4 January 2023

NQF induction modules from ACECQA

In response to stakeholder advice given during the development of the National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy, ACECQA has developed a series of eLearning modules covering different aspects of the National Quality Framework (NQF).

The resources can be used by services as part of inductions and training, or by educators looking to gain a better understanding of the NQF, and include:

1.    Introduction to the children’s education and care sector

2.    Overview of the NQF

3.    Law and Regulations

4.    National Quality Standard

To access the modules online, visit ACECQA’s website

Grab your FREE 2023 Wall Planner

The official Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) Wall Planner has launched, capturing several important dates including school and public holidays and key events for the sector such as National Family Day Care Week and the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner.

Two sizes of the Wall Planner are available to download:

> a large A1 landscape sized version which displays all 12 months of the year (this version is best printed using a professional printer or through a retailer such as Officeworks); or

> a smaller A4 portrait version which displays one month per page (this can be printed at home or at the office).

To access your FREE Wall Planner, log in to your FDCA Member Zone and click on the Resources and Factsheets subheading.

Summertime safety for water play

Under the Education and Care Services National Regulations, providers must ensure that policies and procedures are in place for managing water safety.

With the weather heating up, water-based activities and excursions to water play areas are becoming more and more popular. It’s a good time to reflect on your water safety policy and procedures and ask yourself the following questions:

  • How are water risks managed or mitigated?
  • How do my risk assessments consider any water-based activities and excursions?
  • How do I ensure adequate supervision around water play, excursions and water hazards?

You can find more information to prompt a reflection on your approach to water safety through KidSafe and ACECQA.

Get ahead in 2023 with “Your Home, Your Business”

Being a successful family day care educator demands a diverse professional skillset, none the least of which is small business management.

 Your Home, Your Business offers insights, tips and tricks to help you understand the foundations of the family day care business model, the legal and regulatory context within which family day care operates, and how to promote and market your business in the new year.

Part 1 of Your Home, Your Business covers the core principles of establishing a family day care business and is an ideal tool for services to incorporate into their induction process.

Part 2 explores the essentials of money management and taxation, business administration strategies and how to build key relationships with stakeholders in the ECEC sector.

Accessing the Learning Hub

You can access Your Home, Your Business through the FDCA Member Zone.

Simply log in and navigate to the subheading “Learning Hub”, where you’ll be taken to the home page.

Update from the Department of Education

Stay COVID-19 safe

Support will be available for services and families impacted by COVID-19 over summer and into 2023.

All children have an extra 10 allowable absences in the current financial year and families can access additional absences if they have used their annual allocation, in certain circumstances.

Providers may also waive gap fees and get the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) if a child is unable to attend care for one of three reasons.

More information on COVID-19 support in the new year is available on the Department’s website.