28 February 2024

FDCA CEO Appears at the Productivity Commission Hearing

On Tuesday 27 February, FDCA Chief Executive Officer Andrew Paterson appeared as a witness at the Public Hearing for the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care.

During the hearing, Mr Paterson addressed a range of topics, including:

  • The ongoing decline in educator numbers in the family day care sector
  • The potential increase of the use of “in-venue” care
  • Innovative approaches to building capacity in the family day care sector
  • The introduction of funding mechanisms to encourage new educators to enter family day care

Transcripts from the Public Hearing will be available on the Productivity Commission's website within the next two weeks.

Family Day Care Educator Tahlia Vermeer featured on ABC Radio

On Tuesday 20 February, Tahlia Vermeer, who is a Family Day Care Educator registered with Natural Choice Early Learning Family Day Care in Queensland, was featured on ABC Radio Far North.

Tahlia was interviewed by ABC Far North on the back of media outreach being done by FDCA as part of the Your Business, Their Future National Recruitment Program. The media outreach program has seen FDCA approach local media across Australia to encourage discussions with new Family Day Care Educators that have begun their business on the back of the National Recruitment Program.

In her interview, Tahlia discusses why she decided to make the change from long day care to family day care and what the process was like, her experience with the National Recruitment Program and her advice to other educators contemplating opening their own family day care. 

To listen to Tahlia’s interview, click here and listen from 12.15.

Help Support Research into Promoting Healthy Lives in Family Day Care

Researchers from Deakin University are inviting family day care service managers and/or coordinators to take part in a survey to understand how family day care service providers can be supported to empower children towards optimal health. 

The survey takes no more than 15 minutes to complete. It seeks your input on opportunities and strategies to foster healthier eating, activity, and sleep habits among young children in family day care. Please follow this link to find out more and if interested in participating, follow the prompts to provide consent to participate.

You can go into a draw to win a $100 gift voucher by completing the survey. 

Example questions are:

  • Please rate how important it is to include healthy eating and physical activity support for children and/or parents/carers as part of your early childhood/parenting service(s)
  • Which of these strategies are likely to be the most feasible and effective if your early childhood/parenting service(s) wishes to support children’s healthy lifestyle in the next 2-3 years?
  • What support might you need to make this happen?

This research is conducted by Deakin University, as part of the NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood. FDCA is supporting the research team through connecting the researchers to representatives from family day care approved services to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Konsita Kuswara by email or phone 03 9246 8793.

Boost Your Business with FDCA’s Market My Business Hub

As a member of FDCA, did you know that you have access to a range of FREE customisable marketing resources that you can use to promote your family day care?

For many early childhood professionals and services, the time and cost involved in developing marketing materials is daunting.

FDCA’s Market My Business Hub provides you with easy access to professionally crafted customised marketing resources to promote your business. With newly updated material and more options than ever available, you can order customised digital material so that you can have it printed as you see fit.

What’s available in the Market My Business Hub?

All material in the Market My Business Hub has been designed on the back of extensive market research and sector consultation, so you can be sure that the material you order will resonate with your audience.

With a wide range of digital resources available in the Market My Business Hub, members can access:

  • Promotional videos
  • Testimonial videos from real educators
  • Brochures
  • Flyers
  • Posters
  • Postcards
  • Email banners
  • Social media graphics
  • Your own custom family day care logo

To access the Market My Business Hub, click here.