16 June 2021

2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - final round of nominations released!

In what’s shaped up to be another record-breaking Awards season with 5,190 nominations placed, the final round of nominations for the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards have been released!

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) members nominated up until close of nominations have been sent email notifications to confirm their nomination.

You can also view the full list of our final round nominees on the FDCA website here.

Educators, services and coordinators who have been nominated now have until 27 June 2021 to place their supporting submissions.

To find out more information about the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, visit our website at

Don’t miss out! FDCA 2021 National Conference early bird discount extended

To ensure our members can continue to access our events at the best possible prices, FDCA has extended our members-only early bird pricing for the FDCA 2021 National Conference into the month of June.

This means that you will still be able to access your FDCA 2021 National Conference tickets at the heavily subsidised price of $599 until 30 June 2021.

To find out more about the FDCA 2021 National Conference and access your early-bird discount, click 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.

Preliminary conference program available to view!

Start planning your unique conference experience with the release of our 2021 National Conference preliminary program.

Conference attendees will have 24 workshops to choose from a range of different topics, in addition to keynote addresses from experts in the early childhood education and care sector.

Click here to view the program.

Want to know more about the FDCA 2021 National Conference?

To find out more about the FDCA 2021 National Conference, including information on accommodation and the amazing things to do in Tasmania, visit

Approved Learning Frameworks update survey is now live -Have your say!

A team of researchers from Macquarie University, the Queensland University of Technology & Edith Cowan University has been selected to lead the 2021 National Quality Framework Approved Learning Frameworks Update project, which looks to gather feedback about the currency and relevance of Australia’s two national approved learning frameworks: the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the My Time Our Place Framework(MTOP).

In this first Stage of this project, the team is seeking insights about current strengths of the EYLF and MTOP, as well as gaps and suggested areas for change and improvement

We encourage our members to share their views by completing the short online surveys now open on the website. There are two surveys, one focusing on the Early Years Learning Framework and the other on the Framework for School Age Care, which have been tailored for different audiences: (i) Educators and approved providers; (ii) Other key stakeholders; and (iii) Families and communities.

Information gathered during Stage 1 of the project will inform the development of a public discussion paper that will put forward potential areas for updating, and underpin broader consultation and engagement at Stage 2.

To access the survey for educators and approved providers, click here.

To find out more about this project, visit the website.

Share your experiences to support health research in early childhood

A multi-disciplinary team of internationally renowned researchers led by Macquarie University is investigating how the early childhood sector finds out about, and passes on, important health and wellbeing information following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

You can ensure that family day care services, coordinators and educators are included in this important research by responding to their national online survey.

You can ensure that family day care is included in this important research by responding to a national online survey, which is a core component of this project.

Please follow the survey links below:‍

Survey for family day care educators

Survey for family day care Approved Providers/Coordinators

Your  participation in this important research project will ensure visibility of the family day care sector in this research, and help the health and early childhood sectors to work together and ensure that health information is communicated effectively across Australia.

Family Day Care Legal Services

FDCA’s Family Day Care Legal Services provides you with access to a team of trusted legal professionals to have your back when you need it most.

FDCA have teamed up with Clyde & Co, a multi-award winning law firm and specialists in the family day care field, to provide our members with legal advice and resources tailored to their business.

For as little as $3.15 a week, you can access expert assistance to tackle a range of issues, including debt recovery and support with regulatory matters, helping you save precious time and money.

Click here to begin your legal services subscription today!

One of our educators was able to begin the process of recovering over $4000 of debt through her Family Day Care Legal Services subscription - giving her peace of mind and greater financial security.

FDCA’s Family Day Care Legal Services is just one of the ways that we are supporting you, our members, to handle the stress of legal issues and feel confident that your business is covered by a team of experienced legal professionals.