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Please see below for the 2020-2021 FDCA's Member Initiatives that fall under the 'Support’ priority.

FDCA 2021 National Conference

Summary

The FDCA National Conference is a key event on the early childhood calendar which brings the sector together to offer professional development, networking opportunities and also discuss a range of contemporary key issues and topics.

The 2021 National Conference will be held in Hobart from October 28-30 2021 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. During 2020-2021 our focus will shift towards promoting the conference, securing sponsors and exhibitors and finalizing the conference program.

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

  • Support ongoing improvement in pedagogical and operational practice.
  • Assist in increasing member satisfaction.


National Engagement Program

Summary

The National Engagement Program (NEP) delivers tailored family day care forums across Australia. The 2020-2021 NEP will continue to focus on professional development with a plan to secure a second external partner in 2021.

It is intended that a full 2021 NEP calendar will be developed, however, the 2021 calendar will take place in the first half of the year due to the FDCA 2021 National Conference taking place in October 2021. The NEP calendar remains fluid to accommodate for COVID-19 border restrictions and public health directives.

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

  • Support ongoing improvement in pedagogical and operational practice.
  • Assist in increasing member satisfaction.


Critical Reflection Resource

Summary

FDCA will build upon its resource catalogue through an initiative to continue to develop high quality and tailored resources for family day care educators, coordinators and services.

ACECQA data indicates that National Quality Standard (NQS) Quality Area 1, Educational Programming and Practice, is the Quality Area in which family day care performs the worst. Improvement in this area is essential if overall quality ratings are to improve across the board.

As such, FDCA is focusing its resource development initiative on one key area within Quality Area 1, that being a critical reflection tool for education (relevant to Standard 1.3). This area is a fundamental deficit within the sector and improvement in this area should significantly assist in lifting rating levels across Quality Areas.

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

  • Improve understanding of the NQS standards or elements in which family day care perform least well, and how to apply core improvement strategies in daily practice.
  • Increase member value through resource offerings.


Best Practice Coordinator Guide

Summary

FDCA prides itself on high quality support for both educators and services through a range of means 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 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.

This guide will provide a comprehensive overview of the role of coordinators from a regulatory perspective, and 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.

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

  • Support coordinators to improve practice.
  • Provide a strong mechanism by which to better engage with coordinators.