New Information Sheet from ACECQA on Outdoor Safety
ACECQA has published new guidance on providing outdoor learning spaces that support children’s participation in active physical play while aligning with the objectives and guiding principles of the National Quality Framework (NQF).
The information sheet provides details about the benefits of outdoor space including the use of verandas, the legislative requirements for indoor and outdoor space and information to be included in service approval applications. You can access the new information sheet here.
Note that for services in the ACT, in addition to ACECQA’s guidance, the ACT is seeking to formalise a jurisdiction specific definition for the outdoor environment as supported by the ACT Planning Guidelines and ACT Outdoor Guidance.
Red Nose Day
The 35th anniversary of Red Nose Day will be held this Friday, 11 August 2023. Red Nose Day is a major fundraising and awareness campaign for Red Nose and catalysed research into the reasons why babies die suddenly in their sleep.
The First Red Nose Day was held in 1988 in Australia and since then it has become a beloved day for Australians to get silly and fundraise to help save little lives and support families.
Funds raised on Red Nose Day over the last 30 years have resulted in an incredible 80 per cent reduction in sudden infant deaths.
We encourage members to get involved through raising awareness, hosting fundraisers or donating. For more information, to register an event or download resources, please click here.
Be Audit Ready – NEW factsheet available!
As members are aware, from 1 July 2023, it became mandatory for providers to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to ensure families pay their Child Care Subsidy (CCS) gap fees via electronic funds transfer (EFT).
The Australian Government Department of Education (‘the Department’) will be auditing service providers to ensure compliance with the new EFT gap fee payment requirement, as well as other obligations under Family Assistance Law (FAL).
Our latest factsheet, ‘Be Audit Ready’, will help you be prepared and can be downloaded from our website.
This factsheet is designed to assist you in demonstrating compliance with the new requirements.
Key topics covered in this factsheet are:
- Audit Process and Documentation Requirements – understand what the Department will review during an audit.
- Reasonable Steps – learn about what the Department means by ‘all reasonable steps’.
- Good Practice Strategies – explore effective oversight processes to maintain compliance, accurate record keeping, clear communication with families and ongoing support to educators.
At Family Day Day Care Australia (FDCA), we are committed to delivering resources that support your continuous improvement and in the delivery of compliant, quality practice.
The development of the ‘Be Audit Ready’ factsheet completes our EFT Transition resource suite. These tools and resources are designed to support services in complying with the new EFT gap fee requirement and ensuring adequate oversight of gap fee collection.
If you have any questions or need further information about compliance with the new EFT gap fee requirement, or other aspects of FAL, please contact us on 1800 658 699 or at email@example.com.
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.
We are currently in the process of having nominee certificates printed and sent out to all nominated members. If you have been nominated in the 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, please keep an eye on your mailboxes for your certificate.
Our Regional Educator Awards winners will be announced in September, so keep an eye out on the FDCA Facebook page, your inbox and the Awards website for the announcement.
Our Star Award winners and National Finalists will be announced in October, with our National Educator, Coordinator and Service of the Year to be announced at the FDCA 2023 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner later in the year.
More Than Just Great Insurance
When educators and services insure with FDCA, they become part of the largest community of family day care professionals across Australia.
Our insurance packages include access to all the benefits of membership to support you and your business to thrive, including:
- Access to the myFDCA App
- Real-time business, administration and regulatory support
- The FDCA Learning Hub with access to over 36 modules
- The new and improved Family Day Care Locator, to market your business to Australian families looking for care
- Free, customisable marketing materials and resources on the Market My Business Hub to help your business stand out from the crowd
- Australia’s only magazine dedicated to family day care, JiGSAW
- A peak body that represents, supports and promotes the sector on a national scale
- Events and networking opportunities tailored to family day care
Trusted by educators and services for over 30 years, FDCA’s insurance packages will give you and your business the best possible protection - so that you can get on with the important job of providing quality education and care to children.
If you’d like to learn more about accessing your member benefits, or to simply have a chat with our friendly support staff, please call us on 1800 659 699 or send us an enquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connecting the Dots: Early Childhood Nutrition Webinars
Connecting the Dots is a national nutrition service funded by the Australian Government and delivered by Karitane in partnership with the Healthy Beginnings research team.
The team are delivering a series of free early childhood nutrition webinars that have been developed for early childhood educators and teachers.
The following webinars are being streamed in August and September:
To find out more about other webinars available through Karitane Professional Development, click here.