14 February 2024

FDCA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Paterson speaks with ABC Radio

On 8 February, FDCA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Paterson spoke with ABC radio to discuss the recently released ACCC final report into early childhood education and care (ECEC), welcoming the ACCC's recognition of FDCA's position that the current fee cap is inadequate for family day care.

During the interview Andrew also expressed the importance of family day care to Australian families, in particular for those in regional, rural and remote communities.

To listen to the interview, click here and listen from 34.20 - 39.10.

For more information regarding the ACCC report into ECEC, click here to view FDCA’s recent member bulletin.

Federal Government Announces New National Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Young People

Prime Minister Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced yesterday that a new position of National Commissioner for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people will be created later this year.

The Prime Minister stated that the Commissioner will address the unacceptable rates of out-of-home care, assist in strengthening families and keeping children safe.

"The National Commissioner will be dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights, interests and wellbeing of First Nations children and young people, as well as calling on their strengths, sense of hope, and ideas for change," said Prime Minister Albanese.

The Government also announced yesterday a commitment to supporting First Nations children, families and communities with a further investment to support culturally responsive toy libraries.

Minister for Social Services, Amanda Rishworth highlighted the importance of culturally appropriate and integrated learning through playgroups and toy libraries.

“Toy libraries and playgroups both play such a vital role in support for families and I’m so pleased the playgroup pilot will now also include a specific focus for toy libraries,” Minister Rishworth said.

Further information about the First Nations Playgroup Pilot program can be accessed by clicking here.

Tailored Insurance for your Home and Contents

As your national peak body for family day care, we know it is important that we continue to support our members and the sector to the highest possible standard, and it is with this in mind that we want to ensure that you have the best possible protection for your family day care business.

With a range of home and contents insurance policies designed specifically for family day care, FDCA has you covered!

Did you know that many insurance companies’ standard home and contents policies won’t cover you if you’re running a business from home? Even if the claim isn’t business related!

FDCA’s home and contents policies endorse family day care. This means you can be assured that running a family day care business won’t have an impact on a claim you make.

With a range of cover options, we don’t just offer a one size fits all policy for all family day care educators. We have a variety of home and contents policies designed to meet the different needs and budgets of family day care educators.

To find out more and get a quote, click here.

Be You: Spotlights for Early Learning - Infant Mental Health

Be You runs interactive sessions delving into mental health and wellbeing topics, needs and areas of interest for early learning educators that are free to join.

On 16 February 2024 a session titled Infant Mental Health will take place via Zoom at 12.30pm AEDT.

About the session

Everyone has mental health, even our youngest community members. As an educator, you play an important role in the lives of the children within your learning community.

What does infant mental health look like, feel like and sound like? During this session Be You will discuss the concept of infant mental health, encompassing the theme of bonding before birth and family partnerships.

Join this session for the opportunity to connect with a Be You Consultant and other educators to explore the role you play as an educator in supporting infant mental health.

If you would like to register for this free session, please click here.