30 March 2022

2022 Federal Budget Wrap

Last night the Australian Government handed down the 2022-23 Federal Budget, confirming the following policies to assist the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector:

  • The Government is providing funding through the child care system, with $11 billion estimated to be spent in 2022–23, including $10.7 billion in Child Care Subsidy (CCS) expenditure. This includes the 7 March 2022 commencement of the increased CCS for the second child and subsequent children aged five and under in centre-based child care, family day care, or outside school hours care.

  • The Government will provide $67.7 million over 8 years from 2021-22 for a package of measures to support sustainability, resilience and job creation in regional Australia, including 19.4 million over 5 years from 2021-22 to establish a new open grant round of the Community Child Care Fund to support the establishment of new child care services in rural, remote and regional areas.

  • The Government will provide support for the recovery from the February / March 2022 floods in New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland, including $22.1 million over 2 years from 2021-22 to increase the Community Child Care Fund Special Circumstances grant to assist services experiencing financial viability issues resulting from the recent floods and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) supports the above investment measures into the ECEC sector but calls upon the Australian Government to adopt the policy measures outlined in our Election Policy Commitments document, to ensure equitable funding for the family day care sector and support the ongoing viability and growth of family day care.

FDCA Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Paterson, is in Canberra this week to discuss our Election Commitments with Ministers, MPs and the federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Should you have any questions about the federal budget handed down last night, please get in touch via or give us a call on 1800 658 699.

National Family Day Care Week for 2022: Picnic pack registrations now closed

FDCA would like to thank all those members who got in early and registered their National Family Day Care Week picnics to claim a National Family Day Care Week picnic pack.

Your picnic packs will be sent in the coming weeks so that you can share all the goodies with your children!

It’s not too late to register your picnic for media coverage

Despite the registration period for picnic packs passing, it’s not too late to register your National Family Day Care Week picnic for media coverage.

Registering your picnic means that you are joining our national effort to raise the image and profile of family day care across the country.

FDCA members who register their National Family Day Care Week picnic will have a customised press release sent to their local media outlets.

To register your picnic, click here.

Registrations for media coverage close on Sunday 10 April 2022.

What is National Family Day Care Week?

National Family Day Care Week is one of the most important events on the family day care calendar, spreading awareness of the vital role family day care educators and services play in the development and wellbeing of over 93,000 Australian children.

10 Years of National Family Day Care Week

Over its 10 years, National Family Day Care Week has inspired more than 360 positive media stories on the family day care sector, reaching 4 million Australians!

By registering a picnic and sharing your celebrations on social media using the official hashtag, #FDCWeek2022, you’ll join the only nation-wide birthday party dedicated to recognising the enormous contributions that family day care makes to Australian children, families and communities each and every day.

National Family Day Care Week also continues to promote positive media coverage on the sector, which is an important part of our ongoing commitment to position family day care as the natural choice in high quality education and care for more Australian families.

Find out more!

To find out more about National Family Day Care Week and start planning ideas for your picnic, click here.

2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - Get ready!

Our 2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are just around the corner, following another extraordinary Awards season.

Keep your eyes peeled on your inboxes and the FDCA Facebook page for the opening of nominations, as we invite our members and parents across the family day care community to nominate educators, coordinators and services for their excellence in education and care.

Don’t miss out on your spot at the Brisbane National Engagement Program forum!

Tickets have been selling fast for FDCA’s 2022 Brisbane National Engagement Program and with seating limited, we don’t want you to miss out!

Our 2022 Brisbane National Engagement Program will provide you with the opportunity to participate in workshops on safe sleeping in family day care and child protection, that have both been tailored for family day care.

The workshops will be delivered by Red Nose Australia and Australian Child Care Career Options (ACCCO); FDCA representatives will also be on hand to provide a member update and answer your questions.

Delegates will also be treated to a networking lunch where you will be able to share ideas and meet fellow family day care professionals.

With tickets heavily subsidised for FDCA members, you will receive over $125 worth of value for only $15!

Capacity for the forum is strictly limited, so make you secure your registration by clicking here.

Tailored professional development for family day care

Each workshop will have an emphasis on the role of services and educators, providing valuable insights for all participants and a holistic approach to child safety. This ticks an important box in terms of assisting services and educators to meet both their professional development obligations under Element 7.2.3 of the NQS, and their child safety and child protection obligations under Standard 2.2 and Element 2.2.3.

Helping you to access premium professional development and learning, while providing opportunities to network with fellow family day care professionals and discuss the issues that matter to you, is an important part of the work that we do as your national peak body. Through the National Engagement Program, we’re proud to continue our investment into this important initiative.

The 2022 National Engagement Program will allow members to take advantage of joint educator and service sessions, giving teams the chance to come together and share in the benefits of joint professional development workshops unique to the family day care environment.

View the full day program

You can view details about the Brisbane forum by downloading the full day program here.

Attendees will receive a certificate for each workshop in acknowledgement of the learning experience.

Register for the chance to win an FDCA 2022 National Conference ticket

By registering for the National Engagement Program, not only will you get the value we’ve packed into our one-day forum, but you could also win a ticket to the FDCA 2022 National Conference.

There’ll be two tickets up for grabs for each forum and best of all, there’s no need to make a separate entry - simply register for a forum and you’ll automatically go into the draw!

For more information about the 2022 FDCA National Engagement Program and for a full listing of forums, visit

Register now for Children’s mental health in family day care  

Register now for Everymind’s professional development program, Supporting the mental health of children, developed to help build the capacity of family day care educators, managers and coordinators to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in children.

Spearheaded by Everymind, with support from Family Day Care Australia (FDCA), the first-of-its-kind program offers research driven tools and techniques that have been specifically tailored for family day care. 

The new online program aims to deliver professional development approaches to build confidence when talking to children about mental health and wellbeing, while encouraging educators, managers and coordinators to reflect on and look after their mental health.

There are six self-paced modules, plus the newly created Managers and Coordinators module, exploring various early childhood education and care practice areas. These align with the National Quality Standard, the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia and the My Time, Our Place Framework.

The professional development program is available to educators, service managers and coordinators free of charge and can be accessed by completing the registration survey here.

To find out more about this initiative, visit the FDCA website or hop onto the Everymind website.

Thanks to Everymind for their continued support of wellbeing in the family day care sector. We look forward to future initiatives in this space as part of our commitment to supporting you to thrive in every aspect of your business.

FDCA 2022 National Conference: 4 month payment plans close tomorrow!

Members are reminded that access to the FDCA 2022 National Conference 4-month payment plan closes tomorrow (31 March 2022).

The 4-month payment plan, which is exclusively available to FDCA members, will allow you to secure your conference ticket and spread the cost over 4 monthly payments of only $156!

To access your conference ticket via the 4-month payment plan, click here.

Explore the wild and wonderful land down under

Adventure collides with urban charm in Tasmania, with a wide array of activities available for conference attendees.

Extend your stay and get lost under the stars in one of the island’s famous national parks, or check out the local restaurants and treat yourself to a feast for the senses!

Visit our website for more ideas on how to fill your itinerary on your great escape down south.

Peace of mind refund policy

To provide our members with a risk-free ticket purchasing experience, FDCA will ensure that any members who are unable to attend the conference due to COVID-19 related circumstances will receive a FULL refund on their ticket purchase.

This means you can purchase your FDCA 2022 National Conference ticket knowing that we’ve got you covered!

Want to find out more about the FDCA 2022 National Conference?

To find out more about the FDCA 2022 National Conference, including access to a range of accommodation options, visit