Family Day Care Australia was disappointed by the stories run across various news outlets over the weekend. This coverage regarding a small group of unscrupulous 'operators' continues to unfairly taint the reputation of our sector, which is made up of fantastic educators and services that go above and beyond to support families and provide high quality outcomes for children all across Australia.
National winners announced in the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards
Family Day Care Australia was proud to announce the National Award Winners in the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards at the awards Gala Dinner that was held in Hobart on Saturday night.Now in its eighth year, the awards highlight the incredible work completed by family day care educators,coordinators and services each and every day.
FDCA releases industry first study into the next generation of family day care educators
Family Day Care Australia is proud today to release an industry-first study into the family day care workforce in Australia: Attracting the next generation of family day care educators. The study, which drew on the feedback and insights of 1,288 current family day care educators across Australia, explored the current socio-demographic profile of family day care educators.
FDCA submission to the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement on family day care residences with swimming pools, spas and water features in WA
On 13 May 2019 Family Day Care Australia made a submission to the WA Dept of Communities in response to the recently released Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (CRIS) on family day care residences with swimming pools, spas and water features in WA. The CRIS was developed to canvas proposed changes to regulations and other policy options to address recommendations made by Coroner Sarah Linton following the inquest into the tragic drowning of Lachlan James Mitchell at his family day care service on 9 November 2015.
Children, educators and services shine during National Family Day Care Week
From 6-12 May 2019, family day care educators, services, families and children from all around Australia came together to celebrate the important role family day care plays not only in their communities, but in shaping and supporting the lives, hopes and dreams of hundreds of thousands of children around the country.
2019 National Family Day Care Week launched by Family Day Care Australia
Following a successful week in 2018, National Family Day Care Week is back again in 2019 and Family Day Care Australia is calling on the entire family day care sector to join in on the celebrations! Now in its seventh consecutive year, National Family Day Care Week will run from Monday 6 May through to Sunday 12 May 2019.
Time for change in Government rhetoric on rorters and fraudsters says Family Day Care Australia
Family Day Care Australia, the national peak body for the family day care, is calling on the Australian government to reframe its approach and its language in its dealings with the family day care sector. The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, today announced a $52 million investment targeting “rorters and fraudsters” while in the same breath, expresses concerns about “giving the sector a bad name.”
On 3 December 2018, the Red Tape Committee released its final report. The final report focuses primarily on the broader policy and process to limit and reduce red tape. However, it confirms that the recommendations from the sector-specific interim reports still stand...
Becoming a memberwith Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is your ticket to a range of benefits that represent, support and promote you and your business.
Below are just some of the ways in which you can take advantage of your membership with us though the FDCA Member Zone...
Professional Learning Portal
The FDCA Professional Learning Portal is available exclusively to our members to support the professional development journey of both educators and service staff, and can be conveniently accessed through the FDCA Member Zone.
The Professional Learning Portal contains a number of courses designed to spark critical reflection and cultivate good practice. The information provided within each course is evidence-based and specifically tailored to the family day care sector.
Our Visions for Quality course focuses on family day care educators’ work and how that work supports children’s learning. This course promotes best practice and supports services to comply with the National Quality Framework.
Our Perspectives on Quality learning resource contains interviews with educators and coordination unit staff on five key areas identified through research as being particularly important in the delivery of high quality family day care, including Professional practice, Relationships, Flexibility, Diversity and social support, and Autonomy.
Another key learning tool is the Child Safe, Child Friendly resource is an interactive professional learning and critical reflection resource specifically designed for family day care educators and provides information and tools to assist educators keep children safe, incorporating examples of best practice, scenarios, and self-reflection questions.
The FDCA Professional Learning Portal is just one way that we are supporting you, our members, to deliver high quality education and care and achieve your career goals.
Market My Business Hub
We know how important it is to market your family day care business, but we also know it can be a daunting, time consuming and expensive endeavour.
That’s why we’ve developed the FDCA Market My Business Hub, your one stop shop to a suite of professionally designed marketing materials that can be customised to your business or service.
Locating your hub is easy through your FDCA Member Zone.
The resources on your ‘Market My Business Hub’ have been designed using extensive external market research and stakeholder consultation. When using the Market My Business Hub, you can be confident that each resource reflects the things that make family day care ‘the natural choice’ for tens of thousands of families and educators across Australia.
The Market My Business Hub reflects our commitment to promoting you, our members, as the natural choice for high quality early childhood education and care for families across Australia.
Family Day Care Locator
FDCA's Family Day Care Locator generates over 60,000 searches each year, by families looking for family day care.
The Family Day Care Locator has been designed to help you grow and promote your business to families seeking high quality education and care. This makes your locator listing a key part of your marketing and promotions toolkit for your business!
You can customise and manage your locator listing to help your business stand out from the crowd.
The FDCA Locator Listing is another way that we support you, our members, to expand your business and attract the attention of families in the community.
Sector Support and Resources
The FDCA Member Zone also contains a variety of resources and factsheets designed to assist educators and services to understand their requirements under the National Quality Framework, support service delivery, and unpack some of the key research we have undertaken.
In addition to this, we continue to support and advise on vital research into the family day care sector, with the support of academic bodies and family day care leaders. This commitment to research underpins our dedication to developing a deeper understanding of the unique nature and benefits of family day care across the country.
For issues or announcements affecting our sector, FDCA is here to help! Our team of experts have the important job of connecting with our members and assisting them to resolve a variety of matters relating to day to day operational, pedagogical or regulatory issues.
Andrea, one of the team, said, "Our 'Sector Support' function is a cornerstone of the work we do as the national peak body for family day care, and investment in this area is testament to the ways in which we support our members and the incredible work they do each and every day."
To find out more about more about the work FDCA does for members, click here!