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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 National Engagement Program | Best Practice Guide for Coordinators | FDCA Professional Learning Portal | Assessment and Ratings Insights Resource | Online Services Upgrades | Perspectives on Quality Online Resource

FDCA National Engagement Program

Summary


FDCA's successful National Engagement Program forums will continue to provide members with access to free, high quality professional development sessions, tailored specifically for the family day care sector.

The forums, which will be held all around Australia, will bring together educators and service staff, providing members with not only access to great professional development, but also the opportunity to network with family day care service professionals and educators, receive important updates on the sector and engage with FDCA on relevant and timely sector issues.

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

  • Support ongoing improvement in pedagogical and operational practice, and outcomes for children in family day care, through research, resources, professional learning opportunities and professional networks.
  • Support the sector in the effective and efficient management of, and compliance with, the administrative, business and regulatory requirements of family day care.
  • Contribute towards increasing the percentage of services ‘meeting’ or ‘exceeding’ the National Quality Standard from 43% to 66%.

Outcomes to date

  • During 2019-2020 six forums have been held.
  • Planning for 2020 forums is underway with an announcement on dates and locations due in December 2019.

Status

In progress

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Best Practice Guide for Coordinators

Summary


FDCA prides itself on high quality support for both educators and services through a range of means to improve pedagogical and operational practice, and to support members in the effective and efficient management of, and compliance with, the administrative, business and regulatory requirements of family day care.

Given the centrality and importance of coordinators in the delivery of high quality family day care, this initiative will explore and document best practice examples of coordinator practice and develop a best practice guide to support continuous improvement in coordinator practice.

The guide will provide a comprehensive overview of the role of coordinators from a regulatory perspective. It will explore the key features of the role which make it central to the family day care model, the delivery of high quality family day care, and ultimately the learning and developmental outcomes for children in family day care.

This resource will be exclusively available to FDCA members.

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

  • Support ongoing improvement in pedagogical and operational practice, and outcomes for children in family day care, through research, resources, professional learning opportunities and professional networks.
  • Support the sector in the effective and efficient management of, and compliance with, the administrative, business and regulatory requirements of family day care.
  • Contribute towards increasing the percentage of services ‘meeting’ or ‘exceeding’ the National Quality Standard from 43% to 66%.

Outcomes

  • Work on this initiative is set to begin in 2020.

Status

In progress

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FDCA Professional Learning Portal

Summary

The FDCA Professional Learning Portal delivers on FDCA's ongoing commitment to supporting our members in their work; delivering quality outcomes for children in family day care.

The FDCA Professional Learning Portal, for the first time, provides FDCA members with exclusive members-only access to free and interactive online professional learning resources that can be accessed via the FDCA website.

We understand that, for family day care services and educators, access to high quality professional learning resources that are tailored for family day care can be difficult and expensive to access.

We also recognise that in our ever-changing sector, it's critical that services and educators are able to connect with these resources.

The FDCA Professional Learning Portal gives services and educators access to self-guided, self-paced tools and resources that can be delivered how and when it suits; saving time, money, administration and fuss in the day-to-day operations of a family day care business.

FDCA members are able to access the following tools and resources:

  • The Compliance Assessment Tool (for services)
  • The Child Safe, Child Friendly critical reflection resource (for educators)

FDCA members can access the Professional Learning Portal via their Family Day Care Australia Member Zone.

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

  • Support ongoing improvement in pedagogical and operational practice, and outcomes for children in family day care, through research, resources, professional learning opportunities and professional networks.
  • Support the sector in the effective and efficient management of, and compliance with, the administrative, business and regulatory requirements of family day care.
  • Contribute towards increasing the percentage of services ‘meeting’ or ‘exceeding’ the National Quality Standard from 43% to 66%.

Outcomes to date

  • The FDCA Professional Learning Portal is live and available to all FDCA service and educator members.

Status

Complete

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Assessment and Ratings Insights Resource

Summary

In 2019, FDCA conducted a review of the assessment and ratings process, as applied to the family day care sector, through ARTD Consultants.

The purpose of the review was to undertake a comparative review of the assessment and ratings process of each state and territory regulatory authority for the family day care sector and identify any inconsistencies and variances.

The review examined how the assessment process is undertaken across jurisdictions, identified specific barriers and challenges to family day care’s performance against the NQS, and explored what family day care services could do to improve their practice in undertaking the assessment process.

The review culminated in two reports, one of which is designed to provide guidance to family day care services in relation to improving organisation process and how to navigate the assessment process.

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.
  • Support ongoing improvement in pedagogical and operational practice, and outcomes for children in family day care, through research, resources, professional learning opportunities and professional networks.
  • Support the sector in the effective and efficient management of, and compliance with, the administrative, business and regulatory requirements of family day care.

Outcomes to date

Status

In Complete

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Online Service Upgrades

Summary


During 2019-2020 FDCA will make a number of substantial upgrades to its online services that will assist in making it easier for services and educators to run their businesses.

The first of these upgrades will see a complete revitalisation of the FDCA's member portal. This upgrade will allow members to access all of their tools and resources in one simple, easy to access location. The new member portal will provide access to tools such the family day care locator, the FDCA Professional Learning Portal, insurance self service access and much more.

Another comprehensive upgrade that will be made will see the evolution of FDCA's Insurance Status reports service into a complete compliance dashboard that will be available to FDCA service members. This will allow services to monitor all aspects of educator compliance, from insurance, to police checks, first aid status and also track educators' progress as they conduct their FDCA training modules through our learning management system. This will provide services with access to an at-a-glance dashboard, saving them time on monitoring their educators' compliance.

A final online service upgrade that will take place will see significant enhancements made to the family day care locator. These enhancements will allow members to customise their locator listing with photos and adding specific information about their family day care business. Members will even have the ability upgrade their own listing to make it stand out from the crowd.

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

  • Support ongoing improvement in pedagogical and operational practice, and outcomes for children in family day care, through research, resources, professional learning opportunities and professional networks.
  • Support the sector in the effective and efficient management of, and compliance with, the administrative, business and regulatory requirements of family day care.
  • Contribute towards increasing the percentage of services ‘meeting’ or ‘exceeding’ the National Quality Standard from 43% to 66%.
  • Raise awareness and position family day care as a career of choice to support services in the recruitment of professional early childhood educators in areas of need and opportunity.
  • Increase the number of leads generated for members via FDCA's Family Day Care Locator.

Outcomes to date

  • Development work is underway for this initiative with service upgrades forecast to be live in early 2020.

Status

In progress

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Perspectives on Quality Online Resource

Summary

In 2017, FDCA developed a series of resources, based on the perspectives on Quality in Australian Family Day Care research commissioned by FDCA. This research highlighted innovative practice and key aspects of high quality service delivery in family day care services including professional practice, relationships, flexibility, autonomy, diversity and social support.

Given the high quality nature of the original resource, and that it is based on robust research conducted by the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), FDCA plans to leverage the existing resource and update it into an online, interactive resource that is easily to all FDCA members.

This resource will be housed on the FDCA Professional Learning Portal.

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

  • Support ongoing improvement in pedagogical and operational practice, and outcomes for children in family day care, through research, resources, professional learning opportunities and professional networks.
  • Support the sector in the effective and efficient management of, and compliance with, the administrative, business and regulatory requirements of family day care.
  • Contribute towards increasing the percentage of services ‘meeting’ or ‘exceeding’ the National Quality Standard from 43% to 66%.

Outcomes to date

  • Work on this initiative will commence in early 2020 with a view the launching the resource in mid 2020.

Status

In progress

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