What is National Family Day Care Week?
National Family Day Care Week is a chance for the family day care sector to unite and celebrate the amazing work of educators and approved services in shaping the lives of more than 167,000 children around the country.
The week long community event is an excellent opportunity to raise the image and profile of family day care as an integral part of Australia’s early childhood education and care sector.
It will also provide a platform for approved family day care services to collectively advocate for quality early childhood education and school age care.
When is National Family Day Care Week?
Throughtout the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, the team at Family Day Care Australia are working hard every day to continue to advocate for broader support for the sector, both at a service and educator level and are working tirelessly to ensure the sector remains as strong as possible in these unprecedented times. The safety of you and your families remains at the forefront of what we do.
In light of this and following the recent restrictions put in place by state, territory and federal governments, we have made the decision to postpone all face-to-face events scheduled to take place before 30 June 2020. This includes National Family Day Care Week, which was scheduled to take place from 4-10 May 2020.
We thank you for your understanding and support of this decision. We hope to be able to announce new dates for these events later in the year, and as your national peak body we look forward to supporting and promoting the sector through these events.
Do I have to take part? / Why should I take part?
Taking part in and sharing National Family Day Care week with the broader community helps educators and approved services to highlight to the community the role of play in children’s learning and how this is supported every day in family day care.
By getting involved participants have an opportunity to celebrate and share the many unique benefits of family day care.
The suggested activities in the Programming Ideas Guide are all great ways to entice local media to cover National Family Day Care Week and raise the image and profile of the sector.
My service isn’t doing anything, can I still be involved?
Yes. If your service isn’t hosting an event there are still lots of ways to be involved in National Family Day Care Week.
Educators can host celebration at their home and invite all the children and their families to come and be a part of the fun.
Throughout the week, there are lots of ways to encourage, develop and celebrate every child’s own individual star qualities.
Some suggested programming ideas include:
- Evening under the stars
- Superstar fancy dress
- Star themed arts and crafts
- Allstar sports day
These ideas presented in the Programming Ideas Guide are simply suggestions to get you started – you may have your own ideas about how to celebrate National Family Day Care Week.
Or better still, use the examples as starting points and be guided by the children’s interests and ideas about how they want to celebrate National Family Day Care Week.
What if it’s raining or cloudy?
If you have planned an ‘Evening Under the Stars’ and Mother Nature delivers some nasty weather we encourage you to still go ahead with the event.
If possible, have a safe and protected wet weather venue organised in advance so you can easily move your guests there if needed – it might be inside the approved service, under a pergola or in your garage or lounge room.
There are still lots of activities you can offer in the event of bad weather:
- make an artwork exhibition of the children’s wishes
- perform a song, dance or presentation
- invite the children to share their wishes with the audience
- host a dinner or afternoon tea
How do I share my pictures/videos if I don’t have Facebook?
If you haven’t got access to Facebook, there are a number of other ways you can still share your events.
We suggest asking your service or the children’s families to help you share your videos and photographs on our Facebook page. Alternatively you can email your content to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily share them on your behalf.