3 August 2022

Ten FDCA 2022 National Conference Scholarships Available - Apply Now

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is excited to announce that with the support of the Australian Government Department of Education, ten scholarships have been made available for the FDCA 2022 National Conference to FDCA members.

The scholarships will provide recipients with up to $2,000 in funding support* to cover the cost of a full conference registration, flights and accommodation for the FDCA 2022 National Conference, taking place in Hobart from 15-17 September 2022.

Priority for scholarships will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, however, non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait members are still eligible and encouraged to apply.

Members who do not normally have the opportunity to attend the National Conference, and members who have recently faced significant hardship preventing them from purchasing a conference ticket, are encouraged to apply.

To apply for one of the scholarships, simply click here.

Applications close on Sunday, 14 August 2022.

Successful scholarship applicants will be required to purchase their conference ticket, flights and accommodation, before providing invoices to FDCA in order to have up to $2,000 of costs reimbursed.

FDCA would like to thank the Australian Government Department of Education for providing this opportunity for our members.For further information regarding the FDCA 2022 National Conference Scholarships, contact

Supporting agency - Involving children in decision making

In the Early Years Learning Frameworks, agency is defined as being able to make choices and decisions to influence events and to have an impact on one’s world.

Supporting children’s agency is about recognising that children have a right to make choices and decisions, and are capable of initiating their own learning. The National Quality Standard (NQS) includes two key elements directed on this topic:

Element 1.1.1: Curriculum decision making contributes to each child’s learning and development outcomes in relation to their identity, connection with community, wellbeing, confidence as learners and effectiveness as communicators.

Element 1.2.3: Each child’s agency is promoted, enabling them to make choices and decisions that influence events and their world.

But what does this look like in practice?

At a holistic level, it can include engaging children in decisions surrounding meal times or day to day activities, and supporting children to have a voice within policies, procedures and educational programming.

At an individual level, it can look like creating spaces and environments that encourage children’s independence and self-help capacity, responding to verbal and non-verbal cues that children provide, offering choices within learning experiences and fostering opportunities for children to set their own learning goals.

More information

You can find more information about supporting children’s agency on the brand new FDCA Learning Hub, which houses two dedicated courses on Supporting Children’s Self-Regulation.

Access the Learning Hub through your FDCA Member Zone here.

2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - Star Award Winners announced

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is thrilled to announce our 2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Star Award Winners!

The Emerging and Perpetual Star Awards recognise educators, coordinators and services that are new to the sector and those who have shown dedication over several years.

To see our 2022 Star Awards winners, click here.

You can also visit our Facebook page to pass on your congratulations to our Star Award winners and follow ongoing announcements and coverage of the 2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.

2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Calendar

The Awards excitement isn’t over yet. In the following weeks, we will be announcing our 2022 National Finalists:

  • National Finalists – 9 August 2022
  • National Winners – 17 September 2022

Don’t miss the Awards celebrations

This year our Award presentations will take place at the FDCA 2022 National Conference Gala Dinner in Hobart, on 17 September 2022. If you would like to attend the Gala Dinner, tickets are available for sale at a discounted member rate.

To purchase a Gala Dinner ticket, click here.

We congratulate our 2022 Star Award Winners and thank them for their passion and commitment to providing high quality education and care.

Parental perspectives on mathematics - take part in a national research project

You’re invited to take part in a national research project investigating how parents can be better supported when it comes to developing numeracy skills within the early years.

Researchers at the University of Wollongong will be looking at the ways parents support their children’s numeracy learning, and the thoughts and feelings parents have around mathematics.

All parents and guardians of preschool aged children (3 years 0 months old, to 5 years 11 months old) in Australia are encouraged to participate in the online survey.

The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and can be completed via mobile or computer. No personally identifying information is collected and participation is voluntary.

To complete the survey, follow the link:

Please note the survey does not contain any math-based questions.

Join our 2022 FDCA National Conference Facebook page!

All National Conference delegates are invited to click attending on our official 2022 FDCA National Conference event page, to begin connecting with your fellow peers in the lead up to September.

The event page will be your one-stop shop for updates and news relevant to the Conference, and is a place to share your experiences in the lead up to, and during, the Conference proceedings.

As we approach our great escape to Hobart for the 2022 National Conference, we encourage you to click attending on the event page and make a post introducing yourself, your background and what you are most looking forward to!