Membership

As a member of Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) our focus is on representing, supporting and promoting you so that you can provide great outcomes for the children and families you support.

When you become a member of FDCA you join a network of early childhood educators and service professionals across Australia and you are making a vital contribution to our work in supporting, promoting and representing the sector. As your national, not-for-profit, peak body, your investment in us, is an investment in a stronger future for family day care.
 

Representing You

Changes in child care policy can have a significant impact on our sector. As a member we will help you understand your regulatory environment, stay up to date with changes that affect you and to have your say on and influence child care policy.

During 2019-2020 we will:

  • Implement a comprehensive Sector Viability Strategy that will first assess and document the key barriers to ongoing sector viability and growth and then, actively work with regulators and policy makers at the state and territory level and also at the Commonwealth level to address these issues.
  • Explore how the family day care sector does or can intersect with preschools and preschool programs and examine whether it might be possible for family day care services to transition to delivering a preschool program. As your national peak body, FDCA is always looking to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the family day care sector. As such we are continuously looking at opportunities that may present services with the potential to enhance their service offering to families.

As a member you also have the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to member surveys and consultations on issues as they arise
  • Nominate to participate in FDCA working and advisory groups
  • Nominate and vote for Board Directorship
     

Supporting You

We will also help you in delivering quality outcomes for children and in the management, administration and compliance of your business, including free resources and professional development.

During 2019-2020 we will:

  • Host free professional development workshops for FDCA members across Australia through FDCA's National Engagement Program
  • Launch the FDCA Professional Learning Portal which is, for the first time, providing FDCA members with exclusive members-only access to free and interactive online professional learning resources.
  • Develop a Best Practice Guide for Coordinators. This FDCA members-only guide will explore the key features of the coordinator role, document best practice examples and develop a best practice guide to support continuous improvement in coordinator practice.
  • Release a number of substantial upgrades to online services that will assist in making it easier for members to run their businesses. This includes the revitalisation of FDCA's member portal, the introduction of a compliance dashboard for services and enhancements to the family day care locator.
  • Release an online, interactive edition of the Perspectives on Quality in Australian Family Day Care resource. This resource is based research that highlighted innovative practice and key aspects of high quality service delivery in family day care services.
  • Develop a practical and functional resource designed for services that will provide guidance to family day care services in relation to improving organisation process and how to navigate the assessment process.

As a member you also have access to:

Promoting You

Our other major function for members is to promote family day care as an option of choice for parents and potential educators, helping you to promote and grow your business.

During 2019-2020 we will:

  • Promote family day care with a national regional television campaign
  • Run a national online marketing campaign to promote family day care through social media and search engine marketing
  • Invest in a national Bounty Bag advertising campaign

As a member you also have access to:

  • Continue to support members via FDCA's Marketing Resources Hub – which provides free, professionally designed digital marketing resources to all of our members including flyers, brochures and posters
  • A free listing on FDCA's family day care locator, which in 2019-2020 will have a number of significant enhancements made that will allow members to customise their locator listing with photos and add specific information about their family day care business. Members will even have the ability to upgrade their own listing to make it stand out from the crowd.
  • Media and communications support – one of Family Day Care Australia's communications professionals will write professional quality press releases on request to help promote your stories, events and celebrations

 


Becoming a member of Family Day Care Australia gives you access to a fantastic range of other member benefits, services and support. These include:

  • Expert early childhood, management and operations phone support for educators and services
  • Exclusive members only access to high quality resources developed specifically for the family day care sector and member’s only content on the FDCA website to support you in your work
  • FREE listing on our family day care locator to help you reach parents directly and promote your family day care service
  • FREE Insurance Status Reports included with Service membership to support your compliance obligations
  • The opportunity to participate in the Excellence in Family Day Care Awards
  • Access to premium funding arrangements that help you manage your budget by spreading the payments of membership and a range of insurance products when taken together
  • Member discounts to conferences, forums and other family day care events
  • Access to members only offers and discounts from organisations such as Vodafone, Energy Australia and 365 Roadside Assistance

Membership categories

Category Price Description
Individual $49.90
per year

Open to educators, parent-users of family day care, employees or volunteers of a service or entity applying to become a service, retired educators still actively involved in the family day care sector, employees of state or territory Family Day Care Associations and Board appointed Directors of FDCA who are not otherwise eligible to be members.

Service $199.00
per year

Open to any registered family day care service or entity applying to become a family day care service, with membership rights and privileges exercised by the nominated duly appointed representative

Organisation $95.00
per year

Open to an incorporated body which is involved or associated with the provision of family day care in the opinion of the Board; or a person who is the authorised representative of an unincorporated body which is involved or associated with the provision of family day care in the opinion of the Board.

All prices include applicable GST

Click here to download a membership application form.

For more information, please email memberservices@fdca.com.au or call 1800 658 699.

Our office hours are 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday (AEST).