Family Day Care Worker



OFO No: 531102





Other names for Family Day Care Worker:

  • Family Day Carer



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What is a Family Day Care Worker?

A Family Day Care Worker works in a day care centre or at home. They provide care and supervision for babies and children while the parents are at work.

What does a Family Day Care Worker do?

  • washes, dresses and feeds children
  • takes children to and from school
  • plays games with children
  • reads to children
  • helps children with their social development
  • teaches children manners and good behaviour
  • disciplines children
  • teaches children to pack away toys etc
  • monitors children all the time
  • makes sure children are safe at all times
  • helps children who sustain an injury (put a plaster on it)
  • gives children medicine when required
  • phones parents in an emergency
  • keeps records

Are you . . . ?

  • passionate about working with children?
  • patient and kind?
  • enthusiastic and positive?
  • a person with a good sense of humour?
  • energetic?
  • organised?
  • extremely reliable and responsible?
  • observant?
  • calm is a crisis?

How do I become a Family Day Care Worker?


  • You do not need a qualification but a bucket load of passion and kindness to do this job. You could start off as an assistant or helper in a crèche or day care centre and work yourself all the way to the top and open your own day care centre one day!


  • Study to become a Child Care Worker


  • Study a Home-Care Practices Certificate



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Social Worker or Child & Youth Care Worker

Is becoming a Family Day Care Worker the right career choice for me?