As a member of Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) our focus is on representing, supporting and promoting you so that you can provide great outcomes for the children and families you support.

When you become a member of FDCA you join a network of early childhood educators and service professionals across Australia and you are making a vital contribution to our work in supporting, promoting and representing the sector. As your national, not-for-profit, peak body, your investment in us, is an investment in a stronger future for family day care.

Representing You

Changes in child care policy can have a significant impact on our sector. As a member we will help you understand your regulatory environment, stay up to date with changes that affect you and to have your say on and influence child care policy.

During 2018/2019 we will:

  • Develop an election commitments document that will be presented to each of the major parties in the lead up to the federal election. The commitments of each of the major parties will be shared with our members to help inform you about what their child care policies are and how they could impact family day care
  • Undertaking a research project to inform how the National Quality Framework is applied to family day care. This will seek to ensure that the ratings and assessment process embraces the family day care model and will assist educators and services in the Rating and Assessment process

As a member you also have the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to member surveys and consultations on issues as they arise
  • Nominate to participate in FDCA working and advisory groups
  • Nominate and vote for Board Directorship

Supporting You

We will also help you in delivering quality outcomes for children and in the management, administration and compliance of your business, including free resources and professional development.

During 2018/2019 we will:

  • Host free professional development workshops for educators and services across Australia through FDCA's National Engagement Program
  • Undertake a project that will support educators with the challenges of running their own small business through a financial capabilities resource
  • Launch a new interactive child safety resource to support you in enhancing your knowledge and approaches to supporting child safety
  • Translate a number of our resources and information to support educators from cultural and language diverse backgrounds

As a member you also have access to:

Promoting You

Our other major function for members is to promote family day care as an option of choice for parents and potential educators, helping you to promote and grow your business.

During 2018/2019 we will:

  • Promote family day care with a national regional television campaign
  • Run a national online marketing campaign to promote family day care through social media, search engine marketing and online display marketing
  • Invest in a national advertising campaign in GP clinics across Australia
  • Represent the family day care sector in person at Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expos across Australia

As a member you also have access to:

  • FDCA's Marketing Resources Hub – which provides free, professionally designed digital marketing resources to all of our members including flyers, brochures and posters
  • Media and communications support – one of Family Day Care Australia's communications professionals will write professional quality press releases on request to help promote your stories, events and celebrations


Becoming a member of Family Day Care Australia gives you access to a fantastic range of other member benefits, services and support. These include:

  • Expert early childhood, management and operations phone support for educators and services
  • Exclusive members only access to high quality resources developed specifically for the family day care sector and member’s only content on the FDCA website to support you in your work
  • FREE listing on our family day care locator to help you reach parents directly and promote your family day care service
  • FREE Insurance Status Reports included with Service membership to support your compliance obligations
  • The opportunity to participate in the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards
  • Access to premium funding arrangements that help you manage your budget by spreading the payments of membership and a range of insurance products when taken together
  • Member discounts to conferences, forums and other family day care events
  • Access to members only offers and discounts from organisations such as Vodafone, Energy Australia and 365 Roadside Assistance

Membership categories

Category Price Description
Individual $49.90
per year

Open to educators, parent-users of family day care, employees or volunteers of a service or entity applying to become a service, retired educators still actively involved in the family day care sector, employees of state or territory Family Day Care Associations and Board appointed Directors of FDCA who are not otherwise eligible to be members.

Service $199.00
per year

Open to any registered family day care service or entity applying to become a family day care service, with membership rights and privileges exercised by the nominated duly appointed representative

Organisation $95.00
per year

Open to an incorporated body which is involved or associated with the provision of family day care in the opinion of the Board; or a person who is the authorised representative of an unincorporated body which is involved or associated with the provision of family day care in the opinion of the Board.

All prices include applicable GST

Click here to download a membership application form.

For more information, please email or call 1800 658 699.

Our office hours are 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday (AEST).