Family Day Care Australia National conference wraps up for 2018

Family Day Care Australia National conference wraps up for 2018

The Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) 2018 National Conference was held on the sunny Gold Coast attracting a range of participants.

Featuring a focus on the key aspects of quality identified by families, educators and other staff in the “Perspectives on quality in Australian Family Day Care” report, the conference was designed to empower services and providers to support the diverse and evolving needs of Australian children and their families.

As a part of its commitment to supporting early childhood educators in Family Day Care, the
Department of Education provided subsidies to educators to help with the cost of travel to the conference. The department allocated $10,000 and the recipients of the subsidies were chosen via a competitive process.

Attending the conference was a unique opportunity for educators to network, build professional relationships and share information with one another in the sector. There were also opportunities for helping educators to build on their professional capacity through a number of workshops that were held throughout the conference in areas such as educator wellbeing and mindfulness, child protection education and managing risk in family day care.

Featuring discussions on what makes Family Day Care unique, the conference brought together stakeholders to also consider opportunities and issues affecting the sector. This year, the conference themes included flexibility, professional practice, relationships, autonomy, and diversity and social support.

FDCA CEO, Andrew Paterson, said he was grateful for the extra support that allowed members from many parts of NSW to be able to attend.

“We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from delegates at the conference. It was a great opportunity for members to attend a diverse range of workshop sessions and to hear from inspiring keynote speakers. I’m sure it has benefited many early childhood educators and reignited their passion for the work,” he said.

Some of the highlights from this year’s conference include key note speaker Hayley Lewis who is a three-time Olympian and rose to fame in 1990 by winning five gold medals at the Auckland Commonwealth Games. Hayley spoke about her first book “Dream, Believe, Create, A Woman’s Guide to Small Business”  to empower women to become entrepreneurs and help them succeed in operating a small business such as Family Day Care.

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