Selection Criteria – Supporting Submissions

In 2016 FDCA commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales to undertake the Perspectives on Quality in Australian Family Day Care research project. From this project we have established an evidence base of key foundations that underpin quality in FDC including professional practice, relationships, flexibility, autonomy and diversity and social support.

It is these underpinnings that inform the themes of our FDCA 2018 National Co

nference, and which, along with FDCA’s Perspectives on Quality in Australian Family Day Care resource shape the criteria for the 2018 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.Submissions received by services will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • How is a commitment to ‘professional practice’ demonstrated across the service and how does it deliver quality outcomes for children.
  • How does the service foster empowered, mutually respectful relationships with educators and what impacts has this approach had on the service, educators and children.
  • How does the service embrace flexibility (in programming or otherwise), and the diversity of children and families in supporting quality outcomes for children.

Additional criteria for the Star Awards

The Emerging Star - To win this award, the service must have started operations (registered first educator), after 1 January 2016.

The Perpetual Star - To win this award, the service must have been registered with the family day care sector for a period of at least 15 years.