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Research Project -FDCAQ engages in partnership with UQ to investigate other forms of flexible FDC delivery

Regional Meeting

(North Brisbane and Sunshine Coast Regional Meeting and Flexible Delivery Models Session 1st December 2015)

Developing more Flexible Service Delivery Models for Family Day Care

FDCAQ has for the last year been engaged in a partnership with the University of Queensland Michelle Brady MA. PhD, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Science who has been investigating ‘Developing more flexible service delivery models for FDC.’

Michelle started with researching internationally the flexible models of service delivery which most align with the family day care model.

Michelle facilitated 5 (90 minute) focus groups across Queensland consulting with 60 Family Day Care Practice Mentors (also known as Coordinators) and Team Leaders. In each consultation Michelle shared information on 4 to 5 Overseas Models (which most align with the FDC model). During these consultations the focus was particularly around the feasibility of introducing some of the models of flexible childcare and how they may work with/within an FDC environment.

One of the research models-Blue Pointer Program (from New Zealand)

This model was designed to support families with children attending extra curricula activities after school whilst they work. Outline of this program

  • The service would have pool of carers that would match a “Blue Pointer carer” with the family
  • One carer would have no more than 2 children at a time
  • Carer would collect children from school
  • Carer would stay at the extra curricula activity with the child until the parent arrived or the carer would drop the child at home
  • Carer must have a drivers licence and car
  • Carer must have First aid Qualifications and Police check
  • Service would provide a mentoring and support for the “Blue Pointers”


We await the outcomes from this research project and will happily share the results with the session participants and members of the FDC Community.


Are you ready for 2016? Family Day Care Association Queensland’s Diary/ Planner is here and ready to purchase….

The Family Day Care Association Queensland’s Diary/Planner has been created as a perpetual diary with no set dates. This was done intentionally with the idea that Educators could start using this resource at any time of the year.

The diary/planner encourages you to think about your discussions with children, your observations and the children’s emerging interests and diaryhow these can lead to new learning. It also has a business diary to assist FDC Educators in their role. It allows you to keep a record of business requirements in one place to be able to access them easily.
This is a useful tool for the valuable work you do to facilitate children’s growing as they become successful learners with a strong sense of well-being and identity, confident and creative individuals, effective communicator and informed citizens.

Click to view some preview pages and to order our diary


“Leading from within… Getting It Together” FDCAQ Conference Reflection by Peta McNellie

“Leading from within… Getting It Together”

November 5th, 6th and 7th FDCAQ hosted our conference to launch the new resources developed for FDC by FDC.

We were fortunate to have Gabrielle Sinclair, Deputy Director-General, Department of Education, Training and Employment – QLD Government open our conference.

Gabrielle impressed as all with her genuine and inspiring welcoming address.  Gabrielle shared key goals of the department for all learners along the life span of education- To feel safe, loved and cared for.  For the Family Day Care community present, this was like music to our ears.

It was also a great opportunity for FDCAQ to acknowledge the QLD Government and the Program and Practice Grant that made these wonderful new resources possible.

We started the first of the three days launching our new Practice Mentor Capability Framework (PMCF).  I feel particularly connected to this work as a past Practice Mentor (coordinator) as it has a been a passion of mine for some time to ensure the role of Practice Mentor is brought out of the shadows and highlighted for the important work that is required.ShopCapabilityBoxSet

Too often we hear and see and focus on Educators (and this is important) however the role of Practice Mentor is a complex one and often not understood.

FDCAQ is being bold in taking a position and proposing a new title for the role of coordinator.  One that we believe better reflects the complex and valid work that is done each and every day.  A role that is critical to achieving quality outcomes for children and a name that we hope people will feel proud of when asked what their profession/job is.

Penny Gordon and Sue Whitehead from Penny Gordon and Associates who wrote the PMCF also facilitated our learning on day 1.  After receiving the resources for the first time, Penny encouraged participants to share their 1st impressions.

The team at FDCAQ where overwhelmed with joy and pride as we could not have asked for a better response.  Participants shared just to name a few:


I feel validated.

It shows me who I am and what I can become.

It looks professional, and feels beautiful.

Highlights the work I do.

I Can communicate to others the work of Practice Mentors.

I must say I was extremely impressed with how participants tried the new name on for size, whilst not everyone was sure, a large part of the participants were keen to try it out.

Day 2 was the launch of ‘Get it together’ resource, I refer to it as the languages of home based curriculum.DSCN2652

Practice Mentors had the opportunity to go through this new resource which has been developed to enhance the work of Educators and Practice Mentors in relation to curriculum.  Get it together is not another document on top of the learning frameworks, but one that works  alongside the Early Years Learning Framework and My Time Our Place.  We were fortunate to have writers Catharine Hydon and Anne Stonehouse present.  Catharine facilitated the day providing learning on how this relates to practice and how Practice Mentors can you use the Implementation Guide to support educators work.

Day 3 was a session with Educators on the ‘Get it together’ resource facilitated by Catharine.

I felt truly inspired by educators and their enthusiasm and commitment to their work.  It was clear that they loved the new resource and like Practice Mentors the day before made comments like:

‘Wow- looks professional”

I feel valued as a professional.

Helps to give the words in explaining my curriculum.

The poster is a great visual reminder.

The visual guide is a great way to communicate to families and others about our curriculum.

Participants engaged readily and had many conversations exploring practice of how the Get it together resource supports them in their work.  Many commenting that they would be going home to read it that night and start thinking about how they respond to their curriculum.

DSCN2657Spending time with the educators was an absolute highlight for not only myself but the rest of the team at FDCAQ, the way in which educators engaged in deep conversation and shared clear messages about the importance of being seen as a professional, reinforced the images that FDCAQ holds of educators and the sector alike.

The launch of the Connect FDC website, developed to connect culturally and linguistic diverse providers, educators, families and communities had many ‘oohing and aahing’ as we explored amazing images of FDC environments.  A must see is the interview with Daniel Davies, son of educator Rhoda Davies. This interview bought a tear of joy to participant’s eyes as they watched on with pride. will be a great resource for all and a wonderful way to share the benefits of FDC and understand how all the pieces come together.

FDCAQ is definitely stepping out and leading from within and we feel confident that our sector can do the same.

The resources reflect the powerful work of the sector and send a message to all that our work is important and valuable to influencing outcomes for children.

I know that this is a long story, but the experience was amazing and I look forward to hearing from practice mentors and educator alike about the story they have in connecting with these new materials.


Peta McNellie.


Celebrate Nutrition Week in October

FREE Professional development sessions available for Family Day Care providers

Complete the LEAPS online session by 31st October 2015 and participants receive
*a FREE copy of ‘I’m having a Rainbow for Dinner’ and ‘I’m Growing a Rainbow’


LEAPS Professional Development Program
Learn how to put the Get Up & Grow Guidelines (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) into practice at YOUR setting “Funded by the Qld Government”
This training links to the National Quality Standard including the Early Years Learning Framework. As part of the program, you will complete a Quality Improvement Plan for your setting

Register for LEAPS online at

For more information contact the LEAPS team on 07 3257 4393 or