Early Childhood Educators Day – Wednesday 2 September
Today is Early Childhood Educators Day, a day to recognise and celebrate the work of educators in early childhood services and acknowledge their contributions to the wellbeing and development of the children in their care.
We wish our educator members a wonderful day and thank them for their continued commitment to providing high quality care in a family day care setting.
If you’d like to know more about Early Childhood Educators Day, you can visit the website here. There are resources online and further information for services and families.
FDCA is also running a new social media series celebrating our educators and their environments. To be featured, read on!
“My Environment” Facebook Series
In the spirit of Early Childhood Educators Day, we want to ask our members: what makes YOUR family day care environment special?
FDCA is featuring a collection of family day care environments on our social media to showcase the wonderful diversity and unique benefits of family day care, and would love to hear from you!
To be considered for our “my environment” series, please message the Family Day Care Australia Facebook page with the following:
- 250 words on what makes your family day care environment special; and
- 2-5 pictures of your family day care environment.
Have your say: Inclusion of children with disability in ECEC
On behalf of all governments, ACECQA is seeking input from providers of early childhood and school age education and care services about their knowledge, understanding and application of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA). This includes questions of access and participation by children with disability to education and care.
This consultation with providers will inform the Australian Government’s 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards) which under the DDA and, in an ECEC context, apply to “preschools, including kindergartens (but not child care providers)”.
As part of the 2020 Review of the Standards, the Australian Government is examining the extent to which families and children know about their rights, and educators and early childhood education and care providers know about, understand and comply with their responsibilities under the DDA.
On 20 August 2020, ACECQA published a stakeholder discussion paper to support consultations. All early childhood and school age education and care providers have been contacted and invited to complete an online survey. Survey responses and submissions will be accepted up until Wednesday 16 September 2020.
For more information, please visit the consultation page or email DSEfeedback@acecqa.gov.au
NQF Snapshot, August 2020 – ACECQA
The latest NQF snapshot from ACECQA is available now to download from the ACECQA website. Alternatively, you can view the snapshot through their interactive online tool which you can access here.
These snapshots provide information on and an analysis of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector and the quality ratings of services against the NQS.
As of 30 June 2020, there are 507 approved family day care services operating across Australia. Just under half of the family day care services captured in the report have been assessed as “Meeting” or “Exceeding” the NQS. Overall, almost two thirds of ECEC services previously rated “Working Towards” the NQS improved their overall quality rating after reassessment.
We encourage our members to view the findings by reading the full report here.
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:
- 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:
- Log into your FDCA Member Zone
- Select "Market My Business" from the main menu
- Select the marketing resources you would like to order (you can also view samples before making a selection)
- 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:
- Click here to activate your free account (for the best experience, use the latest Chrome browser)
- Enter your registered email address
- An email will then be sent to your email address; click on the 'create password' button
- Create and confirm your password
- Click here to log in and enter your FDCA Member Zone.
REMINDER - Launceston National Engagement Program postponed
Members are reminded that due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the developing COVID-19 situation, the decision has been made to postpone the FDCA National Engagement Program forum that was scheduled to take place in Launceston on 19 September 2020.
At this stage a decision has not yet been made in regards to rescheduling the event. Members who had registered to attend will be given first preference to register if we are able to reschedule the forum at a later date.
We thank you for your understanding and support of this decision.