22 March 2023

Last chance to claim your National Family Day Care Week Picnic Pack

Time is running out to claim your FREE National Family Day Care Week Picnic Pack!

With a limited number of packs remaining, you only have until 26 March 2023 to be one of the first 200 FDCA members to register a National Family Day Care Week Picnic and claim your pack.

The first 200 members to register will receive a FREE Family Day Care Week Picnic Pack containing:

  • 12 FDC Week postcard invitations
  • 12 FDC balloons in a variety of colours
  • 1 x A2 FDC Week poster
  • 24 FDC Week stickers

To register your National Family Day Care Week Picnic, click here or on the button below, making sure to include your Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) membership number in the registration form.

Why should I register my picnic?

By registering a picnic and sharing your celebrations on social media using the official hashtag, #fdcweek23, you’ll join the only nation-wide birthday party dedicated to highlighting the enormous contributions family day care makes to Australian children, families and communities each and every day.

Registering your picnic also provides FDCA with an opportunity to generate positive media coverage for the sector, which is an important part of our ongoing commitment to position family day care as the natural choice in high quality education and care for more Australian families.

What is National Family Day Care Week?

National Family Day Care Week is one of the most important events on the family day care calendar, spreading awareness of the vital role family day care educators, coordinators and services play in the development and wellbeing of over 85,000 Australian children.

Get ready for the party!

Visit to find out more about National Family Day Care Week, get ideas for your picnic and download resources.

New Family Day Care Locator video guides available

Did you know that since January 2022 our Family Day Care Locator has generated over 20,000 child care enquiries for FDCA members. That’s almost 1,400 leads for FDCA members per month!

With numbers like this, ensuring your Family Day Care Locator listing is up to date is crucial if you want to attract new families to your family day care business, and with every FDCA member having access to a FREE listing there’s no excuse not to get moving.

To help you add some sparkle and polish to your listing, we’ve put together some easy to understand, short video guides to set you on your way.

To view the video guides, click here.

Harmony Week 2023

March 20-26 is Harmony Week and is an opportunity to embrace inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

Since 1999, more than 80,000 Harmony Week events have been held in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.

Harmony Week is a time to come together with friends and family and through schools, workplaces and our wider communities to celebrate our diversity.

Getting involved can be as simple as hosting an event or attending a local celebration.

For more information and to access a range of Harmony Week resources, visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs Harmony Week website.

Did you catch Episode 2 of the Online Engagement Series?

Last Thursday, episode two of the  FDCA Online Engagement Series took place, with FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager Michael Farrell joined by ACECQA Senior Manager, Priority Support, National Projects, Perry Campbell and FDCA Sector Liaison Coordinator and 2021 National Coordinator of the Year, Lyndall Cotterill in exploring Quality Area 1.

Michael, Perry and Lyndall discussed the Approved Learning Frameworks, the Assessment and Planning Cycle, Critical Reflection, the role of the Educational Leader and dove into strategies and ideas for conquering Quality Area 1.

If you were unable to make it to the livestream, or if you would simply like to watch again, you can access episode two at any time via the FDCA website.

To all of our members that joined us on the night, thankyou for your time and participation - we are excited to see you again for Episode 3 which will focus on Wellbeing in Family Day Care.

Therapeutic Storytelling: Using stories to support children through challenging times

Explore the newest Be You Professional Learning module, Therapeutic Storytelling, to learn about helping children process emotional experiences by sharing and exploring a story.

As a family day care educator, living and working in your community, you are in a unique position to support children’s wellbeing and resilience following natural disasters or other events resulting in community trauma. You understand the effects these events can have on the children in your learning community.

You don’t have to be a therapist to use storytelling to help children emotionally. As a family day care educator, you already use stories to calm and settle children. The Therapeutic Storytelling module of the Be You Professional Learning provides information about the purpose and principles of therapeutic storytelling.

As an introduction to this module, join the Be You In Focus webinar on 23 March, to hear the Birdie’s Tree team, Dr Andrea Baldwin and Sharleen Keleher from the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, discuss ‘Therapeutic Storytelling: Using stories to support children through challenging times’.

  • Hear the panel discuss how therapeutic storytelling can support both children’s preparation and recovery in a natural disaster or community trauma.
  • Learn how educators sharing and exploring a story with children can help them make sense of the changes in their world.
  • Hear about selecting and adapting suitable stories and applying therapeutic techniques in your everyday practice.

To register for the webinar, click here.

Tell your story in JiGSAW!

Do you have a story to tell?

FDCA is on the hunt for submissions for upcoming editions of JiGSAW magazine.

Do you have a programming or curriculum success story that you would like to share with the sector? Perhaps you’re a service that would like to share a story about the achievements of your educators or staff?

Have you been on an exciting excursion or had an enthralling incursion that you would like to share? Or maybe you have your own unique story that you think JiGSAW readers could take inspiration from!

If you would like to contribute to an upcoming edition of JiGSAW, send us an email at with a short description of your story.

To view the most recent edition of JiGSAW, click here to access your FDCA Member Zone.