Minister’s Rules Amended to Broaden ACCS Scope
Last week the Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education, made the Child Care Subsidy Amendment (Additional Child Care Subsidy) Minister’s Rules 2023 which amends the Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Rules 2017 to prescribe additional circumstances in which Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing) certificates or determinations may be backdated for a longer period (up to 13 weeks, instead of up to 28 days).
The additional circumstances have been added to section 11A of the Minister’s Rules and are as follows:
- The child is in a formal foster care arrangement (within the meaning of section 8E of the Rules);
- The eligible individual, their partner or the child is homeless; and
- The eligible individual, their partner or the child is affected by the harmful use of alcohol or another drug.
The Amendment Rules will commence on 16 October 2023.
Be Audit Ready!
As members are aware, the Australian Government Department of Education (‘the Department’) is now auditing service providers to ensure compliance with the new EFT gap fee payment requirement, as well as other obligations under Family Assistance Law (FAL).
FDCA has developed a ‘Be Audit Ready’ fact sheet to help our members demonstrate compliance with the new requirements. The fact sheet can be downloaded here. Key topics covered in this factsheet are:
- Audit Process and Documentation Requirements – understand what the Department will review during an audit.
- Reasonable Steps – learn about what the Department means by ‘all reasonable steps’.
- Good Practice Strategies – explore effective oversight processes to maintain compliance, accurate record keeping, clear communication with families and ongoing support to educators.
The Department has also developed some helpful online guidance to assist providers in understanding how to comply. We urge all services to carefully read this guidance.
At FDCA, we are committed to delivering resources that support your continuous improvement and in the delivery of compliant, quality practice. The development of our ‘Be Audit Ready’ factsheet forms part of the EFT Transition resource suite which we developed with funding from the Australian Government to support services in complying with the new EFT gap fee requirement and ensuring adequate oversight of gap fee collection.
If you have any questions or need further information about compliance with the new EFT gap fee requirement, or other aspects of FAL, please contact us on 1800 658 699 or at email@example.com.
2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Star Award Winners Announced
Yesterday FDCA was thrilled to announce our 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Star Award Winners!
The Emerging and Perpetual Star Awards recognise educators, coordinators and services that are new to the sector or role and those who have shown dedication over several years.
The Emerging Star Award
The Emerging Star Award celebrates an educator, coordinator and service that is new to the family day care sector or their role and has made a big impact in a short amount of time. The Emerging Star Award is presented to an educator, coordinator and service that commenced their role/business in the past two years.
The Perpetual Star Award
The Perpetual Star Award honours an educator, coordinator and service that have contributed to the family day care sector for a significant period of time and continues to thrive. The Perpetual Star Award is presented to an educator, coordinator and service that has worked in the family day care sector for more than 15 years.
The winners of the Star Awards represent the talent of emerging educators, coordinators and services and the wisdom of those who continue to give to the sector.
To see the 2023 Star Awards winners, click here.
Scholastic Storytime Giveaway
FDCA is pleased to announce that we've partnered with Scholastic Australia for Scholastic Storytime; a new initiative which will include some exciting book giveaways on FDCA's socials, as well as an overhaul of the current JiGSAW Storytime segment to include exciting titles, supplied by Scholastic for educators to review and children to enjoy in family day care.
Our first Scholastic Storytime Giveaway will go live tomorrow on the FDCA Facebook page, so be sure to keep your eyes open for your chance to win some fantastic books!]
A Short Guide to Early Childhood Pedagogy
Are you an educational leader or family day care coordinator looking to support educators’ understanding of pedagogical practice? Perhaps you’re a family day care educator looking to expand the horizons of your pedagogical approach?
Either way, you’ll love our professional learning and development resources, available within your FDCA Member Zone: A Short Guide to Early Childhood Pedagogy and the accompanying Companion Resource.
These publications extend on FDCA's resources to support critical reflection and enhance professional practices and programming, complementing FDCA’s Critical Reflection in Practice Guide and Companion Resource.
A Short Guide to Early Childhood Pedagogy and the accompanying Companion Resource will assist educational leaders, family day care coordinators and educators to promote and support a culture of professional enquiry, challenge the status quo and generate new thinking to support continuous improvement.
Created as part of our ongoing commitment to support our members, you can access the Short Guide and Companion Resource through your FDCA Member Zone.