17 January 2024

FDCA Online Engagement Series: Incidents, Emergencies and Supervision - Live Tonight!

The first episode for 2024 of the FDCA Online Engagement Series will take place tonight from 6.00pm - 7.30pm (AEDT), with our special guest panel exploring the topics of incidents, emergencies and supervision.

Our panel will provide tips, advice and answer your questions about these topics that cover elements from Quality Area 2 of the National Quality Standard.

Guests that will be joining our host, FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager Michael Farrell include:

  • Julie Metselaar - Field Officer from Baw Baw Shire Family Day Care in Victoria.
  • Phillipa Hargrave - Manager Quality Support Program, Leadership, Quality and Regulatory Support Group from ACECQA.
  • Rebecca Davey - Family Day Care Educator from Southern Vales Family Day Care Scheme in South Australia.

Episode details

Date and Time: Wednesday, 17 January 2024, 6:00pm - 7.30pm AEDT‍

Streaming Links: FDCA Website, Facebook and YouTube

We look forward to joining everyone for tonight’s episode, and don’t forget, questions can be submitted during the live stream via Facebook and YouTube comments!

Have Your Say on the Draft Early Years Strategy

Following extensive consultation in 2023, the Australian Government has released its draft Early Years Strategy.

This important strategy is intended to shape the Government’s long-term vision for the education, development and wellbeing of young children in Australia. It aims to support improved coordination between Commonwealth programs, funding and frameworks impacting early childhood development. As such it will provide an overarching framework of government investment in the early years for the next 10 years.

Read more about the draft Early Years Strategy here.

The Government is now inviting feedback on the draft Early Years Strategy from the community and key stakeholders.

You can do this via a short 10 minute survey here.

Submissions are also welcomed and are due by 9 February. FDCA will be making a submission in response to the draft Early Years Strategy on behalf of its members.

Kick-start your 2024

With the new year underway we want to help you kick-start your year! That’s why over the coming weeks we will be featuring a number of resources that can support you in achieving your professional goals for 2024!

Whether it’s first-class professional learning material via the FDCA Learning Hub or putting your best foot forward in promoting your business, we’ve got a great range of FREE resources to set you up for a fantastic 2024!

In this edition of FDCM we’re focusing on professional learning via the Family Day Care Locator.

In 2023 the FDCA Family Day Care Locator generated over 22,000 care enquiries for FDCA members, demonstrating its important role supporting the growth of members’ businesses. That’s why we provide every FDCA member with a FREE Locator listing that allows them to promote and showcase their business.

Ensuring your Locator listing is fresh and up to date can help your family day care business stand out from the crowd and deliver more enquiries to you!

You can also choose to take your Locator listing to the next level with a range of packages to upgrade your listing and push it to the top of the search results in your area.

Visit your FDCA Member Zone to manage your listing and click here to find out how to upgrade your listing.

Early Childhood Nutrition Webinars

Connecting the Dots is a national nutrition service brought to you by Karitane and the Healthy Beginnings research team. The service is providing a series of early childhood nutrition webinars for Early Childhood Educators and Providers accredited through The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

 A number of webinars will be streamed in February and registration is free.

Upcoming webinars

  • Menu planning tips: February 2, 1.00pm - 3.00pm (AEDT) Register here
  • Teaching kids about food : February 9, 1.00pm - 3.00pm (AEDT) Register here
  • Communicating with families about food and children’s eating: February 16, 1.00pm - 3.00pm (AEDT) Register here
  • Feeding Babies in early childhood education and care services: February 23, 1.00pm - 3.00pm (AEDT) Register here

For all registrations, please click here.

Webinars are delivered by a Child and Family Health Nurse Educator and an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

For more information, click here or email

Download Your FREE 2024 Wall Planner

FDCA’s 2024 Wall Planner is now available for download! 

The planner captures important dates including school and public holidays, key events and celebrations.

Two sizes of the Wall Planner are available to download:

  • A large A1 landscape sized version which displays all 12 months of the year (this version is best printed using a professional printer or through a retailer such as Officeworks); and
  • A smaller A4 portrait version which displays one month per page (this can be printed at home or at the office).

To download your FREE Wall Planner, log in to your FDCA Member Zone and click on the Resources and Factsheets subheading.