FDCA Learning Hub - 10 New Modules Added
We’re pleased to announce that Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) has added 10 new modules, across 8 courses, to the FDCA Learning Hub.
The addition of these new modules now means that your FDCA membership includes access to over 45 professional learning modules at no extra cost.
Available through your Member Zone, and backed by one of Australia’s most respected early childhood professional development and advocacy organisations, Early Childhood Australia, the FDCA Learning Hub offers members contemporary and meaningful professional development opportunities that can be completed from the comfort of home, at a time that suits you.
What new modules can I access?
The new modules that are now available to you include:
- Belonging, Being and Becoming - The Early Years Learning Framework (V2.0)
- Big Life Events - Impacts on children, families and communities
- Creating a community of support for children and families experiencing vulnerability
- Every child has the right to be included
- Fostering trusting relationships to support children with anxiety
- Introduction to the National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care
- Making connections with neurodiverse children through play
- Understanding young children's behaviour and empowering their future
To access the new modules, click here to log into your FDCA Member Zone.
What if I haven’t activated my FDCA Member Zone?
To activate your online account:
- Click here to activate your free account (for the best experience, use the latest Chrome browser)
- Enter your registered email address
- An email will then be sent to your email address; click on the 'create password' button
- Create and confirm your password
- Click here to login and enter your FDCA Member Zone.
We’re proud to be able to support our members in helping them achieve their career goals with the FDCA Learning Hub, and thank our colleagues at Early Childhood Australia for their support of our sector as an invaluable part of the early childhood education and care landscape.
Changes to the National Regulations Commencing from 1 October 2023
In 2022, Education Ministers agreed to a number of changes to the National Quality Framework based on findings from the 2019 Review of the National Quality Framework (NQF Review). These changes are occurring in phases and with some changes already introduced in March and July 2023.
A third round of regulatory changes resulting from the NQF Review have recently been approved and will commence for the majority of jurisdictions from 1 October 2023 through the Education and Care Services National Further Amendment Regulations 2023. FDCA urges both approved services and educators to familiarise themselves with the “Further Amendment Regulations” and work collaboratively to ensure that all parties are familiar with their individual and shared obligations under the amendments.
*** As we approach 1 October, FDCA strongly encourages service providers to prioritise child protection training for their coordinators. Approved providers are responsible for ensuring that their FDC coordinators have successfully completed this essential training by the given deadline.
The key amendments for family day care span obligations for approved providers, service staff and educators and relate to the following areas:
- Sleep and rest - New regulations 84A, 84B, 84C inserted: policy and procedure requirements and risk assessments.
- Changes for services in multi-storey buildings - New regulations 34(1)(f)(ia), 97(1)(c) and 116(2)(b) inserted: risk assessments and additional documentation required.
- Family day care coordinators to have child protection training - Section 162A of the National Law substituted.
- Family day care register - Regulation 153(1)(j) substituted and new regulation 153(1)(ma) inserted: currency of qualifications and new requirements relating to details of exceptional circumstances approvals.
- Swimming pools and other water hazards - New regulations 116A, 116B and 116C inserted: inspection of swimming pools, water features and other potential water hazards and compliance with fencing requirements for swimming pools (note: does not apply in Western Australia).
- Changes to glass requirements - Regulation 117(1)(b) substituted: glass safety requirements now apply at a height of 0ꞏ75 metres or less above floor level (note: does not apply in Western Australia).
- New display in residence and venue requirements - New regulation 173A inserted: additional information to be displayed.
- First aid current requirements - Regulation 136(4A) inserted: clarification relating to what constitutes qualification currency (note: does not apply until 1 April 2024).
- The role of the educator assistant - Amendment to regulation 144(4)(a): addition of “or escort” (i.e. by walking) to the transport provision.
- Family day care educator to notify provider - Regulation 176A substituted: Changes to educator notification requirements for persons who resides at the FDC residence being fit and proper persons and any circumstances arising at an educator’s residence or approved venue that may pose a risk to the health, safety and wellbeing of children.
Please note: The above list is not exhaustive and other regulations have been added or amended that may apply to family day care approved services, approved providers and/or educators. Please review the Further Amendment Regulations and guidance material linked below to ensure you are fully aware of your obligations.
The following links provide useful guidance and resources to assist services and educators in complying with the changes:
Info Sheet on legislative requirements for family day care providers from 2023
Info Sheet on legislative requirements for family day care educators from 2023
Links to relevant information and resources
Info Sheet on Compliance Responsibilities under the National Law and National Regulations
Nutrition and Physical Activity in Family Day Care
Griffith University is conducting a study to learn more about the nutrition and physical activity environment in the Australian family day care sector. The goal is to understand what is going well and what needs to be improved, so that tailored interventions that meet the specific needs of family day care educators and providers can be developed.
Who can take part?
If you are currently working as a family day care educator in Australia, you’re invited to participate in this research project.
What’s in it for me?
At the end of the survey, you will be offered the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win one of three $100 vouchers for Kidstuff.
How to participate
To commence the survey, simply click here.
Completing this survey takes about 15 minutes. If you have any questions regarding this research project, please contact Lieke Vorage from Griffith University at email@example.com.
In Focus webinar: Wellbeing in the Approved Learning Frameworks
Version2 of the national approved learning frameworks are now approved for use underthe National Quality Framework. The updates ensure the frameworks continue toreflect contemporary developments in practice and knowledge, while supportingall educators to promote the learning, development, and wellbeing of childrenand young people.
Registernow to hear Associate Professor Jennifer Cartmel and Associate Professor FayHadley discuss wellbeing in the updated Approved Learning Frameworks.
When: Wednesday 20 September - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM AEST
To register for the webinar, please click here.
You're invited to stay online after the 1 hour webinar has concluded to join a 30minute conversation with our panelists about the updated learning frameworks. Hear from other educators from across Australia sharing their strategies to promote the wellbeing of children and young people.
Remember to check your time zone, confirm your local start time here.
Can’t make the live session, register your details to be the first to receive a link to the recording.
Rosh Hashanah 2023 begins on Friday, September 15, 2023, and ends on the evening of Sunday, September 17, 2023. The Jewish New Year is one of Judaism’s holiest days. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion.
L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem
Boost Your Business with FDCA’s Market My Business Hub
As a member of FDCA, did you know that you have access to a range of FREE customisable resources that you can use to promote your family day care?
For many early childhood professionals and services, the time and cost involved in developing marketing materials is daunting.
That’s why, as your national peak body, we’ve developed a range of professionally crafted resources that you can access at no cost; taking the hassle out of marketing your business and giving you more time to do what you love.
What’s available in the Market My Business Hub?
All material in the Market My Business Hub has been designed on the back of extensive market research and sector consultation, so you can be sure that the material you order will resonate with your audience.
With a wide range of digital resources available in the Market My Business Hub, members can access:
- Promotional videos
- Testimonial videos from real educators
- Email banners
- Social media graphics
- Your own custom family day care logo
To access the Market My Business Hub, click here.