9 November 2022

“Your Home, Your Business” now available on the Learning Hub!

Being a successful family day care educator demands a diverse professional skillset, none the least of which is small business management.

 Your Home, Your Business offers insights, tips and tricks to help you understand the foundations of the family day care business model, the legal and regulatory context within which family day care operates, and how to promote and market your business..

For educators just starting out, Part 1 of Your Home, Your Business covers the core principles of establishing a family day care business and is an ideal tool for services to incorporate into their induction process.

For more seasoned educators and those looking to dive into the specifics, Part 2 explores the essentials of money management and taxation, business administration strategies and how to build key relationships with stakeholders in the ECEC sector.

Accessing the Learning Hub

You can access Your Home, Your Business through the FDCA Member Zone.

Simply log in and navigate to the subheading “Learning Hub”, where you’ll be taken to the home page.

Update from the Department of Education

Short survey

The Department of Education has launched a short survey for early childhood education and care professionals.

The survey will collect feedback on how the Department communicates through their website, their weekly newsletter, their Facebook group and their video content.

Click here to take the survey. Please note, all data collected will be anonymous. 

Expressions of Interest closing tomorrow: FDCA Project Advisory Committee to support Understanding Admin Burden Initiative

Do you have capacity to contribute your experience and insights to assist Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) in its work?

FDCA is commencing a new Key Initiative soon that will examine the issue of administration (admin) burden. This issue has been cited by our members as one of the most significant operational challenges of running a family day care business.

To support this project, a time-limited Project Advisory Committee (PAC) is being established.

Expressions of Interest

The PAC will provide a vehicle for insights from current educator and service members, with a view to ultimately making recommendations to the FDCA Management and Board of Directors.

As such, we are now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from members with relevant backgrounds, experience and expertise to join the PAC and provide valuable input to the Understanding Admin Burden Key Initiative.

To submit your EOI, fill out the form here before 5.00 pm AEDT tomorrow, Thursday 10 November 2022.

For the full Terms of Reference of the PAC, including member roles and responsibilities, please click here.

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

In October of this year, FDCA’s Family Day Care Locator attracted over 5,300 visits and generated over 1,680 enquiries from families looking for family day care.

With families all across Australia looking to access child care, now is the time to ensure that your Family Day Care Locator listing is up to date. 

FDCA members can customise and manage their locator listing through the FDCA Member Zone to help their family day care business stand out from the crowd.

To get started, follow the instructions below.

How do I manage my Family Day Care Locator listing?

To manage your Family Day Care Locator listing, 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".

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.

FREE resources on Distributed Leadership in Family Day Care

Over the past two years, the Distributed Leadership in Family Day Care Study has been investigating effective leadership in family day care, with a particular focus on distributed leadership approaches.

This collaborative study involving the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Queensland, Family Day Care Queensland, Family Day Care Australia, Wynnum Family Day Care and Early Childhood Australia (Queensland branch), has yielded informed insights on ways to nurture and support individual and collective leadership within family day care service.

Unequivocally, the results confirmed the need for, and benefits of, distributed leadership in family day care. 

Out of the study has come a FREE online professional development course, along with an electronic research report compiling the study’s key findings.

The course is housed here on Family Day Care Queensland’s website and includes short videos, learning activities and prompts to support critical reflection on current strengths and opportunities to enhance leadership practices.