26 May 2021

FIVE DAYS LEFT to secure your 4-month payment plan!

There are just FIVE DAYS left to purchase your 2021 National Conference ticket with our 4-month payment plan.

The 4-month payment plan allows you to purchase your conference ticket at our early bird pricing, with 4 monthly payments of $156.00.

With the end of our 4-month payment plan next Monday 31 May 2021, this is your last chance to take advantage of this exclusive ticketing offer.

There will be no further payment plans available for conference attendees so make sure to click here and grab your 4-month payment plan today!

1001 reasons to attend!

The 2021 National Conference is your chance to rub shoulders with family day care leaders from across the country and attend professional development workshops and seminars tailored to you and your career.

It’s also a chance to lend your voice to conversations that will shape the future of the sector and build relationships with your fellow peers.

When the conference day is over, you’ll have Hobart at your feet. Take a walk on the wild side or soak in the old world charm that the city and its surrounds have to offer.

Did we mention the Gala Dinner, where you’ll be treated to some of the best food Hobart has to offer before tearing up the dancefloor?

We could go on… but you’ll find out for yourself! 

Extended 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-19 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 4-month payment plan knowing that we’ve got you covered!

Preliminary conference program available to view!

Start planning your unique conference experience with the release of our 2021 National Conference preliminary program.

Conference attendees will have 24 workshops to choose from on a range of different topics, in addition to keynote addresses from experts in the early childhood education and care sector.

Click here to view the program.

Over 2,000 nominations placed in the 2021 Awards!

We're just over two weeks into the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards and already more than 2,000 nominations have come in for educators, coordinators and services!

We can't wait to announce the next round of nominees on Monday 31 May 2021. Make sure you keep an eye on your inbox and the FDCA Facebook page the next announcement.

To place a nomination in the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, simply click on one of the links below:

Click here to nominate an educator

Click here to nominate a coordinator

Click here to nominate a service

Nominations for the 2021 Awards close on 13 June 2021.

Share the Awards!

Spread the word about the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards by getting active on social media. 

Whether it’s sharing posts from the FDCA page or creating posts of your own, you’ll help us build interest in, and awareness of, the Awards and the importance of this event for our sector.

Click here to access the FDCA Facebook page

Display Awards materials at your office or home

You can also download your own Awards materials to advertise at your service office or at your home.

To download your poster, nomination slips, email banner or social media images for Facebook and Instagram, follow the links below.

The Awards are the only event of its kind for the family day care sector in Australia, showcasing the incredible achievements of educators, coordinators and services each year.

To find out more information, including how you could take home a share of $30,000 worth of prizes, visit our website at

National Sorry Day, Wednesday May 26 2021 & National Reconciliation Week, Thursday 27 March 2021 to Thursday 3 June 2021

National Sorry Day is a day of commemoration, mourning and acknowledgement of the continued effects of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their families, communities and culture.

It is also a day to mark the stories of resistance, survival and strength in the face of overwhelming odds.

Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, “More than a word. Reconciliation takes action”, urges braver and more impactful action across this National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week, and the years to come. How will you use this opportunity to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures?

In participating in reconciliation, we commit to amplifying the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and contribute to the ongoing efforts to dismantle structures of dispossession and participate in collective healing.

You can find out more information about National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week at Reconciliation Australia

Australian Institute of Family Studies survey - open now

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has launched its most recent “Families in Australia” survey for 2021. This survey is your chance to tell your story of relationships and the care you give and receive, and how you juggle family life with other commitments.

The 20-minute survey helps paint a picture of what life is like for families across the length and breadth of Australia. These stories will help inform government and service providers on how families are faring in Australia, which will influence upcoming policy measures and funding.

As a thank you, participants in the survey can opt-in to a random draw for one of five $500 shopping vouchers.

You can access the survey here.

FDCA encourages our members to complete the survey and distribute through their networks.

Business Wellbeing training closing soon!

Everymind, a leading national Institute dedicated to improving mental health and wellbeing, has launched Business Wellbeing - free online training tailored to the unique needs of small business owners in Australia, including family day care educators. 

The training will equip you with knowledge and tools that can support you when you’re facing challenges at work that can impact your wellbeing. 

Four 15-minute modules on mental health and wellbeing, stigma, effective communication, and addressing mental health in the workplace are available, and can be completed at any time before this Sunday 30 May 2021.

Access the training here to start learning skills that will help you promote mental health and wellbeing.