21 September 2022

100th edition of JiGSAW coming soon!

Our 100th edition of JiGSAW has hit the printers and is on its way to members!

Inside the magazine you’ll find Family Day Care Australia’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2025 along with our Key Initiatives for 2022-2023.

You’ll also be able to read about Bright Futures Intergenerational Playgroup and hear from educator Lois Toms, who recently celebrated 30 years in the family day care sector!

Be You and ACECQA are featured as well, sharing advice on planning for child empowerment and supporting continuous improvement.

As Australia’s only magazine dedicated to family day care, we are proud to celebrate this incredible milestone.

Bring your marketing campaigns to life with the Family Day Care Photo Library

Finding the time and budget to promote your business is tricky! Pamphlets, posters, websites and social media pages are crucial marketing tools but filling them with content that’s high quality and family day care specific isn’t always easy.

That’s why we’ve launched the Family Day Care Australia (FDCA), Family Day Care Photo Library, which you can access here through your Member Zone.

Containing over 145 high resolution photos, the Family Day Care Photo Library is FREE to access and showcases a range of family day care environments and educational programs.

These images were captured as part of a series of photoshoots FDCA undertook in partnership with services and educators - real educators and children in real family day care homes!

Use the photographs for social media posts or add an extra “wow” factor to your hard copy resources, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Updates from the Department of Education

Claiming CCS on Thursday

Normal public holiday provisions apply  to the public holiday this Thursday:

  • services can submit absences and claim Child Care Subsidy (CCS) for children who would usually attend; and
  • providers that charge a family for an allowable absence on this day must collect gap fees from the family.

Payment of CCS to services will be affected by the national public holiday.

Services Australia advises that:

  • for session reports submitted on Tuesday 20 September, funds are expected to be released to bank accounts on Friday 23 September;
  • for session reports submitted on Wednesday 21 September, funds are expected to be released to bank accounts on Monday 26 September;
  • no payments will be made on Thursday 22 September because of the public holiday; and
  • for session reports submitted from Friday 23 September, payments will be made as per normal.

Now live: Department of Education website

The Department of Education has launched a new website,

The website contains information for the early childhood sector, and access to the same information and resources housed on the old website.

Find out how FDCA has got you covered!

FDCA offers more than just great public liability insurance to protect your business. We have a range of options to protect your home, your vehicle and you!

We also offer Family Day Care Legal Services to provide you with top tier legal advice and peace of mind.

Trusted by educators and services for over 30 years, visit our website or give us a call to find out more about how FDCA has got all of your business needs covered:

Don’t miss the ACECQA National Workforce Strategy update

Education Ministers across the country have endorsed the Shaping Our Future: Implementation and Evaluation Plan. This document details how the 21 national workforce actions arising from the National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy (2022-2031) will be progressed, monitored and reviewed.


The National Workforce Strategy was originally developed and published to support the recruitment, retention, sustainability and quality of the sector workforce.

In October 2021, Education Ministers approved the publication of the strategy and requested work commence on an implementation and evaluation plan, to guide collaborative efforts to achieve the strategy’s objectives.

As members of the national stakeholder reference group, FDCA will continue to ensure that the voice of our membership and the needs of our sector are reflected in workforce strategies.