18 January 2023

Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit in the Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year's Day will take place this Sunday 22 January 2023.

Also known as Chinese New Year, the event is widely celebrated across Australia each year to mark the beginning of the year and celebrate with friends and families.

There are four elements to New Year festivities, beginning a week out with Little Year, a day of memorial and prayer, followed by New Year's Eve, a day of reuniting and gift-giving.

Some popular Lunar New Year activities include putting up decorations, eating dinner with family on New Year's Eve, distributing red envelopes and other gifts, setting off firecrackers and fireworks, and watching lion and dragon dances.

It is also a time of paying respect to ancestors and acknowledging their contributions.

We encourage all of our members celebrating Lunar New Year to contact us through the FDCA Facebook page with photos of your activities and set ups!

FDCA Online Engagement Series: Episode 1 with Maggie Dent and Sylvia Arotin

Access high-quality professional learning content anywhere, anytime, through the brand-new FDCA Online Engagement Series.

The FDCA Online Engagement Series will consist of online panel sessions with prominent sector experts and early childhood professionals, discussing a wide range of subject matters relevant to the family day care sector.

The panel sessions will be FREE to view live on the FDCA website, FDCA Facebook page and through FDCA's YouTube channel, with members having the opportunity to submit questions prior to each session as well as ask questions in real time during the live panel.

Episode 1: Supporting Children’s Behaviours
Date and Time: Thursday, 9 February 2023, 6:00pm AEDT
Special Guests: Maggie Dent and Sylvia Arotin

Can’t make it on the night?

If you can’t make the session on the night, don’t worry! The recording will remain on the FDCA website for members to access afterwards.

For more information on the launch of the FDCA Online Engagement Series and to stay on top of future updates, click here.

Update from the Department of Education

ACCC child care price inquiry

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has started its inquiry into early childhood education and care prices. A consultation schedule is now available on the ACCC website.

The schedule includes a wide range of consultation and information gathering activities, including a national online survey which is expected to be live in April 2023.

Stakeholders include:

  • small, medium and large providers in metropolitan, regional and remote areas
  • parents and carers
  • educators and workforce participants
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • people with children who have a disability or complex needs.

The ACCC will provide an interim report to the Treasurer by 30 June 2023, and its final report by 31 December 2023.

FDCA will be engaging with the inquiry on behalf of the sector as a whole and will consult with members at relevant points in order to establish evidence-based and broadly representative positions. We will keep you informed of progress as it arises, though would also encourage services and educators to engage with the inquiry independently. 

Don’t miss your FREE 2023 FDCA Wall Planner 

The 2023 FDCA Wall Planner is available now for all FDCA members to download via your FDCA Member Zone.

The Wall Planner notes several important dates highlighted including school holiday terms and key events for the sector such as National Family Day Care Week and the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner.

Two sizes of the Wall Planner are available:

  • 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); or
  • 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, simply log in to your FDCA Member Zone and access the Resources and Factsheets section. 

If you haven't yet activated your FDCA Member Zone account, click here to enter your registered email address and commence the activation process.