1 June 2022

Federal Government ushers in new Minister for Early Childhood Education

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced his Government’s full Ministry following the ALP forming a majority government.

Dr Anne Aly MP, Member for Cowan in WA, has been appointed the Minister for Early Childhood Education, replacing the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP in her role of Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development.

A prominent multicultural leader within her home state, Dr Aly is Australia’s first female Muslim Minister in history. Prior to being elected to Parliament for the first time in 2016, Dr Aly worked as an academic at both Curtin University and Edith Cowan University with a focus on counter terrorism and countering violent extremism and has held a number of senior positions within the Western Australian Public Service.

FDCA looks forward to building a relationship with Dr Aly as she takes on the portfolio of Early Childhood Education, and progressing our Election Policy Commitment Requests.

Don’t miss your FREE printed copy of the FDCA E-Book!

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) has launched a hard copy book release of one of our most popular member resources, the '""My Family"' Day Care E-Book.

The first 200 FDCA members to customise and order an E-Book will have their E-Book printed and shipped to them free of charge!

Due to the high volume of orders received so far, make sure to jump onto the FDCA Member Zone as soon as possible to secure your free copy.

Don’t forget your promo code: PRINTPROMO

About the E-Book

The E-Book is designed to support the transition of children into care and showcase the natural approach to play and discovery that family day care nurtures.

The E-Book allows users to customise the names of the E-Book’s main characters - including the main child, the parent, the educator and the name of the family day care - to make the story personal to them and their children.

FDCA members are currently able to create and download as many electronic versions of the E-Book as they would like, free of charge from any desktop device.

Now, 200 lucky members will also receive one FREE hard copy version to display at their business or service, or pass on to families starting care! 

How to create your E-Book

For assistance in making your very own copy of “My Family” Day Care, check out our instructional video here.

Be You Virtual Conference - Keys to Mentally Healthy Communities

Registrations are open now for Be You’s upcoming virtual conference, Empowerment: Keys to Mentally Healthy Communities, next Wednesday and Thursday the 8th and 9th of June 2022.

Hear from experts over the two-day online event discuss how empowerment and resilience support learning communities to adapt, grow and thrive.Attendance is free. To book your spot, click here.

You can also view the full conference program on Be You’s website.

University of Wollongong research study - mental health for new mothers and the effects of team-based sports

A research team from the University of Wollongong is currently completing a study on the engagement of new mother’s in team sports and its effect on mental health and positive psychosocial outcomes.

The project will focus on how mothers view themselves both physically and mentally, the social supports available to them, and the importance of community more broadly in raising children.

Educators and service staff with young children who participate in team-based or competitive sports are encouraged to take part in the survey.

If you have a spare 20 minutes, follow the link here to participate in the two-part study, or save it to complete later.

Participation is confidential and all answers will be de-identified prior to publication.

If you have any questions about the research, please contact the chief investigator Dr Caitlin Liddelow at

Grow and promote your business with FDCA's Family Day Care Locator

FDCA's Family Day Care Locator generates over 60,000 searches each year from families looking for family day care.

Members can customise and manage their locator listing through the FDCA Member Zone to help their family day care business stand out from the crowd.

To get started, follow the instructions below.

How do I manage my Family Day Care Locator listing?

To manage your Family Day Care Locator listing, log in to your FDCA Member Zone and select "My Locator Listing". Inside your Locator Listing you will be able to:

  • Update your Location Name (the name of your business as displayed on the locator)
  • Upload a photo to your listing
  • Update your vacancy information
  • Enable or disable your locator listing

How can I access my Family Day Care Locator Enquiries?

To access your Family Day Care Locator enquiries, log in to your FDCA Member Zone and select "Locator Enquiries".

How will I know when I receive an enquiry from the Family Day Care Locator?

When you receive a new enquiry from the Family Day Care Locator, an email will be sent to your registered email address. This will contain a link that will take you straight to your FDCA Member Zone so that you can view the enquiry.

What if I haven't activated my FDCA Member Zone?

To access your FDCA Member Zone, follow these five simple steps:

  1. Click here to activate your free account (for the best experience, use the latest Chrome browser)
  2. Enter your registered email address
  3. An email will then be sent to your email address; click on the 'create password' button
  4. Create and confirm your password
  5. ‍Click here to log in and enter your FDCA Member Zone.