2021 Federal Budget Wrap
Last night, the Australian Commonwealth Government handed down the 2021 Federal Budget, confirming a number of positive policy measures tailored to the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector:
- Child Care Subsidy Changes: As announced prior to the release of the Federal Budget, eligible families with more than one child attending an ECEC service will see the level of subsidy received increase by 30 per cent, to a maximum of 95 per cent of fees, for their second and subsequent children, effective 1 July 2022. In addition, eligible families that have combined incomes above $189,390 will not have to start paying full fees after they have reached the subsidy cap of $10,560 per child per year, because the subsidy cap will be removed, as of 1 July 2022.
- Funding to streamline the child care regulatory system. Under this initiative, $16.9 million will be invested over four years from 2021-22 to streamline the child care regulatory system, by building a single government website to make it easier for families to get information about child care availability, fees and vacancies. This initiative will also reduce the administrative burden on providers and prospective providers.
- Universal Access for preschool funding confirmed for four years. The Government has locked in ongoing funding for states and territories to support preschool education. This will see a 1.6 billion dollar investment to support access to at least 15 hours of preschool each week for children in the year before school, for a period of four years. From 2023 this will include funding of around $1,340 per child in 2022 regardless of the preschool setting.
- National Early Childhood program for Children with Disability or Developmental Concerns This new initiative will see $17.9 million provided over four years from 2021-22 to establish a new early childhood program to deliver a range of disability-specific information, workshops and supported playgroups for young children aged birth to eight years of age with disabilities or developmental needs.
Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) supports these investment measures into the ECEC sector. However, further measures are needed to ensure equitable funding for the family day care sector and support the ongoing viability and growth of family day care.
As outlined in our Pre-Budget Submission, and as presented to the Hon Alan Tudge MP in our recent meeting with him, FDCA continues to call on the federal government to raise the hourly CCS cap rate for family day care to bring it in line with centre-based care, and apply an additional loading of 20% to the recalculated CCS cap for non-standard hours of care.
Should you have any questions about the federal budget handed down last night, or if you would like to know more about FDCA’s Sector Viability Strategy, please get in touch via Enquiries@fdca.com.au or give us a call on 1800 658 699.
Nominations for the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are OPEN NOW!
Now in its tenth year, the Awards are the only program of their kind celebrating the family day care sector across Australia. It’s our chance to showcase the stories and achievements of educators, coordinators and services and promote family day care as the natural choice in early childhood education and care for more Australian families.
Engage with educators, colleagues and families
The Awards are also a unique opportunity to engage with educators, colleagues and families in your community, and raise the profile of your business, your service and the sector as a whole.
Here are some tips on how to prompt the Awards to your own local networks:
1. Share the Awards on social media
Help spread the word about the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards by getting active on social media.
Whether it’s sharing posts from the Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) page or creating posts of your own, you’ll help us build interest in, and awareness of, the Awards and the importance of this event for our sector.
Click here to access the FDCA Facebook page
2. Include a story about the Awards in your newsletters or emails
Including a story about the Awards in your business’s newsletters or emails is a great way to engage people and raise awareness.
3. Display Awards materials at your office or home
You can download your own Awards materials to advertise at your service office or at your home.
To download your poster, nomination slips, email banner or social media images for Facebook and Instagram, follow the links below.
Download your poster
Download nomination slips
Download your email banner
Download your social media content
Place a nomination!
Getting involved isn’t just about engaging with families and spreading the word.
As a family day care professional, your nomination plays a major role in the award submission review process. If you know an educator, coordinator or service that goes above and beyond and deserves recognition, we encourage you to place a nomination today!
Click here to nominate an educator
Click here to nominate a coordinator
Click here to nominate a service
Nominations for the 2021 Awards close on 13 June 2021.
The Awards are the only event of its kind for the family day care sector in Australia, showcasing the incredible efforts of educators, coordinators and services and acknowledging the impacts they make to the lives of more than 107,000 Aussie children.
To find out more information, including how you could take home a part of 30,000 worth of prizes, visit our website at www.familydaycare.com.au/awards.
Online survey about COVID related health messaging and advice now open
A multi-disciplinary team of internationally renowned researchers led by Macquarie University is investigating how the early childhood sector finds out about, and passes on, important health and wellbeing information following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
You can ensure that family day care is included in this important research by spending 15-20 minutes of your time to respond to a national online survey, which is a core component of this project.
Please follow the survey links below:
Survey for FDC Educators
Survey for FDC Approved Providers/Coordinators
In addition, the research team is interested to hear the perspectives of families who accessed family day care during 2020 and 2021. We encourage our service members to distribute the survey link below to the families in your care:
Survey for families
Please note that all responses to the survey are completely anonymous, and your choice to participate or not is respected and will remain completely confidential. Survey responses, including response rates, are only accessible by the Macquarie University team.
Are you interested in contributing further to this project?
The research team are also seeking family day care services who would be interested in participating in interviews, to discuss their experiences in communicating health related messages to families, staff and educators during 2020 and into 2021.
If you would like to find out more, or to get involved, please email Enquiries@fdca.com.au ASAP and we will forward your name to the research team who can provide more information.
Your participation in this important research project will ensure visibility of the family day care sector in this research and help the health and early childhood sectors to work together and ensure that health information is communicated effectively across Australia. Thank you to those services who have already expressed interest.
Do you want to share your latest excursion in JiGSAW magazine?
Have you recently been 'Out & About' and want to take the opportunity to tell everyone about it?
We are now taking Out & About submissions for the 2021 winter edition of JiGSAW. If you’re an educator or a service that has a story to share with the sector, we would love to hear from you!
Simply send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about the excursion you want to share.
The lucky winner will have a full page article published in the winter edition of JiGSAW magazine and will receive additional copies of the magazine to share with families and friends.
To see the most recent Out & About feature inside the 2021 autumn edition of JiGSAW, click here. You can also see previous features by viewing past editions of JiGSAW in your FDCA Member Zone.
Welcome Rosie Pupo to the FDCA Board of Directors!
FDCA is delighted to welcome the appointment of Rosie Pup to the Board of Directors, following the opening of a casual vacancy.
Rosie is the Service Manager for both Marrickville and Leichhardt Family Day Care and has been working in the early childhood education and care sector for over 27 years.
After starting her family day care career in 1994 as a trainee with South Sydney Council, Rosie moved into a role as a resource worker with Ku-ring-gai Council Family Day Care in 1997, before working with The Infants Home Family Day Care and Canada Bay Council as a Child Development Officer.
Rosie has also worked as a Project Officer with the New South Wales Family Day Care Association and in a marketing and promotions role outside of family day care.
Rosie strives to mentor and guide her team of staff and educators into early childhood professionals, by providing tailored training opportunities to support educators in successfully running their individual businesses.
We wish Rosie all the best for her tenure on the Board.