19 April 2023

Online Engagement Series Episode 3: Wellbeing in Family Day Care

Episode three of the FDCA Online Engagement Series is taking place on Thursday 27 April at 6.00pm (AEST) and time is running out to submit your questions.

To help us cover as much relevant content as possible, we want you to be part of the conversation by submitting your questions for our panelists. If you would like to submit a question, click here.

To help frame the conversation, we want to hear your insights and ideas on how you manage your wellbeing. You can take part in our Mentimeter Quiz in the lead up to the episode by clicking here.

Guests that will be joining our host, FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager, Michael Farrell for episode three include Be You Consultant, Maria Heenan, Bright Sun Family Day Care Coordinator/Educational Leader and 2021 Coordinator of the Year National Finalist, Mariam Shahid and Adventure Patch Family Day Care Educator and 2022 Educator of the Year National Finalist, Sue Higgs.

You can watch the panel live via the FDCA website, FDCA Facebook Page and FDCA YouTube channel.

ACCC Inquiry: Seeking input from parents and guardians

The ACCC is asking parents and guardians for their views on early childhood education and care services in Australia, as part of its year-long inquiry into the sector.

Parents and guardians are invited to complete a short online survey to share their experiences when looking for and using childcare services in Australia. FDCA encourages members to share the above link with parents and guardians to ensure the voices of those using family day care are heard.

Through the parent / guardian survey, the ACCC is seeking to understand people’s preferences when it comes to child care, including whether there are potential barriers to accessing the right types of childcare and whether child care services are affordable. The perspectives of parents and guardians who don’t currently use child care will also be useful to the ACCC’s inquiry.

“Affordable, accessible and quality child care is crucial for Australian families and the health of the Australian economy, including by supporting higher levels of participation in work and training,” ACCC Chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb said.

“We want to hear directly from parents and guardians so our work on the Childcare inquiry can provide a complete picture of the factors impacting the price and availability of childcare in Australia.”

The survey asks about preferences and experiences when looking for child care including how parents and guardians evaluated different child care services, how many waitlists they joined, and whether waiting for a place delayed return to employed work, volunteering or study. The ACCC is also interested in hearing from those who may have switched child care services and the reasons for this.

“We want this report to reflect the diverse needs and experiences of families across the country,” Ms Cass-Gottlieb said.

“First Nations families, culturally and linguistically diverse families and parents and carers of children with a disability or complex needs are strongly encouraged to take part.

”The survey is open until 31 May 2023 and can be completed anonymously. Information collected from this survey will shape the ACCC’s reports due to the Treasurer on 30 June and 31 December 2023.

To complete the survey, click here.

Be You Virtual Conference 2023

The Be You Virtual Conference is a FREE 2-day event with a focus on key topics and practical strategies to promote mental health and wellbeing in learning communities. This year, the theme of the Be You Virtual Conference is Building Capacity to Thrive. Over the 2 days, we will explore what it means to ‘thrive’, as well as practical approaches to build a resilient, inclusive and thriving learning community.

The Be You Virtual Conference is for educators and leaders working in early learning services or schools, as well as those in pre-service or training. Each session across the two-day event has been designed with our educators and their learning communities in mind. Be You is a NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) and TQI (ACT Teacher Quality Institute) accredited event.

Event details:

Day 1: May 3, 2023 - 11am to 3.30pm (AEST)

Day 2: May 4, 2023 - 1.30pm to 6.30pm (AEST)

To attend the free event register here.

Can’t make a session? When you register, recordings are shared with you, post-event!

Eid Mubarak - Eid al Fitr

Eid al-Fitr commemorates the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and will take place on 21/22 April. A celebratory meal breaks the fast, and good deeds have special significance during this time. Eid is also a time of forgiveness and making amends.

To all of our Muslim members, we hope you enjoy your Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Eid Mubarak lakum wa-li-‘a’ilatakum.

عيد مبارك

Access “Your Home, Your Business” on the FDCA Learning Hub!

Being a successful family day care educator demands a diverse professional skill set, including small business management.

Your Home, Your Business offers insights, tips and tricks to help you understand the foundations of the family day care business model, the legal and regulatory context within which family day care operates, and how to promote and market your business.

For educators just starting out, Part 1 of Your Home, Your Business covers the core principles of establishing a family day care business and is an ideal tool for services to incorporate into their induction process.

For more seasoned educators and those looking to dive into the specifics, Part 2 explores the essentials of money management and taxation, business administration strategies and how to build key relationships with stakeholders in the ECEC sector.

Accessing the Learning Hub

You can access Your Home, Your Business through the FDCA Member Zone.

Simply login and navigate to the subheading “Learning Hub”, where you’ll be taken to the home page and you can choose your module.

Boost Your Business with FDCA’s Market My Business Hub

As a member of Family Day Care Australia (FDCA), did you know that you have access to a range of FREE customisable resources that you can use to promote your family day care?

For many early childhood professionals and services, the time and cost involved in developing marketing materials is daunting.

That’s why, as your national peak body, we’ve developed a range of professionally crafted resources that you can access at no cost; taking the hassle out of marketing your business and giving you more time to do what you love.

What’s available in the Market My Business Hub?

All material in the Market My Business Hub has been designed on the back of extensive market research and sector consultation, so you can be sure that the material you order will resonate with your audience.

With a wide range of digital resources available in the Market My Business Hub, members can access:

  • Promotional videos
  • Testimonial videos from real educators
  • Brochures
  • Flyers
  • Posters
  • Postcards
  • Email banners
  • Social media graphics
  • Your own custom family day care logo

To access the Market My Business Hub, click here.