29 July 2020

2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - First round of nominations published

Yesterday, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) was excited to release the first round of 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards nominations!

During the first week of the 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards we received over 1,500 nominations, an increase of 17% on last year's nominations.

This is a demonstration of the incredible contribution that family day care makes to the lives of families, children and communities across the country and why it is the natural choice for so many families across Australia.

Congratulations to those who have been nominated and thank you to everyone who has placed a nomination thus far.

To view nomination lists for educators, coordinators and services, click here.

If you would like to nominate an educator, coordinator or service be sure to visit to place a nomination.

Don't forget to share the awards on social media

Did you know that you can help spread the word about the 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards by sharing them on social media? By sharing our Awards post on Facebook, you can help ensure that educators, coordinators and services will receive the recognition that they deserve. To share our Facebook post, click here.

Do you need extra awards promotional material?

You can download your own Awards posters and additional nomination slips that you can display at home or around the office to help promote the awards. To download your poster and nomination slips click on the links below.

To find out more about the 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, visit

New video from Starting Blocks - Why are positive relationships important for early learning ? has released a new video that focuses on how positive relationships in early learning services connect children to their world. It is one of a series of videos produced by that highlight how quality early learning services can contribute to a child’s life and learning in a meaningful way by supporting their development, learning and wellbeing. You can access the full series of videos at

You may wish to share this video with your families as well as the  information about building strong links between home and child care services. is an ACECQA initiative that provides parents with information about early childhood education and care to help them make the best choice for their child and family.

Winter JiGSAW competitions are now open

With the winter edition of JiGSAW magazine now published it means that FDCA members have the opportunity to share in some great prizes on offer.

In the winter edition of Fun with FDCA, members have the chance to win:

  • An eight piece coloured treasure tube set valued at $109.95
  • A wooden train table and set of two magnet boards valued at $64.00
  • A $50 Booktopia voucher

To go into the running to win these prizes, simply complete the puzzles on page 32 and submit your answers at

Remember, you can also access your JiGSAW magazine online by logging into your FDCA Member Zone.

ACECQA publishes report on effective leadership

ACECQA recently commissioned Macquarie University, in partnership with Queensland University of Technology and Edith Cowan University, to conduct research on the drivers of quality improvement. 

Effective leadership is essential to promoting continuous improvement in the provision of quality education and care services, which is one of the primary objectives of the NQF. The quality improvement research project focused on the experiences of services that had improved their overall quality rating, with a particular focus on improvement in educational program and practice, and governance and leadership.

The research report has been published alongside an information sheet which includes practical ideas to support continuous quality improvement.