5 October 2022

Child Care in Australia - September quarter 2021 report available now

The latest Child Care in Australia quarterly information report, prepared and published by the Department of Education, showcases key data for the September quarter in 2021.

The report provides a range of information about early education and care usage, services, fees and subsidies in Australia.

Highlights from the September quarter 2021 report include:

  • 1,346,140 children attended approved child care
  • By service type, 60.7 per cent of children in child care attended Centre Based Day Care (816,070), with Outside School Hours Care comprising 35.1 per cent (472,290 children) and Family Day Care 6.7 per cent (90,450 children - compared to 90,800 in June 2021).
  • Family numbers show a similar trend at 64,390, down slightly from 64,820 in June 2021.
  • 31.8 per cent of family day care services are charging above the fee cap, against 15.7 per cent of centre-based services.

The findings of the report are promising, with the drop in children and families attending family day care flattening considerably.

Moreover, the report evidences once again the running costs of family day care are not only comparable to, but can be more expensive than, centre-based services: an important consideration for the Government’s upcoming review of CCS hourly rate caps.

For more information about the report or to read it in full, visit the Department of Education’s website here.

FREE resources coming soon from the Distributed Leadership in Family Day Care Study

Over the past two years, the Distributed Leadership in family Day Care Study has been investigating effective leadership in family day care, with a particular focus on distributed leadership approaches. This collaborative study involving the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Queensland, Family Day Care Queensland, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA), Wynnum Family Day Care and Early Childhood Australia (Queensland branch), has yielded informed insights on ways to nurture and support individual and collective leadership within family day care service.

Unequivocally, the results confirmed the need for, and benefits of, distributed leadership in family day care. 

Out of the study has come a FREE online professional development course, along with an electronic research report compiling the study’s key findings.

Keep an eye out on your inboxes tomorrow as we launch these exciting resources to members!

FDCA Learning Hub – Two new courses added!

Available through your Member Zone, the FDCA Learning Hub offers members contemporary and meaningful professional development opportunities that can be completed from the comfort of home, and are backed by leaders in the early childhood sector.

Today we shine a light on TWO NEW COURSES added to the Learning Hub!

Course 1 - Introducing inclusion: Looking at diversity and adversity through an inclusive framework

Our brand new course, 'Introducing inclusion: Looking at diversity and adversity through an inclusive framework', will step you through the process of creating a culture of responsive and respectful relationships with children, their families, those you work with as well as the community you are a part of.

You will also understand how to apply inclusive practice through critical reflection and how creating a culturally safe space can help children form positive attachments.

Course 2 - Partnerships with families for inclusive practice 

Partnerships with families, caregivers and communities underpin how young children learn and development and are key to establishing a sense of belonging.

This exclusive two-part series examines the role of effective partnerships to enable inclusion within early childhood education and care environments.

Accessing the Learning Hub

Access our brand new courses through the FDCA Member Zone.

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

2022 Early Childhood Australia National Conference begins today!

Early Childhood Australia’s (ECA) 2022 National Conference has opened its doors today in Canberra for a series of cultural tours and masterclasses, preceding the official opening tomorrow.

Passion to Power: Our Future Profession is this year’s Conference theme, a timely reminder to reflect on how far early childhood professionals have come—from the visionary and passionate women and men of the 1920s to the competent and qualified educators of the 2020s.

FDCA looks forward to catching up with fellow family day care educators, coordinators and services attending the Conference over the next few days as we head down to Canberra.

FDCA 2022 National Conference: Conference photographs coming soon!

We’re getting ready to share our National Conference photographs from Hobart, featuring all major Conference events, plenary sessions and key moments from our lineup of workshops.

Make sure to keep an eye on your inboxes for a link to access the photographs, which will be sent to members once ready.

Workshop slides

To help members get the most out of the 2022 National Conference, we've put together a list of workshop slides from our Friday and Saturday sessions.

Whether you missed out on the Conference, or are hoping to go back and re-read the  slides from your favourite session, you'll find them on our website here.

Updates from the Department of Education

New Policy Partnership to Help Close the Gap

The Australian Government has recently announced a new measure to improve early childhood outcomes for First Nations children.

The Early Childhood Care and Development Policy Partnership (ECPP) will bring together Australian governments and First Nations representatives as part of the Government’s commitments to Closing the Gap.

The ECPP will enable First Nations peoples to work in genuine partnership with governments to drive community-led, early childhood outcomes, and has been co-designed with SNAICC-National Voice for our Children.

CCS Balancing for the 2021-2022 Financial Year

Services Australia has started balancing Child Care Subsidy (CCS) for the 2021–22 financial year.

All families must confirm their income with Services Australia before their CCS can be balanced.

Services Australia will send families an outcome once it has balanced their CCS.