5 June 2024

2024 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now officially open for the Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) 2024 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards! 

FDCA Excellence in Family Day Care Awards celebrate the wonderful work done by Educators, Coordinators and Services in the family day care sector to deliver high quality early childhood education and care to children across Australia.

By placing a nomination and spreading the word, you’ll help raise the profile of family day care community as a whole.

For more information and to place a nomination visit the Awards page on the FDCA website. Nominations close Thursday 4 July 2024.

You can help to promote the Awards, and family day care, by sharing content on social media. Check the FDCA Facebook page and your inbox for more resources.

New accurate fee reporting course

The Australian Government Department of Education (the Department) have launched a new course on accurate fee reporting. It provides information on your responsibilities under Family Assistance Law (FAL). 

The short course, Accurate fee reporting, will help you:

  • understand your fee reporting obligations 
  • explain the importance of reporting and updating fees
  • report your service’s fees using the appropriate method, and more. 

The course is available on-demand via Geccko, the online learning platform for the ECEC sector.

You can:

  • login using your tablet, laptop, or mobile phone
  • access a range of self-paced courses about FAL
  • download course certificates upon completion.

For more information and to complete the course visit the Department’s website.

National Burns Awareness Month

June is National Burns Awareness Month and aims to drive greater awareness of burns prevention and the correct first aid treatment for burns.

An initiative of Kidsafe, Australia’s leading community organisation dedicated to child injury prevention, National Burns Awareness Month is held in June each year as there is a significantly increased risk of burns during winter.

As part of National Burns Awareness Month, Kidsafe has developed a selection of BurnSafe learning resources for children.  These are designed to educate children about how easily burns can happen, prevention strategies, making safe choices and burns first aid.

Most burn injuries are preventable and appropriate first aid can minimise the impact and severity of a burn injury. Children can play an important role in keeping themselves and their families safe.

Resources aimed at preschool aged children have been designed in line with the Early Years Framework and National Curriculum and can be found on the Kidsafe website. These include a hazard sorting game complete with guide and cards.

Look out for posts on the FDCA Facebook page sharing resources and information for National Burns Awareness Month.

Family Day Care Tax Tips Webinar

FDCA is hosting a special end of financial year Family Day Care Tax Tips webinar for members that will take place on Thursday 20 June from 6.30pm - 7.30pm AEST.

The special guest for the webinar will be Ben Mueller, Director and Principal Accountant from FDC Tax. Ben will discuss a range of topics including:

  • A 2024 Tax update for Family Day Care
  • Getting the best value from your accountant
  • 2024 Tax Cuts
  • How much should I save for tax and super

Ben will also answer members’ questions on the night; if you would like to ask a question prior to the webinar you can submit your question here.

Those viewing the session live will also have the chance to submit questions in real-time via Facebook and YouTube comments.

The webinar will be available to view via the FDCA website, FDCA Facebook page and FDCA YouTube channel.

King’s Birthday Public Holiday Office Closure

On Monday, 10 June 2024, the Family Day Care Australia offices will be closed for the King’s Birthday Public Holiday (ACT, NSW, SA, TAS, VIC, NT). Our offices will reopen at 9am Tuesday 11 June 2024.

Should your family day care insurance require renewal during this period or if you need to purchase a new family day care insurance policy, please visit our website.

If you need to make an emergency claim, details of how to do this are located on our website.