28 April 2021

Five more sleeps until National Family Day Care Week!

Just five more sleeps until National Family Day Care Week, which will run from 3 May 2021 to 9 May 2021.

We are delighted to have received hundreds of registrations for picnics to celebrate the week across the country. For all those hosting or attending a National Family Day Care Week event, remember to share your adventures on social media using the hashtag #FDCWeek2021

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Secure your FDCA 2021 National Conference 4-month payment plan today!

Providing our members with more ways to access professional development and networking events is important to us. That’s why we’ve launched a final 4-month payment plan for the FDCA 2021 National Conference.

The 4-month payment plan allows you to purchase your conference ticket at our early bird pricing, with 4 monthly payments of $156.00. This offer ends 31 May 2021.

Don’t delay your great escape. Click here to secure your payment plan today!

Extended refund policy for your peace of mind

To provide our members with a risk-free ticket purchasing experience, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) will ensure that any members who are unable to attend the conference due to COVID 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.

On the final night of the Conference, you’ll have the chance to let your hair down and get your boogie on at the Gala Dinner!

Click here to view the program.

Expressions of Interest: Contribute to national research on COVID related health messaging and advice!

Did your service face challenges or barriers when communicating COVID related health information to families, service staff and educators in 2020 - 2021?

Would you like to contribute to new national research seeking to develop effective health communication strategies that can be used in the future?

A new research project funded by Australia’s Medical Research Future Fund is currently seeking family day care services who would be interested in participating in interviews, to discuss their experiences in communicating health related messages to families, staff and educators during 2020 and into 2021.

The research team are particularly interested in services that have educators operating in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

If you would like to find out more or to get involved, please email ASAP and we will forward your name to the research team who can provide more information.

The research project is being conducted by a team of nationally acclaimed researchers, led by Professor Sheila Degotardi from Macquarie University, in collaboration with researchers from ANU, and peak early childhood and health sector organizations. FDCA is represented on the Steering Committee for this important research project.

National Workforce Strategy - have your say

In December 2019, Education Ministers endorsed the development of a new national workforce strategy as a joint partnership between all governments, the children’s education and care sector, and other key stakeholders.

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), on behalf of all governments, is coordinating the development of the new strategy, including stakeholder and public consultation.

ACECQA has undertaken extensive consultations with national sector stakeholders and government representatives. These two groups have informed the potential actions and initiatives included in the consultation paper, published at the start of May 2021.

Throughout May 2021, you are invited to provide feedback through the online survey which you can access here.

ACECQA will analyse all feedback and use it to inform the development of the ten year workforce strategy (2021–30), which is scheduled to be considered by national sector stakeholders, government representatives and Education Ministers in the second half of this year.