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Principals call for a national standard school starting age of five-and-a-half
Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - August 30, 2014
NSW children will wait up to an extra year before they can start school under a plan from the country's peak primary principals body to introduce a standard national starting age of five-and-a-half. The Australian Primary Principals’ Association wants the age to be standardised...

Principals call for a national standard school starting age of five-and-a-half
Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - August 30, 2014
NSW children will wait up to an extra year before they can start school under a plan from the country's peak primary principals body to introduce a standard national starting age of five-and-a-half. The Australian Primary Principals’ Association wants the age to be standardised...

Principals call for a national standard school starting age of five-and-a-half
Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - August 30, 2014
NSW children will wait up to an extra year before they can start school under a plan from the country's peak primary principals body to introduce a standard national starting age of five-and-a-half. The Australian Primary Principals’ Association wants the age to be standardised...

Mums merge office and creche
The Australian - Natasha Robinson - August 29, 2014
TWO Sydney mothers are preparing to open a childcare service that allows parents to work on-site while their children play next door at the creche. From next Monday, the co-shared workspace Bubs and Boardrooms will allow parents working flexibly, breastfeeding mothers, students and even...

Families nervous about looming changes to childcare rebate
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan - August 29, 2014
Some Canberra families' working lives hang in the balance of the findings of the Productivity Commission's report into childcare. Kellie Gale's parents live in Merriwagga, a small town near Griffith, five hours away from her home in Nicholls where she lives with her firefighter husband...

Childcare industry set for an overhaul thanks to new babysitting app
StartupSmart - Broede Carmody - Augsut 29, 2014
A Sydney-based startup is looking to disrupt the childcare industry in the same way Uber has disrupted the taxi market. Kindy, an app that allows parents to find and contact babysitters and nannies in their area, hopes to make it easier for parents to find trusted babysitters and nannies...

NSW parents cutting back on childcare
Daily Telegraph - Daniel Myers - August 29, 2014
NSW parents are ­turning to ­informal childcare arrangements like using grandparents or in-home care because it is too expensive to make ­permanent arrangements at childcare centres. The federal government will today release figures that show NSW children spend less hours a week in...

Affinity reports $5m loss after predicting $2.6m profit
Financial Review - Jessica Gardner - August 29, 2014
Newly listed childcare provider Affinity Education Group has posted a half-year loss of $5 million, missing a forecast profit of $2.6 million outlined in its prospectus, due to the company's spending spree as it expands its centre network. Revenue hit $38.5 million in the six months ended June 30...

Rising pressure for child care
ABC Radio Brisbane - Lachlan Mackintosh - August 28, 2014
New figures from the federal government show that while the number of child care providers is rising, Queensland is not following the same trends as other states. Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley recognises the pressure on families and discusses changes on the way...

Lack of affordable childcare keeping mums out of the workplace
The Advertiser - Peter Jean - August 28, 2014
A SHORTAGE of affordable childcare places is keeping many South Australian mothers out of the workforce, according to the Federal Government. The SA childcare sector had the lowest growth in enrolments on the mainland in the six years to September 13. The number of children in formal...

WA Government commits to funding kindergarten hours if Commonwealth pulls out
ABC News - August 27, 2014
The Western Australian Government has committed to funding extra kindergarten hours if the Commonwealth fails to renew an early education funding arrangement. The national partnership agreement allocates just under $50 million to WA to help fund a 15-hour a week kindergarten...

Goodstart learning says deemed cost of childcare model will hurt thousands
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 26, 2014
THE nation's biggest childcare provider Goodstart early learning will today tell the Productivity Commission the new "deemed cost of care" model they are recommending will hurt thousands of families who will go backwards financially and many of their centres would become unviable if a...

Child Care NSW president warns a creche is not regulated like a daycare centre
NEWS.com.au - August 26, 2014
One of the NSW's most senior childcare experts has warned parents of the risk of using a creche to mind their children because the service is not regulated by law. The claim by Child Care NSW follows the Manly Daily's story yesterday about two-year-old Eva Ness who was bitten by an older...

