28 October 2020

TAS and VIC Regional Educator Winners announced yesterday - 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards

Following a staggering 5,600 nominations and the reveal of our ACT, NSW, NT and QLD Regional Educator Winners, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) was thrilled to announce yesterday the third round of winners in the 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.

We again congratulate all 17 of our TAS and VIC Regional Educator Winners! We continue to be amazed by our winners' stories and the difference they make each and every day for children and families in their communities.

Our TAS and VIC Regional Educator Winners were posted to our Facebook page and the FDCA website.

The TAS and VIC Regional Educator Winners are now in the running to be named as the TAS/VIC National Educator Finalist.

2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Calendar

FDCA will announce the remaining Regional Educator Winners as follows:

  • SA/WA Regional Educator Winners - 2 November 2020

Following the Regional Educator Winner announcements, we will reveal the winners of our Star Awards, National Finalists and National Winners on the dates below:

  • Star Award Winners - 17 November 2020
  • National Finalists - 7 December 2020
  • National Winners - 27 February 2021

As the only national event of its kind, the 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are an important opportunity to highlight the unique benefits of the family day care home learning environment, and position family day care as the natural choice for quality early childhood education and care. FDCA would like to commend all of our nominees in the 2020 Awards and thank everyone who has participated.

We encourage our members to keep an eye out on media coverage on our Regional Educator Winners, which will be shared on our Facebook page and website.

Has your service expressed interest in the Educator Boost Program?

If the answer is no, and you can service an area of unmet demand, we encourage you to submit an expression of interest to partner with Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) through our national family day care advertising campaign: the FDCA Educator Boost Program!

Each year, FDCA invests in a national advertising campaign to promote the unique benefits of family care for families across Australia and position family day care as a career of choice. To ensure our campaigns reach as many people as possible, we utilise a number of popular advertising platforms including Facebook, Google Ads and a National Regional Television Campaign.

In 2020-21, FDCA is launching the Educator Boost Program advertising campaign to assist services to attract new educators in areas around Australia that are crying out for family day care.

We have identified over 940 suburbs across Australia as areas of high unmet demand. If your service delivers, or can deliver, care in any of the identified suburbs - we want to hear from you!

What is the Educator Boost Program?

FDCA has undertaken a comprehensive analysis of "leads" generated from the online FDCA Family Day Care Locator to determine areas of unmet demand for family day care.

A portion of our Educator Boost Program advertising campaign will target these areas, allowing selected service members to link in with the campaign and leverage it to support educator recruitment.

The program will work alongside FDCA's Facebook and Google Ads recruitment campaigns, which will be boosted and targeted at eligible services' local areas. This will direct prospective educators to custom web pages that will provide contact details of family day care services in their targeted location.

The Educator Boost Program is an exclusive, members-only benefit and is just one of the ways we promote family day care as your national peak body.

How does our service express interest to be part of the Educator Boost Program?

Before submitting an expression of interest, please review the list of identified suburbs here.

Click here to express your interest​

When completing the expression of interest form, please be sure to include your service's FDCA membership number, which is available in your FDCA Member Zone.

Expressions of interest for the Educator Boost Program close at 11.59pm (AEDT) on Thursday 12 November 2020.

Please note that your eligibility for the Educator Boost Program will be based on your service's: 

  • ability and capacity to recruit and onboard educators in the identified suburbs of unmet demand; and 
  • commitment to undertaking an independent recruitment campaign alongside the Educator Boost Program.

National Children’s Week, 24 October 2020 - 1 November 2020

Children’s Week is an annual week initiated by the Children’s Week Council to shine a spotlight on children, their rights and achievements.  The Children’s Week Council of Australia is composed of representatives of each state and territory and is focused on the advocacy and promotion of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC), and the celebration of each child’s right to a healthy and happy childhood.

Each year, an article from the UNCRC  is selected by the Children’s Week Council of Australia to become the theme for Children’s Week across the country.

This year’s theme is centered on article 15 of the UNCRC: Children have the right to meet together and join groups and organisations as long as it does not stop other people from enjoying their rights. In exercising their rights, children have the responsibility to respect the rights, freedom and reputations of others.

A number of events are being held at a local, state and national level to reflect on the theme and encourage children and communities to come together. To find out more information on events near you, visit the Children’s Week Council of Australia website here and click on your state or territory.

REMINDER: FDCA Member-Elected Director voting now open

FDCA is pleased to announce that the voting period for a member-elected Director position on our Board is now open.

FDCA’s Board of Directors focus 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.

Please ensure that you read the Terms and Conditions before placing your vote.

When placing your vote, you will be required to quote your membership number. If you do not know your Member Number,  please contact 1800 658 699.

To place your vote, please click here .

Voting will conclude at 5pm (AEDT) on Thursday 29 October 2020.

Call for Abstracts - Share your insights at the FDCA 2021 National Conference

Widely recognised as Australia’s premier family day care event, FDCA offers our members an exclusive opportunity to present alongside keynote speakers and stakeholders at the FDCA 2021 National Conference to be held on 28-30 October next year.

This is your chance to stand out from the crowd and rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, including Dr Helen May, Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Otago, and Jay Laga'aia, renowned actor, entertainer and father of eight.

Whether you are a seasoned participant or a first time attendee, presenting at the FDCA 2021 National Conference is a professional opportunity second to none. We welcome submissions on a range of topics that will appeal to the unique and varied experiences of our members, and which will enrich the work of FDCA in representing, supporting, and promoting the family day care sector.

If you are passionate about your work and hungry to share your expertise onstage to an audience of family day care professionals from across the country, this is the platform for you.

The submission process couldn’t be easier. Simply click here to submit your abstract.

To assist you in developing your abstract, FDCA has provided a collection of themes that you may wish to consider:

  • Demonstrating excellence in family day care and ECEC
  • Contemporary issues in society and ECEC
  • Technology in family day care and ECEC
  • Business management in family day care
  • Early years pedagogy
  • Wellbeing in family day care
  • Behaviour and emotions in ECEC
  • Child safety in family day care
  • Family day care in practice
  • Embedding Indigenous and cultural awareness in family day care
  • Risk management in family day care

Abstract review and selection

Due to high demand and limited session numbers, FDCA is unable to provide feedback on all of the abstracts we receive. When drafting your abstract, please note that interactive sessions will receive preference over non-interactive oral presentations.

The closing date for submitting your abstract is 31 January 2021.

Successful applicants will be informed no later than 26 February 2021.

Session options

If you are selected to present, you will have the flexibility to choose either a 60 or 90 minute slot for your presentation, with individual and workshop sessions welcome.

For more information please view the terms and conditions.