
I see my service as an extension of the children’s home, and the children as my extended family. I cherish the special relationships that develop between myself as an educator, the children and their families – relationships that naturally occur due to the uniqueness of the family day care environment.
At JoJo’s the children enjoy a large, welcoming and comfortable indoor and outdoor environment with a variety of equipment and resources. My space allows opportunities for children to engage in quiet play, noisy play and messy play either as individuals or in a group, I have designated areas for those who need a sleep or quiet place to rest. My daily routine is flexible and the children’s needs and interests are the main focus of my program planning.
Public Holidays: Closed.
Before and After School care are available (Before school care available from 6.00am)
Little Seedlings Family Day Care
About Myself and My Service
Hello, my name is Samantha and I am the owner operator of Little Seedlings Family Day Care (registered with Wingecarribee Family Day Care). I have lived in the beautiful Southern Highlands since 2008 with my husband John, a true local, and our two school aged daughters. Since 2003 I have been working with children and youth in both paid and volunteer capacities.
My service environment has been purpose built with plenty of inside and outdoor space for free play, climbing, running and experiencing our ever-changing Highlands seasons. I encourage awareness of environmental responsibilities and implement practices that contribute to a sustainable future – we have an edible garden, we recycle, compost, the majority of our toys are wooden or second hand etc.
I encourage children to learn through play and believe that children learn best when they are free to be themselves, where they feel like they belong, and where they are encouraged to develop and become their own person. At Little Seedlings daily activities encourage participation, fun, education, allow critical thinking and enable children to challenge themselves at a pace that is best for their own individual development. Each child is seen as a unique individual and as an educator I strive to value and develop each child’s strengths, interests, skills, abilities and knowledge to extend their learning and encourage each child to reach their full potential.
Monday: 6.30am - 4.30pm
Tuesday: 6.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday: 6.30am - 4.30pm
Thursday: 6.30am - 4.30pm
Public Holidays: Closed
Tumble House Family Day Care
About Myself and My Service
I worked as a Diploma qualified educator in long day care for over 20 years with children under 5 years old. I moved from Sydney to the beautiful Southern Highlands so I could open my own Family Day Care, providing children with comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces where they can run, climb trees and engage with natural open-ended materials.
I made the move to family day care so I could provide young children with the best of both worlds: a place to make friends, relax and learn through play in ways that are limited only by their imaginations, but also benefiting from being in a small group with just one educator, where they are seen, heard and recognised as the unique, capable individuals they are.
Public Holidays: Closed
Tori’s Play Care
Please Note: Tori's Play Care is closed temporarily for 2021.
Location: Moss Vale NSW
About Myself and My Service
I have had a long and very happy experience within the Education sphere as a student, parent and teacher. I have had the pleasure of teaching Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary level students. I feel blessed to be spending my days enjoying playing with and helping develop and educate our Nation’s most precious resource: the next generation.
I believe that play is the most effective means of learning, at the early childhood level particularly. Tori’s Play Care is therefore based on plenty of time for the children to explore, initiate, develop, make choices about and enjoy, play. We have a flexible daily routine that fits around the developmental needs of the children and encourages the children’s developing self help skills and interests.
Our big, open playroom is arranged so that the children have a variety of spaces and equipment to organise as suits their play needs of the moment. Our outdoor play space is as versatile and welcoming. We ‘mix it up’ with meal and snack times in the playroom or as a picnic outside in our shade area.
Please note: Tori's Play Care is closed temporarily for 2021.
Council established it’s Out of School Hours Care program in 1994, run from Mittagong Public School in Mittagong. The Service has a long standing positive reputation in the local community providing care for children enrolled in primary school (Kindergarten- year 6) outside of school hours - before and after school and during school holiday periods.
Out of School of Hours programs are run from the school hall with access to a large outdoor undercover environment and the oval. The Service is governed by the National Quality Framework Law and regulation and programs re developed in accordance with the School age Curriculum Framework - My Time Our Place.
Before and After School Care
The Service operates 6:30am to 8:30am (before school) and 3pm to 6pm (after school).
Children who attend other schools in the district are welcome to attend after school care, provided parents can arrange suitable transport.
Care is provided in an informal setting with children able to participate in a variety of art, craft and sporting activities. Breakfast and afternoon tea is provided.
The Commonwealth Government's Child Care Subsidy (CCS) assists families with the cost of child care and applies to eligible families (contact Centrelink for information on eligibility).
Telephone: 02 4861 2866
The service operates 8:00am to 6:00pm daily during school holiday periods (excludes public holidays and pupil free days).
Children who attend other schools in the district are welcome to attend.
Care is provided in an informal setting and the program is developed to allow opportunities for a variety of experiences including art, craft and sporting activities as well as outings and incursions (outside services booked to attend and offer various educational and fun programs).
