19 June 2024

First round nominations - Excellence in Family Day Care Awards

The first round of nominations in the 2024 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards have been released and are now available on the FDCA website.

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) members that were nominated from 4 June to 11 June should have received a nomination confirmation email and have been included on the nomination lists. Those nominated after this time will be included in our next round of nominations.

We’ve received more than 2300 nominations so far, congratulations to all those who have been nominated. 

For more information and to place a nomination visit the Awards page on the FDCA website. Nominations close Thursday 4 July 2024.

The Awards celebrate the wonderful work done by Educators, Coordinators and Services in the family day care sector to deliver high quality early childhood education and care to children across Australia.

You can help to promote the Awards, and family day care, by sharing content on social media. Check the FDCA Facebook page and your inbox for more resources.

FDCA National Conference - New Keynote Speaker Announced

FDCA is pleased to announce that Dual Olympian, four-time Commonwealth Champion and two-time World Champion, Dr Jana Pittman has joined the FDCA 2025 National Conference keynote lineup!

Best known for her feats on the athletics track after representing Australia at the summer Olympics in 2000 and 2004, becoming a four-time Commonwealth Champion and two-time World Champion, Jana also represented Australia in the women’s bobsled team in 2014. She is the first woman to represent Australia in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. 

Jana has completed a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, Masters of Reproduction Medicine and is pursuing a PhD in Obstetrics, with the hope of progressing her medical career towards becoming an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.  

Most amazingly, Jana is doing all of this while raising six children! 

Jana's remarkable story is one of perseverance, don’t miss your opportunity to hear Jana share her amazing journey at next year’s conference! 

To secure your FDCA 2025 National Conference ticket, visit the FDCA website.

Family Day Care Tax Tips Webinar

FDCA is hosting a special end of financial year Family Day Care Tax Tips webinar for members that will take place tomorrow, Thursday 20 June from 6.30pm - 7.30pm AEST.

The special guest for the webinar will be Ben Mueller, Director and Principal Accountant from FDC Tax. Ben will discuss a range of topics including:

  • A 2024 Tax update for Family Day Care
  • Getting the best value from your accountant
  • 2024 Tax Cuts
  • How much should I save for tax and super

Those viewing the session live will also have the chance to submit questions in real-time via Facebook and YouTube comments.

The webinar will be available to view via the FDCA website, FDCA Facebook page and FDCA YouTube channel.

National Burns Awareness Month

Most burns occur in the home, with contact burns the second most common cause of burn injuries to children.

There have been instances in Family Day Care where children have sustained burns from touching hot surfaces. The risk increases in winter with the cold weather and increased use of heaters and fires.

Try incorporating there safely tips in your home:

  • Use safety guards around fireplaces, stoves and heaters
  • Always supervise children around heaters, open fires and candles

June is National Burns Awareness Month and aims to drive greater awareness of burns prevention and the correct first aid treatment for burns. Check the Kidsafe website for resources and information on how easily burns can happen, prevention strategies, making safe choices and burns first aid.

Look out for posts on the FDCA Facebook page sharing resources and information for National Burns Awareness Month.

Learn how to prevent, detect, and report fraud

The Commonwealth Department of Education is progressively adding more short courses to its online learning platform for the early childhood education and care sector: Geccko. One of the latest additions is a short course on Fraud awareness.

The short Fraud awareness course:

  • helps you understand fraud and corruption
  • explains what you can do to prevent, detect, and report fraud.

All courses on Geccko are self-paced and can be accessed using your tablet, computer/laptop or mobile phone. Certificates of completion can be downloaded upon completion.

You can find out more about and register for Geccko here.

JiGSAW Out Now

Edition 105 of JiGSAW, is hitting your mailboxes this week!

This Edition includes greater features on Educators across Australia bringing sustainability and the environment into their practices as well as regular contributors like Ben Mueller getting you ready for tax time.

You can grab a cuppa with Educator Sue Higgs and Coastwide Child and Family Services and win some great prizes with our Sudoku and Find the Red Star House competitions.