8 November 2023

The FDCA 2025 National Conference is Heading to Melbourne!

We are pleased to announce that the FDCA 2025 National Conference will take place in Melbourne from 23-25 October 2025.

Being held at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, the FDCA 2025 National Conference promises to be one of our largest events to date. Whether you’re attending purely to expand your own knowledge base or are tempted by Melbourne’s wealth of food, culture and attractions, we have no doubt this will be a conference not to be missed!

Early-bird tickets are available to purchase outright or via a 10-month payment plan. To lock in your 2025 conference experience, click here.

First Keynote Speaker Confirmed: Nathan Wallis

We're excited to reveal that internationally acclaimed New Zealand neuroscience educator Nathan Wallis will be a keynote speaker for the conference.

Nathan's professional background includes working as an early childhood teacher, child therapist, social service manager, university lecturer and neuroscience trainer. Along with hosting the TV Series, “Kids Don’t Come With A Manual”, the documentary “All in the Mind”, and co-hosting the TV series “The Secret life of Girls”. Nathan appears on National Radio and TV as a guest expert on parenting, teaching and understanding the brain development of young people.

As a bonus for conference delegates, on top of his keynote at the conference, Nathan will also be holding a workshop that will be available to all delegates in a plenary format!

Inspirational and charismatic, Nathan’s ability to translate neuroscience into everyday life engages all audiences. We can't wait to welcome Nathan at the conference!

Want to find out more?

For more information about the FDCA 2025 National Conference click here.

EOI for AERO’s First Nations Expert Reference Group

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) is establishing a new Expert Reference Group (ERG) to ensure education research, policy and practices meet the needs of First Nations communities. 

AERO encourages people from urban, regional, remote and very remote communities, with a diverse range of education experience, including early childhood education. Meetings will be quarterly and will discuss initiatives, strategies and progress in First Nations education.

More than 250 positions are available. Members will be paid for the time and expertise they provide to guide the future of First Nations education in Australia. 

You can read more about the ERG here or submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) through this online form or PDF form by close of business Monday 20 November to be considered for the ERG.

AERO is also holding online Q&A sessions about the ERG in November. You can register for one of these sessions on the session page:

For more information or to submit your EOI, please contact Sally Cooper or Kathryn Martin-Anderson at

Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner - Tickets Sales Close Tomorrow!

Time is running out to secure your ticket to the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner with sales closing on 9 November 2023.

Taking place on Saturday 25 November at the Adelaide Pullman Hotel from 6.30pm - 11.00pm, the Gala Dinner will celebrate all those nominated this year with special recognition for our award winners on the night. The awards dinner also provides guests with the opportunity to join friends and colleagues for a night of celebration. 

FDCA members are able to secure their tickets at a discounted rate of $130 ($165 for non-members) by clicking here.

What’s included with your ticket?

Dinner guests will be treated to: 

  • Pre-dinner welcome drinks and canapés
  • A delicious 2-course meal
  • Access to a 3.5-hour drinks package (6.30pm - 10.00pm)
  • Entertainment from our live DJ
  • Access to photos post-event

Event Details 

Location: Adelaide Pullman Hotel, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
Date: Saturday 25 November 2023
Time: 6.30pm - 11.00pm
Dress Code: Cocktail
Ticket Sales Deadline: 9 November 2023

Tickets to the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner are limited, so be quick to secure your ticket.

To find out more about the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner, click here.

JiGSAW - Edition 103 Now Live!

The latest edition of JiGSAW Magazine is now live and available to members via the Member Zone. Please click here to view edition 103.

This edition is digital only, in-line with our environmental commitments and has many exciting inclusions from some of our very own members, informative pieces from within the sector and exciting announcements from FDCA.

A special thank you to everyone who contributed to this bumper edition!

We Want to Hear from You!

Our members are always doing incredible things within their communities, going on exciting excursions, hosting fun incursions and teaching their children wonderful new skills and we want to hear all about it!

We are on the lookout for stories to include in upcoming editions of JiGSAW. If you have a story you feel needs to be told in JiGSAW, please reach out to

Remembrance Day 2023

Remembrance Day 2023 will take place on Saturday 11 November. On this day, Australians pay respect and pause for one minute to remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans and current serving personnel.

Observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War in 1919, Remembrance Day honours armed forces members who have died in the line of duty and those serving around the world today.


Deepawali (Diwali) is the festival of lights and lamps and will be celebrated on November 12, 2023.

It symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance".

The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that those of Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Newar Buddhist faith light outside their homes to symbolise the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness.

Get ready for 2024 with FDCA’s Market My Business Hub

With 2024 just around the corner, the FDCA Market My Business Hub is the perfect place for you to start your marketing and promotions plans.

As a member of FDCA, did you know that you have access to a range of FREE customisable resources that you can use to promote your family day care?

For many early childhood professionals and services, the time and cost involved in developing marketing materials is daunting.

That’s why, as your national peak body, we’ve developed a range of professionally crafted resources that you can access at no cost; taking the hassle out of marketing your business and giving you more time to do what you love.

What’s available in the Market My Business Hub?

All material in the Market My Business Hub has been designed on the back of extensive market research and sector consultation, so you can be sure that the material you order will resonate with your audience.

With a wide range of digital resources available in the Market My Business Hub, members can access:

  • Promotional videos
  • Testimonial videos from real educators
  • Brochures
  • Flyers
  • Posters
  • Postcards
  • Email banners
  • Social media graphics
  • Your own custom family day care logo

To access the Market My Business Hub, click here.