Vacation care programs are developed in advance and activities vary for each holiday program. The latest program is made available when bookings open and can be viewed below.
The Commonwealth Governments Child Care Subsidy (CCS) assists families with the cost of child care and applies to eligible families (contact Centrelink for information on eligibility).
Enrolments and bookings can be arranged through the Coordination Unit. Bookings open 4 weeks prior to each vacation care period. New families wishing to access the service are encouraged to contact the coordination unit earlier to complete the initial enrolment paperwork as this can be a lengthy process and needs to be completed before we can take your booking.
April 2021 Vacation Care Program(PDF, 302KB)
Mittagong Public School Hall, (Bessemer St Entrance), Mittagong
$65.00 per day from 28th September 2020 (Extra costs to be advised for excursion and special theme days).
“Our Educators Feel Right at Home”
“I love working from home and spending my day with the children I have in care. I see them as enthusiastic, active and involved participants in their learning, and I love to see them involved in the activities and opportunities I offer and the learning that takes place. Being an educator in family day care with the Wingecarribee Scheme is one of the best opportunities you could have as a successful and rewarding career”. Chery WFDC Educator 25years.
"Running my own family day care gives me the best of both worlds. I can plan and run my educational program the way I've always wanted to, while still having the support of the coordination unit to help me comply with the regulations. They take the hard work out of it so I can concentrate on the bits I love.... the children. And there's nothing quite like sitting on my own front verandah with a coffee and the sound of birds in the background, just waiting for that first child to arrive for the day". Nicole WFDC Educator 4 years.
Turn your passion for educating and caring for children into “your” business
Wingecarribee Shire Councils Family Day Care Service would welcome the opportunity to support you in creating your own flexible and rewarding child care service from your own home.
For 35 years our Service has helped numerous Educators start their own business and fulfil their passion to provide and early childhood environment which reflects their own philosophy and their passion for educating and caring for children.
As a Family Day Care Educator you have the opportunity to;
- Be your own boss – establish your own small business with ongoing support and assist from the Service.
- Work from home – be inspired to create your own natural and nurturing home and environment which reflects your style, your philosophy, your community and reflects the needs and interests of the children in your care.
- Control your hours – have the flexibility to work the hours that suit you, while providing the quality care that meets the needs of your family and community.
- Boost your earning potential - take charge of your own financial future with your own small business. Set your own fees and realise your personal, professional and financial goals all with the support of the Coordination Team.
- Create work-life balance – bring your family, life and career aspirations together in your own home and in your own business.
- Work in a small group setting - develop meaningful relationships with children in care and their families.
- Develop tailored programs for children – engage your passion and creativity by adapting the Early Years Learning Framework with activities and programs that reflect your interests and those of the children in care.
Requirements to become a Family Day Care Educator
- Passionate about working with children
- Previous experience working in the Education and Care Sector (desirable but not essential)
- Qualified or willing to undertake an approved Certificate III qualification in Early Childhood Education
- A suitable home environment
- Willing to obtain a Working with Children Check, National Criminal Check and approved First Aid and CPR Qualifications.
Take your first steps towards a new and rewarding career
Call the coordination unit on (02) 48612866 or email email@example.com
We are happy to answer questions, provide an information session and get you started on the journey. You won’t be alone we are with you every step of the way from initial training, setting up your environment, finding and placing children, managing the enrolment process and ongoing support and guidance.
Child, Youth and Family Services Directory
Highland's Child, Youth & Family Services Directory is a directory of services operating in the Wingecarribee.
Highlands Child Youth Family Services Directory 2020(PDF, 633KB)
As a requirement of the Children (Education and Care Services National Law Application) Act 2010 and Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 Children’s Services are required to have a range of Policies and Procedures which guide the operation, management and day to day practices of the service.
Our Policy, Guideline and Procedures are developed to incorporate the legislative laws and regulations and using “best practice models” in line with industry standards and community expectations.
Our Policy, Guideline and Procedures are available at the following locations:
- The Coordination Unit Office - 71 Boardman Rd, Bowral
- Wingecarribee Out of School Hours Service - located at Mittagong Public School Hall 3-6pm week days school term time and most vacation care periods.
- Each individual Family Day Care Educator's residence.
The Children's Service team are currently reviewing our Policy, Guideline and Procedures in line with the new national laws and regulations, as finalised they will be made available on the Council website.
