22 September 2021

2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards: New dates announced

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is pleased to share that a new award announcement schedule has been finalised for the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.

The new schedule will see the Star Award category announced over a two week period beginning on 28 September 2021, while the prestigious National Finalist Awards will be announced over a three week period starting from 26 October 2021.

This schedule will allow us to maximise coverage on our winners in the lead up to the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner, which will take place on Saturday 26 February 2022.

2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Calendar

Star Awards

  • Emerging star awards – 28 September 2021
  • Perpetual star awards – 5 October 2021

National Finalist Awards

  • Coordinator of the Year National Finalists – 26 October 2021
  • Service of the Year National Finalists – 2 November 2021
  • Educator of the Year National Finalists – 9 November 2021

Gala Dinner and National Awards

  • 26 February 2022

Now celebrating its tenth year, the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards is the only program of its kind celebrating the family day care sector across Australia. It’s our chance to showcase the stories and achievements of educators, coordinators and services and promote family day care as the natural choice in early childhood education and care for more Australian families.

FDCA commends all of our nominees in the 2021 Awards and extends our thanks to everyone who has participated to make this year our biggest yet!

We encourage our members to keep an eye out over the coming weeks for media stories on our Regional Educator Winners, which will be shared on our Facebook page and website.

SURVEY REMINDER - What do you want from the next Australian Government for family day care?

FDCA is seeking input from members in relation to the development of a number of key policy requests, relating directly to the family day care sector for the major Australian political parties in the lead up to the next federal election.

FDCA will synthesize the results of your feedback, develop a set of election commitment requests, communicate the requests with the major parties and provide you with the feedback of what the major parties are willing, or unwilling, to commit to which will assist in informing your decision at the next federal election.

The survey questions are based on areas that have been flagged by members as priority areas over the past 18 months alongside issues that FDCA has identified as important for the ongoing viability of the sector nationally.

Please take the time to fill in this brief survey by clicking here - your voice is vital in informing the policies and regulations that affect and govern our sector.

Do you have an exciting excursion or incursion  to share in JiGSAW magazine?

Have you recently been 'Out & About' or had an exciting incursion and want to take the opportunity to share your adventure with the sector?

We are now taking Out & About submissions for the 2021 summer edition of JiGSAW. If you’re an educator or a service that has a story that you would like to share with the sector, we would love to hear from you!

Simply send a short email to and tell us about the excursion or incursion you want to share.

The lucky winner will have a full page article (with photos) published in the summer edition of JiGSAW magazine and will receive additional copies of the magazine to share with families and friends.

To see the most recent Out & About feature inside the winter edition of JiGSAW, click here. You can also see previous features by viewing past editions of JiGSAW in your FDCA Member Zone

NEW Professional Learning and Development space launching soon!

FDCA is excited to announce a brand-new professional learning and development project.

This initiative will include a significantly enhanced portfolio of professional development courses and content, available exclusively to FDCA members, supporting you even further to deliver quality outcomes and make the most of your family day care business.

To pave the way for this project, FDCA’s much loved Professional Learning Portal will be closing on 26 September 2021.

Make sure to download your certificates of completion from the Professional Learning Portal prior to 26 September 2021.

Your Professional Learning Portal can be accessed through your FDCA Member Zone here.

Keep an eye on your inbox in the coming weeks as we reveal more information leading up to the launch of our professional learning and development space!

Should you have any questions in the meantime about accessing your Professional Learning Portal, please contact us at