23 August 2023

FDCA Online Engagement Series: Neurodiversity and Inclusion

Episode 6 of the FDCA Online Engagement Series will take place on Thursday 31 August from 6.00pm - 7.30pm (AEST), with our special guest panel exploring the topics of neurodiversity and inclusion from a family day care and early learning context.

Our panel will also provide advice on support services and resources that are accessible to family day care educators and services, as well as strategies for supporting neurodivergent children and their families.

Guests that will be joining our host, FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager Michael Farrell include:

  • Hannah Smith - Midcoast Family Day Care, Family Day Care Educator and 2022 National Educator of the Year
  • Samantha Folan - Community Vision Family Day Care, Family Day Care Coordinator and 2015 Educator of the Year National Finalist
  • Gee van der Watt - Owner and Director, Autism Inclusion

Episode details

  • Date and Time: Thursday, 31 August 2023, 6:00pm - 7.30pm AEST
  • Guests: Hannah Smith, Samantha Folan and Gee van der Watt
  • Streaming Links: FDCA Website, Facebook and YouTube

Be part of the conversation

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

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

You can also share your experiences on this topic via our Mentimeter Quiz. To share your insights, click here.

Can’t make it on the night?

If you can’t make the session on the night, don’t worry! A recording of the episode will be available via the FDCA Member Zone afterwards.

FDCA Board of Directors - Call for Nominations

Are you a current or aspiring leader within the family day care community and looking for an opportunity to take the next step?

Would you like the opportunity to work closely with other Directors in setting the direction of the national peak body for family day care?

If you answered yes to the questions above, we encourage you to nominate for the position of a Member Elected Director on the Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) Board of Directors.

FDCA is calling for nominations to fill a vacancy arising upon the cessation of the tenure of one Member Elected Director at this year’s Annual General Meeting.

The FDCA Board of Directors Board is focused on the effective governance of the organisation, including strategic direction, finance, compliance and risk management. The Board comprises seven to eleven positions, made up of:

  • A minimum of five and a maximum of six Directors elected by the national membership
  • A minimum of two and a maximum of five skills-based Directors appointed by the Board

To view FDCA’s current Board of Directors, click here.

If you are interested in considering a directorship with FDCA, please contact Scott Rollason, FDCA General Manager, via for a copy of the Board Candidate Nomination Pack and instructions on submitting your nomination.

Nominations must be received by 5.00pm (AEST) Tuesday 5 September 2023.

New Amendment Regulations – Prohibition of Bassinets

The Education and Care Services National Amendment (Bassinets) Regulations 2023 were recently made under sections 301 and 324 of the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 to amend the National Regulations to prohibit bassinets from any education and care premises.

The Amendment Regulations insert Regulation 84D (before Part 4.2, Division 2) which stipulates that the approved provider, nominated supervisor and any family day care educator within an education and care service must ensure that a bassinet is not on the education and care service premises at any time during which children are being educated and cared for by the service.

The penalty for breaching this regulation is $2,200.

These regulations commence on 1 October 2023.

Innovative Models of In Venue Care – Call Out to Approved Services

FDCA is in discussions with a number of Regulatory Authorities in relation to the capacity of family day care to respond to education and care needs in regional areas through innovative models. There has been a growing interest in the potential of in venue models specifically to respond to these needs.

Recent conversations with a number of approved service members operating have, however, highlighted that there are a number of challenges in responding to community needs, for example, through barriers to having in venue care sites approved in a timely manner.

We want to hear from you if you are currently approved to operate in venue care, if you have ideas regarding innovative models, how in venue care could be expanded or if you’ve experienced issues or challenges getting approval for in venue care.

Please click here to give your input through a brief survey.

New Online Resources to Help the Sector with Obligations Under FAL

The Australian Government Department of Education is developing new online learning resources to help providers, services and educators meet their obligations under Family Assistance Law (FAL). The learning platform is expected to launch later this year and the courses will be suitable for all early childhood education and care types.

The first course - about the electronic payment of gap fees - is available now. The aim of this course is to help providers, services and educators to understand and comply with new obligations that came into effect on 1 July 2023.

Find out more and complete the first course via this link.

Motor Vehicle Insurance that Understands Your Business

Knowing that your vehicle is a vital part of your business, FDCA has negotiated a range of motor vehicle insurance policies to meet the day-to-day needs of our members.

Our insurance covers the operation of the motor vehicle for your family day care business, allowing for:

  • Vehicle usage being defined as private, but allowing for minor commercial usage in relation to the family day care business.
  • Carrying of passengers for hire, fare, reward in relation to the family day care business.
  • Child seats are covered up to $650 per seat.

What should I ask before purchasing insurance for my vehicle?

We’ve put together a quick Q&A to outline some important questions you should ask before purchasing any motor vehicle insurance, and how FDCA’s insurance stacks up.

“I now operate a Family Day Care business and am paid to care for children. Some of the activities such as school runs and excursions will involve taking the children in the car. Will you still cover my car under a private use motor vehicle policy?”

FDCA Answer: Yes!

“I may have a number of child safety seats and booster seats to cater for the range of children I have in care. Will you cover all the child seats on the policy?”

FDCA Answer: Yes, but they must be listed on the policy.

To protect your vehicle with insurance that understands the unique needs of your family day care business, give us a call on 1800 658 699 or click here.