15 February 2023

Marking the anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations

Monday February 13 was the anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, also known as National Apology Day or the National Day of Healing.

This is a significant milestone for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who suffered and continue to suffer from the impacts of trauma as a result of past government policies of forced child removal and assimilation.

As early childhood professionals, the day presents us with a chance to commemorate and acknowledge the wrongs of the past, while reflecting on the contributions of Indigenous Australians to our past, present and future.

We encourage members to visit the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies for more information on the significance of the day and the history of Indigenous Australians.

Why your unique story is your marketing super power

You don’t need anyone to tell you about the benefits of Family Day Care! You can offer something that not every long day care can. As a family day care, you’re at an advantage for parents seeking affordable, personalised care. But for many parents in the search for childcare, family day care isn’t yet a consideration. 

The new Family Day Care Spotlight subscription with Care for Kids is the perfect way to get your business in front of parents in your area searching for the highest quality, personalised childcare. Join the leading service providers across the country and give local parents a new child care solution. 

Stand out from the crowd and make your service or business an obvious choice. 

As you know, choosing a care provider is a highly emotional decision for parents and one they don’t take lightly. Nappies and meals are great additional offerings but they’re not what will get your service to the top of a parent’s shortlist. Leveraging your unique story to make an emotional connection will.

This requires some out-of-the-box thinking. What is it that you offer that no one else does? What do children and parents most love about your facilities? How does your philosophy and approach to care help to make the children feel safe and secure in your care? Use words and images to bring your service to life so parents can picture what a day with you would be like for their child. 

Sign up to the new Family Day Care Spotlight subscription and really showcase your service.

This article has been provided by our partners at Care for Kids

Productivity Commission inquiry into early childhood education and care

The Australian Government has released the terms of reference for a Productivity Commission inquiry into Australia’s early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector. The inquiry will make recommendations to support affordable, accessible, equitable and high-quality ECEC that reduces barriers to workforce participation and supports children’s learning and development.

The inquiry will start on 1 March 2023, with a final report to be provided to the Government by 30 June 2024.

The commission will undertake a broad public consultation process for the inquiry, including inviting public submissions. Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) looks forward to engaging in the consultation process and making representations to the commission on behalf of the family day care sector.

Don’t forgot to have your say on the Early Years Strategy

The Australian Government is developing an Early Years Strategy (the Strategy) to shape its vision for the future of Australia’s children and their families.

The Strategy is designed to help create a more integrated, holistic approach to the early years and better support the education, wellbeing and development of children. It will seek to support improving coordination between Commonwealth programs, funding and frameworks impacting early childhood development.

As part of the development process, the Government is calling on parents, families, early childhood professionals and providers to have their say and inform the priorities of the Strategy through means of submissions and survey feedback.

To participate, you can make a public submission or take the dedicated survey.

More information on the Strategy, including a link to the discussion paper, is available on the Department of Social Services website.

Did you catch Episode 1 of the Online Engagement Series?

Last Thursday, FDCA was joined by Maggie Dent and Sylvia Arotin for Episode 1 of the Online Engagement Series, centred on Supporting Children’s Behaviour.

The discussion covered a lot of ground on separation anxiety, transitions and methods of caring for children of different ages and developmental stages, along with questions from the audience.

If you were unable to make it to the livestream, or if you would simply like to watch again, you can access Episode 1 at any time via the FDCA website.

To all of our members that joined us on the night, thankyou for your time and participation - we are excited to see you again for Episode 2!