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...
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!