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Thursday 26 & Friday 27

October 2023

The program of workshops and networking opportunities supports managers, coordinators, educational leaders and administration staff of our Family Day Care member services.

Day 1

8:30am Registrations Open
9:00 – 9:10am Conference Day 1 Opens

Uncle Allen Madden

Welcome to Country: Uncle Allen Madden

Allen is a respected Gadigal Elder and cultural representative for the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council . He has worked for Sydney City Council, Aboriginal Medical Service, Aboriginal Children’s Service, Aboriginal Legal Service, NCAP and New Careers for Aboriginal People Employment.

9:10 – 9:15am Welcome by NSWFDCA CEO Anita Jovanovski

9:15 – 10:30am Keynote Address

Lucy Bloom

Keynote Address: Lucy Bloom

Lucy will take you on a roller coaster ride full of fascinating experiences and life learnings. From a 30+ year career as a master communicator, world changer and trailblazer, Lucy knows how to do business differently. Discover why fun should be a factor in your strategic plan, why kindness and courage feed your bottom line and how ordinary people do the extraordinary.

About Lucy Bloom

Lucy Bloom is an accomplished leader with more than 30 years business building experience under a well-known pink mohawk. She led an advertising agency for 20 years before she became the CEO of two international aid charities: One in Ethiopia and another in Cambodia.

Lucy is the founder of an education start up and she’s the author of three books including her best-selling memoir, Get the Girls Out.

A browse through Lucy’s blog finds topics like “Procrastination and how I punched it in the face” and “The neuroscience of generosity.”

You will find Lucy challenging and entertaining in equal measure. Buckle up for a courageous ride.

10:30 – 11:00am  Morning Tea

11.00am – 12.30pm

WORKSHOP 1: Please choose one

Catherine Hydon

Getting the Foundations Right: Strengthening Approaches to Governance and Leadership in FDC

Presented by Catharine Hydon

Effective leadership and governance in FDC enable the establishment of shared values that reflect the potential of educators to support children to learn and thrive. But is this everyone’s responsibility or just those with key leadership roles?
This presentation will illuminate the importance of Governance and Leadership in delivering quality FDC and share practical strategies that focus on the key roles and responsibilities, for leaders and educators alike, that drive continuous improvement, strengthen professionalism, and strengthen management systems.


About Catharine Hydon

With over 30 years experience leading and advocating for quality early childhood education and care, Catharine Hydon’s work, as the Principal Consultant and Director at Hydon Consulting, focuses on supporting professionals to explore the relationship between theory and practice.

Catharine’s collaborative approach and engaging style has taken her all over Australia to think alongside leaders and educators in a collective effort to create meaning, define quality and engage in the art of transformational change.

Cultivating professional dialogue that responds to complexity and invites deep reflection is central to Catharine’s work and is informed by a Masters in early childhood education specialising in practice and governance.

Amongst other pursuits, Catharine is a long-time member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA), an active contributor to ECA’s Reconciliation work and a regular contributor to ECA publications. Catharine has been a member of the ECA Code of Ethics working group for the last two reviews and is a co-author of ECA’s Ethics in Action Implementation guide.

In addition, Catharine is a Board Member of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority and Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange and has been appointed as a second-tier reviewer for ACECQA.
In 2022 Catharine completed a Diploma of Governance, deepening her interest and understanding of effective governance and leadership that support outcomes for children and whole communities.

Denise Nash

"Being Your Own Bestie" – being as kind to yourself as you are to others.

Presented by Denise Nash

When you think about wellbeing, what comes to mind?
Meditation retreats, massages, walks on the beach, connecting with nature…. or are you simply too tired or don’t have the time to think about wellbeing.

In this session we will explore the concept of holistic wellbeing and what that actually means. We will look at mental health wellness and how creating and maintaining a positive mindset will help to reduce stress and face adversity in a much healthier way.

About Denise Nash

Denise has a Bachelor of Teaching, Early Years Education, Diploma of Leadership and Management, TAE in Training and Assessment with over 15 years’ experience in training facilitation in both accredited courses and professional development.
Denise is also a Licensed Mental Health First Aid Instructor who is dedicated to mental health advocacy, dispelling the myths about mental illness, to destigmatise mental health illness, and improving mental health literacy. Denise holds hope for the future.
Denise’s style is described as collaborative, transparent engaging and delivered with a sense of fun. Denise believes the learning environment should be a safe space that caters for individual learning styles.

