National Family Day Care Week is one of the most important events on the early childhood calendar, highlighting the important role family day care educators and services play in the development and wellbeing of over 93,000 Australian children.
Family day care isa long-standing form of early childhood education and care approved under the National Quality Framework. Family day care educators run their business from home and deliver educational programming to children based on their individual needs, interests and experiences.
Celebrating its tenth birthday, National Family Day Care Week acknowledges family day care as an essential part of the early learning landscape across the country.
Currently, Family Day Care Australia's national network of members in the sector forms one of Australia’s largest networks of women in small business.
National Family Day Care Week is also a chance to acknowledge the unique benefits of small group settings, personalised educational programming and flexible hours of care that family daycare provides to Australian children each and every day.
National Family Day Care Week events are being held in every state and territory from
Sunday 2 May 2022 to Sunday 8 May 2022.
FDCA Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Paterson, shared his thoughts on the week. "2022 is a landmark year for National Family Day Care Week as we celebrate 10 years of recognising the contributions family day care makes to Australian children, families and communities. It’s a chance for our sector to come together and promote the importance of education and care in the early years, to support high quality outcomes for children."
For many families, small group settings and home environments are a deciding factor in selecting family daycare as their childcare option of choice.
Mr Paterson said, "The home environment and one-on-one attention that family day care provides means children receive the attention they need to thrive, and educators have the space to follow their passions and educate their way”.
"Family day care also offers much needed flexibility to support shift workers, regional communities and families in need of care outside of the usual 9 to 5. Our educators and services are an essential part of the education and care landscape, offering a unique approach to early learning that cannot always be replicated in larger settings”.
FDCA is the national, not-for-profit peak body for family day care across Australia, supporting, promoting and representing our educator and service members to give each child the best start in life.
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