5 July 2023

Awards - Nominations Close Tomorrow!

Nominations in the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are coming to a close and with over 4,500 nominations placed we look set for a record year!

This amazing engagement shows how important the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are as a platform to recognise excellence in the sector and to share some amazing stories across the country.

Don’t forget to place your nomination

Do you know an amazing educator, coordinator or service that deserves to be recognised in this year’s awards?

If the answer is yes, make sure you get your nomination in before tomorrow, Thursday 6 July 2023.

To place a nomination in the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, click here.

Get ready for the next round of nominations!

Keep your eyes peeled and your fingers ready to open your emails. Later this week we’ll be releasing the next round of nominations. This will include all those members that have been nominated from June 28 through to July 6.

FDCA Online Engagement Series: Call for Participants

We’re calling for expressions of interest from FDCA members who would be interested in participating as panellists in our Online Engagement Series.

The FDCA Online Engagement Series is a new initiative that provides FDCA members with easy access to online panel sessions that provide educators and service staff with high quality professional learning content.

The sessions cover a wide range of subject matter relevant to the family day care sector and have received fantastic feedback from the membership to date.

Your chance to participate!

If you have a passion or expertise in particular areas, we’re inviting you to express your interest in participating in future episodes.

To express your interest, all you need to do is click here and complete the online form.

Once you have completed the form, FDCA will keep your details on file and if an opportunity arises, we will contact you about the possibility of participating in an episode of the FDCA Engagement Series.

View previous episodes

To view previous episodes of the FDCA Engagement Series, such as last week’s episode on Governance and Leadership, simply click here to enter your FDCA Member Zone, where recordings of all episodes are available 24/7.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim Educators, Coordinators, Children and Families!

Eid al-Adha occurred over the past week and is a time of gratitude, generosity and celebration for Muslim communities across Australia and the world.

Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha honours the importance of faith and family in our lives, as embodied by the Prophet Ibrahim in his service to Allah (SWT) and was observed based on the sighting of the moon from the evening of Tuesday, June 27 ending on the evening of Friday, July 1. However, celebrations continue across this week into the weekend across the country!

For all of our members, Eid al-Adha is an opportunity to share in years of rich traditions and history with children, families and fellow family day care colleagues.

For information on sharing ideas for children, consider some of the resources available here.

عيد مبارك

ACECQA Publishes Updated Guide to the National Quality Framework (NQF)

ACECQA has published an updated 1 July 2023 version of the Guide to the NQF to reflect the agreed changes flowing from the 2019 NQF Review.

To ensure you have the most up to date information ACECQA suggests you always view the online version of the Guide to the NQF. You can access the updated 1 July 2023 version of the Guide here.

New Guidance from the Department of Education on ‘Reasonable Steps’

The Australian Government Department of Education has released a valuable guidance resource to assist service providers in understanding and implementing reasonable steps to collect gap fees through electronic means (EFT).

The guidance is designed to help service providers to develop local policies and procedures tailored to their individual service’s unique circumstances. It is important for service providers to stay informed of any updates or changes to regulations and seek independent legal advice if necessary.

By following the reasonable steps outlined in the guidance resource, providers can ensure compliance with Family Assistance Law and contribute to the integrity of the Child Care Subsidy System.

Some of the key points highlighted in the resource include:

  • definition of reasonable steps;
  • general guidance on the types of arrangements that would demonstrate a provider is taking all reasonable steps;
  • responsibilities regarding educators collecting the gap fees; and
  • exceptions and refusal to pay by EFT.

You can access the guidance resource here.

Important National Research into ECEC Pay and Conditions - Have Your Say before 24 July 2023!

A research team from Macquarie University have been contracted under the terms of the National ECEC Workforce Strategy to investigate how rates of pay and employment conditions and benefits impact the recruitment and retention of ECE staff  including in the family day care sector. 

This national survey gives you the opportunity to let the researchers know what needs to be improved in order to solve this workforce crisis. Your responses will directly inform Government ECE policy and industrial relations reform as well as workforce initiatives planned by large and small ECE employers. By completing the survey, you can enter a draw for one of ten $300 gift vouchers.

The survey asks about your current employment conditions, your job attitudes, and which employment conditions and benefits are the most desirable. It should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. The survey closes on 24 July 2023. 

To complete the survey and have your say, click here

Level Up Your Business with FDCA’s Family Day Care Locator Marketing Packages

We know that every educator and every service has different needs, which is why our brand new Family Day Care Locator Marketing Packages offer a range of unique benefits.

The introduction of our new Marketing Packages means that you will have the ability to give your Family Day Care Locator listing unprecedented exposure to families who are searching for early childhood education and care in your area.

Each package contains benefits that will enable you to customise your Family Day Care Locator listing and make it stand out from the crowd.

The Essential Package – Free for all members

The Essential Package provides all members with a free listing on the Family Day Care Locator and accompanying profile page. When subscribed to the Essential Package, you can personalise your business name, vacancy and opening hours along with the addition of one photo and text to your profile page.

By default, all members have received a subscription to the Essential Package at no additional cost to their FDCA membership.

The Professional Package – Take your listing to the next level

If you want to level up your locator listing and profile page, the Professional Package is for you.

With the Professional Package, your locator listing and profile page link will surge to the top of the search results in your area as one of FDCA’s Featured Listings.

You’ll also unlock full access to additional marketing and promotional features.

The Enterprise Package – Dominate your local area

The Enterprise Package has been created for those who want their digital footprint to dominate their local area.

The Enterprise Package will include everything from both the Essential and Professional Packages, as well as your own Google Ads campaign that will direct traffic from Google straight to your Family Day Care Locator profile page.

To find out more about the new packages we’ve put together some short video guides that will also help you to manage your Family Day Care Locator listing.

To view the videos click here.

Upgrade today!

To upgrade to the Professional or Enterprise Package, log into your FDCA Member Zone, click on My Locator Listing and select the Marketing Packages tab to make your selection.

If you would prefer to upgrade your Marketing Package over the phone, please contact us on 1800 658 699.