27 July 2022

2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards – STAR Award winner announcement coming soon!

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) will announce our STAR Award winners tomorrow, Thursday 28 July 2022. Our STAR Award winners are comprised of both new and long-serving educators, coordinators and services that have shown outstanding practice and provide amazing outcomes for children.

More information about the Excellence in Family Day Care STAR Awards is available here.

Regional Educator Winners

5Congratulations to all 69 of our Regional Educator Winners in the 2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards!

You can view the full list of all Regional Educator Winners by clicking here.

All of our Regional Educator Winners now go into the running to be named as one of four National Educator Finalists. National Finalists will be named on 9 August 2022.

Importance of the Awards

Celebrating its eleventh year, the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards is the only program of its kind celebrating the family day care sector across Australia. It’s our chance to showcase the stories and achievements of educators, coordinators and services and promote family day care as the natural choice in early childhood education and care for more Australian families.

FDCA commends all winners and nominees in the 2022 Awards, with a special thanks to our members for participating and making it another successful year for the awards.

We encourage you to keep an eye out over the coming weeks for media stories on our Regional Educator Winners, which will be shared on our Facebook page and website.

FDCA 2022 National Conference – Less than two months to go!

Tickets are still available for the biggest family day care event of 2022 and can be purchased at the early bird rate until 31 August 2022, supporting more members to access an unmissable professional learning opportunity.

To purchase your tickets, click here.

Have you met our Keynote Speakers?

The FDCA 2022 National will deliver a diverse and first-class lineup of keynote speakers to capture the interest and imagination of delegates.

You can find out more information about our keynote speakers here.

A one stop shop with all your conferencing needs

The FDCA 2022 National Conference will give you access to an amazing range of sector experts.

With 24 workshops to choose from there will be no shortage in choice! 

You can view the workshop summaries on the conference website and click here to download the conference program.

Covid-19 refund guarantee

Don’t forget, your conference ticket comes backed with a peace of mind guarantee: any members who are unable to attend the conference due to COVID-19 related circumstances will receive a FULL refund on their ticket purchase.

Register for Be You’s “The Voice of the Child” virtual webinar

Young children play a powerful role in influencing the world around them. But incorporating “the voice of the child” into day to day educational programming and practice is easier said than done. 

Join Be You on Wednesday 10 August 2022 at 12:30pm AEST for a free online webinar exploring the connections between children’s voice and mentally healthy communities. The session will focus on how the voice of the child has been interpreted over time and unpack issues of power, privilege and bias around whose voices get heard.

The panel includes a number of experts working within Early Childhood Australia and all attendees will be invited to hang around after the session to chat directly with panel members and fellow educators.

Register your place on Be You’s website here.

Refresh your safe sleep knowledge

Red Nose Australia, the national leading authority on safe sleep practices for parents and professionals, has a number of resources and factsheets housed on their website to prompt safe sleep conversations and encourage best practice.

If it’s been a while since you looked over Red Nose resources, or if you’re keen to refresh your knowledge on safe sleep recommendations, visit the Red Nose educational resources page here.

Safety first

A safe sleeping environment means that all potential dangers have been removed and all children are sleeping in accordance with age appropriate advice.

For infants, the ideal sleeping environment contains a safe cot, on a safe mattress, with safe bedding in a safe sleeping place, both night and day.

This means:

  • A cot that meets the current Australian Standard AS2172 (be conscious when buying second-hand to ensure the cot is within the current standard); 
  • A firm, clean mattress that fits the size of the cot; and
  • Removing any risks to the safe sleep environment, including hanging chords or appliances, bulky or plush bedding, toys or pillows, and clothes or accessories that may impair breathing.

When caring for children of multiple age ranges, it is also important to ensure appropriate supervision of the sleeping environment is maintained.

For more information on safe sleeping, we encourage you to read your service’s policies and procedures, chat to your coordination unit or visit Red Nose Australia.

Join our 2022 FDCA National Conference Facebook page!

All National Conference delegates are invited to click attending on our official 2022 FDCA National Conference event page, to begin connecting with your fellow peers in the lead up to September.

The event page will be your one-stop shop for updates and news relevant to the Conference, and is a place to share your experiences in the lead up to, and during, the Conference proceedings.

As we approach our great escape to Hobart for the 2022 National Conference, we encourage you to click attending on the event page and make a post introducing yourself, your background and what you are most looking forward to!

Session reporting tips from the Department of Education

The Department of Education has released some top tips for session reporting, as queries from educators and service providers about this topic are common.

  1. To get the correct amount of CCS, submit accurate session reports on time – in most cases within 14 days after the end of the week when the sessions were provided.
  2. A session report must be submitted for each child for each week a session of care has been provided (including absences).
  3. Session reports must contain at least one session of care for a week, recorded as either an attendance or absence.
  4. Session reports must only include sessions of care for which an individual incurred a genuine fee liability.

Session reporting deadlines

All service providers have until 11.59pm on Sunday 7 August to submit session reports to Services Australia for the 2021–22 CCS year.

Completing session reports by this deadline is essential for balancing family CCS entitlements for last financial year.

The Child Care Subsidy System will be closed for the 2021–22 CCS year from 8 August 2022 so it is crucial to submit your reports prior.