24 May 2023

Don't Miss Episode Four of the FDCA Online Engagement Series

Tomorrow night is episode four of the FDCA Online Engagement Series and your chance to engage with some of Australia's best family day care minds.

Our all-star panel will be discussing their best hints, tips and hacks that you can implement in the day-to-day running of your family day care business? A special guests for episode four will include:

  • Lyndall Cotterill - Family Day Care Australia, Sector Liaison Coordinator and 2021 National Coordinator of the Year
  • Hannah Smith - Midcoast Family Day Care, Family Day Care Educator and 2022 National Educator of the Year
  • Martha Smith - Baw Baw Family Day Care, Family Day Care Educators and 2018 Educator of the Year National Finalist

Hosted by FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager Michael Farrell, the panel will share their top three tips for educators, while also exploring topics such as communicating with families, hacks for educator environments and helping children eat healthy and stay active.

Episode four FDCA Online Engagement Series will be available live via the following live streams on Thursday 25 May from 6.00pm AEST:

The episode will be FREE to view and FDCA members will have the opportunity to ask questions and comment in real time during the panel discussion.

ACECQA Review of NQF Qualifications and Staffing Requirements

One of the 21 actions ACECQA committed to in supporting the National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy, Shaping Our Future: was to undertake a comprehensive review of the current NQF staffing and qualification regulations to improve consistency, support quality, and reduce complexity. ACECQA is now commencing the consultation phase of this work, after being commissioned to proceed on behalf of all governments.

As a result, throughout May, June and July ACECQA wants to hear your perspectives on how the NQF staffing and qualification regulations could be improved. 

Read the Public Consultation Document to find out more about the regulations being considered as part of this review. While most of the staffing and qualification regulations in the NQF remain fit-for-purpose, this paper outlines a small number of areas for further consultation to better support quality, reduce unnecessary complexity and improve national consistency. 

Between 1 May and 4 August 2023, you are encouraged to provide feedback via the online survey.

Between 5 June and 28 July 2023, you can learn more about the goals of the review and discuss the regulations under consideration by attending an online consultation webinar. Register online.

National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

National Sorry Day will take place on Friday 26 May.

National Sorry Day remembers and acknowledges the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

National Reconciliation Week will occur from May 27 - June 3.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

This year the theme for National Reconciliation Week, Be a Voice for Generations, encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives - where we live, work and socialise. The theme also urges all Australians to use their power, their words and their actions to create a better, more just Australia for all of us.

To find out more about National Reconciliation Week as well as access resources and find out what events are happening near you, visit the Reconciliation Australia website.

We at Family Day Care Australia acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work, the Darkinjung People, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' continuous connection to Country, and celebrate their traditions and living cultures.

Have you downloaded the new myFDCA App?

If the answer to the question above is no, what are you waiting for!

Available to all FDCA members on both Apple and Android devices, the myFDCA App is FREE and available to download now via the App Store and the Google Play Store.

The myFDCA App puts your range of exclusive member benefits in the palm of your hand to access anytime, anywhere! This means:

  • You can access your FDCA member benefits via your mobile device anytime, anywhere!
  • You can get realtime Family Day Care Locator notifications, never miss a care enquiry and respond instantly!
  • Your favourite resources such as the FDCA Learning Hub, the Online Engagement Series and JiGSAW magazine will always be in arms reach!

You can also view your membership and insurance information through the app. 

How do I get the myFDCA App?

To get the myFDCA App today, all you need to do is visit the App Store (Apple devices) or the Google Play Store (Android devices) and download the app.

Logging into your myFDCA App

Once you have downloaded the app, all you need to do is log in using the same email address and password that you use to access your FDCA Member Zone.

What if I haven't activated my FDCA Member Zone?

To activate your FDCA Member Zone, all you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Click here to activate your free account
  2. Enter your registered email address (the same email that this email was sent to)
  3. An email will then be sent to your email address; click on the 'create password' button
  4. Create and confirm your password
  5. Use your email address and password to access the myFDCA App

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Early Years Strategy Virtual Roundtables for Parents

To assist in informing the Australian Government’s development of the Early Years Strategy (the Strategy), the Department of Social Services are holding consultation roundtables in partnership with the Department of Education to inform the development of the Strategy.

Recognising how critical the early years are for children’s development and later outcomes in life, the Strategy will aim to create an integrated, whole of Commonwealth approach to help ensure children aged five and below, as well as their families and communities, have the tools and support in place to thrive. The Department of Social Services are holding consultation roundtables in partnership with the Department of Education to inform the development of the Strategy.

Several parent-specific virtual roundtables will be held and FDCA encourages educators and services to pass information about these virtual roundtables onto parents who may be interested in attending.

The roundtables will be managed and facilitated by dandolopartners, who are supporting the Department's consultation process.

Parents can register their interest in attending these roundtables via

On Thursday, FDCA will join a roundtable of invited leaders within Australia’s Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) system, to provide inform the Strategy development and to provide insights into the perspectives of ECEC services and the ECEC workforce, as well as systems thinking about ECEC and its role in the broader early childhood development landscape.

Help Us Gain Greater Insights From Family Day Care Users

FDCA is giving a lucky family day care educator and one of their families the chance to share in $2,500 worth of prizes!

We're inviting families that have children enrolled in family day care to participate in a survey to help us understand:

  • What families love about family day care;
  • Why they chose family day care for their children; and
  • How family day care can be improved.

The survey takes less than five minutes to complete.

Families that complete the survey can go into the draw to share in a $2,500 worth of prizes. 

Even better, by completing the survey, families will enter their family day care educator into the prize draw as well!

The prizes up for grabs include:

  • A major prize of two $1,000 Visa Gift Cards, one for a lucky family and one for their family day care educator.
  • A runner up prize of two $250 Visa Gift Cards, one for a family and one for their family day care educator.

How can families enter?

So that families can complete the survey, simply share the link below:

Terms and conditions for the Visa Gift Card competition are available here.