1 March 2023

Submit your questions for Episode 2 of the Online Engagement Series

Taking place on Thursday 16 March 2023 at 6pm AEDT, Episode 2 of the Online Engagement Series will discuss and dissect Quality Area 1 of the National Quality Standard (NQS).

The episode will take a deep dive into Exploring Quality Area 1, including a discussion of the Approved Learning Frameworks, the Assessment and Planning Cycle, Critical Reflection, the role of the Educational Leader and strategies for conquering Quality Area 1.

Join the conversation!

We want you to be part of the conversation and invite you to submit your questions for our guests Perry Campbell, Senior Manager, Priority Support, National Projects, and FDCA Sector Liaison Coordinator and 2021 National Coordinator of the Year, Lyndall Cotterill.

To submit your question, click here.

You can also contribute to the episode by taking part in our Mentimeter Quiz in the lead up to the episode by clicking here.

Watch live

The live panel will be streamed on the FDCA website, FDCA Facebook Page and FDCA YouTube channel.

If you can’t watch the episode live on the night, don’t worry! The recording will remain on the FDCA website for members to access afterwards.

101st edition of JiGSAW available now!

Our 101st edition of JiGSAW is available now in your FDCA Member Zone!

JiGSAW is Australia's only nationally printed magazine dedicated to the family day care sector and includes articles on professional development, early years development and behaviour and family day care issues at the national level. JiGSAW also includes educator and service highlights and member competitions.

This edition includes features on:

  • 2022 Excellent in Family Day Care Awards National Winners
  • From Little Things, Big Things Grow: Traineeships in Family Day Care
  • FDCA 2022 National Conference Wrap
  • A Different Lens on Sustainability with ACECQA
  • and much more!

To access the latest digital edition of JiGSAW, click here to enter your Member Zone.

FDCA partners on project to enrich learning

On 17 February, Family Day Care Australia  (FDCA) joined 10 other project partners from the ECEC sector at the Project launch of the Observe, Reflect, Improve: a tool to enrich Children’s Learning (ORICL) at Macquarie University.

ORICL is a new tool that has been co-developed with professionals, policy-makers and providers, and piloted in long day care and family day care settings “to support infant-toddler educators to: Observe, Reflect on , Assess and Improve the quality of individual Children’s Learning experiences”. FDCA has been a long-term ‘in-kind’ supporter of the project since inception in 2017.

The project recently gained ARC Linkage grant funding, which will enable national implementation and evaluation of a digital form of the tool. This next phase of the ORICL project is being led by Macquarie University and also involves researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Charles Sturt University and University of NSW.

More information about the project can be found here. The project team will soon be looking for family day care services to be involved in the national implementation in the next month or so – so watch this space for your chance to take part in this exciting piece of research!

Three new Marketing Packages to level up your business

We know that every educator and every service has different needs, which is why our brand new Marketing Packages offer a range of unique benefits.

The Essential Package – Free for all members

The Essential Package provides all members with a free listing on the Family Day Care Locator and accompanying profile page. When subscribed to the Essential Package, you can personalise your business name, vacancy and opening hours along with the addition of one photo and text to your profile page.

By default, all members have received a subscription to the Essential Package at no additional cost to their FDCA membership.

The Professional Package – Take your listing to the next level

If you want to level up your locator listing and profile page, the Professional Package is for you.

With the Professional Package, your locator listing and profile page link will surge to the top of the search results in your area as one of FDCA’s Featured Listings.

You’ll also unlock full access to additional marketing and promotional features.

The Enterprise Package – Dominate your local area

The Enterprise Package has been created for those who want their digital footprint to dominate their local area.

The Enterprise Package will include everything from both the Essential and Professional Packages, as well as your own Google Ads campaign that will direct traffic from Google straight to your Family Day Care Locator profile page.

Upgrade today!

To upgrade to the Professional or Enterprise Package, log into your FDCA Member Zone, click on My Locator Listing and select the Marketing Packages tab to make your selection.

If you would prefer to upgrade your Marketing Package over the phone, please contact us on 1800 658 699.

Expressions of Interest open for educator wellbeing project

A pilot project being conducted  by researchers at Macquarie University and University of Melbourne is looking for family day educators to participate ! The pilot project will first examine educator-child interaction quality by using the Caregiver Interaction Profile Scale (CIPS), which has been devised for use in the Australian early childhood education context.

To inform the broader educator wellbeing project, researchers will record interactions between educators and children during a range of naturally occurring situations, including free play, transition times, daily care activities and meal/snack times.

Your participation plays an important role in helping to establish the appropriateness of CIPS within the Australian early childhood context, and for training researchers to better understand educator-child interactions.

If you are an educator interested in joining the project, or if you are a service who wishes to pass on this opportunity on to your educators, please contact Professor Rebecca Bull at noting your interest in the CIPS educator wellbeing project.