General Resources

This page is designed to help you get the most useful information in one spot. We would love to hear from you if there’s something you feel should be included, or a resource that you know you’d be lost without and want to share it with other educators.

Professional Support

NSW Family Day Care Association provides support to the Family Day Care and In Home Care sectors in NSW and Australia-wide. Our aim is to support and promote high quality programs and environments for children by developing the skills and knowledge of Family Day Care staff and educators.

If you have any questions related to your Family Day Care or, if you are looking for suitable training or professional support, call us 02 9779 9999.


PD in your pocket is a professional development program for Family Day Care educators that lives in your pocket, in your phone, or your iPad. Choose how to engage, whenever you have the time.

This program has been funded through the NSW Government’s Sector Development Program.



Resources to help educators meet Quality Area 2 (Children’s Health and Safety) and Quality Area 3 (Physical Environment).

PEAK Training calendar 2023

Peak Training

NSW Family Day Care Association is here to support and promote high quality programs and environments for children by developing the skills and knowledge of Family Day Care educators. You can easily enhance your professional development by booking into one of the short courses, run by our in-house Registered Training Organisation, PEAK Training.

PEAK Training is a Registered Training Organisation, offering nationally accredited and recognised training qualifications as well as professional development workshops for all service types in early education and care. We equip learners with the academic skills and knowledge required to experience the joy of working within the childcare industry.

PEAK Training is the training and education arm of NSW Family Day Care Association and is accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and registered under the relevant legislation for RTOs under the 2015 National Standards. (RTO Number 90869)

We provide training to the entire early education and care sector.



NSW Family Day Care Association has been supporting education and care services for the last 40 years. We know how complicated it is to operate a service.
And that is why we have established Assist! – the support program for education and care services.

ASSIST is a support and advice program for education and care services.

We have specialist experienced advisers that can help you when you need advice and support.

Think of Assist as the program that puts an expert on your team.

ASSIST Existing services brochure

ASSIST Existing Services

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ASSIST New Services brochure

ASSIST New Services

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The National Quality Framework (NQF) provides a national approach to regulation, assessment and quality improvement for early childhood education and care across Australia, including Family Day Care services.

It includes a National Law and National Regulations, a National Quality Standard, an assessment and quality rating process, and national learning frameworks.


One of our most popular resources is an 100 page guidebook that links all the 58 elements of the National Quality Standard to the questions, “What would I see?“, “What would I say?“, “What would I show?“. Please visit our online shop to order this and many other useful resources which are delivered via post.


Child Care Provider Handbook

The Child Care Provider Handbook is written for providers of early learning and child care who are, or are interested in applying to be, approved under Family Assistance Law.

The handbook provides information for providers to assist them to understand the processes relating to approval, enrolment of children and payment of Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy. It outlines a provider’s obligations and responsibilities as part of those processes and as part of their ongoing approval under Family Assistance Law.

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Guide to ACCS (child wellbeing)

The Guide to Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing) contains information for child care providers and services involved in the administration of ACCS (child wellbeing).

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From the 1st of March 2009, the mandatory standards for folding cots were introduced and apply to the supply of new and second-hand folding cots. Some of the key requirements of the mandatory standards include: no inflatable parts, minimum height measurements which apply to the sides or ends, positions of features which might be used as footholds, mattress requirements, child-proof locking mechanisms and safety markings.

for further reading, visit media release in 2022

Visit the ACCC website accc.gov.au or phone 1300 302 502


You can find detailed information plus the associated costs on the Kids Guardian website:


– Prams and strollers

The complete guidelines are available via this link:

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