15 December 2021

Don’t miss out on your spot at our National Engagement Program forums!

Registrations are open for FDCA’s 2022 National Engagement Program forums and with seating limited, we don’t want you to miss out!

Helping you to access premium professional development and learning, while providing opportunities to network with fellow family day care professionals and discuss the issues that matter to you, is an important part of the work that we do as your national peak body. Through the National Engagement Program, we’re proud to continue our investment into this important initiative.

Tickets are available now and have been heavily subsidised, with FDCA members on average receiving over $125 worth of value for just $15!

In 2022, FDCA members will also be able to take advantage of joint educator and service sessions, giving teams the chance to come together and share in the benefits of joint professional development workshops unique to the family day care environment.

Tailored professional development for family day care

Joining representatives from FDCA will be Red Nose Australia and Australian Child Care Career Options (ACCCO), who will both be providing premium professional development opportunities.

Red Nose Australia will deliver a “Safe sleeping for family day care” workshop, with ACCCO facilitating a presentation on “Child Protection: a family day care focused approach”.

Both workshops will have an emphasis on the role of services and educators, providing valuable insights for all participants and a holistic approach to child safety. This ticks an important box in terms of assisting services and educators to meet both their professional development obligations under Element 7.2.3 of the NQS, and their child safety and child protection obligations under Standard 2.2 and Element 2.2.3.

Full summaries of forum workshops are available to download from the FDCA website by visiting each forum’s webpage.

Attendees will receive a certificate for each workshop in acknowledgement of the learning experience.

Refreshments across the day and an official Networking Lunch will also be included, alongside an exclusive presentation from FDCA on our 2021-2022 Member Initiatives.

Secure your ticket

Capacity across each event is strictly limited, so make you secure your registration by clicking here.

Register for the chance to win an FDCA 2022 National Conference ticket

By registering for the National Engagement Program, not only will you get the value we’ve packed into our one-day forum, but you could also win a ticket to the FDCA 2022 National Conference.

There’ll be two tickets up for grabs for each forum and best of all, there’s no need to make a separate entry - simply register for a forum and you’ll automatically go into the draw!

For more information about the 2022 FDCA National Engagement Program and for a full listing of forums, visit

FDCA Election Policy Commitments for Family Day Care

FDCA has finalised our Request for Election Policy Commitments for the Family Day Care Sector, ahead of the 2022 federal election.

FDCA’s Election Policy Commitments is a chance to provide the Leaders of Australia’s major political parties, along with relevant Ministers and Shadow Ministers, with a proposed set of targeted initiatives that will increase the capacity of the family day care sector and ensure long-term viability.

FDCA will inform members in the new year of the policy commitments the major parties are willing, or unwilling, to commit to, which will assist in informing members’ decisions at the next federal election.

What are we asking for?

The development of our Election Policy Commitments is also a chance to highlight the importance of the family day care sector, as one of the largest national networks of women in small business, and an essential type of education and care under the National Quality Framework (NQF) for more than 66,000 Australian families and 94,000 Australian children.

FDCA contends that it is an opportune time for the next Australian Government to reassess approaches to supporting family day care, with a call for appropriate funding support mechanisms, incentivising entry into the sector and embracing more flexible and sustainable service delivery.

Through our Election Policy Commitments, we are urging Australia’s next government to better support family day care as a vital component of an education and care system that our children, families and communities need and deserve.

We encourage our members to read the full document via the link above and will keep you informed of any responses received to our Election Policy Commitments.

Your chance to WIN with our FDC Holiday Hacks series!

Designed exclusively for our educator members, FDC Educator Hacks is a monthly social media series designed to support the delivery of quality practice, connect you with your peers and promote the quality areas of the National Quality Standard (NQS).

To celebrate the year that’s been and the year to come, we’ve put together this special edition of our popular FDC Educator Hacks series!

We’re asking for photographs or videos of your family day care environment that capture the theme of…


The winner of this special edition Hacks series will receive a FREE Kmart e-gift card valued at $50.


To submit your entry, simply send us a Facebook message with:

- Your FDCA membership number;

- A high resolution photograph or video of your family day care environment; AND

- 100 words or less on how your environment captures the holiday spirit!

Make sure to get your entries in soon as submissions will close next Monday 20 December 2021, with the winner to be notified and announced here on our page on Tuesday 21 December 2021.

Infringement policy from DESE - Make sure you’re up to date

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has provided updated information on issuing infringements for identified breaches of the Family Assistance Law by approved providers.

The infringements will act as a financial penalty designed to reduce instances of more severe breaches.

Over the coming months, DESE will be focusing on specific contraventions of the Family Assistance Law, including but not limited to:

  • not correctly reporting fee information;
  • not passing on or remitting a fee reduction amount;
  • failure to meet reporting requirements; and
  • failure to keep records.

The infringement amount will vary depending on the severity of the breach, the structure of the approved provider and the frequency of the breach occurring.

Areas that have been heavily affected by COVID-19 will be exempt from some infringement actions for the time being.

We encourage all of our members to visit DESE’s website here and familiarise themselves and their service with this important information.

Do you need a National Police Check for 2022?

FDCA is committed to supporting the family day care sector with Australia’s easiest and cheapest National Police Checks. As an FDCA member, you're able to access an exclusive, members-only price of $37.50.

FDCA's National Police Checks can also be sent directly to an approved family day care service, meaning that services will get the original check results as soon as they become available.

To find out more and get your National Police Check for 2022, go to

Do I need a National Police Check?

A service may request that educators complete a National Police Check as approved providers have obligations under both the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the Child Care Subsidy Minister's Rules 2017, to ensure the fitness and propriety of all educators registered with the service.

As such, services may have a policy that requires educators or other personnel to undertake a National Police Check regularly, for example, annually.

Additionally, educators will need to undertake a National Police Check if transferring to a different family day care service. When an approved provider registers a new family day care educator to a service, the provider must provide a declaration to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, within 7 days, that they have sighted the National Police Check (that is no more than 6 months old).

To find out more about who needs a National Police Check and why, click here.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call 1800 658 699 or email