17 June 2020

Important reminder - update your details to receive information about your Transition Payments

This is an important reminder to providers that DESE will soon be emailing providers with details of the Transition Payments they will receive for the period 13 July to 27 September 2020. To ensure Transition Payments can occur as planned, providers need to check and update their provider and service details in the Child Care Subsidy System.

Most importantly, the following need to be correct for payments to occur:

  • Provider name
  • Provider email address
  • Service email address
  • Legal entity address
  • Service address
  • Bank details

 If any of these details are not correct, Transition Payments may be delayed.

You can update your details via the Provider Entry Point (PEP). Guidance is available in the task card ‘How to View and Update Organisation Details in the PEP’.

Alternatively, you can update your details via your third party software. Please contact your software provider if you need assistance.

Reminder - Brisbane National Engagement Program forum postponed

Members are reminded that due to ongoing restrictions on public gatherings and uncertainty regarding interstate travel, we have made the decision to extend the time frame mentioned in our previous announcements, now postponing all face-to-face events scheduled to take place before 30 July 2020.

This means that the Brisbane National Engagement Program forum, initially scheduled to take place on Saturday 18 July, will now be postponed. All members who had registered to attend the Brisbane National Engagement Program forum have been contacted via email with more information.

As restrictions begin to ease around Australia, we look forward to once again providing our members with free professional development and networking opportunities at our National Engagement Program forums.

We thank you for your understanding and support of this decision. We hope to be able to announce new dates for these events later in the year, and as your national peak body we look forward to supporting and promoting the sector through these events.

Kidsafe releases updated Family Day Care Safety Guidelines

Kidsafe has released the latest edition of their Kidsafe Family Day Care Safety Guidelines.

The guidelines (of which these are the 7th edition) are published to provide support and guidance to family day care educators.

The Safety Guidelines are widely utilised by Services, Coordinators and Educators as a high quality resource and a guideline for best practice.

The guidelines contain updates on the relevant Australian Standards; national frameworks and regulations; as well as addressing emerging trends in child safety and injury prevention. The following sections cover updated or new and important topics: 

  • Impact area, falling space and free space (Section 3.6.3)
  • Surfacing (Section 3.6.4.)
  • Trampolines (Section 3.8.2.)
  • Heat packs (Section 4.5.)
  • Button batteries (Section 4.6.)
  • Data security and online safety(Section 7.8.)
  • Quad bikes and other vehicles (8.5.)

 The relevant Australian Standards are highlighted throughout the publication, clearly noting if the Standard(s) are mandatory or voluntary.

 To download a copy of the Kidsafe Family Day Care Guidelines (7th edition), click here.

JiGSAW competitions close this Sunday

All members are reminded that competitions for the autumn edition of JiGSAW magazine close this Sunday, 21 June.

Don't miss out on your chance to share in some great prizes for family day care!

To have a chance to win, all you need to do is enter one of the competitions which can be found on page 26 in the autumn edition of JiGSAW.

To enter, click here.

Be You Early Years Learning Communities: Conversations in Family Day Care

Be You aims to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools. Be You’s vision is that every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient – a place where every child, young person, educator and family can achieve their best possible mental health. Family day care provides a unique opportunity to support the mental health of both children and families.

On Tuesday, 23 June 2020, Be You is hosting an online learning community especially for family daycare educators and coordinators. The session will take place at 1.00pm AEST, 12:30pm ACST and 11.00am AWST.

For more information, and to register for the session, click here.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Be You consultant Lisa Watson at

FDCA COVID-19 information hub

To help members stay up to date with the latest information on the COVID-19 crisis we have developed a COVID-19 information hub with information specific to family day care educators and services.

The hub contains information, support links and resources available to family daycare educators and services during the COVID-19 crisis.

The hub includes:

  • frequently asked questions, including general FAQ’s and FAQ’s specific to educators, services and relating to the National Law;
  • links to all FDCA bulletins sent to members regarding COVID-19, and;
  • additional links and resources relating to COVID-19.

We will continue to update these pages as new information comes to hand. Please be aware that the situation continues to evolve rapidly.

To view the FDCA COVID-19 information hub, click here.