Governments to review fire regulations for multistory ECEC settings, ACA NSW says
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 24, 2020

The New South Wales Branch of the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) has advised its members that the Federal and State Governments have taken feedback about the proposed changes to the 2019 National Construction Code (NCC) with respect to Early Childhood Centres...

Increasing childcare fees sparks concern in Shepparton
Shepparton News - Ed McLeish - January 23, 2020

Shepparton parents could face higher childcare fees soon. The Department of Education’s September quarter 2019 report showed the average hourly fee across all childcare types was $9.90, reflecting an increase of 4.6 per cent since the September quarter 2018...

Name change could mislead public: AMA
AJP.com.au - Megan Haggan - January 23, 2020

The AMA has slammed a political party that wants to change its name to the Informed Medical Options Party, as the Guild underlines the importance of vaccination. Among its objectives, the Party lists amending NSW and Victorian laws to include conscientious objection...

NSW school counsellors to be redeployed in bushfire impacted communities
Education HQ - January 23, 2020

School counsellors will be sent to over 100 bushfire-affected schools in NSW, the State Government announced today. Included in the rollout are 113 schools, with 77 identified as needing ‘intensive support’. The Government confirmed that no new school counsellors...

Why FNQ council has banned a certain herbicide in public areas
Cairns Post - Mark Murray - January 23, 2020

A Far Northern council says a recent incident motivated it to stop the use of a potentially harmful substance. “The ban extends to 133 parcels of open spaces land including playgrounds, areas near schools or childcare facilities, footpaths in CBD and...

MindChamps’ super-deal for first 10 franchisees
Inside Franchise Business - Sarah Stowe - January 22, 2020

A brand new franchise buyers’ offer is putting theatre right at the heart of kid’s education. Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman’s former learning space, the Actors Centre Australia, has partnered with early learning group MindChamps to create kids curriculum...

State-of-the-art childcare opens with Miguel Maestre designed meals
Shopping Centre News - January 22, 2020

The Precision Group has welcomed a state-of-the-art childcare centre, Paisley Park Early Learning Centre adding to its $45 million redevelopment at South Australia’s Port Adelaide Plaza. The childcare centre has opened with celebrity Chef Miguel Maestre designing...

Queensland Government funding boost – $773,000 for community organisations
The Sector - Freya Lucas - January 22, 2020

The Queensland Government is delivering 31 funding grants worth $773,000 to community organisations, including those in early childhood education and care (ECEC) in North West Queensland under the latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)...

Goodstart bush kinder program explores Yanchep National Park
Wanneroo Times - January 22, 2020

A CHILDCARE program that encourages children to have greater respect for the natural environment will resume next month. Goodstart early learning centres in Merriwa and Clarkson each take up to five children a week to the Yanchep National Park as part of a ‘bush kinder’...

Investment in ‘alternative’ real estate surges to $8b
Financial Review - Ingrid Fuary-Wagner - January 23, 2020

“The ‘other’ sector in the past few years has often been driven by hotel sales but it looks like we are moving a bit more into the real alternative assets now like service stations and childcare centres,” said John Sears, Cushman & Wakefield’s head of research...

The protein puzzle – 7 ways to ensure each child gets the right amount of protein
The Sector - Mandy Sacher - January 22, 2020

Serving adequate protein can be challenging in early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings. As well as nut, dairy and egg allergies, cooks and chefs need to consider cultural preferences such as vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, and religious requirements which see children unable...

Devonport Aboriginal child care worker wins stress leave dispute
The Mercury - Amber Wilson - January 22, 2020

A Tasmanian Aboriginal child care worker has won a workers’ compensation stoush after his colleague asked a mother if she felt safe in a car with him, causing him to burst into tears and go home on stress leave. The man, employed by a state government-run Devonport child care centre...

Plan for tax-deductible childcare ought to be on the table
Sydney Morning Herald - Georgina Dent - January 21, 2020

The cost of childcare has been something of a barbecue stopper for a long time, with good reason. Between 2011 to 2017, the average weekly out-of-pocket costs of formal childcare increased by 48.7 per cent in inflation-adjusted terms, without a substantial increase in the hours of...

A familiar place among the chaos: how schools can help students cope after the bushfires
The Conversation - Rachael Jacobs, Carol Mutch - January 21, 2020

School will start on a somewhat sombre note this year. Some schools will still be shrouded in smog from the bushfires. Some students will be grieving the loss of property, animals or even family and friends. Some remain evacuated and others are part of the recovery effort. In recent days...

Caring for the planet and learning languages: Where early childhood education is headed in 2020.
MamaMia - Naomi Cotterill - January 21, 2020

Apart from when ABC KIDS decide to change their morning programming with no notice (a situation which requires the same delicate handling as a hostage negotiation), there’s barely anything as nerve wracking for a parent as choosing the right childcare. Entrusting the care ...