12:30 – 1:30pm  Lunch (supplied)

1.30pm – 3.00pm

WORKSHOP 2: Please choose one

Jennifer Ribarovski

Compliance and Professionalism

Presented by Jennifer Ribarovski

The National Quality Framework sets out regulatory responsibilities for educators and service providers. It is the key foundation for the provision of high quality education and care practice in Australia.

This session will provide information on recent changes to the Education and Care Services National Regulations, including safe sleep and transportation requirements.

Regulatory compliance will be presented through the lens of professionalism, linking our ethical and professional responsibilities to remain up to date with current expectations for practice.

Systems to support ongoing professionalism such as the development, review and implementation of a services code of conduct will be presented as critical tools to ensure that professionalism remains at the forefront of educator’s everyday practice.

The revised Early Years Learning Framework will also be unpacked to support this focus on professionalism, given the increasing importance placed on the ethical and personal responsibilities of educators to ensure high quality practice and optimal learning, development and wellbeing outcomes for children.

About Jennifer Ribarovski

Jennifer Ribarovski is the Managing Director of JR Education Consulting Services and provides support, guidance, professional development and presentations to the Education and Care sector both nationally and internationally.

Jennifer has over 35 years’ experience, including teaching in a range of settings, holding executive and advisory positions with the NSW Regulatory Authority and ACECQA, and in advisory roles with Regulatory Authorities, peak organisations and providers.

Jennifer also teaches at and provides consultancy services to the University of Sydney, and previously the University of Western Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of ECE and a Master of Educational Leadership and Management with Distinction but is most proud of being a ‘squishy grandma’; a title generously bestowed on her by a four-year-old child in a centre.

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Unlock the Full Potential of Your Service with Harmony Software: Discover How to Boost Efficiency and Simplify Management of Your Business Operations

Presented by Harmony Web

Discover how your service can maximise its use of Harmony Software to boost efficiency and simplify management of your business operations. Explore exciting new features designed to streamline your everyday tasks in one software solution. Learn tips from Harmony to assist your service to operate with greater confidence and use Harmony to its full potential.

3:00 – 3:30pm  Afternoon Tea

3.30pm – 5.00pm

WORKSHOP 3: Please choose one

Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

Engaging with Educational Leaders - Turning the NQF into a Question (Socratic Wonderment!)

Presented by Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

Educational Leaders are the wonderful piece of the National Quality Puzzle that we have in our organisations to help us with curriculum design and pedagogy.

Engaging with our educational leaders can sometimes be tricky if we feel uncertain. Having a co-constructed bundle of questions might help you pin point what it is you’d like from your educational leader, and so in this session Dr Red Ruby Scarlet will use her magikal method of turning the National Quality Framework into a series of questions that will bring clarity, communication and curriculum to life in the most fabulous ways! The NQF is a Socratic wonder!

About Dr Red Ruby Scarlet

Dr Red Ruby Scarlet is an activist, early childhood teacher-researcher, consultant, artist and academic. She holds numerous degrees in early childhood education and performing arts.Red has been working in early childhood for over 30 years and is devoted to creative, imaginative, inclusive practices that promote dignity and integrity in early childhood. Red has developed curriculum and learning frameworks nationally and internationally. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and advocacy.

Red has published widely, foregrounding stories of the numerous ‘teacher-research’ projects she has lead and contributed to across the world. She is committed to raising the voices of early childhood teachers and educators through telling and writing their own stories. Her books include The Anti-Bias Approach in Early Childhood (3rd Edition), Fair’s Fair: How to Tackle Bias in Education & Care Services, The Aboriginal Early Childhood Practice Guide, and Becoming With Art in Early Childhood, That Music Book.

She has always been part of diverse educational communities. She is a highly sought leader and mentor in the early childhood profession.

Red’s work includes consultancy, creating professional development and resourcing for early childhood that is committed to inclusive and innovative pedagogical approaches to curriculum. Red is a Pedagogy Artist in Residence with Exploring Tree Early Learning, the Founding Chair of the Social Justice In Early Childhood Foundation. Red is the co-writer and performer of the wildly popular “The National Quality Framework – The Musical!”.

Australian Government

Australian Government Presentation

A representative from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training will speak about recent changes to the laws, regulations, frameworks and standards in the early childhood education sphere and the impacts on Family Day Care.  

