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.

Inclusion Support Programme

The Department of Education and Training will provide an overview on the Inclusion Support Programme’s key achievements and examples of good practice, with a particular focus on Family Day Care. The Queensland Inclusion Agency, KU’s Children’s Services, will also be in attendance to provide an overview of an Inclusion Agency’s role and examples of ISP cases.

Program Background

In the 2018-19 Budget, the Australian Government committed around $550 million over four years to the Inclusion Support Programme (ISP), as part of the $1.2 billion Child Care Safety Net under the new child care package.

The ISP aims to increase access and participation in child care for children with additional needs through developing and embedding services’ skills to include children with additional needs alongside their typically developing peers.

The ISP has dual objectives to:

  • support mainstream early childhood and child care services to improve their capacity and capability to provide quality inclusive practices, address participation barriers and include children with additional needs alongside their typically developing peers; and
  • provide parents and carers of children with additional needs with access to appropriate ECCC services that assist those parents to participate in the workforce.

There are seven Inclusion Agencies across eight states and territories that work with Inclusion Professionals to assist child care services to build their capacity and capability to provide and embed inclusive practice and address barriers to inclusion experienced by children with additional needs.

Early childhood and child care services are encouraged to contact their local Inclusion Agency to learn more about the type of support available to them. More information about the ISP, including contact details for all Inclusion Agencies, is available on the Department of Education and Training’s website at


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