Saturday, 8 September 2018: 1.00pm - 1.45pm

Megan Blaxland

Aspects of quality in family day care

Megan Blaxland – Research Fellow, University of NSW Social Policy Research Centre

This presentation will review the findings of Perspectives on Quality in Australian Family Day Care, a project conducted by the Social Policy Research Centre on behalf of FDCA. It draws on case studies at six high quality services, incorporating interviews with families, educators, coordination unit staff and representatives from managing organisations, comprising a total of 44 interviews with 52 people. The findings revealed a wide range of strategies to support high quality service delivery through professional practice, relationships, flexibility, autonomy and diversity.

Jennifer Ribarovski

Children’s autonomy – more than just chicken or beef

Jennifer Ribarovski – Managing Director, JR Education Consulting Services

This session will provide an accessible and practical overview of the underpinning research that tells us that providing for children’s autonomy in the curriculum bring positive learning and development outcomes for children. The approved learning frameworks, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the guiding principles of the National Quality Framework will be explored through this lens.

Michelle Brady

Families’ Experiences of Childcare Flexibility/Inflexibility in a 24/7 Economy

Dr Michelle Brady – Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland

In recent years, we have heard many stakeholders claim that we need more flexible childcare. But what does ‘flexible childcare’ mean and is inflexible childcare experienced? Outcomes of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning and results of the Flexible Childcare Trials suggest that families, service providers, and policymakers have different perspectives on what childcare flexibility means and how we might achieve it.

The Australian Government’s Inclusion Support Programme (ISP) – reflections on principles and best practice in family day care

Australian Government Department of Education and Training

The ISP’s third year of operation provides an opportunity for reflection and to showcase best practice in inclusion planning and capacity building in family day care services.


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