9 December 2020

Submit your QIP and support the next round of Exceeding NQS Case Studies

Are you passionate about continuous improvement? Are you looking for ways to contribute to a greater understanding of the family day care sector?

If the answer is YES, read on!

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is working with ACECQA to highlight examples of exceeding practice within the family day care sector.

We are pleased to have supported ACECQA in developing the first round of family day care specific Exceeding National Quality Standard (NQS) Case Studies, which you can access here:

Now, we’re looking to support the development of a second round of case studies and need your help!

We invite you to submit your service’s Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) to provide us with real examples from real family day care leaders of the NQS in practice.

The information we gather from your QIP may assist ACECQA to create case studies that are evidence-based and true to the practices and priorities of our sector. Please note that your information will be held in confidence by FDCA and any excerpts shared with ACECQA will be de-identified.

The second round of case studies will focus specifically on the following areas of the NQS:

  • Standard 1.2: Educators facilitate and extend each child’s learning and development.
  • Standard 2.2: Each child is protected.
  • Standard 4.1: Staffing arrangements enhance children's learning and development.
  • Standard 5.2: Each child is supported to build and maintain sensitive and responsive relationships.
  • Standard 7.1: Governance supports the operation of a quality service.

This project is part of our ongoing commitment to represent the sector and support educators and services to uphold the values of the NQS.

We encourage you to take part and submit your QIP to, or contact us on 1800 658 699 for more information.

2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - National Finalists announced Monday!

The 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards National Finalists were announced on Monday, which brings us another step closer to our Gala Dinner Awards Night to be held on 27 February 2021 at the Stamford Grand Adelaide Hotel.

You can view our 2020 National Finalists via our Facebook page.

This year’s Awards has been one for the record books, with a groundbreaking 5,600 nominations received and 70 media articles shared on our winners so far, reaching over 500,000 people.

We congratulate all our winners for their tremendous efforts in showcasing the sector as the natural choice for early education and care.

As the only national event of its kind, the 2020 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are an important opportunity to highlight the unique benefits of the family day care home learning environment.

We encourage our members to stay tuned for media coverage on our National Finalists, which we will share on our website and our Facebook page.

Emergency preparation - summer holidays and bushfire season

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has released advice for early childhood education and care services and educators on preparing for an emergency. This information is particularly relevant for the summer months as we enter bushfire season across the country.

Click here to access information on:

  • preparing for an emergency; 
  • help during an emergency; 
  • recovering after an emergency; and 
  • more information by state and territory.

We urge our members to ensure that their emergency and evacuation policies, procedures, risk assessments and resources are up to date.

NEW Quest for Quality extension pack

Click here to access ACECQA’s new Quest for Quality Extension pack, focusing on acronyms within the early childhood education and care sector.

ACECQA’s Quest for Quality is a trivia-style game specifically designed for educators which covers the seven quality areas of the National Quality Standard (NQS). It is designed to spark professional discussions and critical reflection, and test your knowledge of the NQS.

Whether you’re a service looking for a bit of fun to inject into your professional learning offerings, or you’re an educator wanting to remember your QIPs from your AQFs, the latest Quest for Quality extension pack is a light-hearted resource that’s perfect for both educators and services.

Grow and promote your business with FDCA's Family Day Care Locator

Each year, FDCA's Family Day Care Locator generates over 60,000 searches by families looking for family day care.

Your Family Day Care Locator listing is a key element in the marketing and promotion of your family day care business to prospective families and educators.

You can customise and manage your locator listing to help your business stand out from the crowd.

Best of all, your locator listing is included as part of your FDCA membership.

How do I manage my Family Day Care Locator listing?

To manage your Family Day Care Locator listing, all you need to do is log in to your FDCA Member Zone and select "My Locator Listing". Inside your Locator Listing you will be able to:

  • Update your Location Name (the name of your business as displayed on the locator)
  • Upload a photo to your listing
  • Update your vacancy information
  • Enable or disable your locator listing

How can I access my Family Day Care Locator Enquiries?

To access your Family Day Care Locator enquiries, log in to your FDCA Member Zone and select "Locator Enquiries".

This will allow you to view a summary of your recent enquiries. You can review the details of each individual enquiry by clicking on the 'View' link for that enquiry, which will allow you to view the full message that was sent.

It is important to note that contact details are sent to the family day care service.

To view a short video on how to manage your Family Day Care Locator listing and view your enquiries, click on one of the links below:

Click here to view our educator locator video; and

Click here to view our service locator video.

How will I know when I receive an enquiry from the Family Day Care Locator?

When you receive a new enquiry from the Family Day Care Locator, an email will be sent to your registered email address. This will contain a link that will take you straight to your FDCA Member Zone so that you can view the enquiry.

We also recommend that services regularly check both the "My Enquiries" and "Educator Enquiries" tabs inside their FDCA Member Zone to ensure that they don't miss any family day care enquiries.

What if I haven't activated my FDCA Member Zone?

To access your FDCA Member Zone, follow these five simple steps:

  1. Click here to activate your free account (for the best experience, use the latest Chrome browser)
  2. Enter your registered email address
  3. An email will then be sent to your email address; click on the 'create password' button
  4. Create and confirm your password

‍Click here to log in and enter your FDCA Member Zone.