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Please see below for the 2019-2020 FDCA's Member Initiatives that fall under the 'Represent' priority. To navigate directly to an initiative, click on the links below.

FDCA Sector Viability Strategy | Preschool and Family Day Care Intersection Scoping | Ongoing Representation

FDCA Sector Viability Strategy

Summary

All members would be very aware that over recent years the family day care sector has been subject to a raft of regulatory reforms in response to the considerable compliance issues resulting from unscrupulous operators in the sector.

This sustained regulatory reform has imposed significant market restrictions on legitimate family day care providers and has also resulted in substantial levels of administrative burden. These issues, alongside the removal of the operational funding, have created a cumulative impact that is seeing quality providers unable to sustain their operations and, in turn, exiting the sector.

FDCA is implementing a comprehensive Sector Viability Strategy that will first assess and document the key barriers to ongoing sector viability and growth and then, actively work with regulators and policy makers at the state and territory level and also at the Commonwealth level to address these issues.

Goals and Impacts (what we want to achieve and how it will make a difference to our members)

  • Provide strong leadership, a united national voice and future directions for family day care through effective, broadly representative, consultative and evidence-based advocacy on key policy issues.
  • Champion a political, policy and regulatory environment that embraces the uniqueness, importance and capabilities of family day care and enables a strong, viable, accessible and evolving sector.

Outcomes to date

Publication of FDCA's Sector Viability Brief which is designed to support ongoing, collaborative dialogue with state, territory and Commonwealth governments around how FDCA, the family day care sector, policy decision makers and regulators can work together to further promote:

  • increased quality of family day care service provision;
  • growth in higher quality service provision; and
  • the long term viability of the family day care sector.


Meetings held with:

  • Gabrielle Sinclair, CEO, ACECQA
  • The Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Education, NSW
  • The Hon. John Gardner MP, Minister for Education, SA
  • The Department of Education, VIC
  • The Hon. Jeremy Rockliff MP, Minister for Education and Training, TAS
  • The Department of Education, NT
  • Yvette Berry MLA, Education and Early Childhood Development, ACT
  • The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education
  • The Australian Government Department of Education
  • The Office of the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education


Meetings scheduled with:

  • The Hon. Grace Grace MP, Minister for Education, QLD
  • The Hon. Simone McGuirk MLA, Minister for Community Services, WA

Status

In progress

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Preschool and Family Day Care Intersection Scoping

Summary

As your national peak body, FDCA is always looking to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the family day care sector and as such is continuously looking at opportunities that may present services with the potential to enhance their service offering to families.

‘Preschool’ (or ‘kindergarten’ in some jurisdictions) in Australia is the generic term used to describe the structured early learning program provided to children by a degree qualified early childhood teacher in the year before formal schooling commences.

While there is no legislative requirement that family day care services provide a preschool program, there appears to be no substantial reason why a family day care service cannot deliver a preschool service.

As such, this key initiative will explore how the family day care sector does and/or can intersect with preschools and preschool programs and examine whether it might be possible for family day care services to transition to delivering a preschool program.

Goals and Impacts (what we want to achieve and how it will make a difference to our members)

  • Provide strong leadership, a united national voice and future directions for family day care through effective, broadly representative, consultative and evidence-based advocacy on key policy issues.
  • Champion a political, policy and regulatory environment that embraces the uniqueness, importance and capabilities of family day care and enables a strong, viable, accessible and evolving sector.

Outcomes to date

FDCA has begun the consultation process with family day care services through the dissemination of a survey to service members that is seeking information regarding how services either deliver or interact with preschool programs currently. The survey also is seeking to collect ideas as to how it might be possible to deliver a preschool program through a family day care service and also whether there are any fundamental or structural barriers to delivering a preschool program.

Status

In progress

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Ongoing Representation

FDCA will continue to represent you on all major early childhood education and care industry reference groups including:

  • The Everyone Benefits Campaign Reference Group
  • The Department of Education and Training - Implementation and Transition Reference Group
  • The Beyond Blue National Education Initiative
  • The Department of Education and Training Minister’s and Secretary’s Rules Working Group
  • The Department of Education and Training Communications Working Group
  • The Department of Education and Training Child Care IT System Working Group
  • The SkillsIQ - Children's Education and Care Industy Reference Committee