24 February 2021

2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - National Winners to be announced this Saturday!

Family Day Care Australia is excited to remind everyone that the National Winners of the 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards will be named this Saturday evening in Canberra.

The dinner will honour the incredible achievements of our National Finalists and celebrate the strength and successes of the sector, with the announcement of the National Educator of the Year, Coordinator of the Year and Service of the Year.

A live stream of the National Award Winner announcements will take place on FDCA’s Facebook page at approximately 8.50pm AEDT. However, stay tuned to our Facebook page throughout the evening for any updates to this time.

You can also check out the stories of our 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards National Finalists that have been featured on our Facebook page over the past two weeks, with more still to come.

To view all of this year’s regional and star winners and national finalists, as well as view the positive media stories that the awards has generated, click here.

Time is running out to secure your 6-month FDCA 2021 National Conference payment plan!

Your Great Escape to the FDCA 2021 National Conference is easier than ever with our 6-month payment plan.

The 6-month payment plan allows you to purchase your conference ticket with 6 payments of $104.00.

Access to the 6-month payment plan closes soon at 11:59pm (AEDT) on 28 February 2021, so don’t wait!

Click here to book your payment plan and begin planning your adventure.

Full ticket refunds available to members until 28 July 2021

FDCA is committed to offering full refunds to all members up until 28 July 2021, which means you can secure your conference ticket risk free.

About the FDCA 2021 National Conference

The FDCA 2021 National Conference is your chance to network with leaders in the early childhood education and care sector and participate in discussions that will shape the future of the sector.

To find out more about the FDCA 2021 National Conference including information on accommodation and our keynote speakers, visit

Providing family day care to relatives... are you across the rules? 

Over the past month, FDCA received a considerable number of enquiries about the rule under the Child Care Subsidy Minister’s Rules regarding the provision of care by a family day care educator to relatives. In short, the rule requires children, who are a niece/nephew, cousin or grand/great-grandchild of the educator, make up less than 50% of the children to whom care is being provided across a CCS fortnight.

FDCA developed a factsheet to assist members to comply with the rule, which is available in your Member Zone.

How do I access the factsheet?

To download the factsheet simply login to your FDCA Member Zone, access the Factsheets and Resources section from the sidebar menu and click on the "Factsheet - Care of relatives by a family day care educator" icon.

If you haven't yet activated your FDCA Member Zone account, click here to enter your registered email address and commence the activation process.

Perspectives on Quality - Your guide to best practice and guided reflection

Perspectives on Quality, a guided reflection tool available on the FDCA Professional Learning Portal, is a must-have resource for educators to support the delivery of best practice and the achievement of high quality developmental outcomes for children in family day care.

Perspectives on Quality is an opportunity to engage in evidence-based critical reflection from the comfort of your own home.

The reflection tool consists of five videos containing interviews with educators, coordination unit staff on the following key areas:

  • Professional practice;
  • Relationships;
  • Flexibility;
  • Diversity and social support; and
  • Autonomy.

Each video is accompanied by guidance modules and a number of reflective questions.

Educators will also be able to download a certificate of completion for their own or their service's professional development records.

How do I access the FDCA Professional Learning Portal?

To start using the FDCA Professional Learning Portal, simply login to your FDCA Member Dashboard and click on the "Professional Learning Portal" button on the left.

To activate your FDCA online account, click here and follow the instructions.

If you have any enquiries or questions regarding the FDCA Professional Learning Portal please email

Online safety resources for educators

It’s never too early to start the conversation about online safety, given 81% of Australian parents with preschoolers acknowledge their children use the internet.

The following resources have been designed to support educators and families to talk about safer internet use:

  • e-Safety’s  new picture book Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5, and original song My Family Rules by Lah-Lah, share key online safety messages for children and families. These were launched by the eSafety Commissioner on Safer Internet Day to support early childhood best practice and can be accessed here.
  • These free online-safety learning modules - developed by Early Childhood Australia (ECA) in collaboration with the eSafety Commissioner - can help you develop processes, policies and reflective practices to support children in accessing different types of technology.
  • This post on The Spoke, hosted by ECA, provides some easy ways to help families navigate parenting in a digital world.