 The content of this session will be confirmed at a later date, as to provide delegates with the latest relevant information.

Dinner – L’Aqua Restaurant – Darling Harbour

3 Course Banquet

Sponsored by NSW Family Day Care Association

Day 2

9:10am  Acknowledgement of Country / Housekeeping
9:15am – 10:30am  Keynote Address

Anthony Semann

Keynote 2: Self care is never selfish: learning to reconnect with ourselves

Self care can often be viewed as a selfish act.

However of recent, we have learnt about the power of caring for oneself as a mechanism to care for others. How might we begin this process without feeling guilty?

And how might we build communities of love and compassion where we look out for each other?

In this keynote presentation Anthony Semann will share some advice and ideas that will provide you with oxygen in a world that can at times feel like it is sucking it out from you.

About Anthony Semann

Anthony Semann is an agent of change. After qualifying as an early childhood teacher, Anthony spent his early career working in long day care. Eager to learn as much as he could about practice and people, he built his pedagogical knowledge and developed his skills in fostering relationships.

Early on, Anthony also discovered the importance of equity and social justice as a driving force in social change. His desire for learning remains apparent, so too does his commitment to naming inequity, shifting practice towards justice and living a life that embodies all that he preaches.

10.30am – 11.00am  Morning Tea

11.00am – 12.30pm

WORKSHOP 1: Please choose one

Strategies for Educational Leaders

As an educational leader in family day care, you play a crucial role in nurturing the growth and development of children in your care. Join us for an engaging and informative session designed to equip you with practical strategies and insights to help you support high-quality educational programs.

This session will provide you with valuable opportunities to connect with other educational leaders, share your experiences, and gain valuable insights to take your skills to the next level.


NSW Government Sector Update

NSW Government ECEC Representative

The NSW Government Department of Education Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate will present a current ‘hot topic’ in the Family Day Care and early childhood education and care sector.

The content of this session will be confirmed at a later date, as to provide delegates with the latest relevant information.

12.30pm – 1.30pm – Lunch (supplied)

1.30pm – 3.00pm

WORKSHOP 2: Please choose one

Louise Dorrat

How to find motivation in Family Day Care whilst trying to juggle it all

Presented by Louise Dorrat

How do you motivate yourself when there is an endless cycle of changes in regulations, updated frameworks, quality standards, documentation and FDC meetings? How do you separate work and life when your workplace is your home?

This practical session will support you to stay fresh and inspired whilst juggling a multitude of tasks.

You will hear a 10 step plan on how to spend time on what is important rather than what is urgent and meeting the demands of working in FDC while looking after your business and yourself. To find motivation, begins with you.

About Louise Dorrat

Louise has worked in the early year’s profession for almost 40 years in a variety of roles including as an Approved Provider for a Family Day Care (FDC) service.

She is the author of 3 FDC Business Manuals and informed the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) on FDC matters. Louise has a Master of Education and is currently mentoring Postgraduate early childhood students at Melbourne University. (MEd, BTeach, Dip SSc).

Lucy Bloom

ACECQA Updates for Family Day Care Staff: Ensuring Quality Education and Care for Children

As a family day care service provider, you play an important role in providing quality education and care to children. Join this session for an informative presentation by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) to learn about the latest updates and developments in early childhood education and care.

This presentation will provide you with an opportunity to engage with ACECQA and ask questions relevant to your service.

3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon Tea and close of Conference

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Conference Ticket

Access to full conference activities, speakers, workshops and networking opportunities.

Early registration, networking event with drinks and canapés on the Wednesday night and the conference dinner on Thursday night is included in the 2-day ticket price. Refreshments, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included.

Conference: $500 + GST

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Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October 2023

26 October: 8:30am to 5:00pm

27 October: 9:10am to 3:30pm


Full Conference: $500 + GST

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The Venue

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

100 Murray Street
Circular Quay – Darling Harbour
Sydney NSW 2000

Getting there

You can access the Novotel via public and private transport.

Covered Self parking (surcharge)
Closest Train station – Town Hall Station (1.1km walk)
Light rail station – Convention (650m)
Bus routes: 288, 389, 501, M50


For any Conference enquiries, please contact the Event Organisers (NSWFDCA)

NSW Family Day Care Association
(02) 9779 9999


This is an in-person event only.
There are no virtual events or replays of sessions available.

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