Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - Submissions Open
Nominations for the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards have closed and submissions are currently open. A big congratulations to all our members who were nominated - with over 5000 nominations for educators, coordinators, services and service staff, 2023 is one of our biggest years to date!
Nominees are invited to make a supporting submission via the link in their nomination notification email from Family Day Care Australia (FDCA). Submissions close 23 July 2023 - don't miss your chance at taking out the top spot in your category for 2023!
If you have been nominated and have not received a nomination notification email from FDCA, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Awards, please visit the awards page.
The ACCC Needs Input from Family Day Care Educators – Have your say!
As you may be aware, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is undertaking an Inquiry into the market for the supply of early childhood education and care services in Australia.
The ACCC has been tasked with examining how costs and prices differ in the Australian childcare market according to a range of factors including:
- the size and type of childcare provider;
- type of childcare service;
- age and characteristics of children in care;
- geographic location;
- level of competition; and
- overall quality rating of the childcare services provided.
The ACCC needs your help to ensure the voices of family day care educators are heard!
You have a unique opportunity to influence the ACCC’s inquiry as it considers costs, workforce issues and other factors impacting the sector.
The ACCC has prepared a short survey specifically for family day care educators, to complete the survey please click here.
Your feedback will have a direct influence on the ACCC’s understanding of ECEC in Australia.
The survey won’t take long to complete, can be completed anonymously, and all questions are optional. The survey is open until midnight Sunday 30 July.
FDCA strongly encourages educators to undertake this brief survey. The ACCC Inquiry will have a significant impact on future policy decisions and mechanisms that affect the price of delivery and support for the ECEC sector as a whole. We need YOU to make sure the direct experience of family day care educators is considered as part of the Inquiry.
If you have any questions about the survey, you can contact Cassandra Greenough or Sarah Jeppson at ChildcareInquiryTaskforce@accc.gov.au
FDCA Online Engagement Series: Call for Participants
We’re calling for expressions of interest from FDCA members who would be interested in participating as panellists in our Online Engagement Series.
The FDCA Online Engagement Series is a new initiative that provides FDCA members with easy access to online panel sessions that provide educators and service staff with high quality professional learning content.
The sessions cover a wide range of subject matter relevant to the family day care sector and have received fantastic feedback from the membership to date.
Your chance to participate!
If you have a passion or expertise in particular areas, we’re inviting you to express your interest in participating in future episodes.
To express your interest, all you need to do is click here and complete the online form.
Once you have completed the form, FDCA will keep your details on file and if an opportunity arises, we will contact you about the possibility of participating in an episode of the FDCA Engagement Series.
Happy Al Hijri to all our Muslim Members!
The Islamic New Year, Al-Hijra, commemorates the journey that Muhammad made from Mecca to Medina to flee persecution and set up the first Islamic state. The word “Hijra” means migration. After arriving in Medina, Muhammad established the first Muslim community founded on Islamic principles. For this reason, it is considered the start of the Islamic era and the Muslim New Year.
رأس السنة الهجرية
Catch Up on Episode 5 of the Online Engagement Series
Did you miss episode 5 of the FDCA Online Engagement Series?
FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager Michael Farrell was joined by Annette Steley, Service Manager from Choices Family Day Care (QLD) and Jo Georgiou, Regional Manager of Nature Alliance Family Day Care (WA), to discuss Governance and Leadership.
Michael, Annette and Jo will discussed a range of topics including:
- Establishing a service vision
- Effective leadership and positive workplace culture
- Decision making
- Management systems
If you were unable to make it to the livestream, or if you would simply like to watch again, you can access the episode at any time via your FDCA Member Zone in the Video Resources section.
View previous episodes
To view previous episodes of the FDCA Engagement Series, simply click here to enter your FDCA Member Zone, where recordings of all episodes are available 24/7.
Early Learning Matters Week: 24-28 July
Next week is Early Learning Matters Week, a week-long celebration focused on increasing awareness and understanding of the enormous importance of early childhood education and care and the difference it makes to children’s learning, development and wellbeing.
The theme for this year is ‘learning through connection’, which allows services to consider and share the ways in which ‘connection’ supports children’s learning. For over 60,000 years, children have been learning through connection to community and place on this land. We honour this connection and recognise the ongoing ties created in early learning settings across the country, particularly those in family day care. To learn more about the theme, click here.
There are numerous ways to get involved in Early Learning Matters Week 2023. Join the Early Learning Matters Week Facebook page or register an event that you may have in store to raise the awareness of the value that early learning plays in children’s lives. Photos and videos of the events can be sent to EarlyLearningMatters@earlychildhood.org.au. If you are using social media channels, remember to use the hashtag #EarlyLearningMatters. For more suggestions on how to celebrate Early Learning Matters Week, take a look here.
Freshen Up Your Marketing Collateral with the FDCA Market My Business Hub
As a member of 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
- Email banners
- Social media graphics
- Your own custom family day care logo
The FDCA Market My Business Hub, is accessible for FREE to all FDCA members. To place your order for some fresh new collateral, click here.