24 March 2021

2021 National Family Day Care Week - don't forget to register your picnic!

Don’t be late for your very important date: Monday 3 May 2021 to Sunday 9 May 2021 is National Family Day Care Week.

Join Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) and host your very own picnic to celebrate and showcase the achievements of the sector.

But make sure to register soon - picnic registrations close on 31 March 2021.

Register your picnic here!

What is National Family Day Care Week?

National Family Day Care Week is one of the most important events on the family day care calendar, showcasing the essential role that family day care educators and services play in the development and wellbeing of over 107,000 Australian children.

How do I participate?

Taking part in National Family Day Care Week is as easy as pie! We’re asking educators and services to get involved by hosting a picnic. This can be at your home, your service’s office or a local park - the sky's the limit.

Once you register your picnic, FDCA will send a media release to local media outlets in order to generate positive publicity about your picnic and about the importance of National Family Day Care Week.

The first 300 members to register their picnic with FDCA will receive a FREE Family Day Care Picnic Pack, including:

  • 12 x National Family Day Care Week postcard invitations
  • 24 x National Family Day Care Week stickers
  • 1 x National Family Day Care Week Picnic posters
  • 12 x National Family Day Care Week balloons

All members who register a picnic by the closing date will receive a 24 pack of National Family Day Care Week stickers, meaning there is something for everyone!

Make sure to include your membership number in your registration form.

The Benefits of National Family Day Care Week

By hosting your very own National Family Day Care Week picnic and sharing your celebrations on social media using the hashtag #FDCWeek2021, you will join a national campaign highlighting the enormous contributions that family day care makes to Australian families and children each and every day.

National Family Day Care Week also helps FDCA generate positive media coverage on the sector, which is an important part of our ongoing commitment to promote family day care as the natural choice for high quality education and care.

To find out more about National Family Day Care Week, visit

Be You Virtual Conference - register today!

Registrations are open now for the Be You Virtual Conference.

This two day online event will focus on educator inclusion and wellbeing and will contain presentations from a number of experts and frontline educators.

Through keynote presentations, case studies and panel sessions, you will discover how everyone in your family day care community can work together to achieve the best possible mental health outcomes.

How to attend

Register to attend via the link and you will be sent a conference link.

Browse the Virtual Conference program and choose your sessions. You don't have to attend the whole conference - pick and choose the sessions you need!

Can’t make a session? When you register, recordings are shared with you post-event.

FDCA 2021 National Conference - 6 month payment plan closes soon

Members are reminded that our 6-month payment plan for the FDCA 2021 National Conference closes at the end of this month. So be sure to get in quick to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

The 6-month payment plan allows you to purchase your conference ticket with 6 payments of $104.00, and will end at 11:59pm (AEDT) on 31 March 2021.

Click here to book your payment plan and start planning your great escape.

Flexible refund policy for your peace of mind

To provide our members with a risk-free ticket purchasing experience, FDCA will ensure that any members who are unable to attend the conference due to COVID related circumstances will receive a FULL refund on their ticket purchase up until three weeks out from the conference.

This means you can take advantage of our 6-month payment plan offer today, knowing that we’ve got you covered.

For more information about the FDCA 2021 National Conference, click here.

Ahead for Business - COVID-19 Survey

Everymind, a leading national Institute dedicated to improving mental health and wellbeing, has launched a brand new COVID-19 pulse survey aimed at the family day care sector this week, as part of their Ahead for Business project.

The survey is designed to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on educators as small business owners and will assist Everymind and the Ahead for Business project team in the development of new programs and resources tailored to the family day care sector.

Family Day Care Australia is proud to be partnering with Everymind on the Minds Together project, which seeks to increase the confidence and capacity of educators to improve mental health outcomes for children.

We will continue to promote the importance of mental health and wellbeing as part of our commitment to supporting our members.

For further details and a direct link to the survey, click here.

The below information has been provided by Everymind:

We understand that COVID-19 has had serious impacts on the family day care industry and on how educators operate. We are interested in hearing from family day care educators, about their unique experiences and challenges during the pandemic and what impact this might have had or be having on their wellbeing.

We would really appreciate your support in getting this out to as many educators and coordination units in Australia as possible over the next 6 weeks.

We will use the feedback to contribute to our research and the evidence base for further developing Mental Health and wellbeing programs tailored to meet the specific needs of educators.

Preparing for and recovering from an emergency 

With many areas of NSW and Queensland reeling from the effects of the recent storms and floods, it is a timely reminder that the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has relevant information and advice for early childhood education and care services and educators affected by a local emergency.

The NSW Government has today declared a local emergency for 24 Local Government Areas due to the flash flooding affecting parts of the state. 

DESE has released information on the 24 affected areas which you can view here. Family day care educators in these areas may need to suspend service if directed by local authorities. 

Families attending family day care in these areas will have access to additional absences during the local emergency period if they have used their allowance of 42 absences.

State Emergency Services NSW also has an up to date list of evacuations centres and important information on flood preparation and planning, which you can access here.

We urge any members affected by the recent storms to click here to access information on:

  • preparing for an emergency;
  • help during an emergency;
  • recovering after an emergency; and
  • more information by state and territory.

We also encourage all our members  to take time this week to ensure that your emergency and evacuation policies, procedures, risk assessments and resources are up to date.