20 January 2021

Grow and promote your business with FDCA's Family Day Care Locator

Did you know that each year FDCA's Family Day Care Locator generates over 60,000 searches each year from families looking for family day care?

Our Family Day Care Locator has been designed to assist you to grow and promote your family day care business.

You can customise and manage your locator listing to help your family day care business stand out from the crowd.

January is the perfect time to update your details for families looking for education and care in the New Year, and best of all, your locator listing is included as part of membership with FDCA.

How do I manage my Family Day Care Locator listing?

To manage your Family Day Care Locator listing, all you need to do is log in to your FDCA Member Zone and select "My Locator Listing". Inside your Locator Listing you will be able to:

  • Update your Location Name (the name of your business as displayed on the locator)
  • Upload a photo to your listing
  • Update your vacancy information
  • Enable or disable your locator listing

How can I access my Family Day Care Locator Enquiries?

To access your Family Day Care Locator enquiries, log in to your FDCA Member Zone and select "Locator Enquiries".

This will allow you to view a summary of your recent enquiries. You can review the details of each individual enquiry by clicking on the 'View' link for that enquiry, which will allow you to view the full message that was sent.

It is important to note that contact details are sent to the family day care service.

To view a short video on how to manage your Family Day Care Locator listing and view your enquiries, click on one of the links below:

Click here to view our educator locator video; and

Click here to view our service locator video.

How will I know when I receive an enquiry from the Family Day Care Locator?

When you receive a new enquiry from the Family Day Care Locator an email will be sent to your registered email address. This will contain a link that will take you straight to your FDCA Member Zone so that you can view the enquiry.

What if I haven't activated 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 log in and enter your FDCA Member Zone.

CCCF grants for services in disadvantaged and vulnerable areas now open

Applications for the next funding round for the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) grants opened on 11 January 2021 and will close at 11pm (AEDT) on 22 February 2021.

The CCCF is an open competitive grant opportunity that supports services in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.

It gives eligible services extra funding to:

  • help them stay open, and
  • increase the number of children in care from disadvantaged or vulnerable families and communities.

The application form is available to access on the Community Grants Hub.

To learn more about the grant opportunity, click here.

2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - Gala Dinner Update

In light of the current COVID-19 border restrictions and public health guidelines, FDCA has made the difficult decision to cancel the Awards Gala Dinner scheduled to take place at the Stamford Hotel in Adelaide on Saturday February 27 2021.

In lieu of the Gala Dinner, we will bring our national finalists to Canberra for a more intimate celebration of their accomplishments. This significant reduction in numbers and change of jurisdiction provides the best possible opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our winners in a COVID safe manner.

We will also share the inspiring stories of our 2020 national finalists via social media in the lead up to the announcement of the 2020 Award winners.

FDCA thanks all of our members for their understanding and ongoing support of the Awards during these unprecedented times.

We look forward to continuing to represent, support and promote our members and the family day care sector in the New Year.

Time is running out to have your say on vital research into family day care!

Access the survey here.

Whether you are an educator, coordination unit staff member or an approved provider, make sure your voice is heard in a significant new study exploring what leadership looks like in a family day care context.

This study is your chance to participate in vital research focusing specifically on the family day care sector and we strongly encourage all of our members to take part. The survey is quick and easy to complete and doesn’t require you to give your name.

The survey is closing at the end of January 2021, so make sure to get in quick.

To date, more than 500 approved providers, coordination staff and educators have completed the survey. We are very grateful for their time and effort in completing the survey.

What do I need to do to participate in the study?

Complete and submit the online survey. The survey asks questions about you, your work in family day care and your views and experiences of leadership within the sector and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Remember to submit your answers at the final step!

We strongly encourage you to share the survey with other educators, service staff and approved providers across your network.

To access the online survey, simply click here.

If you have any questions about the survey, or the vital research it supports, please contact us at

2021 Narragunnawali Awards open for nominations

Held biennially, the Narragunnawali Awards is the first national awards program to recognise and celebrate Australian schools and early learning services that are implementing outstanding reconciliation initiatives.

Finalists are acknowledged for the ways in which they strengthen relationships, build respect, and provide meaningful opportunities around the school or service and with the community.

There are two Narragunnawali Awards Categories:

  • Schools: this category incorporates primary, secondary, senior secondary and combined schools within the Government, Independent or Catholic sectors.
  • Early Learning: this category incorporates early childhood education and care, including family day care.

Educators, coordinators, service staff, families and community members are eligible to nominate for an Award a family day care service that they believe is demonstrating exceptional commitment to reconciliation.

Once a service is nominated, the Service Director will be notified and encouraged to formally apply for a Narragunnawali Award 2021.

Nominations and applications can be submitted online any time before Friday 30 April 2021.

For more information about the nomination and application process, please visit the website: