27 April 2022

Minister and Shadow Minister LIVE with FDCA tomorrow

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) CEO Andrew Paterson is hosting a Pre-Election forum with the Hon Stuart Robert MP, Acting Minister for Education and Youth and the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development tomorrow, Thursday 28 April from 6:30pm AEST.

The forum will run live on the FDCA Facebook page in addition to being streamed through our website to ensure maximum visibility for this important event as we head into the upcoming federal election.

We will be calling on the Minister and Shadow Minister to answer a number of questions on the future of family day care, including: “How will your government, if elected, better support family day care in Australia?”

In the lead up to the Pre-Election Forum, we encourage you to read the Response to Policy Election Commitments Request document put together by FDCA, summarising the feedback received from the major Australian political parties on our Election Policy Commitment Requests.

More information

For more information on the Pre-Election Forum, send us a message at or give us a call on 1800 658 699.

The second round of nominations for the 2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are available to view now!

FDCA members nominated before Thursday 21 April 2022 have received a nomination confirmation email. Those nominated after this time will be included in our third round of nominations.

To view the full list of second round nominees in the educator, coordinator and service categories, click here.

Nominations for the 2022 Awards close this Sunday, 1 May 2022.

Help make this season one of our biggest years yet and showcase the unique benefits of the nurturing, natural approach to education and care that family day care provides to more than 90,000 Australian children.

To find out more information, including how you could take home some amazing prizes, visit our website at

Facebook group for services, staff and sector stakeholders

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has recently launched the Australian Child Care Providers and Services Facebook group as part of a new communications initiative to connect directly with early childhood education and care stakeholders.

The Facebook group is a space for providers, services, staff and those interested in staying up to date with early childhood news to: 

  • keep up to date with the department’s early childhood policy and programs ;
  • get information in times of emergency;
  • access resources that can help you meet their obligations and deliver quality early childhood education and care;
  • share information directly from the group to your own Facebook page, profile or group; and
  • connect with others in the industry. 

You can also stay up to date with news from DESE through their website and by subscribing to their newsletter.

3-month payment plan for the FDCA 2022 National Conference ends Saturday!

Available exclusively to FDCA members, our 3-month payment plan means you can secure your ticket and spread the cost over 3 monthly payments of $208!

Access to the payment plan closes this Saturday 30 April 2022 so make sure to grab your tickets here.

Peace of mind refund policy

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.

This means you can purchase your FDCA 2022 National Conference ticket knowing that we’ve got you covered!

A jam-packed conference program!

The FDCA 2022 National Conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to select from over 20 workshops all under one roof! These interactive workshop sessions will cover a range of different topics and are designed specifically to support the needs of family day care professionals.

Not only will you be able to access workshops from leading sector experts, academics and grassroots family day care professionals with decades of experience on the ground, you’ll also be treated to keynote sessions from Maggie Dent, Jay Laga’aia and Professor Linda Harrison.

To view the FDCA 2022 National Conference Program, click here.

Want to find out more about the FDCA 2022 National Conference?

To find out more about the FDCA 2022 National Conference, including access to a range of accommodation options and ideas to fill your itinerary, visit

Family Day Care Legal Services 

FDCA’s Family Day Care Legal Services provides you with access to a team of trusted legal professionals to have your back when you need it most.

FDCA have teamed up with Clyde & Co, a multi-award winning law firm and specialists in the family day care field, to provide our members with legal advice and resources tailored to their business.

For as little as $3.15 a week, you can access expert assistance to tackle a range of legal, regulatory and operational issues, helping you save precious time and money.

Click here to begin your legal services subscription today

One of our educators was able to begin the process of recovering over $4000 of debt through her Family Day Care Legal Services subscription - giving her much needed peace of mind and greater financial security.

FDCA’s Family Day Care Legal Services is just one of the ways that we are supporting you, our members, to feel confident that your business is in good hands.