Educator Awards

Family Day Care Australia are looking for educators who demonstrate a commitment to ongoing quality improvement, innovation and a commitment to quality care and education based on the core values of family day care. We invite families, coordinators and services to tell us in their own words, what makes their educator such an integral and special contributor to their lives and to the lives of the children in their care.


Educator of the Year

Educator awards will recognise up to 75 regional winners from across the country and it will be from these regional winners that four national finalists will be selected.

One national finalist will be selected from each of the following zones:

  • NT/QLD
  • SA/WA

These four national finalists will be invited to the Family Day Care Australia Excellence in Family Day Care Awards Gala Dinner, at which the Educator of the Year will be selected.


Why should I get involved?

The Family Day Care Australia Excellence in Family Day Care Awards are the only national awards dedicated entirely to the family day care sector. Through the awards program we hope to acknowledge and share the touching stories about the amazing bonds shared between family day care educators, services and the families they work with. 

In sharing these stories, we will build awareness of the wonderful and vital role that family day care plays in local communities around Australia. The awards will also recognise and honour individual educators, coordinators and services for the amazing contribution they make to the community.


How does the nomination and submission process work?

During the nomination period (25 June - 28 July 2019) we invite families, coordinators and services to nominate their educator via a simple online nomination form. Educator’s will be advised of their nomination via email and will be invited to make a supporting submission about how they meet the selection criteria. To nominate an educator, check back here from 25 June.

Please note that all nominations and submissions must be made online via this website.


How are the winners selected?

Once the submission deadline has passed, a number of judging phases take place in the lead up to the announcement of the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards National Winners.

Regional winners (educators only), Star Award winners and national finalists in each category are selected by an official FDCA selection committee. The FDCA selection committee is made up of the following representatives, who each have extensive experience in the family day care sector:

  • Sarah Fowler – FDCA Board Director and Deputy Board Chair, Executive Director of Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care Inc
  • Phillipa Hargrave – FDCA Board Director and Service Manager of Communities@Work  Family Day Care and In Home Care
  • Michael Farrell – FDCA National Policy and Advocacy Manager
  • Andrea Darley – FDCA Service Liaison Officer

Following the selection of the national finalists by the FDCA selection committee, each finalist is reviewed by Perry Campbell, Deputy National Education Leader of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Following this review process a national winner is selected.


Key Dates

Nominations open: 25 June 2019

Nominations close: 28 July 2019

Submissions close: 11 August 2019

Educator regional winners announced: 19 September 2019

Star Award winners announced: 3 October 2019

National finalists announced: 14 October 2019

National winners announced: 23 November 2019


To view the full 2019 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards terms and conditions, click here.