18 October 2023

Be Ready to Implement EYLF V2.0 and MTOP V2.0 in 2024

Australia’s national approved learning frameworks, Being and Becoming: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia (EYLF), and My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia (MTOP), have been updated and will take effect in early 2024.

During 2023, approved providers and their services are encouraged to familiarise themselves with EYLF V2.0 and MTOP V2.0 as they apply to them and begin incorporating the new aspects into their educational program and practice.

Make sure you are prepared for the change to EYLF V2.0 and MTOP V2.0, by heading to the ACECQA website here. You’ll be able to not only access Version 2 of each of the national frameworks, but also a range of supporting material and resources designed to assist educators and services in implementation.

The original national approved learning frameworks will remain in operation alongside these in 2023 until they are revoked in early 2024.

Are You Prepared for Emergencies?

With bushfire season already upon us, it serves as a timely reminder for all family day care services and educators to review and update their emergency and evacuation policies, plans and procedures. 

Under the Education and Care Services National Regulations, an approved provider must:

  • Have emergency and evacuation policies and procedures in place (regulation 168).
  • Take reasonable steps to ensure those policies and procedures are followed (regulation 170). 

In addition, for family day care specifically, the principal office and every family day care residence must consider and plan for the individual nature of each premise. For the purposes of preparing the emergency and evacuation procedures, the approved provider must ensure that a risk assessment is conducted to identify potential emergencies that are relevant to the service (regulation 97).

Read more about the specific requirements in ACECQA’s information sheet on Emergency and Evacuation Policy Guidelines policy guidelines.

It’s also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the support offered by the federal Department of Education to services and families in the event of a CCS period of emergency being declared and to ensure that the contact details for your service are correct through the Provider Entry Point or their Third party Software.

Finally, we encourage services and educators to check out their state and territory Department of Education website information and resources. Many have created helpful templates and other resources to ensure services are as prepared as they can be this summer.

Awards - National Finalists Announcement

FDCA has named the National Finalists in the 2023 Family Day Care Australia Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.

FDCA is proud to recognise four educators, coordinators and services that have all been selected as National Finalists in this year’s awards.

We congratulate our 2023 National Finalists and thank them for their passion and commitment to providing high quality education and care.

To find out who our 2023 National Finalists are, click here or on the button below.

The Awards excitement isn’t over yet. This year's award winners will be announced at the 2023 Gala Dinner, taking place at the Pullman Adelaide on 25 November 2023. If you would like to attend the Gala Dinner, tickets are still available for sale at a discounted member rate. But be quick as seats are limited!

To secure your Gala Dinner ticket, click here.

Family Day Care Legal Services Has Got You Covered!

FDCA offers more than just great public liability insurance to protect your business. We have a range of options to protect your home, your vehicle and you!

We also offer Family Day Care Legal Services through our partners, Wotton & Kearney, to provide you with top tier legal advice and peace of mind.

Wotton & Kearney are one of the undisputed leaders in the legal services industry, with specific expertise in the provision of family day care and over 340 specialised lawyers operating across Australian and New Zealand.

Trusted by educators and services for over 30 years, visit our website or give us a call on 1800 658 699 to find out more about how FDCA has got all of your business needs covered.