24 January 2024

Incidents, Emergencies and Supervision - Recording Available in Your Member Zone

Did you miss last week's Online Engage Series episode on Incidents, Emergencies and Supervision?

In the eighth episode of the FDCA Online Engagement Series our panel of guests focussed on two elements from Quality Area 2 in Incident and Emergency Management and Supervision.

FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager Michael Farrell was joined by Julie Metselaar from Baw Baw Shire Family Day Care in Victoria, Manager Quality Support Program, Leadership, Quality and Regulatory Support Group, Phillipa Hargrave from ACECQA and Family Day Care Educator, Rebecca Davey, from Southern Vales Family Day Care Scheme in South Australia

FDCA members can access the episode at any time via the FDCA Member Zone in the Video Resources section.

Click here to watch the episode.

Productivity Commission Seeks Final Feedback on Draft Inquiry Report

The Productivity Commission is inviting final feedback on its draft report on its Inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care, which was released  on 23 November 2023. 

Details about how you can provide feedback are on the Commission’s website here.

The draft report sets out the Commission’s draft findings and recommendations to address the barriers that affect access to early childhood education and care (ECEC) services and support better outcomes for children and families. The report focuses on improvements to ECEC availability, affordability, inclusivity, flexibility and regulation that will help to deliver 30 hours (or three days) of quality ECEC a week for all children aged 0-5.

The draft report can be accessed here.

There are also summary slides of the key recommendations on the Commission’s website.

A high level summary of findings and recommendations most relevant to family day care can be read in our 29 November FDCM. Family Day Care Australia will be lodging a written submission to the Productivity Commission on behalf of its members.

Updated Learning Frameworks in Force From February

We remind members that services and educators must start using the updated national approved learning frameworks from 1 February.

The frameworks are:

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has developed numerous resources to assist services in supporting educators to implement the updated frameworks. These resources can be found on ACECQA’s website here. They include:

  • What’s changed fact sheets for each learning framework
  • Overview of changes video
  • A glossary of terms matching game
  • A series of posters

A new induction module for new educators and teachers is also available here.

Help Support Research into Promoting Healthy Lives in Family Day Care

Researchers from Deakin University are inviting family day care service managers and/or coordinators to take part in a survey to understand how family day care service providers can be supported to empower children towards optimal health. 

The survey takes no more than 15 minutes to complete. It seeks your input on opportunities and strategies to foster healthier eating, activity, and sleep habits among young children in family day care. Please follow this link to find out more and if interested in participating, follow the prompts to provide consent to participate.

You can go into a draw to win a $100 gift voucher by completing the survey. 

Example questions are:

  • Please rate how important it is to include healthy eating and physical activity support for children and/or parents/carers as part of your early childhood/parenting service(s)
  • Which of these strategies are likely to be the most feasible and effective if your early childhood/parenting service(s) wishes to support children’s healthy lifestyle in the next 2-3 years?
  • What support might you need to make this happen?

This research is conducted by Deakin University, as part of the NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood. FDCA is supporting the research team through connecting the researchers to representatives from family day care approved services to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Konsita Kuswara by email or phone 03 9246 8793.

Have Your Say on the Draft Early Years Strategy

Following extensive consultation in 2023, the Australian Government has released its draft Early Years Strategy.

This important Strategy will provide the overarching 10 year framework to inform how the Australian Government will prioritise young children’s wellbeing and deliver the best possible outcomes for them. It aims to support improved coordination or government policies impacting early childhood development. 

Read more about the draft Early Years Strategy here.

The Government is now inviting feedback on the draft Early Years Strategy from the community and key stakeholders.

You can do this via a short 10 minute survey here.

Submissions are also welcomed and are due by 9 February. FDCA will be making a submission in response to the draft Early Years Strategy on behalf of its members.

Kick-start your 2024

With the new year underway we want to help you kick-start your year! That’s why over the coming weeks we will be featuring a number of resources that can support you in achieving your professional goals for 2024!

Whether it’s first-class professional learning material via the FDCA Learning Hub or putting your best foot forward in promoting your business, we’ve got a great range of FREE resources to set you up for a fantastic 2024!

In this edition of FDCM we’re focusing on marketing and promotion via the Market My Business Hub.

FDCA’s Market My Business Hub provides you with easy access to professionally crafted customised marketing resources to promote your business. With newly updated material and more options than ever available, you can order customised digital material so that you can have it printed as you see fit.

Designed on the back of extensive market research and sector consultation, so you can be sure that the material you order will resonate with your audience.

Available via your FDCA Member Zone, choose from posters, postcards, flyers, brochures, videos and even order your own customised family day care logo!

Visit your FDCA Member Zone today to place your order!

Australia Day Public Holiday Closure Information

The FDCA national office will be closed on Friday 26th of January and will reopen at 9.00am AEDT on Monday the 29th of January.

Should your family day care insurance require renewal during this period or if you need to purchase a new family day care insurance policy, please visit our website. If you need to make an emergency claim, details of how to do this are located on our website.