18 May 2022

View the Major Political Parties responses to FDCA’s Election Commitments

With pre-polling open across many parts of the country in the lead up to this Saturday’s federal election, we encourage our members to read Family Day Care Australia’s (FDCA) Response to Policy Election Commitments Request document, summarising the feedback received from the major Australian political parties on our Election Policy Commitment Requests.

The Response to Policy Election Commitments Request document will help inform members on polling day as to which party/ies will best support the family day care sector beyond the upcoming election.

The responses have been provided by: 

  • The Hon Stuart Robert MP, Acting Minister for Education and Youth and Member for Fadden; 
  • The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development and Member for Kingston; and 
  • Mr Adam Bandt MP, Leader of the Australian Greens and Member for Melbourne

You can also re-watch the Pre-Election Forum on the FDCA Facebook page here, hosted by FDCA CEO Andrew Paterson and attended by the Hon Stuart Robert MP, Acting Minister for Education and Youth and the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development.

The Pre-Election Forum was a chance to present the Minister and Shadow Minister with questions from members regarding their vision and policies to support family day care.

Following the election, we look forward to supporting, representing and promoting our sector to the next Australian Government and will continue our push for a better deal for family day care into the future.

FDCA 2022 National Conference Countdown: Four Months to Go!

The countdown is on with only four months remaining until the FDCA 2022 National Conference!

This year’s National Conference is an opportunity for the sector to come together as one and it's shaping up as an event not to be missed.

Delegates will have access to a program full of professional learning and networking opportunities, along with the chance to experience Tasmania's hidden gems.

Click here to check out the conference program and secure your ticket

Split your ticket into two payments

For members who don't wish to purchase their conference ticket up front as a one-off payment, we’ve set up a 2-month payment plan.

This plan is exclusively available to FDCA members and means you can secure your ticket with two payments of $312.

To access the payment plan, click here.

Tickets can also be purchased with a one-off payment of $599.

Peace of mind refund policy

To provide our members with a risk-free ticket purchasing experience, FDCA will ensure that any members who are unable to attend the conference due to COVID-19 related circumstances will receive a FULL refund on their ticket purchase.

This means you can purchase your FDCA 2022 National Conference ticket knowing that we’ve got you covered!

Find out more about the FDCA 2022 National Conference

To find out more about the FDCA 2022 National Conference, visit the conference website where you can view the conference program and read more about the variety of workshops on offer.

ACECQA’s 37th NQF Snapshot shows sustained improvement in quality

ACECQA’s National Quality Framework (NQF) Snapshots provide an overview of the education and care sector, including progress on and results of quality assessment and ratings against the National Quality Standard (NQS).

Produced quarterly, NQF Snapshots are a useful way to stay up to date with sector trends.

For the family day care sector, the latest NQF Snapshot shows a steady increase in quality ratings, with 59% of family day care services meeting or exceeding the NQS (up from 53% as of 1 year prior).

This increase can be observed across the board, with the overall percentage of services rated as meeting or exceeding jumping to a new record of 87%.View the full April 2022 Snapshot here for more information.

National Families Week - May 15 to May 21 2022

May 15 to May 21 2022 is National Families Week!

Each year, over one hundred thousand people and hundreds of organisations celebrate the week across Australia.

National Families Week is a time to celebrate with family near and far, reflect on what family means to you, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community.

For the Early Childhood Education and Care sector, National Families Week is also a time to acknowledge the meaning of family and their importance in the development and wellbeing of children.

This year's theme is "Stronger Families, Stronger Communities".

To get involved in an event in your area, gather inspiration to host your own event, or to find resources to mark the occasion, visit

 Contribute to national research on Australian children

Take part in a nationwide survey about Australian adult attitudes towards children and young people in Australia. 

This research project is being undertaken by the Valuing Children Initiative (VCI) and a group of researchers from the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan

University and Murdoch University. 

The survey is a repeat of their 2016 benchmark research, to see how attitudes may have changed and to assess the impact of their work over the last 5 years. 

This survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed via the link:

The survey has been approved by the University of WA Human Ethics Committee (Approval number 2021/ET000818), and is voluntary and completely anonymous.  

If you would like to receive the results of the survey once published, please send an email to including your name and email address.

Share your story in the Winter Edition of JiGSAW

FDCA is on the hunt for submissions for the 2022 winter edition of JiGSAW magazine!

Do you have a programming or curriculum success story that you would like to share with the sector?

Are you a service that would like to share a story about the achievements of your educators or staff?

Maybe you’ve been out and about on an exciting excursion or had an enthralling incursion that you would like to share?

If you would like to contribute to the upcoming edition of JiGSAW, send us an email at