19 October 2022

Weather Events in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania

Our hearts go out to all services, coordinators, educators and families affected by the devastating floods affecting parts of NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.

Update from the Australian Government

Over the weekend, the Australian Government declared a period of emergency for the early childhood and care sector in parts of Victoria and Tasmania and added extra regions to the periods of emergency already in place for parts of NSW. Timeframes for support vary according to location.

You can access the full list of affected regions and key dates to access support here. This list will continue to be updated regularly.

The Department always notifies providers and services when a period of emergency is declared. To receive these notifications, it is vital that your contact details, particularly email addresses, are always kept up to date in the Child Care Subsidy System. You can check this via the Provider Entry Point (PEP) or your third-party software.

The Australian Government provides a range of support to services and individuals affected by the floods during a period of declared emergency and afterwards.  For more detail, see here.

Your state government may also provide support for individuals and businesses impacted by a natural disaster. To find out this information, go  to, or

Early Learning Matters Week, 17- 21 October 2022

This week, for the 5year in a row educators and services in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector around Australia are celebrating Early Learning Matters Week.

Organised by Early Childhood Australia, this special Week is a wonderful opportunity to share with our communities about the importance of ECEC in building the foundations for lifelong learning, wellbeing and achievement in our children. It is also a chance to shine a spotlight on the vital work early learning services play in supporting families and building our society.

Every year the Week has a different theme. The theme for this year is ‘Learning though play’.  It’s not too late to get involved in this national event – and it’s so easy!

For example, you can :

-        Share photos and videos of high-quality learning experiences with your families and community

-        Recognise and celebrate the efforts of service staff and educators

-        Create posters and artwork for your own event

Find out more at

Have you checked out FDCA's Family Day Care Photo Library?

Finding the time and budget to promote your business is tricky! Pamphlets, posters, websites and social media pages are crucial marketing tools but filling them with content that’s high quality and family day care specific isn’t always easy.

That’s why we’ve launched the Family Day Care Australia (FDCA), Family Day Care Photo Library.

Containing over 145 high resolution photos, the Family Day Care Photo Library is FREE to access and showcases a range of family day care environments and educational programs.

These images were captured as part of a series of photoshoots FDCA undertook in partnership with services and educators - real educators and children in real family day care homes.

Use the photographs for social media posts or add an extra “wow” factor to your hard copy resources, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

To access the Family Day Care Photo Library, log into your FDCA Member Zone and select Photo Library from the menu.

Submissions open for the Summer Edition of JiGSAW!

FDCA is on the hunt for submissions for the 2022 Summer 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?

Have you been on an exciting excursion or had an enthralling incursion that you would like to share?

Or maybe you have your own unique story that you think JiGSAW readers could take inspiration from!

If you would like to contribute to the upcoming edition of JiGSAW, send us an email at with a short description of your story, or the full article attached.

“Who Does What?” National Quality Framework card game from ACECQA

“NQF - Who Does What” is a matching card game to be used as a professional development activity for education and care service providers, educators and staff.

The game aims to develop awareness and understanding of the role and functions of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and the state and territory regulatory authorities.

Access the instructions and resource here to get started!