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Please see below for the 2021-2022 FDCA's Member Initiatives that fall under the 'Support’ priority.

Critical Reflection in Practice guide and Companion Resource

FDCA is continuing its commitment to providing ongoing professional learning resources to members through the development of the Critical Reflection in Practice guide and Companion Resource.

This resource will provide members with the opportunity to improve results within this area which, in turn, should assist in lifting rating levels across Quality Areas in the sector.

FDCA Members can download a copy of the Practice Guide and Companion Resource from their FDCA Member Zone.

FDCA 2022 National Conference

The FDCA National Conference is Australia’s premier family day care event and has a proud history of bringing together stakeholders from the family day care and early childhood education and care sector, to connect and discuss key issues impacting the sector.

The FDCA 2022 National Conference, will provide delegates the opportunity to explore and embrace the unique strengths of family day care with their peers, celebrate the centrality of children across all aspects of our pedagogy and practice, and help us to solidify our collective vision for family day care into the future.

Taking place against the picturesque backdrop of Hobart, Tasmania from 15-17 September 2022, the FDCA 2021 National Conference will provide delegates with a wide variety of professional learning opportunities under one roof, access to a first-class line-up of keynote speakers and the chance to celebrate with a Gala Dinner that will include the 2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards presentation.

Please note that the FDCA 2022 National Conference was moved from an original date of 28-30 October 2021.

Coordinator Continuous Improvement Practice Resource

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 importance of the coordinator role in the delivery of high-quality family day care, this initiative will document examples of good practice amongst coordinators and develop a resource to support continuous improvement in coordinator practice, in partnership with Early Childhood Australia (ECA), sector stakeholders and subject matter experts.

The Coordinator Continuous Improvement Practice Resource 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 via the FDCA Member Zone.

Early Childhood Pedagogical Theory Guide

Data from the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) indicates that Quality Area 1 (QA1) of the National Quality Standard (NQS), Educational Program and Practice, is the Quality Area in which family day care performs the least well.

To help improve overall quality ratings across the board in the family day care sector, FDCA will develop an easily accessible and practical Early Childhood Pedagogical Theory Guide for family day care educators.

This guide will assist educators to establish a baseline understanding of the main schools of early childhood pedagogical theory, and will be available to all FDCA educator members for FREE as part of their FDCA membership.

National Engagement Program

We are pleased to announce that in 2022 the FDCA National Engagement Program will be returning for FDCA members! These popular forums will again provide professional development and support that is specifically tailored to suit the unique needs of family day care services and educators.

In 2022, the forums will see services and educators come together to take part in single day forums, allowing both groups to work together across the day and collaborate during sessions.

The forums will include sector updates, professional development sessions and a networking lunch, with priority access given to FDCA members.