22 May 2024

FDCA Online Engagement Series: Episode 10 - Play-Based Learning

Episode ten of the FDCA Online Engagement Series will be streamed live for FDCA members tomorrow evening, Thursday 23 May from 6.00pm - 7.30pm (AEST), with our special guests exploring the topic of Play-Based Learning.

Our guests will unpack play-based learning and discuss a wide range of tips and strategies that can be implemented to assist in children's development.

Guests that will join our host, FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager Michael Farrell are:

Beryl Mort - Service Manager, Nature Alliance Family Day Care, WA

‍Ali Fleming - Family Day Care Educator, North Metro Family Day Care Scheme, SA

Episode: Play-Based Learning

Date and Time: Thursday, 23 May 2024, 6.00pm - 7.30pm AEST

Streaming Links: FDCA Website, Facebook and YouTube

National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

National Sorry Day will take place on Sunday 26 May.

National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

National Reconciliation Week will occur from 27 May - 3 June.

The dates for National Reconciliation Week (NRW) remain the same each year, 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

This year the theme for National Reconciliation Week, 'Now More Than Ever', is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will - and must - continue.

To find out more about National Reconciliation Week, as well as access resources and find out what events are happening near you, visit the Reconciliation Australia website.

We at Family Day Care Australia acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work, the Darkinjung People, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' continuous connection to Country, and celebrate their traditions and living cultures.

Gap Fee Audits Ongoing

Since 1 July 2023, Section 201B (1) of the Administration Act requires that families using child care pay their CCS gap fee using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and that service providers must take all reasonable steps to collect these fees electronically.

The Commonwealth Department of Education continues to conduct audits of gap fees to ensure services are compliant. These audits are done by requesting information using a section 158 notice. Make sure you are prepared to respond.

The types of information the Department may request about the collection of gap fees during an audit includes:

  • bank statements showing that gap fees have been paid via EFT
  • statements from third party software
  • reconciliation statements
  • policy/procedural documents showing evidence of how you are meeting your FAL obligations.

On the Department’s website there is further information about:

It is important to comply with the Department’s requests made under a s158 notice. Not complying can include:

  • not responding to the notice within 14 days
  • not providing the requested information or documents
  • redacting documents.

If you don’t comply, the Department may take compliance action such as:

  • suspension or cancellation of your provider approval
  • prosecuting you.

Scholastic Storytime Giveaway

Do you want to go into the running to win a book pack from Scholastic Australia?

All you need to do is visit the FDCA Facebook page and tell us about your children's favourite animals and animal related activities. It’s that easy! But be quick, entries close Thursday 23 May at 5pm AEST.

Thank you to our friends from Scholastic Australia for providing this great prize.

Have you downloaded the myFDCA App?

Available to all FDCA members on both Apple and Android devices, the myFDCA App is FREE and available to download via the App Store and the Google Play Store.

The myFDCA App puts your range of exclusive member benefits in the palm of your hand to access anytime, anywhere! This means:

  • You can access your FDCA member benefits via your mobile device anytime, anywhere!
  • You can get realtime Family Day Care Locator notifications, never miss a care enquiry and respond instantly!
  • Your favourite resources such as the FDCA Learning Hub, the Online Engagement Series and JiGSAW magazine will always be in arms reach

You can also view your membership and insurance information through the app. 

How do I get the myFDCA App?

To get the myFDCA App today, all you need to do is visit the App Store (Apple devices) or the Google Play Store (Android devices) and download the app.

Logging into your myFDCA App

Once you have downloaded the app, all you need to do is log in using the same email address and password that you use to access your FDCA Member Zone.

What if I haven't activated my FDCA Member Zone?

To activate your FDCA Member Zone, all you need to do is follow these simple steps:

1. Click here to activate your free account

2. Enter your registered email address (the same email that this email was sent to)

3. An email will then be sent to your email address; click on the 'create password' button

4. Create and confirm your password

5. Use your email address and password to access the myFDCA App

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