29 September 2021

 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards – Emerging Star Award Winners announced!

Yesterday, FDCA had the enormous privilege of announcing our 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, Emerging Star Award Winners!

The Emerging Star Award category celebrates an educator, coordinator and service that is new to the family day care sector but has made a big impact in a short amount of time.

This year the Emerging Star Award is presented to an educator, coordinator and service that commenced their role or business on or after 1 January 2019.

To view this year's merging Star Award Winners, click here.

You can also visit our Facebook page to pass on your congratulations to our Emerging Stars and view the ongoing announcements and coverage of our winners.

Updated 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Calendar

Even more lucky winners will be revealed over the following weeks, in the lead up to our Gala Dinner and the announcement of our 2021 National Winners.

Star Awards

·       Perpetual Star Awards – 5 October 2021

National Finalist Awards

·       Coordinator of the Year National Finalists – 26 October 2021

·       Service of the Year National Finalists – 2 November 2021

·       Educator of the Year National Finalists – 9 November 2021

Gala Dinner and National Awards

·       National Award Winners - 26 February 2022

Now celebrating its tenth year, the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards is the only program of its kind celebrating the family day care sector across Australia. It’s our chance to showcase the stories and achievements of educators, coordinators and services and promote family day care as the natural choice in early childhood education and care for more Australian families.

We congratulate our 2021 Emerging Star Award Winners and thank them for their dynamic and passionate approach to education and care.

We encourage our members to keep an eye out over the coming weeks for media stories on our Emerging Star Award Winners, which will be shared on our Facebook page and website.

FDCA Family Day Care Sector Profile - June 2021

Don’t miss the release of our June 2021 Family Day Care Sector Profile, a biannual report produced by FDCA that provides information on, and an analysis of, important sector trends - including the general profile of family day care, educator and service locations, age and National Quality Standard (NQS) ratings.

This edition consolidates and analyses several data sources for the six-month period of 1 January to 30 June 2021. Historical data for the previous 12 months is also presented for comparison purposes. 

National snapshot

As of 30 June 2021, the total number of family day care services nationally is 429, with FDCA educator members totalling 10,878.

Victoria and New South Wales continue to be the states with the largest family day care communities, with New South Wales maintaining its lead over Victoria as the state reporting the largest number of educators (3,578, compared to Victoria’s 3,221) and services (138 compared to Victoria’s 122).

The Northern Territory remains the smallest family day care community with 3 services and 36 educators

Over the last two quarters from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021, there was a continuing decrease in the total number of educator members nationally (4.3%), as well as declines of varying magnitudes across most states and territories.

This is consistent with the ongoing general downward trend apparent since 2016, and current workforce shortages affecting the early education sector more broadly.

FDCA’s position

FDCA continues to be concerned about the continued downward trend nationally, evident from 2016, in numbers of family day care educators and services. This downturn not only has negative implications for the long-term sustainability of the family day care sector, but it will also impact adversely on Australian families looking to meet their diverse child care needs, including access to flexible sessions and care during non-standard hours.

Family day care educators also comprise one of Australia's largest networks of women in small business.

In light of the above, FDCA maintains that with the right form of targeted support from governments, there is significant room to grow capacity in the family day care sector and assist the broader workforce crisis in the early childhood education and care sector, particularly in regional and remote Australia and in disadvantaged areas.

View the full Sector Profile

You can view the latest Sector Profile in full on our website here.

Do you have an exciting excursion or incursion to share in JiGSAW magazine?

Have you recently been 'Out & About' or had an exciting incursion and want to take the opportunity to share your adventure with the sector?

We are now taking Out & About submissions for the 2021 summer edition of JiGSAW. If you’re an educator or a service that has a story that you would like to share with the sector, we would love to hear from you!

Simply send a short email to and tell us about the excursion or incursion you want to share.

The lucky winner will have a full page article (with photos) published in the summer edition of JiGSAW magazine and will receive additional copies of the magazine to share with families and friends.

To see the most recent Out & About feature inside the winter edition of JiGSAW, click here. You can also see previous features by viewing past editions of JiGSAW in your FDCA Member Zone

Your insurance information is just a click away!

Did you know that FDCA educator members can download their public liability insurance certificate online in seconds?

It’s part of our commitment to providing fast and easy ways to access the information that’s important to you!

As an educator, you’re required to have evidence of your public liability cover available at your family day care residence, in the event it’s requested by your service or your Regulatory Authority.

You can access your public liability certificate through the FDCA Member Zone, in the dashboard section.

If you’re an educator and haven’t registered your online account yet, this is your sign to start!

To activate your account, simply visit and follow the instructions.