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Nomination and Selection Criteria

Nomination Criteria

When placing a nomination for the Coordinator of the Year Award you may wish to consider:

  • How does the coordinator support you or your service in delivering quality outcomes for children?
  • How does the coordinator engage with educators and/or service staff and work collaboratively?
  • What is unique about the coordinator and why should they be selected as the National Coordinator of the Year


Submission Criteria

In 2016 FDCA commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales to undertake the Perspectives on Quality in Australian Family Day Care research project. From this project we have established an evidence base of key foundations that underpin quality in family day care including professional practice, relationships, flexibility, autonomy and diversity and social support.

It is these underpinnings that inform FDCA’s Perspectives on Quality in Australian Family Day Care resource and shape the criteria for the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.

Submissions received by coordinators will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • How do you demonstrate professional practice and utilise your knowledge of Early Childhood Pedagogy in your role as a coordinator?
  • Please explain how you foster empowered, mutually respectful relationships with educators and service staff, and what impacts has your approach had on educators and your service?
  • How do you embrace and support flexibility (in curriculum development or otherwise) for educators in your service, and how does this support quality outcomes for children?


Additional criteria for the Star Awards

The Emerging Star - The winner of the award must have started their role after 1 June 2018.

The Perpetual Star - The winner of the award must have worked in the family day care sector for a period of at least 15 years.