26 July 2023

ACECQA Publishes Shaping our Future Online Dashboard!

Shaping Our Future is a comprehensive 10-year national strategy (2022-2031) aimed at ensuring a sustainable, high-quality children’s education and care workforce in Australia. Shaping Our Future outlines a roadmap to develop a more sustainable and skilled workforce which commits to 21 national actions dedicated to supporting the recruitment, retention, sustainability and quality of the children’s education and care sector. 

ACECQA has now launched the Shaping our Future online dashboard which provides valuable insights into the progress made towards achieving the goals set by the national workforce strategy. Additionally, the dashboard showcases a range of complementary initiatives to support the children’s education and care sector workforce.

Want to know more about what has happened so far with the National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy? Explore the Shaping Our Future implementation tracker here.

The ACCC Needs Input from Family Day Care Educators – Have your say!

As you may be aware, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is undertaking an Inquiry into the market for the supply of early childhood education and care services in Australia. 

The ACCC has been tasked with examining how costs and prices differ in the Australian childcare market according to a range of factors including:

  • the size and type of childcare provider;
  • type of childcare service;
  • age and characteristics of children in care;
  • geographic location;
  • level of competition; and
  • overall quality rating of the childcare services provided.

The ACCC needs your help to ensure the voices of family day care educators are heard! 

You have a unique opportunity to influence the ACCC’s inquiry as it considers costs, workforce issues and other factors impacting the sector.

The ACCC has prepared a short survey specifically for family day care educators, to complete the survey please click here.

Your feedback will have a direct influence on the ACCC’s understanding of ECEC in Australia.

The survey won’t take long to complete, can be completed anonymously, and all questions are optional. The survey is open until midnight Sunday 30 July.

FDCA strongly encourages educators to undertake this brief survey. The ACCC Inquiry will have a significant impact on future policy decisions and mechanisms that affect the price of delivery and support for the ECEC sector as a whole. We need YOU to make sure the direct experience of family day care educators is considered as part of the Inquiry.

If you have any questions about the survey, you can contact Cassandra Greenough or Sarah Jeppson at

2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards: Update

FDCA would like to thank everyone who has participated so far in the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards. The response to this year’s Awards has been amazing with over 5,000 nominations placed and close to 800 submissions sent in.

With submissions now closed, we move into the judging and review stage. To find out more about the Awards judging process, click here.

The next big Awards announcement will take place on 26 September 2023, when we announce the Regional Educator Award Winners.

To find out more about this year’s awards, including a list of all 2023 nominees, click here to visit the awards website.

Register Now for AERO’s Free Early Childhood Learning Trajectories Info Sessions

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) will be conducting a series of free webinars** for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector between August and October 2023 to introduce their newly released early childhood learning trajectories. 

The early childhood learning trajectories developed by AERO are evidenced based and describe how children learn and develop as they grow from birth to the year before school. They are designed for use by ECEC educators. FDCA has represented the sector on the reference group for this project and a number of family day care services have been involved in the trialling of these trajectories. 

Importantly, AERO’s early childhood learning trajectories align with the Principles, Practices and Learning Outcomes of the  EYLF v2.0,and reinforce the aims of the National Quality Standard. 

The information sessions to introduce the final early learning trajectories will be tailored to different audiences within the ECEC sector and will be conducted live through Microsoft Teams. AERO encourages family day care educational leaders, coordinators and educators to register for relevant sessions. 

You can register for AERO’s free webinars**  here

** Note that if the session you are interested in is marked as “waitlisted”, please do register regardless, as AERO may decide to offer more sessions if there is enough interest.

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