Overriding Council Governance and Management Policy & Guidelines
Children's Service Procedures Acceptance or Refusal of Authorisations(PDF, 269KB)
Children's Service Procedures - AO Out of School Hour Fees(PDF, 465KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Arrival and Departure of Children(PDF, 441KB)
Children's Service Procedures - BO Behaviour Guidance Out of School Hours(PDF, 409KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Confidentiality Management of Records(PDF, 298KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Determining Responsible Person(PDF, 498KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Development Review of Service Philosophy Policy and Procedures(PDF, 402KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Educational Program Practice(PDF, 922KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Educator Assistance Recruitment Engagement FDC(PDF, 368KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Engagement and Registration of Family Day Care Educators(PDF, 387KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Enrolment Child Placement and Orientation(PDF, 584KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Ethical Conduct(PDF, 293KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Family Day Care Educators Non-Compliance and De-Registration Procedure(PDF, 325KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Family Day Care Fees(PDF, 539KB)
Children's Service Procedures - GF Relief Educator Procedure(PDF, 602KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Grievance Compliant's Feedback(PDF, 561KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Inclusive Practice(PDF, 643KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Interactions with Children(PDF, 355KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Monitor Support Supervision and Training of Family Day Care Educators(PDF, 363KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Ongoing Educator Requirements(PDF, 320KB)
Children's Service Procedures Visitor Volunteer and Students(PDF, 283KB)
Health, Safety & Wellbeing Procedures
(PDF, 327KB)Children's Service Procedures - Animals Pets(PDF, 279KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Bush Fire Emergency Evacuation(PDF, 628KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Child Protection(PDF, 638KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Emergency and Evacuation(PDF, 398KB)
Children's Service Procedures - First Aid(PDF, 664KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Hazardous Materials(PDF, 138KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Health Hygiene Infection Control(PDF, 816KB)
Children's Service Procedures and Illness Infectious Disease Immunisation Exclusion(PDF, 760KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Incident Injury Trauma Illness(PDF, 660KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Medical Conditions(PDF, 611KB)
Children's Services Procedures - Excursions and Transportation(PDF, 311KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Safe Storage of Dangerous Goods(PDF, 605KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Sun Safety(PDF, 319KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Supervision(PDF, 739KB)
Children's Service Procedures - Water Safety(PDF, 285KB)
Information for Family Day Care Educators
Family Day Care Wait List Application
Wingecarribee Shire Councils Children's Services seeks constructive comments and feedback from interested community members, staff, educators and families regarding our Philosophy, Policy or Procedures which are up for review or comment.
Currently our Animals and Pets Procedure is under review;
Children's Service Procedures - Animals and Pets(PDF, 327KB)
Please provide your feedback by visiting Your Say Wingecarribee on the below link;
Your Say Wingecarribee
Vaccinations protect your child from many dangerous diseases such as Whooping Cough, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Diphtheria and Meningococcal (ACWY). Immunisation is also important for children starting school. Schools now require a certificate showing each child's immunisation status before enrolment.
Where To Vaccinate Your Child?
Childhood immunisation services are available through your General Practitioner or Medical Centre. General Practitioners may bulk bill for vaccinations for children under the age of sixteen, you can contact your General Practitioner or Medical Centre for further details.
Please refer to your child’s blue book or history statement (can be obtained from Medicare) for advice on when your child is due for their vaccinations.
NSW Immunisation Schedule
The following changes came into effect on 1 July 2018.
Pneumococcal (Prevenar 13)
The third dose of pneumococcal vaccine (previously provided at 6 months) will now be given at 12 months of age. The first and second doses of pneumococcal vaccine will continue to be given at 6 weeks and 4 months (two dose primary course) followed by a booster dose at 12 months of age. Children with medical conditions associated with an increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) will still receive an additional dose of Prevenar 13 at 6 month of age; that is, they will continue to have a three dose primary course followed by a booster at 12 months of age
Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix)
Previously children received a combined meningococcal C-Hib vaccine (Menitorix) at 12 months. From 1 July 2018 children will receive a new meningococcal vaccine (Nimenrix) at 12 months of age that protects against 4 serogroups including A, C, W and Y.
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Act-HIB)
Children will now receive their fourth dose of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine as a monovalent vaccine (Act-HIB) at 18 months of age (no longer combined with meningococcal C at 12 months). They will continue to receive their Hib primary schedule doses at 6 weeks, 4 months and 6 months (Infanrix Hexa).
Pertussis (Boostrix or Adacel)
Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine has previously been provided free of charge on the NSW Immunisation Schedule to all pregnant women in their third trimester. From 1 July 2018 this vaccine will continue to be provided for pregnant women in their third trimester but will be funded by the National Immunisation Program (NIP).
NSW Immunisation Schedule
Frequently Asked Questions
School Based Program
If you or your child requires information about vaccinations provided by the School Based Program please contact the local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.
School Based Program
For further details on immunisation please visit the National Immunisation Information Line or call 1800 671 811.
National Immunisation Information Line