High quality professional learning content available anywhere at anytime!
As the national peak body for family day care, we understand the difficulty many of our members face in being able to access high quality professional learning content.
To address this we are delivering a new online program, the FDCA Online Engagement Series, which will allow FDCA members to easily access online panel sessions that will provide educators and service staff with high quality professional learning content that will discuss a wide range of subject matter relevant to the family day care sector.
The Online Engagement Series replaces FDCA’s National Engagement Program forums that first began in 2016 and will be FREE to view live on several platforms such as the FDCA website, Facebook and YouTube. Content will also be drive by FDCA members who will be able to submit questions prior to each session as well as ask questions in real time during the live panels.
Best of all, every session will be recorded and made accessible to 24/7 to all members via the FDCA Member Zone, meaning that no matter where you are located, or how busy your schedule is, the sessions will always be accessible for you to digest at a time that is convenient to you!
Episode: Recruitment for Family Day Care Date/Time: Thursday, 7 December 2023 Guests: Janet Callus, Damon Somerfield and Peta Fitzpatrick Streaming Links: FDCA Website, FDCA YouTube, FDCA Facebook
In episode 8 of the FDCA Online Engagement Series our panel of guests will examine the topic of recruitment in family day care. The panel will cover topics such as the applicant experience, talent pooling, the recruitment process and proactive recruitment techniques.
FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager Michael Farrell will be joined by Senior Policy Officer, Janet Callus from the Department for Education in South Australia, National Recruitment Manager, Damon Somerfield from FDCA and Recruitment Officer, Peta Fitzpatrick, from Enhance Family Day Care in Queensland.
Episode: Incidents, Emergencies and Supervision Date/Time: Wednesday, 17 January 2024 Guests: Julie Metselaar, Phillipa Hargrave and Rebecca Davey Streaming Links: FDCA Website, FDCA YouTube, FDCA Facebook
This episode of the FDCA Online Engagement Series will focus on two elements from Quality Area 2 in Incident and Emergency Management and Supervision.
Join our guests, Field Officer, Julie Metselaar from Baw Baw Shire Family Day Care in Victoria, Manager Quality Support Program, Leadership, Quality and Regulatory Support Group, Phillipa Hargrave from ACECQA and Family Day Care Educator, Rebecca Davey, from Southern Vales Family Day Care Scheme in South Australia, for what will be an important discussion for all stakeholders in the family day care sector.
Episode #1: Supporting Children's Behaviours Date/Time: Thursday, 9 February 2023 Guests: Maggie Dent and Sylvia Arotin View Recording:FDCA Member Zone
Maggie Dent and Sylvia Arotin unpack and discuss strategies and mechanisms that can be used to support children’s behaviour in in the family day care setting. Topics discussed include separation anxiety, impulse control, life changes and how different approaches can be required to suit the individual needs of a child.
This session is ideal for educators and service staff.
Episode #2: Exploring Quality Area 1 Date/Time: Thursday, 16 March 2023 Guests: Perry Campbell and Lyndall Cotterill View Recording:FDCA Member Zone
Our host, FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager, Michael Farrell, ACECQA, Senior Manager, Priority Support, National Projects, Perry Campbell and FDCA Sector Liaison Coordinator and 2021 National Coordinator of the Year, Lyndall Cotterill in exploring Quality Area 1.
Michael, Perry and Lyndall will discuss the Approved Learning Frameworks, the Assessment and Planning Cycle, Critical Reflection, the role of the Educational Leader and dive into strategies and ideas for conquering Quality Area 1.
Episode #3: Wellbeing in Family Day Care Date/Time: Thursday, 27 April 2023 Guests: Maria Heenan, Mariam Shahid, Sue Higgs View Recording:FDCA Member Zone
This episode will cover topics such as improving work/life balance, children’s wellbeing, separating home and work life and when and where to seek help for your wellbeing.
Episode #4: Tips, Hints and Hacks for Educators Date/Time: Thursday, 25 May 2023 Guests: Lyndall Cotterill, Hannah Smith and Martha Smith View Recording:FDCA Member Zone
Join our guests, FDCA Sector Liaison Coordinator and 2021 National Coordinator of the Year, Lyndall Cotterill, 2022 National Educator of the Year, Hannah Smith and 2018 Educator of the Year National Finalist and multiple regional award winner Martha Smith who discuss a range of tips, hints and hacks for family day care educators.
Episode #5: Governance and Leadership Date/Time: Thursday, 29 June 2023 Guests: Annette Steley and Jo Georgiou View Recording: FDCA Member Zone
In this special FDCA Online Engagement Series episode for family day care services, FDCA Advocacy and Engagement Manager, Michael Farrell will be joined by Annette Steley, Service Manager from Choices Family Day Care (QLD) and Jo Georgiou, Regional Manager from Nature Alliance Family Day Care (WA).
Michael, Annette and Jo will discuss a range of topics including:
Establishing a vision for your service
Effective leadership and positive workplace culture
This is a must-watch episode for FDCA Service Members!
Episode #6: Neurodiversity and Inclusion Date/Time: Thursday, 31 August 2023 Guests: Hannah Smith, Samantha Folan and Gee van der Watt View Recording:FDCA Member Zone
In episode #6 of the FDCA Online Engagement Series 2022 National Educator of the Year, Hannah Smith, Family Day Care Coordinator and 2015 Educator of the Year National Finalist, Samantha Folan and Owner and Director of Autism Inclusion, Gee van der Watt, to explore the topics of neurodiversity and inclusion from a family day care and early learning context.
The panel provides advice on support services and resources that are accessible to family day care educators and services, as well as strategies for supporting neurodivergent children and their families.