One week until 2022 National Conference tickets close!
Time is running out to secure your ticket to the biggest family day care event of 2022.
Workshop registrations are open for delegates to select their preferred conference sessions, so be sure to secure your ticket soon and lock in your preferred workshops.
To purchase your tickets, click here.
Reminder: any tickets purchased in 2021 remain valid for the 2022 National Conference.
Come for the conference, stay for the experience!
With 24 workshops to choose from and a stellar lineup of Keynote Speakers, our 2022 National Conference is not to be missed!
View the workshop summaries on the conference website and click here to download the conference program.
Once you’re down in Tasmania, you’ll have access to breathtaking locations, cultural hubs and some of the best food the world has to offer.
Want to know more? If you would like to find out more about the FDCA 2022 National Conference, visit www.familydaycare.com.au/conference.
Contribute to a Kindicare article on dancing in family day care!
Kindicare, a popular early childhood education and care application platform, is inviting you to contribute to a written piece on the joy of dancing within family day care environments.
With the benefits of physical activity, movement and music well-known, we invite you to consider the following questions and have your answers and your business featured in an online Kindicare article:
How do you incorporate dancing into the family day care day, and why is it so wonderful for children’s development?
Which (two or three) songs do your children really love to dance to, and why?
Submit your answers via email to email@example.com before Monday 29 August 2022 to take part in this unique opportunity to have your family day care featured on a major early childhood education app!
FDCA Learning Hub – A spotlight on Supporting Bilingualism in Early Childhood
Our brand-new Learning Hub holds over 25 online courses that can be completed from the comfort of your own home and are directly linked to national safety standards.
We recently did a spotlight piece on the course, Supporting Bilingualism in Early Childhood, which explores a range of topics on how to foster communication and language skills in bilingual children, the positive impacts of bilingualism on the brain, and how to support bilingual educators to share their knowledge.
Busting myths on bilingualism
Dr Ruth Nicholls, a practicing speech pathologist and an expert in the field of linguistics, will take you through a series of webinars to discuss different types of bilingualism, its link to cultural diversity and its relevance to the early childhood sector.
Along the way, Dr Nicholls busts some common myths surrounding bilingualism in children, such as delayed development or language confusion.
Bilingual brains rock!
Whether you are bilingual, care for bilingual children or are interested in learning or teaching a second language, there’s plenty of evidence to prove that bilingual brains rock!
Through this course, you’ll gain a better understanding of the benefits of bilingualism, the socio-cultural factors that contribute to bilingualism, and how best to nurture a sense of belonging at your home or service for bilingual children and families.
Accessing the ECA Learning Hub
Access your course on Supporting Bilingualism in Early Childhood through the FDCA Member Zone.
Simply log in and navigate to the subheading “Learning Hub”, where you’ll be taken to the home page.
National Book Week 2022 - Dreaming with eyes open…
From its humble beginnings in 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought children and books together across Australia each year since through National Book Week.
During this time, thousands of early childhood educators and services celebrate the joy of reading and the contributions made by Australian authors and illustrators. For many, National Book Week includes costume parades, themed displays and literature-focused activities.
This year the theme of Dreaming with Eyes Open calls to themes of country, dreaming and our connections to past, present and future.We invite you to share your National Book Week activities with us on the FDCA Facebook page! Send us a message with your favourite photos and videos from the week or tag us in your Facebook posts.
Expression of interest to join AERO’s national panel of educators, teachers and leaders
The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO ) is seeking expressions of interest from family day care educators, coordinators and service leaders to join a national panel of educators, teachers and leaders (PETL) who will support AERO’s creation of relevant and accessible evidence and resources.
The PETL panel will comprise representatives from all areas of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector as well as from the school sector . It is an opportunity for educators, teachers and leaders in each sector to provide input to AERO’s work. This may include activities such as consulting AERO’s research teams, providing pre-publication feedback on resources and participation in workshops and focus groups.
The time commitment for PETL will vary according to the activity and selected level of participation but can be expected to be 2 to 8 hours per term, with compensation available to the school or ECEC service, not the individual. All PETL members’ contributions will be formally acknowledged with a certificate of participation.
If you are interested in being part of this work at a national level, please read the further information provided through this EOI link, and add your name in the space provided at the bottom of the page.
FDCA 2022 National Conference Scholarships Awarded
FDCA would like to congratulate the 10 lucky members that have been awarded scholarships to the FDCA 2022 National Conference.
These scholarships have been made available through the support of the Australian Government Department of Education, and FDCA would like to thank the Department for their generous support and making it possible for these lucky members to attend the conference.
The recipients have been contacted by phone and email, and we look forward to seeing them at the conference in Hobart!