10 August 2022

2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - National Finalists announced

After working through over 3,400 nominations, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) was excited yesterday to announce our 2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards National Finalists!

To see our 2022 National Finalists, click here.

FDCA again congratulates our National Finalists for their ongoing commitment to excellence in the sector and for showcasing family day care as the natural choice for high quality early childhood education and care.

You can also visit our Facebook page to pass on your congratulations to our National Finalists and follow ongoing announcements and coverage of the 2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.

Don’t miss the Awards celebrations

This year the 2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards national presentation will take place at the FDCA 2022 National Conference Gala Dinner in Hobart, on 17 September 2022, where we will not only congratulate our National Finalists and announce our National Winners, but will also present Awards to any Star or Regional Award winners who are present on the night.

If you would like to attend the Gala Dinner, tickets are available for sale at a discounted member rate.

To purchase a Gala Dinner ticket, click here.

Have you seen Bright Sun Family Day Care’s journey to support educator wellbeing with Be You?

Bright Sun Family Day Care director, Amsha Nahid, first encountered Be You at the 2019 Family Day Care Australia National Conference.

Around the same time, Be You was discovered by Mariam Shahid, the services educational leader and ever since then, Bright Sun Family Day Care has been practicing Be You “their way” ever since.

If you haven’t managed to read this incredible story, we encourage you to visit the Be You website and follow along with Bright Sun’s inspiring journey to remove the stigma around mental health and wellbeing, and create space for reflection and discussion within their team of over 90 educators.

You can also watch their story unfold in a video collaboration between Bright Sun Family Day Care and Be You.

FDCA 2022 National Conference – Time is running out!

Tickets are still available for the biggest family day care event of 2022 and can be purchased at the early bird rate until 31 August 2022, supporting more members to access an unmissable professional learning opportunity.

To purchase your tickets, click here.

A one stop shop with all your conferencing needs

The FDCA 2022 National Conference will give you access to an amazing range of sector experts. With 24 workshops to choose from there will be no shortage in choice! 

You can view the workshop summaries on the conference website and download the conference program.

The conference will also host an exhibition that will give delegates access to leading providers of early childhood products and services from all across Australia.

To view the exhibitor line-up, click here.

Scholarship Applications close this Sunday

With the support of the Australian Government Department of Education, ten scholarships have been made available for the FDCA 2022 National Conference to FDCA members.

The scholarships will provide recipients with up to $2,000 in funding support* to cover the cost of a full conference registration, flights and accommodation for the FDCA 2022 National Conference, taking place in Hobart from 15-17 September 2022.

Priority for scholarships will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, however, non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait members are still eligible and encouraged to apply.

To apply for one of the scholarships, simply click here.

Covid-19 refund guarantee

Don’t forget, your conference ticket comes backed with a peace of mind guarantee: any members who are unable to attend the conference due to COVID-19 related circumstances will receive a FULL refund on their ticket purchase.

Updates from the Department of Education

Enrolment notices

If your enrolments are incorrect or missing important details, families may miss out on Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

Enrolment notices include details about a child, their parent or carer, the provider, and the agreed care arrangement.

Importantly, they must include the name, date of birth and Customer Reference Number (CRN) of:

  • the child; and 
  • the parent or carer who is claiming CCS.

These details link the enrolment to a parent’s CCS claim. If these details are missing or incorrect, Services Australia cannot pay CCS on behalf of a family.

Listing the correct claimant

It’s important to ensure you have listed the correct individual so that CCS can be paid.

While enrolment notices must list the individual claiming CCS, a Complying Written Arrangement can be made with either parent or carer.

Enrolment timeframes

You must submit an enrolment notice in the CCCS System within 7 days from the end of the week in which you enroll a child. This is a requirement under Family Assistance Law.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day, celebrated last Thursday 4 August 2022, recognises and supports the strength and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

This year’s theme was My Dreaming, My Future

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day has run annually since 1988 and is an initiative of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children. We encourage you to visit the website for more information, inspiration to support activities at your home or service, and for educational resources.

Access our NEW online Learning Hub

FDCA has partnered with one of Australia’s most respected early childhood professional development organisations, Early Childhood Australia (ECA), to provide our members with an outstanding new way to meet their professional development needs.

Through FDCA’s Member Zone, you have access to more than 25 online courses as part of your existing membership - valued at over $100 each year in professional development and training!

Log into your Member Zone and watch our tutorial video to get started on your Learning Hub journey!

If you haven’t yet accessed your Member Zone, click here to activate your account.