In-Home Child Care
In-Home Child Care (IHC) is a flexible form of child care which enables families with atypical work, location or care requirements to access approved child care in their own home. In-home care is available to families who are unable to access standard child care services.
IHC is available to families who have no access to existing child care services, and/or their circumstances mean that an existing child care service cannot meet their needs, and where the family meets one or more of the following criteria:
- the child has, or lives with another child who has an illness or a disability,
- the child's guardian (or guardian's partner) has an illness or disability that affects their ability to care for the child,
- the child lives in a rural or remote area,
- the work hours of the child's guardian (or guardian's partner) are hours when no other approved child care service is available,
- the child's guardian (or guardian's partner) is caring for three or more children who have not yet started school.
Benefits to families
- the flexibility of having reliable care suited to your family's daily needs, in the convenience of your own home,
- potential option of using your own current Educator
- having siblings in care together,
- Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate can be applied as per family circumstances
- home safety assessment
- regular support, monitoring and training provided to your educator though home visits, phone calls, email and professional development opportunities,
- standard and non-standard hours care including: evenings, overnight and weekends,
- service policies to guide safe and educational practice
- Fee Schedule provided before care commences,
- opportunity for children’s outings – library, park, attending playgroup
- all In-Home Child Care educators are screened and supported by staff (Coordinators and Administration) at the Wesley Mission Brisbane Coordination unit.
- We recognise that parents are the primary educators of their children and that the relationships of those involved with the children are critical to the child’s development. Working in the family home, Educators and parents have the opportunity to discuss each child’s needs and interests on a regular basis.
Educators receive support in provision of quality care with:
- regular home visits,
- phone calls and emails,
- free use of toys, nursery equipment, car restraints,
- administration assistance,
- access to specialised support services,
- professional development and access to training,
- online training opportunities
Wesley Mission Brisbane In-Home Child Care is licensed by the Queensland government and operates under National Interim Standards (February 2008).
All In-Home Child Care educators have been screened and are supported by the early childhood professionals at the Wesley Mission Brisbane Coordination unit.
We are committed to building relationships and partnerships with children, families, educators, Wesley Mission Brisbane, government departments and members of the wider community, which are valued and based on mutual trust, respect and ongoing dialogue.
As part of Wesley Mission Brisbane, our service incorporates the strong values this organisation upholds – integrity, respect, empowerment, hope, justice, compassion and innovation.
We believe children are unique, competent and capable individuals who learn best through play to develop skills that enable them to become lifelong learners. We value children’s exploration of nature, the environment, people and places as an invitation to open ended interactions, risk-taking, discovery and connection.
Wesley Mission Brisbane Family Day Care and In Home Child Care value childhood as a time of wonder, curiosity, intrigue, exploration, play and socialisation. Our philosophy is a reflection of our current beliefs and values which are integrated into all aspects of Wesley Mission Brisbane Family Day Care and In Home Child Care. It will be revised and updated in consultation with stakeholders to incorporate any changes in Early Childhood practices and frameworks.
We are committed to creating respectful and inclusive relationships.
We are committed to critically reflecting on our practices.
We are committed to a play based learning curriculum to ensure the best educational outcomes for the children in our service.