Whether you are an educator, co-ordination unit staff member or an approved provider, make sure your voice is heard in a significant new study exploring what leadership looks like in a family day care context.
While there are a growing number of studies looking at leadership in schools and centre-based early childhood education and care services, there have been very few studies of leadership in Australian family day care – until now!
This study is your chance to participate in vital research focusing specifically on the family day care sector and we strongly encourage all of our members to take part.
The study is being undertaken by a team of researchers from Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland, and FDCA sits on the steering committee for this exciting new research project, along with the Family Day Care Association of Queensland, Early Childhood Australia (QLD), and Wynnum Family Day Care.
What do I need to do to participate in the study?
Complete the online survey. The survey asks questions about you, your work in family day care and your views and experiences of leadership within the sector and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
We strongly encourage you to share the survey with other educators, service staff and approved providers across your network.
FDCA will continue to promote the fantastic contributions of our winners, as part of our ongoing commitment to promoting our members and raising the profile of family day care.
Be sure to keep an eye out on FDCA's website and Facebook page for more Awards highlights!
NAIDOC Week 2020
NAIDOC Week recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for these lands for over 65,000 years, and is an important opportunity to celebrate their profound spiritual and cultural connection to this country.
The theme of NAIDOC Week 2020, Always Was, Always Will Be. acknowledges the hundreds of Nations and cultures that covered this continent and managed the land long before European contact.
We invite our members to share their NAIDOC Week events with us as we reflect on this important week. Reach us on Facebook or send your event through to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visions for Quality launched on the FDCA Professional Learning Portal
FDCA is proud to launch the latest addition to Family Day Care Australia’s (FDCA) Professional Learning Portal: the Visions for Quality - Reflecting on Practice resource.
The FDCA Professional Learning Portal is available exclusively to FDCA members to support the professional development journey of both educators and service staff and can be conveniently accessed through the FDCA Member Zone.
This critical reflection tool has been specifically developed for educators and is an adaptation of our hard copy guide, which continues to support our members to deliver the best possible learning and developmental outcomes for children in family day care. It is also an opportunity to engage in a high quality, evidence-based online learning program, free of charge and from the ease of your own home.
Visions for Quality consists of 12 videos that focus on family day care educators’ work, and how that work supports children’s learning. The aim is to promote good quality education and care services in family day care and in the sector as a whole, and to support services to comply with the National Quality Framework.
The specific aims of the resource are to:
highlight the diversity of good practice and raise educators’ awareness of the different ways that they can provide good quality experiences for all children;
emphasise the strengths of family day care which contribute to high quality practice;
assist educators to see and reflect upon points of difference between their practice and that of others;
reinforce the importance of critical reflection; and
provide a catalyst for improvement in practice.
Each video is accompanied by guidance modules and a number of reflective questions.
Educators will also be able to download a certificate of completion for their own or their service's professional development records.
How do I access the FDCA Professional Learning Portal?
To start using the FDCA Professional Learning Portal all you need to do is login to your FDCA Member Dashboard and click on the "Professional Learning Portal" button on the left.
If you do not have an FDCA online account, simply click here and follow the instructions.
If you have any enquiries regarding the FDCA Professional Learning Portal please email email@example.com.
Emergency preparation - bushfire season
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has released advice for early childhood education and care services and educators on preparing for an emergency, as we enter bushfire season in many parts of the country.
We urge our members to take time this week to ensure that their emergency and evacuation policies, procedures, risk assessments and resources are up to date.
ACECQA Exceeding practice case studies
FDCA is proud to have contributed to the development of five new family day care specific case studies, now available on the ACECQA website. The case studies offer practical examples of Exceeding practice within a family day care context.
These case studies are a first for the sector and bring us another step closer to improved national recognition of the unique model, benefits and practices of family day care.
To access the case studies, which are linked to each of the 7 Quality Areas of the National Quality Standard, click here.
We hope that these studies foster discussion and reflection within your service and your environment, and support our members with continuous quality improvement to ensure strong development and learning outcomes for children.