17 August 2022

The Hon Dr Anne Aly MP and Nova Peris OAM join our National Conference line up!

FDCA is honoured to announce that The Hon Dr Anne Aly MP, Federal Minister for Early Childhood Education, will be addressing delegates at the FDCA 2022 National Conference.

In further good news, we are also welcoming on board our new Keynote Speaker and Master of Ceremonies, Olympic Gold Medalist and former Federal Parliamentarian Nova Peris!

Ticket sales close in two weeks!

Time is running out to secure your ticket to the biggest family day care event of 2022.

Workshop registrations are open for delegates to select their preferred conference sessions, so be sure to secure your ticket soon and lock in your preferred workshops.

To purchase your tickets, click here.

Reminder: any tickets purchased in 2021 remain valid for the 2022 National Conference.

Commonwealth scholarships

With the support of the Australian Government Department of Education, ten scholarships were made available for the FDCA 2022 National Conference to FDCA members.

Thank you to all those that applied. Scholarship recipients will be contacted this week via email to confirm their selection.

National Science Week 2022

Held from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 August, National Science Week is a collection of events that, together, make up one of Australia’s largest national festivals.

An annual celebration of science and technology, National Science Week acknowledges the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, particularly children.

As we know, science and STEM-based education play an important role in helping developing minds to analyse, problem solve and understand the world around them.

The 2022 National Science Week theme is ‘Glass: more than meets the eye’ and is the focus of a teacher resource book that includes scientific activities for all age levels.

If you’d like to participate in this national event, visit the Science Week website to find an event to join or register your own!

Third meeting of the FDCA CALD Advisory Committee

Our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Advisory Committee members took part in a third Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting yesterday, Tuesday 16 August 2022, to explore educator recruitment and retention, and how to best support CALD services in these areas.

The aim of the Advisory Committee is to help FDCA better understand current and potential issues facing CALD family day care communities. Through the PAC, we are working towards the development of strategies and resources tailored to the needs of CALD educators and services.

We sincerely thank our PAC members for continuing to volunteer their valuable time to share their ideas and their wealth of experience, and will keep our members informed of our progress in this important initiative.

Expression of interest to join AERO’s national panel of educators, teachers and leaders

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO ) is seeking expressions of interest from family day care educators, coordinators  and service leaders to join a national panel of educators, teachers and leaders (PETL) who will support AERO’s creation of relevant and accessible evidence and resources. 

The PETL panel will comprise representatives from all areas of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector as well as from the school sector . It is an opportunity for educators, teachers and leaders in each sector to provide input to  AERO’s work. This may  include activities such as consulting AERO’s research teams, providing pre-publication feedback on resources and participation in workshops and focus groups.

The time commitment for PETL will vary according to the activity and selected level of participation but can be expected to be 2 to 8 hours per term, with compensation available to the school or ECEC service, not the individual. All PETL members’ contributions will be formally acknowledged with a certificate of participation. 

If you are interested in being part of this work at a national level, please read the further information provided through this EOI link, and add your name in the space provided  at the bottom of the page. 

Join our 2022 FDCA National Conference Facebook page!

All National Conference delegates are invited to join our official 2022 FDCA National Conference event page to begin connecting with your fellow peers in the lead up to September.

The event page will be your one-stop shop for updates and news relevant to the Conference, and is a place to share your experiences in the lead up to, and during, the Conference proceedings.

As we approach our great escape to Hobart for the 2022 National Conference, we encourage you to click attending on the event page and make a post introducing yourself, your background and what you are most looking forward to!

Updates from the Department of Education

Provider obligations

The Department of Education’s provider obligations page has information and resources to help services meet their obligations under the Family Assistance Law and the Education and Care Service National Law.

On the page you’ll find:

Facebook group

Join the Australian Child Care Providers and Services Facebook group to connect with early childhood professionals and providers.

The group encourages participants to:

  • ask the community a question;
  • share resources directly with your networks; 
  • get tips, announcements and reminders in your Facebook feed.