The 2023 FDCA Wall Planner is available now for FDCA members!
The Wall Planner captures several important dates including school terms, public holidays, and key events for the sector such as National Family Day Care Week and the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner.
Two sizes of the Wall Planner are available to download:
> a large A1 landscape 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 portrait version which displays one month per page (this can be printed at home or at the office).
To access your FREE Wall Planner, log in to your FDCA Member Zone and click on the Resources and Factsheets subheading.
Changes to the National Quality Framework in 2023
Key changes from the 2019 National Quality Framework (NQF) Review process will be implemented in stages throughout 2023, through amendments to the Education and Care Services National Law and National Regulations.
They include new health and safety measures, changes to workforce requirements and improved oversight by regulatory authorities.
As a reminder of the key changes for centre-based and family day care services, ACECQA has created brief video animations summarising the implementation of the 2019 NQF Review outcomes.
You can watch the ‘NQF Updates for Family Day Care Services’ video via youtube.
Working alongside all levels of government, ACECQA will provide more detailed information and guidance for service providers and early childhood professionals on the implementation of the NQF changes over the coming months.
The Summary of the 2019 NQF Review outcomes table on the 2019 NQF Review website will also be updated regularly.
Self-care over the holidays
Between personal commitments, finalising learning portfolios and reports, social events and work, the end of the year can take a toll on our stress levels and mental wellbeing.
For children, the change in routine can lead to shorter attention spans, testing previously established boundaries and heightened emotions.
As early childhood professionals your wellbeing is an integral part of maintaining a mentally healthy learning community. Self-care is not only important for your own wellbeing but for the wellbeing and educational outcomes of the children in care.
Be You has developed a range of resources to help you and your service build and maintain mental wellbeing.
Visit Be You’s educator wellbeing page for more information or tips to incorporate more ‘me time’ into your day.
‘Keeping Kids Safe and Well’ report released
The Keeping Kids Safe and Well report showcases the views of children, young people and families collected by Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner in face-to-face and online consultations and surveys conducted between May and July 2021.
The report presents key issues, identifies priorities, and makes recommendations for action to inform the government’s five-year actions plans under the Safe and Supported: The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2021–2031 (the National Framework).
Based on the feedback given by children, young people and families, the top three things that children need to be safe are:
- help with housing;
- mental health services; and
- help with basic needs like food, clothing, transport and school supplies.
You can download the full report on the Australian Human Rights Commission Website here.
Updates from the Department of Education
Period of emergency for South Australia
The Department of Education has declared a period of emergency for the early childhood education and care sector in Renmark Paringa, South Australia, following flooding.
The period of emergency applies from 15 to 27 December 2022 for services and families in the Renmark Paringa Local Government Area (LGA).
The full list of affected LGAs can be located on the Department’s website, with the government continuing to monitor the situation and updating this list as required.
Holiday closures for session reporting
The Child Care Subsidy (CCS )Helpdesk will be closed from 12.30 pm Friday 23 December until 9 am (AEDT) Tuesday 3 January.
You may experience short delays in process or payment if you submit session reports on the following dates:
- 22 December 2022
- 23 December 2022
- 29 December 2022
- 30 December 2022
More information on session reports, attendances, absences and service closures can be found on the Department’s website.
FDCA Holiday Closure Information
The Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) office will be closed from 5.00pm AEDT on Friday 23rd of December 2022 and will reopen at 9.00am AEDT on Tuesday the 3rd of January 2023.
Should your family day care insurance require renewal during this period or if you need to purchase a new family day care insurance policy, please visit our website at www.fdca.com.au. If you need to make an emergency claim, details of how to do this are located on our website here.
Otherwise please call our office on Tuesday the 3rd of January.
We wish all our members a safe and relaxing holiday season!