27 September 2023

2023 Regional Educator Award Winners Announced!

Yesterday, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) was excited to announce the 2023 Regional Winners in the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards!

We would like to say congratulations to all 71 Regional Educator Winners and are proud to recognise the meaningful and unparalleled work that they do as early learning professionals.

To view the full list of all Regional Educator Winners, click here.

We encourage everyone to visit our Facebook page to pass on their congratulations and to view the ongoing announcements and coverage of our winners.

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 17 October 2023.

The next big announcement on the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards calendar will be Star Award Winners on 10 October 2023. Our Star Award winners include new and long-serving educators, coordinators and services that have shown outstanding practice and provide amazing outcomes for children.

We will follow the announcement of our Star Award Winners with the release of our National Finalists on 17 October 2023, who will all travel to Adelaide for the Awards Gala Dinner and presentation of our National Winners on 25 November 2023.

We applaud all winners and nominees in the 2023 Awards and say a special thank you to our members for participating and making it a hugely successful year for the awards.

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.

New Safeguarding Children Resource Available

Right now is an important time to critically reflect on the role we all play in keeping children safe. To support our members FDCA has released a new resource for educators and services titled Safeguarding Children: Harmful Sexual Behaviours.

This subject matter can be challenging, but particularly in light of recent events, we must become comfortable with the uncomfortable, and have the difficult conversations. It is also critical that we contextualise our understanding of, and build capabilities around, the nuances of risk in the family day care setting.

That’s why FDCA has partnered with Dellamarta Consulting, one of Australia’s leading child safeguarding consultants, to develop the Safeguarding Children: Harmful Sexual Behaviours resource. The resource has been developed in response to the specific risk of harmful sexual behaviors between children under the age of 18 in a family day care setting, including children in care and other children in the household.

This resource, which is free for FDCA members and can be accessed via your FDCA Member Zone, will be useful for all educators in building awareness around preventing, identifying and responding to harmful sexual behaviours that may occur between the children in your care.

To download the educator version of the resource, click here to log into your FDCA Member Zone and access the "Resources and Factsheets" tab.

FDCA Member-Elected Director Election: Last week of voting

FDCA is holding an election to fill a member-elected Director position on our Board, with the voting period closing on Tuesday 3 October 2023.

The FDCA Board of Directors is focused on the effective governance of the organisation, including strategic direction, finance, compliance and risk management. Some of the responsibilities of the Board include:

  • Crafting the mission, vision and values of the organisation;
  • Reviewing financial statements, approving the budget and ensuring that the financial assets of the organisation are safeguarded and used appropriately; and
  • Monitoring progress towards the achievement of goals and objectives set out in the strategic plan.

The collaborative and performance-driven culture of the Board of Directors reflects FDCA’s commitment to best practice and continuous improvement as your peak national body.

To view profiles of the candidates who have successfully nominated for this position, please click here.

In accordance with FDCA’s constitution and the Board Director Nomination and Election Standing Order of the Board, the election campaign will be conducted by an online voting ballot, where current financial members of FDCA are eligible to place a single vote for the vacant position.

FDCA members are advised to check their emails for instructions on how to vote.

Voting will conclude at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 3 October 2023.

Learning Hub Course Removal: Reconciliation Action Plan

We are removing the following course: Reconciliation in Action from the FDCA Learning Hub on 29 September 2023 and a new course titled Reconciliation in children’s education and care: Taking the first steps, will soon be added to the FDCA Learning Hub.

If you have recently completed this course, please ensure you download and save your notes as soon as possible, as these will not be saved beyond 29 September 2023.

You may also wish to download the certificate of completion for your own personal records.

If you have started the course, we strongly recommend completing it before 29 September 2023. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to providing you with the new course in the near future.

Tailored Insurance for your Home and Contents

As your national peak body for family day care, we know it is important that we continue to support our members and the sector to the highest possible standard, and it is with this in mind that we want to ensure that you have the best possible protection for your family day care business.

With a range of home and contents insurance policies designed specifically for family day care, FDCA has you covered!

Did you know that many insurance companies’ standard home and contents policies won’t cover you if you’re running a business from home? Even if the claim isn’t business related!

FDCA’s home and contents policies endorse family day care. This means you can be assured that running a family day care business won’t have an impact on a claim you make.

With a range of cover options, we don’t just offer a one size fits all policy for all family day care educators. We have a variety of home and contents policies designed to meet the different needs and budgets of family day care educators.

To find out more and get a quote, click here.