SIDS risk as childcare centres ignore sleeping safety guidelines
The Courier Mail - Janelle Miles - October 16, 2018

ALARMING numbers of registered childcare centres are failing to comply with safe infant sleeping practices despite the dangers of sudden infant death syndrome, new Queensland research shows. A study of 18 registered Brisbane childcare services by University of Queensland...

Tax rates may deter women with children from returning to work
ABC News - Nassim Khadem- October 16, 2018

Mr Wardell-Johnson said childcare costs vary around the country, making it hard to model the exact benefit of government subsidies. The report assumes a cost of $12 an hour for all-day (10 hours) child care. At an annual family income of $186,958, an extra dollar of family income...

Caring for grandchildren: a joy or a burden?
The University of Queensland - Associate Professor Leigh Tooth - October 16, 2018

The University of Queensland and University of Newcastle (UON) study found 60 per cent of women in their mid-sixties and 12 per cent of women in their late eighties provided regular, unpaid childcare for their grandchildren. Study Director at UON and Hunter Medical Research Institute...

English-speaking families are sending children to bilingual childcare centres, hopeful they pick up a second language
Perth Now - Belle Taylor - October 15, 2018

CHILDREN who are only just forming their first words are already starting to learn a second language, with a growing number of childcare centres offering bilingual education. While some childcare centres have long catered to specific language groups, more English-speaking...

Experts warn we are using ADHD drugs to medicate immaturity
The Advertiser - Sue Dunlevy - October 15, 2018

Human Services Department data shows 4974 children aged 2-6 were using the medications in the 2015 calendar year up from 3500 in 2013. We revealed that some childcare centres were refusing to enrol children unless they were put on ADHD medication. There are no...

Vital cash relieves child care pressure
Kalgoorlie Miner - Jason Mennell - October 15, 2018

A large cash injection means Goldfields Child Care Centre's out-of-school-hours service should remain open. Local mining companies have came to the rescue, with Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and Evolution Mining chipping in $50,000 each last week, leaving the shortfall to build...

'Inappropriate locations': Why childcare centres are not welcome in parts of Sydney
Sydney Morning Herald - Andrew Taylor - October 14, 2018

Councils on the north shore are pushing back against childcare developments in residential streets, arguing they create noise and traffic issues. The NSW government estimates 2700 childcare centres will have to be built by 2036 to meet demand. But a proposed facility for 82 children...

Kindergarten plan may rescue flagging childcare sector
Sydney Morning Herald - Tim Boreham - October 13, 2018

Federal Labor's mooted plans to reform negative gearing and capital gains tax may have scared the overall property industry, but its $1.75 billion scheme to fund kindergarten places for three year olds promises to be a boon for flagging valuations in the child care sector...

Blue Sky sale of Foundation Early Learning comes in at bottom of investor estimates
The Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - October 13, 2018

EMBATTLED fund manager Blue Sky Alternative Investments has finally offloaded a childcare operation, with returns to investors hitting the bottom of earlier estimates. The weakened sale of Brisbane-based Foundation Early Learning, a 31-centre operation, was detailed by Blue Sky...

Scott Morrison is badly in need of a winning family policy
The Australian - Angela Shanahan - October 12, 2018

The latest gambit from Labor promising universal three and four-year-old preschool is very clever. Even if you think three-year-old preschool is baloney as far as education goes, it is dovetailing with the concerns of parents who want more available, cheaper and better...

Case for preschool education underwhelming
The Australian - Judith Sloan - October 12, 2018

It's so simple — pile our three-year-olds into 15 hours of early childhood education a week for 40 weeks and all these wonderful things will happen. The transition of our little ones to school will be smooth and productive. They will get better NAPLAN results. They will stay longer at school...

How I handled the great 'when should my child start school' dilemma
Sydney Morning Herald - Kasey Edwards - October 12, 2018

There was also the not insignificant issue of money. Given the cost of childcare, delaying school an extra year comes at a significant financial cost. I wondered that instead of shelling out another 20 grand on childcare, my kids would be better off if I put the money in a term...

Funding for preschool places will shape Australia's future
Sydney Morning Herald - Harold Mitchell - October 11, 2018

Over its very short five-year history, the Mitchell Institute has been able to persuasively argue an extensively researched case for expanded early learning. It's based on a very simple but worrying fact. One in five of our kids start school behind, and nearly half of those children...

Look deeper into research on benefits of preschool
Sydney Morning Herald - Parnell Palme McGuinness - October 11, 2018

Free or subsidised preschool for three- and four-year-olds will, the argument goes, provide only benefits which outweigh the current means-tested arrangement. But that assertion flies in the face of the many studies which show that three-year-olds from non-disadvantaged...

Funding for preschool places will shape Australia's future
Sydney Morning Herald - Harold Mitchell - October 11, 2018

Education has been in the news over the past few days, but the story about the most recent development started some years ago with a conversation I had with Professor Peter Dawkins, the vice-chancellor of Victoria University. Universities always want to distinguish themselves...