10 July 2024

Over 5000 Nominations! Excellence in Family Day Care Awards

Congratulations to the nominees of the 2024 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards! All nominees have been released and are available on the FDCA website.

We received over 5000 nominations in this year’s Awards, thank you to all those who took the time to place a nomination and recognise a member of the family day care community. Nominations are now closed. 

Those who have been nominated are able to place a supporting submission, with submissions due by Sunday 21 July 2024.

If you see your name on the list, but haven't received a nomination notification email from FDCA, please contact us at

Once submissions have been placed, nominations and submissions will be reviewed before the announcement of our Regional Educator Award winners on 24 September 2024.

This will be followed by the announcement of the Star Awards (8 October), National Finalists (15 October) for all categories, and then the presentation of the National Awards at the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner on 23 November at the Parkroyal Hotel in Parramatta.

The Awards celebrate the amazing work done by Educators, Coordinators and Services and the family day care sector to deliver high quality early childhood education and care to over 75,000 children across Australia.

For more information on the Awards, including the judging process and key dates, visit the FDCA website

NAIDOC Week 7-14 July

This week is NAIDOC Week (Sunday 7 July to Sunday 14 July 2024), with celebrations being held across Australia to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Valuing Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures is an underpinning principle of the National Quality Framework. This year’s theme chosen by the National NAIDOC Committee is, Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud.

The theme honours the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture - with fire a symbol of connection to Country, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme allows early childhood and early primary educators to imagine a freedom of spirit and Country where possibilities to create space - through the imagination of children - can foster the strength of children.

Access the NAIDOC website for a range of educational resources to support learning, along with information about the history of NAIDOC Week and local events.

You can also share your NAIDOC Week activities on the FDCA Facebook page.

We at Family Day Care Australia acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work, the Darkinjung People, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' continuous connection to Country, and celebrate their traditions and living cultures.

FDCA Online Engagement Series: Episode 11 - The Role of the Educational Leader

The FDCA Online Engagement Series will return on 25 July 2024 for Episode eleven, which will focus on the Role of the Educational Leader.

The episode will air from 12.30pm - 2.00pm (AEST), with our special guest panel examining topics such as:

  • Expectations, requirements and responsibilities of an Educational Leader
  • Educational Leadership within your service
  • Building Professional Identity as an Educational Leader
  • The Planning Cycle and Reflective Practice

This episode will see FDCA co-hosts, FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager Michael Farrell and FDCA Sector Liaison Coordinator Lyndall Cotterill joined by:

Chamalee Prathiraja - Educational Leader, Communities at Work Family Day Care, ACT

Nicole Walters - Program Manager & Nominated Supervisor, Coastal Family Day Care, TAS

Episode Information

Episode: The Role of the Educational Leader

Date and Time: Thursday, 25 July 2024, 12.30pm - 2.00pm AEST‍

Streaming Links: FDCA Website, Facebook and YouTube

Submit your questions

To help guide the conversation towards topics that interest you, we're calling on FDCA members to submit questions for our panellists.

If you would like to submit a question, simply click here.

Incident Reporting Protocol

Did you know that FDCA has an Incident Reporting protocol for when incidents occur in your family day care business? Did you also know that FDCA's Member Zone allows you to lodge an incident report online with the click of a button? 

Below are some examples of the types of incidents and the time frames in which you are required to notify FDCA:

Category A

These are severe incidents where a claim is likely to occur. These types of incidents must be reported to FDCA within 48 hours of the incident. Some examples of a Category A incident are:

  • Death / spinal injury / burns / loss of consciousness / fractures or breaks to major limbs
  • Any incident that requires admission to hospital
  • Where a parent threatens legal action or withdraws the child from care because of the incident

Category B

These incidents are less severe but a claim may still occur from the incident. These types of incidents must be reported to FDCA within 30 days of the incident. Some examples of a Category B incident are:

  • Fractures or breaks to minor limbs (fingers and toes)
  • Injuries to teeth
  • Lacerations requiring first aid
  • Convulsions / seizure / fit where medical assistance was required

Category C

These incidents are not severe and can be managed and dealt with straight away. There is no need to report a Category C incident to FDCA. Some examples of a Category C incident are:

  • A child has hurt themselves and just needs to be comforted
  • A band-aid is required

These timeframes must be followed to ensure protection under your insurance policy, in the event that the incident leads to a claim in the future.

How to report an incident?

You can either complete FDCA’s incident report form which is available here OR you can complete an online incident report from which is located in the Insurance section of your FDCA Member Zone. Hard copy incident report forms, once completed, can be emailed to

For more information on incident reporting, please click here.