21 June 2023

2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Update

Nominations in the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards have only been open for just over two weeks and we’ve already received over 2500 nominations.

This amazing engagement shows how important the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are as a platform to recognise excellence in the sector and to share some amazing stories across the country.

Get ready for the next round of nominations!

Keep your eyes peeled and your fingers ready to open your emails. Later this week we’ll be releasing the second round of nominations in the awards. This will include all those members that have been nominated from June 12 through to June 20.

Place a nomination of your own

Do you know an amazing educator, coordinator or service that deserves to be recognised in this year’s awards?

If the answer is yes, make sure you get your nomination in!

To place a nomination in the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, click here.

Changes to Regulatory Requirements for Family Day Care Services from 1 July 2023

Another round of regulatory changes flowing from the 2019 Review of the National Quality Framework (NQF) come into effect soon.

Changes to family day care educator minimum qualifications

New family day care educators, registered from 1 July 2023 must hold an approved Certificate III qualification (or higher) to provide education and care. ‘Actively working towards’ a qualification will no longer be acceptable. 

Existing educators have until 1 July 2024 to complete an approved Certificate III qualification.

Staffing waivers may still be available, you can apply for a waiver through NQAITS.

Read ACECQA’s information sheet on legislative requirements for family day care providers from 1 July 2023 here.

Changes to family day care coordinator to educator ratios

At present the ratio of family day care coordinator to educators is 1 coordinator to 25 educators (for most services that have been operating for more than 12 months). From 1 July 2023, providers can employ a pro-rata (part-time) coordinator as a second/subsequent coordinator to monitor and support the additional educators.

For example, if there are 30 educators, the provider must employ or engage:

  • A full-time equivalent (FTE) coordinator; and
  • A second coordinator for 0.2 of an FTE (ie. the equivalent of one full day per week).

The family day care coordinator to educator ratio for services that have been operating for up to 12 months is 1 coordinator to 15 educators and is not affected by this change.

Read ACECQA’s information sheet on legislative requirements for family day care providers from 1 July 2023 here.

Changes to the definition of Persons with Management or Control (PMC)

From 1 July 2023 the definition of PMC will be expanded to ensure that regulatory authorities can assess the suitability of all persons that have influence, control or authority over the delivery of the approved provider’s services.

The definition of PMC will include any person who has:

  • Authority, responsibility or significant influence over the planning, direction, or control of the activities of the service, or the delivery of the service.

Under the new definition, PMCs will include persons both within and outside the approved provider entity. In addition to persons who hold executive or management role, PMCs will also include:

  • Persons without a formal role in the approved provider entity;
  • Volunteers; and
  • Persons employed by third-party management companies.

Approved providers should:

  • Check the PMCs they have currently notified in NQAITS; and
  • Notify the Regulatory Authority of any additional PMCs that meet the new definition by 15 July 2023 using forms PA08 and PA02 through NQAITS.

Read ACECQA’s information sheet Identifying persons with management or control of a service from 1 July 2023 - Existing Providers, here.

Amended regulations can be found here.

FDCA Online Engagement Series: Governance and Leadership

Join Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) and our guest panel on Thursday 29 June 2023 at 1.00pm (AEST) as we explore Quality Area 7 with the topics of Governance and Leadership.

In this episode of the FDCA Online Engagement Series, FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager, Michael Farrell will be joined by Annette Steley, Service Manager from Choices Family Day Care (QLD) and Jo Georgiou, Regional Manager from Nature Alliance Family Day Care (WA).

Michael, Annette and Jo will discuss and investigate a range of topics including:

  • Establishing a vision for services
  • Effective leadership and positive workplace culture
  • Decision making
  • Management systems

This episode of the FDCA Online Engagement series will be streamed via the links below:

Be part of the conversion

To help us cover as much relevant content as possible, we want you to be part of the conversation by submitting your questions for our panelists.

If you would like to submit a question, click here.

Educational Leader Facebook Support Group - Callout for Moderators

As the national peak body of family day care in Australia, we recognise the vital role educational leaders play in the family day care space and understand the importance of quality leadership in the sector.

To assist educational leaders in connecting and sharing insights, we are creating a private Facebook support group for FDCA members.

As part of this process, we are calling for expressions of interest from educational leaders who would like to volunteer as group moderators, monitoring discussion within the group and ensuring group rules are upheld.

If you are interested in putting your name forward, please click here.

Family Day Care Tax Webinar - Recording Available

Did you miss last week’s special Family Day Care Tax Webinar?

Don’t worry, a recording of the webinar is available for all FDCA members to access via their FDCA Member Zone.

The webinar features special guest Ben Mueller, Director and Principal Accountant with FDC Tax. Ben who discusses a number of changes for the upcoming financial year, along with general tax tips for family day care educators.

To access the webinar, click here.

Ben is also kindly making his presentation slides from the night available to FDCA members. To access a copy of the slides, simply text ‘FDCTAX’ along with your name and email to 0492 598 123.

Winter JiGSAW Out Now!

We are excited to announce the launch of the 102nd edition of JiGSAW magazine!

In this edition we launch the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards for the 12th year running and have contributions from both services and educators, including features from Baw Baw Family Day Care on the importance of Road Safety, a profile on Celebration Days with Wynnum Family Day Care and Education Service, how Nature Alliance Family Day Care is focusing on inclusion to better support educators and their families, plus much more!

The Winter edition promises to be a great read and you can access the online version here.