2 June 2021

FDCA 2021 National Conference: Members-only early bird discount extended

To ensure our members can continue to access Family Day Care Australia events at the best possible prices, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) will be extending our members-only early bird pricing for the FDCA 2021 National Conference into the month of June.

This means that you will still be able to access your FDCA 2021 National Conference tickets at the heavily subsidised price of $599 until 30 June 2021. The early-bird price represents a saving of $150 on the full ticket price and includes:

  • access to all plenary and keynote sessions across the entirety of the FDCA 2021 National Conference;
  • access to all workshop sessions across the entirety of the FDCA 2021 National Conference;
  • access to the conference Welcome Function;
  •  one FDCA 2021 National Conference Gala Dinner ticket;
  • access to the exhibition across the entirety of the FDCA 2021 National Conference;
  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Friday and Saturday; and
  • access to the FDCA 2021 National Conference app.

To find out more about the FDCA 2021 National Conference and access your early-bird discount, click here.

Extended refund policy for your peace of mind

To provide our members with a risk-free ticket purchasing experience, FDCA will ensure that any members who are unable to attend the conference due to COVID-19 related circumstances will receive a FULL refund on their ticket purchase up until three weeks out from the conference.

Preliminary conference program available to view!

Start planning your unique conference experience with the release of our 2021 National Conference preliminary program.

Conference attendees will have 24 workshops to choose from on a range of different topics, in addition to keynote addresses from experts in the early childhood education and care sector.

Click here to view the program.

Second round of nominations released for the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards 

The second round of nominations for the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards were released yesterday on our website and Facebook page. Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) members nominated between 19 May 2021 and 28 May 2021 have been sent email notifications to confirm their nomination.

You can also view the full list of our second round nominees on the FDCA website here. 

Nominations lists are correct as at 28 May 11.59pm AEST (nominations placed after this
date will be included in the next nomination release).

Awards highlight videos

To celebrate 10 years of the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, FDCA is showcasing special messages from previous Award winners and finalists.

These messages highlight the importance of the Awards for the sector and for our recipients in recognising the passion and hard work displayed by so many educators, coordinators and services every day.

To view our latest message from 2020 Coordinator of the Year, Lyn Kerr, and to check out the series in full, visit the FDCA Facebook page!

Have your say by placing a nomination

Nominations for the 2021 Awards are still open!

We encourage you to place your own nomination/s by clicking the links below:

Click here to nominate an educator

Click here to nominate an coordinator

Click here to nominate a service

Nominations for the 2021 Awards close on 13 June 2021.

The Awards are the only event of its kind for the family day care sector in Australia, showcasing the incredible efforts of educators, coordinators and services and acknowledging the impacts they make to the lives of more than 93,000children across the country. 

To find out more information, including how you can take home a part of $30,000 worth of prizes, visit our website at

Share your tips and tricks and help your fellow educators

Family Day Care Australia is launching a brand new social media series to help educators navigate the regulatory, administrative, operational and educational hurdles of a career within the family day care sector.

This campaign will look to our members and the wider sector as sources of expert advice for the common issues that educators face. After all, who knows the ins and outs of a career in the sector better than our frontline educators and services?

If you’re a creator, an innovator or if you have some tips and tricks you’d like to share to support your fellow educators, we’d love to hear from you.

We would also love to hear from you if you have a problem or issue that would like us to address as part of this series.

There’s no issue too big or too small for this series. To get involved, simply send a message to the FDCA Facebook page.

To all those who have participated so far, we can’t wait to share your stories!

Have your say on COVID related health messaging and advice 

A multi-disciplinary team of internationally renowned researchers led by Macquarie University is  investigating how the early childhood sector finds out about, and passes on, important health and wellbeing information following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

You can ensure that family day care is included in this important research by responding to a national online survey, which is a core component of this project.

Please follow the survey links below:

Survey for FDC Educators 

Survey for FDC Approved Providers/Coordinators 

In addition, the research team is interested to hear the perspectives of families who accessed family day care during 2020 and 2021. We encourage our service members to distribute the survey link below to the families in your care:

Survey for families

Please note that all responses to the survey are completely anonymous, and your choice to participate or not is respected and will remain completely confidential. Survey responses, including response rates, are only accessible by the Macquarie University team.

Are you interested in contributing further to this project?

The research team are also seeking family day care services who would be interested in participating in interviews, to discuss their experiences in communicating health related messages to families, staff and educators during 2020 and into 2021.

If you would like to find out more, or to get involved, please email ASAP and we will forward your name to the research team who can provide more information.

Your participation in this important research project will ensure visibility of the family day care sector in this research and help the health and early childhood sectors to work together and ensure that health information is communicated effectively across Australia. Thank you to those services who have already expressed interest.

Grow your Business with the FDCA Market My Business Hub

Did you know that as an FDCA Member you can access free customised, marketing resources to help promote and grow your business?

The Market My Business Hub has been created to support members in promoting and positioning their family day care with a consistent and contemporary look and feel.

The resources available via the Market My Business Hub will allow FDCA members to promote family day care not only as a professional, nurturing and high quality early childhood education and care option for families, but also as a career choice for those wishing to work in the sector.

Through the Market My Business Hub members can access:

  • Brochures
  • Flyers
  • Posters
  • Email banners
  • Social media images (promotional graphics)
  • Certificates of recognition (available for services only)

You can even request a copy of our family day care television commercials so that you can share them on your own digital networks.

Who can access the Marketing Resources Hub?

The Market My Business Hub is exclusively available to FDCA members. Best of all, access is included with your FDCA membership! To access the Market My Business Hub you will need to activate your FDCA Member Zone.

How does it work?

Access and order material from the Market My Business Hub by following these three simple steps:

  1. Log into your FDCA Member Zone
  2. Select "Market My Business" from the main menu
  3. Select the marketing resources you would like to order (you can also view samples before making a selection)
  4. Complete the relevant online forms with the details you would like on your material. 

Once your order has been submitted it will be sent to FDCA and, once processed, your marketing resources will be emailed to you for use within ten business days.

Please note that brochures, flyers and posters are provided in soft copy only (PDF format).

Activating my FDCA Member Zone

To access your FDCA Member Zone, follow these five simple steps:

  1. Click here to activate your free account (for the best experience, use the latest Chrome browser)
  2. Enter your registered email address
  3. An email will then be sent to your email address; click on the 'create password' button
  4. Create and confirm your password
  5. Click here to login and enter your FDCA Member Zone.