FDCA lodges Pre-Budget Submission for 2021-2022
In response to the Australian Government’s call for submissions regarding priorities for the 2021-2022 Federal Budget, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) lodged a submission on behalf of our members on Friday 29 January 2021.
The pre-budget submission is an important component of our Sector Viability Strategy and outlines the case for two key funding priorities that are not only pivotal in ensuring the long term viability of the family day care sector, but also represent an appropriate and equitable allocation of funding for the sector to support sustainable growth.
What have we called on the Government to do?
In our 2021-2022 pre-budget submission, we have called on the Australian Government to:
- raise the CCS cap rate for family day care to be on par with that of the centre-based day care sector; and
- apply an additional loading of 20% to the recalculated CCS fee cap for non-standard hours care.
In advocating for the above investment measures, FDCA highlighted the many strengths of family day care, in particular the significantly higher levels of non-standard hours care the sector delivers compared with centre-based day care, and the greater provision of flexible sessions of care.
What challenges do we want to address?
In our submission we drew attention to the underlying factors contributing to two significant challenges affecting the future viability of the family day care sector, namely:
- strong and sustained downward trend in educator and service numbers occurring since 2016; and
- an inappropriate hourly CCS fee cap rate for family day care.
The recommended investment measures seek to address these challenges. You can read FDCA’s pre-budget submission here.
We thank our members for their input and for sharing their experiences regarding non-standard hours of care and the actual costs of running a family day care business.
Your feedback was invaluable in developing the content of our submission and will assist us in ongoing discussions with federal and state and territory Ministers and departmental staff.
Should you have any questions about the pre-budget submission, or if you wish to discuss FDCA’s Sector Viability Strategy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer edition of JiGSAW available now!
The summer edition of JiGSAW is available now through the FDCA Member Zone!
JiGSAW is Australia's only nationally printed magazine dedicated to the family day care sector and includes articles on professional development, early years development and behaviour and family day care issues at the national level. JiGSAW also includes educator and service highlights and member competitions.
To access the digital edition of JiGSAW, click here to enter your Member Zone.
If you would like to subscribe to JiGSAW, click here to download a subscription form.
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- Click here to activate your free account (for the best experience, use the latest Chrome browser)
- Enter your registered email address
- An email will then be sent to your email address; click on the 'create password' button
- Create and confirm your password
- Click here to log in and enter your FDCA Member Zone.
Safer Internet Day - Tuesday 9 February
Tuesday 9 February 2021 is Safer Internet Day, an initiative from the Australian Government and eSafety with a vision to make online experiences safer for every user.
As a leader in the global effort for internet safety, eSafety is promoting the day as one of the most important events of the year to help Australian families, educators and children talk about online issues and the best strategies for staying safe.
Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity for educators and services to raise awareness about online safety and share ‘internet safe’ strategies.
Visit the eSafety website here to find a suite of educational information, resources and activities to help start the conversation on online safety and find important information tailored to the early childhood education and care sector.
REMINDER: CCCF grants for services in disadvantaged and vulnerable areas close soon
Applications for the next funding round for the Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) grants opened on 11 January 2021 and will close at 11pm (AEDT) on 22 February 2021.
The CCCF is an open competitive grant opportunity that supports services in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.
It gives eligible services extra funding to:
- help them stay open, and
- increase the number of children in care from disadvantaged or vulnerable families and communities.
The application form is available to access on the Community Grants Hub.
To learn more about the grant opportunity, click here.
Additional resources added to ACECQA’s website
Over 300 helpful resources and materials have been transferred to ACECQA’s website following the closure of the Early Childhood Resource Hub (ECRH).
The site now hosts additional historic information and resources on the formation of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and approved learning frameworks as well as a number of other key topics.
Other reports relevant to the NQF that may be of interest to researchers and those working in the sector can be found on our Research and reports page.
ACECQA has also connected a variety of resources to relevant quality area pages on the new resource tab to help teachers and educators find related material.