15 March 2023

Online Engagement Series: Get ready to explore Quality Area 1

Are you ready to explore Quality Area 1 in episode 2 of the FDCA Online Engagement Series?

At 6.00pm (AEDT) this Thursday, join your host, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) Policy and Advocacy Manager, Michael Farrell along with ACECQA Senior Manager, Priority Support, National Projects, Perry Campbell and FDCA Sector Liaison Coordinator and 2021 National Coordinator of the Year, Lyndall Cotterill as they take a deep dive into Quality Area 1.

The panel will discuss the Approved Learning Frameworks, the Assessment and Planning Cycle, Critical Reflection, the role of the Educational Leader and strategies for conquering Quality Area 1.

Best of all, this episode is free to view, and you will have the chance to submit live questions via FDCA's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

To view the episode live, please use the links below:

Remember, if you would like to submit live questions during the episode, you will need to be logged into your Facebook or YouTube account.

For more information on the launch of the FDCA Online Engagement Series and to stay on top of future updates, click here.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care - call for submissions

Earlier this year, the Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission (the Commission) to undertake an inquiry into the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, including centre-based day care, preschools, family day care, in-home care and outside school hours care.

The Commission is now inviting individuals and organisations to lodge submissions to the inquiry. Submissions are requested by 19 May 2023. Alternatively, people and organisations can submit a brief comment through the Commission’s webpage at any time. More information about the scope of the Inquiry and terms of reference is available here.

The Commission’s review will also take into account any findings from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Price Inquiry into child care prices, as well as any other relevant government reviews of ECEC programs.

FDCA will be lodging a submission on behalf of our members in due course.

The Department is seeking providers to pilot new learning platform

The federal Department of Education will soon launch a new learning management system and recently put out a call out for providers to join a user reference group to help test the system out. 

Members will have the opportunity to:

  • test the platform and its courses
  • provide feedback through course evaluation forms and a post-pilot survey.

If you want to get involved, click here to express your interest via email by 17 March 2023.

The platform will host eLearning courses to help providers meet their obligations under Family Assistance Law. 

We encourage interested providers to join the user reference group so that the family day care sector’s needs are appropriately considered.

Claim your FREE National Family Day Care Week Picnic Pack

Registrations for National Family Day Care Week are currently open and a limited number of FREE National Family Day Care Week Picnic Packs are still available.

The first 200 FDCA members to register their event by 26 March 2023 will receive a FREE Family Day Care Week Picnic Pack containing:

  • 12 FDC Week postcard invitations
  • 12 FDC balloons in a variety of colours
  • 1 x A2 FDC Week poster
  • 24 FDC Week stickers

The first 200 FDCA members to register their National Family Day Care Week picnic before 26 March 2023 will be eligible for a picnic pack.

To register your National Family Day Care Week Picnic, click here

Why should I register my picnic?

By registering a picnic and sharing your celebrations on social media using the official hashtag, #fdcweek23, you’ll join the only nation-wide birthday party dedicated to highlighting the enormous contributions family day care makes to Australian children, families and communities each and every day.

Registering your picnic also provides FDCA with an opportunity to generate positive media coverage for the sector, which is an important part of our ongoing commitment to position family day care as the natural choice in high quality education and care for more Australian families.

What is National Family Day Care Week?

National Family Day Care Week is one of the most important events on the family day care calendar, spreading awareness of the vital role family day care educators, coordinators and services play in the development and wellbeing of over 85,000 Australian children.

To find out more about National Family Day Care Week, visit the National Family Day Care Week website.

Therapeutic Storytelling: Using stories to support children through challenging times

Explore the newest Be You Professional Learning module, Therapeutic Storytelling, to learn about helping children process emotional experiences by sharing and exploring a story.

As a family day care educator, living and working in your community, you are in a unique positon to support children’s wellbeing and resilience following natural disasters or other events resulting in community trauma. You understand the effects these events can have on the children in your learning community.

You don’t have to be a therapist to use storytelling to help children emotionally. As a family day care educator, you already use stories to calm and settle children. The Therapeutic Storytelling module of the Be You Professional Learning provides information about the purpose and principles of therapeutic storytelling.

As an introduction to this module, join the Be You In Focus webinar on 23 March, to hear the Birdie’s Tree team, Dr Andrea Baldwin and Sharleen Keleher from the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, discuss ‘Therapeutic Storytelling: Using stories to support children through challenging times’.

  • Hear the panel discuss how therapeutic storytelling can support both children’s preparation and recovery in a natural disaster or community trauma.
  • Learn how educators sharing and exploring a story with children can help them make sense of the changes in their world.
  • Hear about selecting and adapting suitable stories and applying therapeutic techniques in your everyday practice.

To register for the webinar, click here.

Find out how Family Day Care Legal Services has got you covered!

FDCA offers more than just great public liability insurance to protect your business. We have a range of options to protect your home, your vehicle and you!

We also offer Family Day Care Legal Services through our partners, Wotton & Kearney, to provide you with top tier legal advice and peace of mind.

Wotton & Kearney are one of the undisputed leaders in the legal services industry, with specific expertise in the provision of family day care and over 340 specialised lawyers operating across Australian and New Zealand.

Trusted by educators and services for over 30 years, visit our website or give us a call on 1800 658 699 to find out more about how FDCA has got all of your business needs covered.

Tell your story in JiGSAW!

Do you have a story to tell?

FDCA is on the hunt for submissions for upcoming editions of JiGSAW magazine.

Do you have a programming or curriculum success story that you would like to share with the sector? Perhaps you’re a service that would like to share a story about the achievements of your educators or staff?

Have you been on an exciting excursion or had an enthralling incursion that you would like to share? Or maybe you have your own unique story that you think JiGSAW readers could take inspiration from!

If you would like to contribute to an upcoming edition of JiGSAW, send us an email at with a short description of your story.

To view the most recent edition of JiGSAW, click here to access your FDCA Member Zone.