8 April 2021

2021 National Family Day Care Week - picnic registrations extended to 16 April 2021!

Join the National Family Day Care Week celebrations on Monday 3 May 2021 to Sunday 9 May 2021 by holding your very own National Family Day Care Week picnic.

Register your picnic here!

Registrations have been extended until Friday 16 April 2021 to give you more time to get involved!

*Please note, the deadline to claim a National Family Day Care Week Picnic Pack has now passed, however you can still register your National Family Day Care Week Picnic for media purposes by Friday, 16 April 2021.

What is National Family Day Care Week?

National Family Day Care Week is one of the most important events on the family day care calendar, showcasing the essential role that family day care educators and services play in the development and wellbeing of over 107,000 Australian children.

How do I participate?

We’re asking educators and services to get involved by hosting a picnic. This can be at your home, your service’s office or a local park - the sky's the limit.

Once you register your picnic, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) will send a media release to local media outlets in order to generate positive publicity about your picnic and about the importance of National Family Day Care Week.

By hosting your very own National Family Day Care Week picnic and sharing your celebrations on social media using the hashtag #FDCWeek2021, you will join a national campaign highlighting the enormous contributions that family day care makes to Australian families and children each and every day.

NQF Review Survey open now!

Complete our survey and ensure your voice is heard:

Click here to complete the educator survey

Click here to complete the service (coordination unit) survey

As part of the 2019 National Quality Framework (NQF) Review process, a second phase of national consultations has now begun, with the release of the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS).

The CRIS is proposing some significant changes to the National Law and the National Regulations, which may have a considerable impact on family day care.

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) has developed a survey to ensure our members' voices are heard. The feedback from this survey will assist us to develop a submission to the CRIS that is broadly representative of the position of the family day care sector. FDCA encourages all members to review the proposed amendments being put forward in the CRIS and complete the survey by selecting one of the links below.

The CRIS explores a total of 21 issues relating to:

  • safety, health, and wellbeing;
  • family day care;
  • workforce;
  • understanding of quality ratings by families;
  • changes in fees within the NQF system;
  • oversight and governance of services and providers; and
  • proposed changes to the NQF arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

In the survey, for each proposed amendment, you will first be asked if you would support regulatory changes in this area. You have the option of choosing "Support" or "Don't support" for each proposed option, or alternatively, you may elect to choose the "No change" if you prefer to maintain the status quo.

You will also have the option of providing free text feedback on any of the proposed measures at the end of the survey.

To have your voice heard in our national submission on behalf of the family day care sector, be sure to complete the survey.

Please note that the survey will close COB Monday 12 April 2021.

Thank you for participating in the FDCA CRIS Consultation survey. Your feedback will allow us to present a strong and united position on the proposed changes, on behalf of the family day care sector nationally.

Share your Easter adventures!

Did the Easter bunny visit your service? Maybe your service explored an Indigenous perspective on Easter themes and traditions? Perhaps you looked at the celebration and history of Ostara, now known as the Spring Equinox?

If you have photos or videos you’d like to share, simply send us a message through the FDCA Facebook page!

Finding the balance between open-ended and intentional play

How do you find the balance between open-ended play and intentional teaching? While open-ended play provides children with important opportunities for exploring materials and experimenting with ideas, intentional teaching is critical to extending children's thinking and building deep understanding.

In this latest article shared on Early Childhood Australia’s blog, The Spoke, a group of researchers from The Australian Catholic University, Southern Cross University and Monash University share information on a play-based framework they have devised to support educators to combine open-ended and intentional teaching practices - and thereby engage children in critical thinking and conceptual learning in a broad array of content areas.

We encourage our members to check out the article using the link above and explore the benefits of play frameworks to balance open-ended  play and intentional teaching.