6 December 2023

FDCA Online Engagement Series: Recruitment for Family Day Care

This Thursday, 7 December from 1.00pm - 2.30pm (AEDT), don't miss our live panel discussion on recruitment for family day care.

This episode of the FDCA Online Engagement Series, which will be a must-watch for family day care services, covering a range of key topics in recruitment conversions, such as:

  • The applicant experience
  • Talent pooling
  • The recruitment process, and
  • Proactive recruitment techniques

Our special guest panel for this episode will feature:

  • Janet Callus - Senior Policy Officer, Quality and Compliance
    Family Day Care Programs, Office for the Early Years, Department for Education, SA.
  • Damon Somerfield - National Recruitment Manager, Family Day Care Australia.
  • Peta Fitzpatrick - Recruitment Officer, Enhance Family Day Care, QLD.

Episode: Recruitment for Family Day Care
Date and Time: Thursday, 7 December 2023, 1:00pm - 2.30pm AEDT
Streaming Links: FDCA Website, Facebook and YouTube

Submit your questions

To ensure you get the information you want and need, we want you to be part of the conversation by submitting your questions for our panelists.

If you would like to submit a question, simply click here.

Can’t watch live?

If you can’t make the live session, don’t worry! A recording of the episode will be available via the FDCA Member Zone afterwards.

Jobs and Skills Australia Launches ECEC Capacity Study Consultation

Have your say on current and future workforce needs in the family day care sector - your views matter!

Jobs and Skills Australia (JSA) is seeking feedback and input from the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector on their ECEC Capacity Study. A consultation paper has been developed, with guiding questions, to support stakeholder feedback on a number of themes that will be critical to supporting the current and future needs of the ECEC workforce. For example, factors driving attraction, retention and career progression; impact of regulatory settings; current and future workforce requirements; education and training system responsiveness to sector workforce needs; and case studies on innovative practices. You do not have to answer all questions in responding to the consultation paper.

Download the consultation paper here. Submissions are due by 1 pm (AEDT) on Thursday 11 January 2024. Family Day Care Australia will also be making a submission on behalf of the sector.

JSA is undertaking this study in partnership with HumanAbility, the Jobs and Skills Council (JSC) with the responsibility for the Children’s Education and Care, Aged and Disability, Health, Human Services and Sport and Recreation industries.

The feedback received through this consultation will be used by JSA to prepare an interim progress report in February 2024, followed by a final report scheduled for release in May 2024. The final report will be provided to the Australian Government to support the development of the Government’s Early Years Strategy.

NEW ECEC Practice Resources Released

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) has recently released two sets of practice resources for early childhood education and care services. The resources focus on assessment for children's learning and play based learning and intentionality. An overview is listed below. 

JiGSAW Competitions Extended

Don’t miss your chance to share in some of the great prizes on offer in the latest edition of JiGSAW magazine!

To give members more chances to win, we’re extended the entry deadline to Tuesday 19 December. For your chance to win, simply visit and complete the entry forms.

You can view edition 103 of JiGSAW (our annual digital edition) in your FDCA Member Zone by clicking here.

Be You: Spotlights for Early Learning

Be You runs interactive sessions delving into mental health and wellbeing topics, needs and areas of interest for early learning educators that are free to join.

On 8 December 2023 a session titled Beyond Self-Care: An Educator Wellbeing Guide will take place at 12.30pm AEDT.

About the session

Be You commissioned Monash University to conduct 5 projects investigating educator wellbeing. Based on the research findings, this guide encourages us to think about educator wellbeing as a shared responsibility.

The Beyond Self-Care: An Educator Wellbeing Guide goes beyond self-care strategies, supporting leaders and Action Teams to create environments where all educators can thrive. The guide includes suggested activities and actions to promote educator wellbeing that you can adapt to fit your unique setting.

Join this session for the opportunity to connect with a Be You Consultant and other educators to explore how the guide can be utilised in your learning community.

Remember to check your time zone, confirm your local start time here.

If you are interested, please register here.

Get your marketing material ready for 2024!

With 2024 just around the corner, the FDCA Market My Business Hub is the perfect place for you to start your marketing and promotions plans.

As a member of FDCA, did you know that you have access to a range of FREE customisable marketing resources that you can use to promote your family day care?

For many early childhood professionals and services, the time and cost involved in developing marketing materials is daunting.

That’s why, as your national peak body, we’ve developed a range of professionally crafted resources that you can access at no cost; taking the hassle out of marketing your business and giving you more time to do what you love.

What’s available in the Market My Business Hub?

All material in the Market My Business Hub has been designed on the back of extensive market research and sector consultation, so you can be sure that the material you order will resonate with your audience.

With a wide range of digital resources available in the Market My Business Hub, members can access:

  • Promotional videos
  • Testimonial videos from real educators
  • Brochures
  • Flyers
  • Posters
  • Postcards
  • Email banners
  • Social media graphics
  • Your own custom family day care logo

To access the Market My Business Hub, click here.