10 February 2021

Reminder! 6-month FDCA 2021 National Conference payment plan 

Make sure to take advantage of the 6-month payment plan for the FDCA 2021 National Conference.

The continuation of our payment plan scheme ensures our members can cover the cost of their conference ticket via small, manageable payments, supporting them to attend the professional development and networking event of the year.

The 6-month payment plan will allow FDCA members to purchase conference tickets with 6 payments of $104.00.

Access to the 6-month payment plan closes at 11:59pm (AEDT) on 28 February 2021, so make sure to take advantage of this offer today!

To access the 6-month payment plan, click here.

Full ticket refunds available to members until 28 July 2021

We are mindful that for many, committing to the purchase of a conference ticket can be a difficult decision. To remove any concerns for members we are committed to offering full refunds to all members up until 28 July 2021.

About the FDCA 2021 National Conference

Taking place in Hobart from 28-30 October 2021, the FDCA 2021 National Conference will  not only be a first class professional development event, it will be a chance to discover why our southern neighbours are considered some of the happiest people in the world.

Join us for some well-deserved "me time" and take the opportunity to network with leaders in the early childhood education and care sector, and shape the future of the sector.

To find out more about the FDCA 2021 National Conference including information on accommodation and our keynote speakers, visit

Save time and money with FDCA's National Police Checks

As your national peak body, FDCA is committed to supporting our members.

We are proud to offer our National Police Check service to FDCA members for an exclusive, market leading price of only $37.50.

Our tailored National Police Checks not only save you money, but also save you time by allowing you to send your National Police Check directly to your approved family day care service. This means that your service will get the results as soon as they become available, without you having to worry about sending a separate copy.

FDCA educator members can receive up to four discounted checks per year to use for themselves and/or for adults residing in their home who may require a check.

To start your discounted FDCA National Police Check, simply visit

Do I need a National Police Check?

Service providers have obligations under both the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the Child Care Subsidy Minister's Rules 2017 to ensure the fitness and propriety of all educators registered with the service.

As such, services may have a policy that requires educators or other personnel to undertake a National Police Check regularly - for example, annually.

Additionally, you will need to undertake a National Police Check if you transfer to a different family day care service.

When an approved provider registers a new family day care educator to a service, the provider must provide a declaration to the Department of Education and Training, within 7 days, that they have sighted the National Police Check (that is no more than 6 months old).

To find out more about who needs a National Police Check and why, click here.

If you have any questions or need assistance please call 1800 658 699 or email

Have you read the FDCA Pre-Budget Submission for 2021-2022?

FDCA’s pre-budget submission for 2021-2022 is an important component of our Sector Viability Strategy and outlines the case for two key funding priorities that are not only pivotal in ensuring the long term viability of the family day care sector, but also represent an appropriate and equitable allocation of funding for the sector to support sustainable growth.

What have we called on the Government to do?

In our 2021-2022 pre-budget submission, we have called on the Australian Government to:

  • raise the CCS cap rate for family day care to be on par with that of the centre-based day care sector; and
  • apply an additional loading of 20% to the recalculated CCS fee cap for non-standard hours care.

For more information, you can read FDCA’s pre-budget submission here.

We thank our members for their input and for sharing their experiences regarding non-standard hours of care and the actual costs of running a family day care business.

Should you have any questions about the pre-budget submission, or if you wish to discuss FDCA’s Sector Viability Strategy, please contact us at

Feel Good February

Created to encourage people to participate in random acts of kindness, Feel Good February is about discovering the power of the individual to support their community and bring a smile to someone’s face.

Feel Good February was founded by Linda Pang, a published children’s book author and poet, and a primary and special education teacher. Over the years, Linda has promoted the physical and mental health benefits of intentional positive action and hopes to inspire others to partake in small (or big) acts of kindness this February.

If you’d like to know more about Feel Good February, or to download some free feel good resources, visit the website here:

Submit your nomination - 2021 Narragunnawali Awards

Held biennially, the Narragunnawali Awards is the first national awards program to recognise and celebrate Australian schools and early learning services that are implementing outstanding reconciliation initiatives.

Finalists are acknowledged for the ways in which they strengthen relationships, build respect, and provide meaningful opportunities around the school or service and with the community.

There are two Narragunnawali Awards Categories:

  • Schools: this category incorporates primary, secondary, senior secondary and combined schools within the Government, Independent or Catholic sectors.
  • Early Learning: this category incorporates early childhood education and care, including family day care.

Educators, coordinators, service staff, families and community members are eligible to nominate for an Award a family day care service that they believe is demonstrating exceptional commitment to reconciliation.

Once a service is nominated, the Service Director will be notified and encouraged to formally apply for a Narragunnawali Award 2021.

Nominations and applications can be submitted online any time before Friday 30 April 2021.

For more information about the nomination and application process, please visit the website: