22 February 2023

Join the team at FDCA: Seeking a Project Manager

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is seeking to recruit a Project Manager for a 6-month contract, funded by the Commonwealth Government, with a possibility of extension through FDCA. Full-time role and remote working from home arrangements will be considered.

This is an exciting short-term contract opportunity for an experienced Project Manager. Applications to undertake the role as a secondment are welcome.

 The primary focus for this role is to provide operational support to the Advocacy and Engagement team at FDCA in the successful delivery of a sector support project to assist family day care services and educators.

It is desirable that the candidate has a strong understanding of Family Assistance Law (FAL) obligations, especially with regard to the administration of Child Care Subsidy (CCS), and awareness of and experience with an approved CCS administration system (such as HubWorks and/or Harmony).

The project will involve consultation, research, development and implementation of resources to support the sector, and a reporting and evaluation piece.

Key duties include:

  • leading the implementation of a national project to support FDC services and educators’ awareness and understanding of their obligations under the FAL
  • developing relevant project implementation plans and monitoring and reporting on project plans, milestones and deliverables
  • leading the development and delivery of tools and resources aimed at building capacity among family day care providers and educators
  • communicating with relevant stakeholders to provide updates regarding project status and implementation issues
  • providing a range of administrative services to support project delivery

For more information and details for application, please click here.

National Early Years Summit 

A National Early Years Summit (the Summit) took place on 17 February 2023 at Australian Parliament House to kickstart the conversation on the development of the Commonwealth Early Years Strategy (the Strategy).

The Summit brought together parents, community organisations and representatives from across government, non-government, academic and business sectors. The Strategy, to be finalised this year, will express Australia’s collective vision for all young children and their families now and into the future.

The Summit covered key topics including the key priorities for the Strategy, in line with the Strategy’s aims to improve coordination between Commonwealth programs, funding and frameworks impacting early childhood development.

Early Years Strategy

The Strategy is designed to help create a more integrated, holistic approach to the early years and better support the education, wellbeing and development of children. 

As part of the development process, the Government is calling on parents, families, early childhood professionals and providers to have their say and inform the priorities of the Strategy through means of submissions and survey feedback.

To participate, you can make a public submission or take the dedicated survey. Public submissions are open until 30 April 2023.

More information on the Strategy, including a link to the discussion paper, is available on the Department of Social Services website.

Research project: Engagement in early childhood education in the context of disadvantage

FDCA has partnered with the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, to undertake research in response to persistent inequalities in children’s participation in high quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC).

The project will look at families and children most challenged by disadvantage and develop understandings of how to calibrate the provision of ECEC accordingly. 

Findings will support universal access to education and care in the early years through the translation of lived experiences of disadvantage into policy and funding outcomes, with a strong Indigenous component to inform effective practice for Indigenous children and their families.

FDCA recently met with the research team for a project update and a review of the findings to date. FDCA would like to thank the two family day care approved services that have dedicated significant time and energy into supporting this important project and, as an Industry Partner in the project, we look forward to sharing the final findings of the research across the sector as they become available. 

You can access a summary of the research project on UNSW Sydney’s website here.

Update from the Department of Education

Reporting adverse background checks

It is a requirement under Family Assistance Legislation (FAL) to report if the following people receive an adverse background check:

  • persons with management or control of the provider (PMCs); 
  • Family Day Care educators; and
  • In Home Care educators.

This task can only be performed by a PMC and must be reported within 7 days after receiving notice of the adverse background check.

Reports can be made through the Provider Entry Point or third-party software.

Online Engagement Series, Episode 2: Exploring Quality Area 1

Tune in on Thursday 16 March 2023 for Episode 2 of the FDCA Online Engagement Series featuring Perry Campbell, Senior Manager, Priority Support, National Projects, and FDCA Sector Liaison Coordinator and 2021 National Coordinator of the Year, Lyndall Cotterill.

Episode 2 will take a deep dive into Exploring Quality Area 1, including a discussion of the Approved Learning Frameworks, the Assessment and Planning Cycle, Critical Reflection, the role of the Educational Leader and strategies for conquering Quality Area 1.

You can watch the panel live via the FDCA website, FDCA Facebook Page and FDCA YouTube channel.

Submit your questions

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

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

Help frame the conversation!

To help frame the conversation  we also want your insights on your programming cycle, who you are programming for and how you conduct critical reflection.

To help drive the conversation and share your insights, take part in our Mentimeter Quiz in the lead up to the episode by clicking here.

Can’t make it on the night?

If you can’t make the session on the night, don’t worry! The recording will remain on the FDCA website for members to access afterwards.