17 April 2024

Is your service allergy aware?

It is estimated that around one in ten children in Australia aged 18 months to 3 years has a medically confirmed food allergy, and other children may have allergies to insect stings and medications. 

To help provide the best protection and care for children and young people with allergies, the National Allergy Council has updated its best practice guidelines for anaphylaxis prevention and management for Children’s Education and Care. A set of resources including best practice guidelines, templates and sample documents are available as free downloads from the National Allergy Council’s Allergy Aware website. The Allergy Aware website also acts as a useful resource hub, including links to evidence-based resources and training for education and care services to help manage anaphylaxis, as well as links to state and territory specific information and resources.

Education and Care Legislative Requirements

To ensure children are safe and healthy, under Regulation 90 of the Education and Care National Regulations, approved providers must ensure that their services have a policy for dealing with medical conditions in children, even if they have no children with a medical condition at the service. For a refresher on these requirements see ACECQA’s Information Sheet on Dealing with medical conditions in children policy and procedure guidelines.

Be You: Beyond Self-Care: An Educator Wellbeing Guide

Be You runs interactive sessions delving into mental health and wellbeing topics, needs and areas of interest for early learning educators that are free to join.

On Wednesday, 24 April 2024, 5:00 PM AEST a session titled Beyond Self-Care: An Educator Wellbeing Guide will take place via Zoom.

About the session:

The Beyond Self-Care: An Educator Wellbeing Guide goes beyond self-care strategies, supporting leaders and Action Teams to create environments where all educators can thrive. The guide includes suggested activities and actions to promote educator wellbeing that you can adapt to fit your unique setting.

Join this session for the opportunity to connect with a Be You Consultant and other educators to explore how the guide can be utilised in your learning community.

Join the FDCA Team

FDCA is currently on the lookout for a Communications Coordinator to join our team. This exciting opportunity is perfect for an individual with experience in copywriting, social media and events, reporting to the Marketing and Events Manager.

The role is a 12 month maternity leave cover, working part-time from our Kincumber office with the opportunity for flexible working, if interested you can apply here.

A Short Guide to Early Childhood Pedagogy

Are you an educational leader or family day care coordinator looking to support educators’ understanding of pedagogical practice? Perhaps you’re a family day care educator looking to expand the horizons of your pedagogical approach?

Either way, you’ll love our professional learning and development resources, available within your FDCA Member Zone: A Short Guide to Early Childhood Pedagogy and the accompanying Companion Resource.

These publications extend on FDCA's resources to support critical reflection and enhance professional practices and programming, complementing FDCA’s Critical Reflection in Practice Guide and Companion Resource.

A Short Guide to Early Childhood Pedagogy and the accompanying Companion Resource will assist educational leaders, family day care coordinators and educators to promote and support a culture of professional enquiry, challenge the status quo and generate new thinking to support continuous improvement.

Created as part of our ongoing commitment to support our members, you can access the Short Guide and Companion Resource through your FDCA Member Zone.