2 December 2020

National Finalists announced next Monday!

Make sure you don’t miss our big reveal next Monday 7 December as we announce the 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards National Finalists.

This year’s Awards has been one for the books, with a groundbreaking 5,600 nominations received and 70 media articles shared on our winners so far, reaching over 500,000 people.

We congratulate all our winners for their tremendous efforts in showcasing the sector as the natural choice for early education and care.

As the only national event of its kind, the 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are an important opportunity to highlight the unique benefits of the family day care home learning environment.

We encourage our members to stay tuned next Monday as our National Finalists are revealed on our Facebook page at 12pm/noon.

Have your say on proposed changes to the provider and service approval processes

Last week, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) in consultation with state and territory governments, released a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS) on streamlining Early Childhood Education and Care Approval Processes across jurisdictions, which you can access here

DESE are currently seeking input on the proposed changes to the process for prospective providers to open an early childhood education and care service. 

FDCA has long highlighted the significant barriers and additional administrative burden imposed on the family day care sector with regard to new provider and service approval processes, including in our submission to the 2019 Review of the National Quality Framework. 

A review of the provider and service approval processes for family day care was one of the key recommendations we made in our Sector Viability Brief, underpinning discussions held through face-to-face meetings with Commonwealth and State Ministers and Departmental executives, from October to December 2019. 

The CRIS takes into account stakeholder feedback received through the 2019 Review of the National Quality Framework and subsequent stakeholder consultations, including advocacy points put forward by FDCA. 

Three options have been presented for consideration within the CRIS:

  • Option 1: Stay with Current Arrangements. At present, prospective family day care providers must submit three applications before opening an early childhood service: a provider approval application, a service approval application, and an application for Child Care Subsidy (CCS).
  • Option 2: Fully Joined-up Approval Processes. Under this option future applicants will submit joint applications through a single online portal within the NQA ITS, for both CCCS and NQF (service and provider) approval. 
  • Option 3: Single Application Submission Only. Under this option, future applicants will submit a single application through an online portal within the NQA ITS, which will cover both CCS and NQF approval. 

FDCA will be providing a formal response to the CRIS on behalf of our members, indicating our support for Option 2. This option addresses a majority of the issues FDCA has raised on behalf of members, while at the same time preserving the integrity of approval processes.

We encourage members to have their say on the proposed changes by sending an email to by 8 January 2021.

Opportunity to participate in Ahead for Business focus groups 

Ahead for Business is on the lookout for family day care educators, coordinators, providers and staff to participate in focus groups supporting the development of mental health resources for the sector.

Ahead for Business is a digital hub that promotes positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes for small businesses across Australia, including family day care.

The insights gained from these focus groups will directly contribute to new resources, tools and training modules on mental health and wellbeing within the family day care environment. 

Focus groups will run for approximately one hour via Zoom, between Monday 7 December and Friday 18 December. To register your interest and help shape the development of vital resources on mental health and wellbeing, please visit the link.

2021 FDCA Wall Planner available NOW! 

The 2021 FDCA Wall Planner is available now to download via your FDCA Member Zone.

The Wall Planner has important dates highlighted including school terms, public holidays and key events for the sector such as National Family Day Care Week and the FDCA 2021 National Conference. 

Two sizes of the Wall Planner are available:

  • a large A1 sized version which displays all 12 months of the year (this version is best printed using a professional printer or through a retailer such as Officeworks); or
  • A smaller A4 version which displays one month per page (can be printed at home or at the office).

To download your FREE Wall Planner, simply login to your FDCA Member Zone and access the Factsheets and Resources section. 

If you haven't yet activated your FDCA Member Zone account, click here to enter your registered email address and commence the activation process.