14 July 2021

Current COVID-19 Restrictions

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney, the lockdown restrictions applying to the Greater Sydney area will remain in place until at least Friday 30 July 2021 in accordance with the NSW Premier’s announcement this morning. 

We urge services and educators in NSW to keep up to date with the latest information on restrictions by visiting the NSW Government website here.

One important new requirement is that as of this Monday 12 July 2021, Service NSW check-in with a QR code is now mandatory for early childhood education and care services.

This includes family day care residences. 

To ensure that you remain up to date with the QR code requirements, visit 

FDCA has received a number of enquiries from NSW members about their ability to waive gap fees, allowable absences and the recently announced support packages for NSW businesses. We are following up with the relevant departments on behalf of our members in NSW and will advise as soon as we have any details.

COVID restrictions of varying degrees are also in place for Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory, and Western Australia.

Given how quickly things can change, FDCA strongly encourages our members to stay informed about the situation in their jurisdiction and any impact on their operations by consulting reputable sources of information, such as the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) website at

FDCA 2021 National Conference: Early bird discount extended

In light of the circumstances across the country at the moment due to COVID-19, FDCA has made the decision to extend our early bird pricing offer.

This heavily subsidised price of $599 will now be available until the end of July - which means more money in your pocket, to look after yourself and your loved ones.

You can access this discount by clicking here.

Extended refund policy for your peace of mind

‍To provide our members with a risk-free ticket purchasing experience, FDCA will ensure that any members who are unable to attend the conference due to COVID-19 related circumstances will receive a FULL refund on their ticket purchase up until three weeks out from the conference.

This means you can take advantage of our early bird pricing knowing that we’ve got you covered!

From all of us here at FDCA, we wish you and your family a safe time and look forward to seeing you in October.

Your chance to WIN with the June FDC Educator Hacks!

A reminder to submit your entry for our June edition of FDC Educator Hacks for your chance to win a FREE Bunnings gift card!

Your challenge: to come up with a fun, low-cost and innovative program, activity or resource connected to an area or element of the NQS, that reflects this month’s theme.

Your prize: the winner of each month will receive a $50 Bunnings e-gift card and a dedicated post on our Facebook page featuring their creation!

The theme for our June edition is “Inclusivity”

How to enter

To submit your FDC Educator Hacks entry, simply send us a Facebook message here with:

- Your FDCA membership number;

- A high resolution photograph or video of your creation; AND

- 100 words or less on how your creation fits this month’s theme and how it connects to the NQS.

Submissions for our June FDC Educator Hacks will close at 11:59pm on Friday 23 July 2021, with the winner to be notified and announced on our Facebook page on Friday 30 July 2021.

Best of luck to all entrants and happy “hack-ing”!

FDCA Member Zone - Your one-stop shop!

Available exclusively to FDCA Members, the FDCA Member Zone is your hub for family day care tools, professional development, resources and content, designed to assist in the day to day running of your business and support your long term career goals. 

What’s inside the FDCA Member Zone?

Through your FDCA Member Zone, you’ll have access to:

  • FDCA’s Professional Learning Portal, containing online learning modules based on best practice;
  • your Family Day Care Locator listing;
  • the Market My Business Hub, where you can access free, high quality and customisable
  • marketing resources to help advertise your family day care;
  • insurance documentation;
  • a wide range of resources and factsheets, including the popular NQF Checkpoint series; and
  • the latest issues of JiGSAW Magazine and Family Day Care Matters.

Services are also able to access their very own Compliance Dashboard, which allows FDCA service members to easily manage and monitor the status of a number of key regulatory obligations.

To activate your FDCA Member Zone account, simply complete the following steps:

1. Visit

2. Enter your registered email address

3. An email will be sent to your email address, click on the Create Password button in the email

4. Enter and confirm your password.

5. Visit, click on Member Login and enter your email address and password to login. It’s that easy!