13 March 2024

Online Engagement Series: Fostering Relationships

Episode nine of the FDCA Online Engagement Series will be streaming on Wednesday, 27 March from 6.30pm - 8.00pm (AEDT), with our special guest panel exploring the topic of fostering relationships.

Our panel will provide tips, advice and answer your questions covering all aspects of relationships through a family day care lens.

Guests that will be joining our host, FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager Michael Farrell include:

  • ‍Stephanie Hoy - Family Day Care Educator, West Country Family Day Care, SA‍
  • Rachael Sheppard - Team Leader, Kentish Family Day Care, NT
  • Donna Klitscher - Team Leader, Uniting Family Day Care - Wimmera, VIC

‍Episode details

‍Be part of the conversation

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.

‍Can’t make it on the night?

If you can’t make the session on the night, don’t worry! A recording of the episode will be available via the FDCA Member Zone afterwards.

National Family Day Care Week

Get your pens out and mark the date on your calendar - National Family Day Care Week is back for 2024 and will take place from 6-12 May.

Registrations are open for National Family Day Care Week Picnics and the first 200 picnics registered by FDCA members will receive a FREE National Family Day Care Week Picnic Pack, which will contain:

  • 24 FDC Week stickers
  • 12 FDC Week postcard invitations
  • 2 x A2 FDC Week posters

Members will be able to use these packs to promote and celebrate their National Family Day Care Week Picnics as we all celebrate the important role family day care plays in the lives of Australian children, families and communities.

Hosting your National Family Day Care Week Picnic with FDCA means that we will publish a media release for your event, sending it to your local media outlets. In gaining media awareness of the event, we hope to further promote family day care within your community and across Australia.

To register your National Family Day Care Week Picnic, click here or on the button below, making sure to include your FDCA membership number in the registration form.

For more information, please click here or visit

Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Mubarak to all the wonderful educators, service staff, children, families and all those in the family day care sector who are observing.

We wish our Muslim friends and community Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), prayer (salah), reflection, and community.

JiGSAW Book Reviewer Wanted

Calling all bookworms and lovers of literature, we invite you to nominate for the position of book reviewer for edition 105 of JiGSAW.

Not only will you receive four wonderful books to share with your family day care children, you’ll also get the opportunity to talk about the stories with them and share their thoughts and feelings about the stories with the entire sector.

If you would like to be considered as our book reviewer, please email with your membership number and contact details before 5pm AEDT on 20th March 2024.

Good luck to everyone!

Have You Used FDCA’s Critical Reflection Resources?

Did you know that you can access a simple tool inside your FDCA Member Zone to support you with critical reflection?

FDCA’s Critical Reflection in Practice Guide contains an overview of the critical reflection cycle and a series of provocations to help educators embed critical reflection into their practice, as an ongoing and dynamic process.

The Guide is accompanied by a Critical Reflection Companion Resource (the Companion Resource) to assist members to make the most of their Guide and strengthen their pedagogical understanding. The Companion Resource looks further into what critical reflection is, how often it should be done and its importance for early childhood educators in delivering best practice.

Both the Guide and the Companion Resource have been developed in line with our commitment to offering our members a wide range of accessible and practical resources to support their business.

You can access the Guide (FDCA Critical Reflection Tool Poster) and Companion Resource in your FDCA Member Zone.