9 June 2021

2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - Nominations close this Sunday!

Do you know an educator, coordinator or service that deserves to be recognised for the contributions they make to delivering quality outcomes for children? If the answer is yes, make sure you get your nominations in before Sunday 13 June 2021.

Your nomination can play a major role in the Award submission review process.

To place a nomination, click here.

Third round of nominations released!

Our third round of nominations for the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards have been released!

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) members nominated up until Sunday 6 June 2021 have been sent email notifications to confirm their nomination.

You can also view the full list of our third round nominees on the FDCA website here.

Nominations lists are correct as at 6 June 11.59pm AEST (nominations placed after this date will be included in the next nomination release).

Awards highlight videos

To celebrate 10 years of the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, FDCA is showcasing special messages from previous Award winners and finalists.

These messages highlight the importance of the Awards for the sector and for our recipients in recognising the passion and hard work displayed by so many educators, coordinators and services every day.

To view our latest message and to check out the series in full, visit the FDCA Facebook page!

Share the Awards on social media

Help spread the word about the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards by getting active on social media.

Whether it’s sharing posts from the FDCA page or creating posts of your own, you’ll help us build interest in, and awareness of, the Awards and the importance of this event for our sector.

Click here to access the FDCA Facebook page

The Awards are the only event of its kind for the family day care sector in Australia, showcasing the incredible efforts of educators, coordinators and services and acknowledging the impacts they make to the lives of more than 93,000 children across the country.  

To find out more information, including how you can take home a part of $30,000 worth of prizes, visit our website at

Crucial survey about COVID related health messaging and advice now open

A multi-disciplinary team of internationally renowned researchers led by Macquarie University is  investigating how the early childhood sector finds out about, and passes on, important health and wellbeing information following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

You can ensure that family day care is included in this important research by responding to a national online survey, which is a core component of this project.

Please follow the survey links below:

Survey for family day care educators 

Survey for family day care Approved Providers/Coordinators 

Your  participation in this important research project will ensure visibility of the family day care sector in this research, and help the health and early childhood sectors to work together and ensure that health information is communicated effectively across Australia.

Thank you to those services who have already expressed interest.

Don’t miss out! FDCA 2021 National Conference early bird discount extended

To ensure our members can continue to access Family Day Care Australia events at the best possible prices, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) will be extending our members-only early bird pricing for the FDCA 2021 National Conference into the month of June.

This means that you will still be able to access your FDCA 2021 National Conference tickets at the heavily subsidised price of $599 until 30 June 2021. The early-bird price represents a saving of $150 on the full ticket price and includes:

  • access to all plenary and keynote sessions across the entirety of the FDCA 2021 National Conference;
  • access to all workshop sessions across the entirety of the FDCA 2021 National Conference;
  • access to the conference Welcome Function;
  •  one FDCA 2021 National Conference Gala Dinner ticket;
  • access to the exhibition across the entirety of the FDCA 2021 National Conference;
  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Friday and Saturday; and
  • access to the FDCA 2021 National Conference app.

To find out more about the FDCA 2021 National Conference and access your early-bird discount, click here.

Extended refund policy for your peace of mind

To provide our members with a risk-free ticket purchasing experience, FDCA will ensure that any members who are unable to attend the conference due to COVID-19 related circumstances will receive a FULL refund on their ticket purchase up until three weeks out from the conference.

Preliminary conference program available to view!

Start planning your unique conference experience with the release of our 2021 National Conference preliminary program.

Conference attendees will have 24 workshops to choose from on a range of different topics, in addition to keynote addresses from experts in the early childhood education and care sector.

Click here to view the program.

 Want to know more about the FDCA 2021 National Conference?

To find out more about the FDCA 2021 National Conference, including information on accommodation and the amazing things to do in Tasmania, visit

Perspectives on Quality - Your guide to best practice and guided reflection

Perspectives on Quality, a guided reflection tool available on the FDCA Professional Learning Portal, is a must-have resource for educators to support the delivery of best practice and the achievement of the best possible learning and developmental outcomes for children in family day care.

Perspectives on Quality is an opportunity to engage in evidence-based critical reflection from the comfort of your own home.

The reflection tool consists of five videos containing interviews with educators, coordination unit staff on the following key areas:

  • Professional practice;
  • Relationships;
  • Flexibility;
  • Diversity and social support; and
  • Autonomy.

Each video is accompanied by guidance modules and a number of reflective questions.

Educators will also be able to download a certificate of completion for their own or their service's professional development records.

How do I access the FDCA Professional Learning Portal?

To start using the FDCA Professional Learning Portal, simply login to your FDCA Member Dashboard and click on the "Professional Learning Portal" button on the left.

To activate your FDCA online account, click here and follow the instructions.

If you have any enquiries or questions regarding the FDCA Professional Learning Portal please email