The NSW Family Day Care Association Inc. was established in 1976 with this aim: To promote and support all aspects of Family Day Care in the Community.
This aim is achieved through the following objectives:
- To promote the well – being of children and to encourage discussion and exchange of ideas relating to children and their needs.
- To inform and support those involved in Family Day Care.
- To coordinate and act on problems specific to Family Day Care in NSW.
- To act as a body on research, education, publicity and submissions relating to Family Day Care.
- To disseminate information relating to Family Day Care.
- To act as an advisory body.
- To liaise with Government and non-government organisations.
The role of the Association is determined by the objectives as outlined previously. These objectives may be summarised into five main areas:
NSW Family Day Care Association’s Annual Professional Development and Networking Forum
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Examples of research carried out by the Association are in such areas as Funding, Accreditation, Employer Sponsored Family Day Care,Educator Status. As well as initiating research projects the Association has participated in research undertaken by other bodies such as the National Family Day Care Council Australia’s (N.F.D.C.C.A.). Lady Gowrie Child Centre, Macquarie University and Educators Association NSW. More recently it has undertaken its own research project which has resulted in the publication of a report entitled “Exploring Family Day Care in NSW” by Paul Bullen.
The Association has a valuable role in networking schemes on a regional level as well as the broader state level. This is achieved through regional meeting. the Annual General Meeting and Conference, and through Resource Office personnel. Information also needs to be made available to the general community. This is achieved through our Resource Office and Media Sub-committee. The “Family Day Care Companion” and the publicity package developed by Queensland Family Day Care Association with funding from the Department of Community Services, which includes radio and television commercials, has been extremely useful.
The Association is a member of, or has representatives attending, other organisations and committees which have similar goals and interests. These are:
- Australian Early Childhood Association NSW (A.E.C.A.)
- National Association Community Based Children’s Services (N.A.C.B.C.S.)
- NSW Children’s Service’s Forum
- National Family Day Care Council of Australia (N.F.D.C.C.A.)
Examples of other Services with which the Association has links are:
- Community Child Care
- Child Accident Prevention Foundation Australia (Kidsafe)
- Contact Inc.
- Lady Gowrie Child Centre
- Marrickville Council Target Sustainability
- Munch and Move – NSW Health
Other Associations directly involved in Family Day Care are:
- The Family Day Care Educators Association NSW Inc
- Family Day Care Australia
- The Family Day Care Sponsors (Non-Local Government) Association
- The Local Government and Shire’s Association
Our ongoing involvement with these organisations is vital to ensure that Family Day Care is considered when decisions are made and policies are formulated that affect the whole of the Children’s Services Program.
NSWFDCA Submission to the NQF Inquiry 2014.
This is an area which over recent years has expanded rapidly. the Association has its own Registered Training Organisation attached – trading as PEAK Training (see link). This College offers Accredited Training to those in all areas of Childcare.
Our Annual Conference, which has been held for 35 year , is of a very high standard. The conference included training for management committees, Coordinators, Child Development Officers, play-leaders, clerical/administrative staff and Educators. The success of our conferences and training programes is directly related to the skills and efforts of the people involved in their planning and implementation, and the willingness of staff, sponsors and educators to participate.
This is another vital linking role of the Association. It is important that the Association be available for and initiate, consultation with government departments policy development and all aspects of government activity which impact on our services. It is important that we also work together with other non-government organisations previously mentioned to ensure that Family Day Care be viewed as an integral part of Children’s Services. Finally, but certainly not least, the overall role of the Association is the promotion of the well being of children as we strive for excellence in our service delivery. This is achieved through all areas previously mentioned. Family Day Care, by the very nature of the service, has a wealth of extremely talented and skilled people working within schemes. It is up to us as individuals to be involved and encourage the involvement of others to participate for the benefit of our colleagues and ultimately the children of our future.
Our board members:
- Public Officer Anita Jovanovski
- Secretary Tracey Sweetman
- President Kerrie Yates
- Treasurer Patricia Marson
Vice President City Debbie Tuckey
Ordinary Member Janet Coleman
Vice President Country Lisa Keighran
Ordinary Member Catherine Hunter
From the Board of Management the following office bearers are elected:
- VICE PRESIDENT – CITY
- VICE PRESIDENT – COUNTRY
- Office Bearers must be Regional Representatives with no more than one office being held by a region. Office bearers are elected at the A.G.M. by the general membership.
Other positions are:
- ORDINARY MEMBER
- PUBLIC OFFICER
It is not necessary to be a Regional Representative to hold these positions.
Any member of the Association may attend any State Meeting. They are usually held on the first Friday in February and the last Friday in March, May, July, September and November. Minutes of these meetings are distributed to all members.
Sub-committees are formed within the Association to work on particular issues or projects. The number of these sub-committees may vary according to current issues. It is not necessary to be part of the Board of Management to be the convenor or a member of any sub-committee.
Sub-committees currently operating within the Association are as follows:
- Recruitment and Retention Working Party
- NSW DEC Early Childhood Education and Care Reference Group
- Work Health & Safety Working Party
- Sponsors Working Party
Chief Executive Officer
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Membership and Communications Officer
PEAK Training Administration
PEAK Training Administration
PEAK Training Student Support Officer
Professional Services Support Officer
Professional Services Administrator
NSWIHCS Family Liaison Officer