Schools and sports clubs key to childcare crisis
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 26, 2014
LOCAL councils should co-locate childcare centres with schools, sports clubs and other community buildings or with workplaces, without requiring zoning changes, new national guidelines suggest. The guidelines also seek better co-operation between local and state governments so local land...

Parents want childcare workers to be highly qualified, says group The Parenthood
Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - August 25, 2014
Australian parents do not want the qualification requirements watered down for childcare workers looking after small children, according to a survey by a leading parents group. The Productivity Commission's draft report into childcare last month recommended that educators working with...

High-quality childcare helps kids be more attentive and better deal with their emotions, study shows
The Advertiser - Katrina Stokes - August 25, 2014
PARENTS who choose high-quality childcare for their children are better ensuring their kids will be attentive and able to deal with their emotions when they start school, University of Adelaide research reveals. A study of more than 1000 Australian two- and three-year-olds found high...

Arena to spin off childcare management
The Australian - Ben Wilmot - August 25, 2014
THE Morgan Stanley Real Estate-owned Arena Investment Management this morning took a step towards determining the future of the $900 million property funds business by announcing plans to spin off the management of its listed childcare property trust. The Arena REIT fund, announced a...

ACT has highest demand for childcare in country as supply slips
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan - August 25, 2014
The ACT has had the greatest enrolment boom in childcare in the country, jumping by nearly 70 per cent in six years, new analysis from the Department of Education shows. More than 23,160 Canberran children were enrolled in formal childcare services in September last year, a 69.2 per...

Clouds remain over the future of childcare in Parliament House
Canberra Times - Primrose Riordan - August 25, 2014
Clouds remain over the future of Parliament House childcare after the provider of the service confirmed it will pull out after the end of this year and the centre will go to tender. The Department of Parliamentary Services and Anglicare broke the news to parent representatives at meetings...

Child carers tell Productivity Commission to leave ratios alone
Canberra Times - Matthew Raggatt - August 23, 2014
Canberra childcare managers have warned draft recommendations to overhaul the system's qualifications and ratios would compromise children's safety. Suggested changes which would allow staff to child ratios to be averaged, potentially across a week, and lower education standards…

Education Minister Peter Collier says new guidelines will improve kindergarten standards
PerthNow - Claire Bickers - August 24, 2014
THE expectations on children and teachers at kindergarten are being raised significantly under new guidelines. WA's first curriculum guidelines for kindergarten include a set of criteria kids should be able to meet before they turn 6, including: STARTING conversations with teachers. LOOKING…

Goulburn dangles childcare carrot in advertising campaign to lure Canberrans to the municipality
Canberra Times - Julieanne Strachan - August 23, 2014
Goulburn is trying to tempt Canberrans to up stumps and move to NSW, with an advertising campaign hitting the ACT where it hurts - in the childcare shortage. It has taken print ads in ACT publications boasting a solution, within a "short drive to Canberra", to long waiting lists at…

Labor willing to back change in childcare, says Kate Ellis
The Australian - Patricia Karvelas - August 21, 2014
LABOR childcare spokeswoman Kate Ellis has declared the opposition is open to embrace big changes in the childcare system. However she says the recommendations by the Productivity Commission will increase out-of-pocket fees for most families and hurt children by offering...

First three years crucial in a child's life: childcare hearing told
The Age - Miki Perkins - August 18, 2014
The first three years of a child's life are the period of greatest developmental plasticity, and disruption at this age can have lifelong consequences to their physical or mental health, medical experts have told a hearing into the future of childcare in Australia. "It's no longer appropriate or...

G8 Education issues debt securities offshore
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald and Gretchen Friemann - August 18, 2014
G8 Education has dispelled any thoughts it may be about to launch an equity raising, instead opting for an offshore issue of debt securities. Eyebrows were raised when G8 accelerated its half-year results last week, timing the announcement with news it had scooped up another 25 childcare...

 
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