Growing child care need

A GROWING need for in-home child care has opened up opportunities for 10 jobs in the Clarence Valley.

To help people apply for positions, CRANES Community Programs will hold an information night on Wednesday so prospective employees can find out what the jobs entail and require.

CRANES CEO Jane Allen said an increase of 150% in the number of people requiring in-house child care had led to the recruitment drive.

"It might not sound like a lot - a jump from 10 to 25 people - requiring in-home care but each of those cases means about 50 hours of work per child," Ms Allen said.

Ms Allen said prospective employees need to have a Certificate III in Childcare Services or Certificate III in Disability Services, or be studying for these credentials.

"Because a number of the children requiring care are disabled we accept the disability services certificate," she said.

Ms Allen said the positions would offer between 15 to 35 hours of work depending on the fit between the carers and the families, availability of the carer and needs of the families.

"These positions require people who can follow procedures closely, but also be prepared to use their initiative when situations demand it," Ms Allen said.

"Because of this we find most people working in this field need to have a mature outlook. But that said, we know there are outstanding young people out there and we won't be ignoring anyone we think can handle the job."

Ms Allen said anyone planning to attend Wednesday's information night needs to register by calling CRANES on 6642 7257.


In-home care places are targeted to families who:

  •  Have no access to existing child care services or circumstances mean that an existing childcare service cannot meet their needs.
  • At least one of the following criteria also applies:
  •  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 childcare service is available;
  •  the child's guardian (or guardian's partner) is caring for three or more children who have not yet started school.



  • Place: Grafton District Services Club upstairs
  • Time: Wednesday, 5pm
  • Register: By phoning 6642 7257

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