9 February 2022

2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - National Finalist videos

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is sharing the stories of our 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards National Finalists on the Family Day Care Australia Facebook page, in the lead up to the Awards Gala Dinner in Canberra on Saturday 26 February 2022.

Watch out for the video reveals of our National Finalists, as we recognise their incredible achievements and celebrate the strength and successes of the sector.

FDCA congratulates our 2021 Service, Coordinator and Educator National Finalists and extends our thanks to everyone that has participated, making our 10th anniversary of Excellence in Family Day Care one of our biggest Award seasons to date!

Changes to Child Care Subsidy for providers and families

From 7 March 2022, families with more than one child aged 5 or under in care will get a higher Child Care Subsidy (CCS) rate for their second child and younger children.  

Families may be eligible if they:

  • earn less than $354,305; and
  • have more than one child aged 5 or under in child care.

Service providers will not need to do anything to help families get the higher rate, but the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) encourages all providers to support families in understanding the changes

Further information on the CCS increase is available on DESE’s website here:

You can also download posters and factsheets communicating the changes here:

NEW Professional Learning and Development space launching soon!

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for the launch of our brand-new professional learning and development initiative.

This will include a significantly enhanced portfolio of professional development courses and content, available exclusively to FDCA members, supporting you even further to deliver quality outcomes and make the most of your family day care business.

Access will be included as part of your membership, through the FDCA Member Zone.

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

To activate 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 (this is the same email address that Family Day Care Matters is sent to)

3.       An email will then be sent to your email address; click on the 'create password' button

4.       Create and confirm your password

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

ACECQA’s NQF Annual Performance Report for 2021

ACECQA has released the National Quality Framework Performance Report for 2021, capturing key metrics of the early childhood education and care sector (ECEC) and providing a snapshot of relevant areas of the NQF, including:

  • Impact of COVID-19;
  • Children’s health and safety;
  • Educational program and practice;
  • Children from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds;
  • Workforce; and
  • Public awareness of service quality.

The NQF Performance reports are published to promote continuous quality improvement, and provide important information to users and providers of ECEC.

We encourage our members to access the report here.

Do you have a story to share in JiGSAW magazine?

FDCA is on the hunt for submissions for the 2022 autumn edition of JiGSAW magazine.

Do you have a programming or curriculum success story that you would like to share with the sector?

Are you a service that would like to share a story about the achievements of your educators or staff?

Have you been on an exciting excursion or had an enthralling incursion that you would like to share? Or maybe you have your own unique story that you think JiGSAW readers could take inspiration from!

If you would like to contribute to the upcoming edition of JiGSAW, send us an email at with a short description of your story. To view the most recent stories shared by educators and services in our 2021 summer edition of JiGSAW, click here to access your FDCA Member Zone.