Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) has today named the National Finalists in the 2023 Family Day Care Australia Excellence in Family Day Care Awards. FDCA is proud to name four educators, coordinators and services that have all been selected as National Finalists in this year’s awards.
Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is pleased to reveal this year's Star Award winners in the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards! Congratulations to the educators, coordinators and services that have been selected as emerging and perpetual stars!
Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is excited to announce the 2023 Regional Winners in the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards! We would like to say congratulations to all 71 Regional Educator Winners and are proud to recognise the meaningful and unparalleled work that they do as early learning professionals.
Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is excited to announce the launch of our new myFDCA App. We're putting our range of exclusive member benefits in the palm of your hand to access anytime, anywhere for FREE!
Thousands across Australia are getting ready to celebrate National Family Day Care Week!
From May 1-7 thousands of educators, service staff, families and children will be taking part in National Family Day Care Week celebrations across Australia to mark the 11th anniversary of the annual week that highlights the important role family day care educators and services play in the development and wellbeing of over 85,000 Australian children.
FDCA’s releases Pre-Budget Submission for 2023-2024
Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) made a submission to the Commonwealth Government Department of Treasury on Friday 27 January 2023, outlining key funding priorities to support and ensure the long-term viability of the family day care sector.As per our previous submission, the FDCA Pre-Budget Submission for 2023-2024 contains four recommended investment measures...
2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - National Winners announced!
After another incredible Awards season, with over 3,400 nominations received, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) was thrilled to announce our 2022 Educator, Coordinator and Service of the Year! The announcement of our 2022 National Winners took place at the FDCA National Conference Gala Dinner in Hobart, hosted by Nova Peris OAM.
The Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) 2022 National Conference, one of the biggest events on the early childhood calendar, begins this week in Hobart. Celebrating its tenth year, the 2022 National Conference brings together family day care professionals and early childhood education and care experts for three days of networking, workshops and plenary sessions.
FDCA Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee inquiry into Family Assistance Legislation (Cheaper Child Care) Bill 2022
On 17 October 2022 FDCA made a submission to the Senate inquiry into the Family Assistance Legislation (Cheaper Child Care) Bill 2022. In addition to responding to the overall intent and specific points in the draft legislation, we took the opportunity to again highlight the key issues affecting affordability of family day care for parents and viability of the sector as a whole.
FDCA Submission to the Department of Education: Hourly CCS Rate Cap Consultation
Following a survey of members’ views on the key issues, FDCA made a submission to the federal Department of Education’s Hourly CCS Rate Cap consultation in October 2022. The Hourly rate cap consultation was initiated by the Government to better understand the perspectives of the early childhood education and care sector on...
National Family Day Care Awards recognise regional winners!
Family day care educators across the country are being celebrated for excellence in early childhood education and care, in the 2022 Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) Excellence in Family Day Care Awards. Educators from 69 regions across Australia have been recognised this week as Regional Educator Winners in the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.
Nominations open for the 2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards
The Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) 2022 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are officially open for nominations! As the only event of its kind, the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards celebrate the sector on a national level and recognise the extraordinary achievements of family day care services, coordinators and educators each year.
National Family Day Care Week celebrates 10 years!
Celebrating its tenth birthday, National Family Day Care Week acknowledges family day care as an essential part of the early learning landscape across the country. Currently, Family Day Care Australia's national network of members in the sector forms one of Australia’s largest networks of women in small business.
FDCA pre-election commitment requests and responses
In the lead up to the 2022 election, FDCA surveyed members on their views about issues relating to the family day care sector. Based on members’ feedback we developed a set of pre-election commitment requests to send to the major Australian political parties in March 2022.
In response to the Australian Government’s call for submissions regarding priorities for the 2022-2023 Federal Budget, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) lodged a submission to Treasury on behalf of our members on Friday 28 January 2022.
FDCA Election Policy Commitments for Family Day Care
FDCA’s Election Policy Commitments is a chance to provide the Leaders of Australia’s major political parties, along with relevant Ministers and Shadow Ministers,with a proposed series of targeted initiatives that will increase the capacity of the family day care sector and ensure long-term viability.
Create your own adventure with the launch of FDCA’s E-Book!
Inspired by our members and their families, Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) has developed a brand-new electronic storybook (E-Book) narrating a child’s first day of family day care! The E-Book is designed to support the transition of children into care and showcase the natural approach to play and discovery that family day care nurtures.
Register now for the 2022 FDCA National Engagement Program forums!
Family Day Care Australia’s (FDCA) National Engagement Program is back for 2022 and places are now officially open! Helping our members access premium professional development and learning, while providing opportunities to network with fellow family day care professionals and discuss the issues that matter to you, is an important part of the work that we do as your national peak body.
2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - Perpetual Star Award Winners announced!
Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) is excited to announce our 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, Perpetual Star Award Winners! The Perpetual Star Award honours an educator, coordinator and service that has contributed to the family day care sector for a period of time of 15 years or more and continues to thrive.
2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - Emerging Star Award Winners announced!
FDCA has the enormous privilege of announcing our 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards, Emerging Star Award Winners! The Emerging Star Award category celebrates an educator, coordinator and service that is new to the family day care sector but has made a big impact in a short amount of time.
2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - ACT and NSW Regional Educator Award Winners announced!
Cue the drum roll! Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) can at last announce our final round of Regional Educator Award Winners in the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards. Congratulations to all 24 of our ACT and NSW Regional Educator Winners! We are proud to recognise your dedication, passion and commitment to continuous improvement.
2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards – SA and WA Regional Educator Award Winners announced!
Congratulations to all 18 of our SA and WA Regional Educator Winners. Your nurturing, natural approach to quality early childhood education and care shines a light on the unique benefits of our sector for so many Australian families and children.
2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards - Nominations closing soon!
Do you know an educator, coordinator or service that deserves to be recognised for the contributions they make to delivering quality outcomes for children? If the answer is yes, make sure you get your nominations in before Sunday 13 June 2021. Your nomination can play a major role in the Award submission review process.
Nominations for the 2021 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are OPEN NOW!
Now in its tenth year, the Awards are the only program of its kind celebrating the family day care sector across Australia. It’s our chance to showcase the stories and achievements of educators, coordinators and services and promote family day care as the natural choice in early childhood education and care for more Australian families.
FDCA provides submission to the 2019 Review of the National Quality Framework
As part of the 2019 National Quality Framework (NQF) Review process, a second phase of national consultation was put forward with the release of the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (CRIS). The proposals put forward in the CRIS could result in changes being made to the Education and Care Services National Law, the Education and Care Services National Regulations or guidance materials covering the application of the legislation.
It’s officially National Family Day Care Week, one of the biggest events on the family day care calendar showcasing the incredible and valuable work of coordinators, educators and services across the country.
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.
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.
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...
The Learning Hub
The FDCA Learning Hub 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 Learning Hub contains a number of courses designed to spark critical reflection and cultivate good practice, and is offered to FDCA members through our partnership with Early Childhood Australia (ECA).
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!