1 May 2024

Reminder: Educators ‘Working Towards’ Certificate III Must Complete by 1 July 2024

From 1 July 2023, changes to the minimum qualifications for family day care educators came into effect, with educators now being required to hold an approved Certificate III level (or higher) qualification prior to commencing their role in a family day care service and cannot be ‘actively working towards’ a qualification.*

However, existing educators currently engaged at a family day care service and who are currently ‘working towards’ their Certificate III qualification have until 1 July 2024 to complete their qualification. This provision does not apply to FDC educators in South Australia as FDC educators in South Australia must hold an approved Certificate III level (or higher) qualification prior to commencing their role in a FDC service.

Waivers for staffing requirements will continue to be available. If by 1 July 2024, educators do not hold an approved Certificate III level (or higher) qualification, the approved provider can apply for a waiver. The regulatory authority may consider granting the waiver if it is satisfied that the approved provider has reasonable justification for not being able to comply with regulation 127. For more information on waivers visit the ACECQA website.

* Please check the legislation for commencement dates in Western Australia

National Family Day Care Week Kicks Off This Monday!

Kicking off Monday 6th May, we will celebrate National Family Day Care Week for the 12th year running!

National Family Day Care Week celebrates the vital role family day care plays in the development and wellbeing of over 75,000 Australian children. The much-loved week is integral to raising the image and profile of family day care. It celebrates the unique benefits of the small group settings, personalised educational programming and flexible hours of care that make family day care the option of choice for so many Australian families.

We encourage you to share your celebrations with us on Facebook and Instagram using #FDCWeek24!

Make Your Listing Stand Out From The Crowd

Did you know that so far in 2024 our Family Day Care Locator has generated over 4,150 child care enquiries for FDCA members. That’s over 2,000 leads for FDCA members per month!

With numbers like this, ensuring your Family Day Care Locator listing is up to date is crucial if you want to attract new families to your family day care business, and with every FDCA member having access to a FREE listing there’s no excuse not to get moving.

To help you add some sparkle and polish to your listing, we’ve got some easy to understand, short video guides to set you on your way.

Managing your listing

To get your Family Day Care Locator listing standing out from the crowd, you’ll need to add a little shimmer and shine! This means adding your business name, updating your profile picture and telling your story.

To view a short video on how to manage your listing, click here.

Checking your enquiries

Once your listing is glistening, you’ll need to be ready to respond to care enquiries when they start coming in.

Click here, to see how you can access your Family Day Care Locator enquiries inbox to check, manage and respond to enquiries.

Level up your listing

Once your listing is in tip top shape, we have a range of marketing packages that can help you get your listing to the top of the pops!

There’s too many exciting features to list here, so we’ve created a quick video below that will guide you through all the benefits available across each package that can help you level up your listing!

Click here to find out how you can level up your listing.

Time to Shine a Spotlight on Road and Driveway Safety

Next week (5 -12th May) is National Road Safety Week, offering educators a valuable opportunity to shine a spotlight on preventing transport related injuries, and to raise awareness about safe behaviours around roads, driveways and vehicles. The campaign is organised by the Safer Australian Roads and Highways Group, often abbreviated to SARAH, in collaboration with relevant state and territory authorities.

Did you know that in Australia the second most common cause of injury requiring hospital admission for children aged 0 to 14 years is transport related, and that one child per week is hit by a slow moving vehicle near or around their home ? The consequences of these injuries can be fatal.

Kidsafe have a range of engaging resources that can help educate children about being “street smart” in driveways, around busy roads, neighbourhood streets – anywhere there are cars and other forms of transport - ultimately helping to reduce transport related injuries and trauma.

You can access the free Kidsafe resources at the links below:

Family Day Care Legal Services Has Got You Covered!

FDCA offers more than just great public liability insurance to protect your business. We have a range of options to protect your home, your vehicle and you!

We also offer Family Day Care Legal Services through our partners, Wotton & Kearney, to provide you with top tier legal advice and peace of mind.

Wotton & Kearney are one of the undisputed leaders in the legal services industry, with specific expertise in the provision of family day care and over 340 specialised lawyers operating across Australian and New Zealand.

Trusted by educators and services for over 35 years, visit our website or give us a call on 1800 658 699 to find out more about how FDCA has got all of your business needs covered.