Queensland childcare worker accused of child rape among 104 charges
Brisbane Times - Jocelyn Garcia - September 18, 2020

A Queensland childcare worker has been charged with multiple counts of raping children among more than 100 offences that also include bestiality. Townsville child protection investigation unit detectives will allege the 39-year-old man was indecently assaulting children...

'Fantastic outcome': Victoria records 28 new coronavirus cases, announces free kinder in term four
The Age - Rachael Dexter - September 17, 2020

Victorian sessional kindergarten will remain free for most families in the fourth term. The state government will provide $26.7 million in additional funding for early childhood services set to reopen on October 5. The government will provide about $500 per enrolled child to community-based...

Early education boost for Three Springs with centre start-up
The West Australian - Lisa Favazzo, Midwest Times - September 17, 2020

The little locals in Three Springs celebrated the grand opening of a new daycare building recently and it has already made its mark on the community. Although the town has had a daycare facility for years, the new Three Springs Early Childhood Learning Centre building is its first...

Money and kids: Learning the basics at a (very) early age
ABC News - Emily Stewart and Gemma Breen - September 17, 2020

Is five years old too young to start learning about money? No way. That's according to Melis, who goes to kindergarten in Brisbane's south. For those outside of Queensland, it's the equivalent of pre-school, or the year before school starts. "I have a white [piggy bank] with so much money...

Feedback sought on proposed Nido childcare centre for Duncraig
Perth Now - Tyler Brown, Joondalup Times - September 17, 2020

A new two-storey childcare centre has been proposed for two residential lots in Duncraig. The City of Joondalup is seeking feedback on the development application for a Nido Early School facility at 29 and 31 Acacia Way. The centre would accommodate a maximum of 92 children ...

Banksia Grove childcare worker charged with assaulting children
WA Today - Kamin Gock - September 16, 2020

WA Police have charged a Perth daycare worker with aggravated assault after children suffered serious scratches on their faces. The Child Abuse Squad was called in after daycare centre GoodStart Early in Banksia Grove launched its own investigation. Up to six families had complained...

Does Mayfield Childcare’s (ASX:MFD) Statutory Profit Adequately Reflect Its Underlying Profit?
Simply Wall St - September 16, 2020

Statistically speaking, it is less risky to invest in profitable companies than in unprofitable ones. That said, the current statutory profit is not always a good guide to a company’s underlying profitability. Today we’ll focus on whether this year’s statutory profits are a good guide...

Investors defy COVID and snap up near $1b of bottle shops, petrol stations
The Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - September 16, 2020

Investors have defied the market jitters from the pandemic and snapped up close to $1 billion in a range of bottle shops, service stations, childcare centres, supermarkets and bank branches across the country. Through a large-scale auction by Burgess Rawson on Tuesday close to...

Preschool and childcare have little impact on a child’s later school test scores
The Conversation - Callie Little and Brian Byrne, University of New England - September 16, 2020

Early childhood education and care is widely regarded as helping children’s academic, cognitive and social development. Our study, published in the journal Behavior Genetics, looked into whether attending preschool or childcare influences later academic achievement...

Aldrich Viju inquest: Child tragically dies on slide at daycare centre
news.com.au - Joey Dwyer - September 16, 2020

An Auckland four-year-old who died at a childcare centre in 2016 was playing on a toy slide, a coroner’s inquest has heard. The inquest is underway into the death of Aldrich Viju at Angels Childcare Centre in Takapuna, Auckland, in November 2016. The court heard Aldrich was ...

Fewer single mums are skipping meals or shoplifting during pandemic: report
The Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - September 16, 2020

Many single mothers no longer have to skip meals so they can feed their children or steal nappies to manage their tight budgets during the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research. Dr Dina Bowman, principal research fellow at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, said...

Orientation for 2021 kindergarten kids moves online due to pandemic
Goulburn Post - Clare McCabe - September 15, 2020

NSW public schools are preparing for children beginning school in 2021 with virtual tours, online presentations, and showbags replacing the usual school-based activities and orientation days. Before COVID-19, pre-schoolers were introduced to Upper Lachlan Shire public schools...

Small Queensland schools treasured by teachers, families and students
ABC News - ABC North Qld / By Nathalie Fernbach and Dwayne Wyles - September 14, 2020

Four kids to a class: it's a ratio many parents dream of, but at Abergowrie State School in north Queensland it's the norm … given there's only one class. "It's magical, that sense of community — we are like a second family," school principal Laura-Beth Martin said. Abergowrie State School...

Parents and children taste freedom in Melbourne amid concerns about health impact of lockdown
SBS News - Abby Dinham - September 14, 2020

After six months of being cordoned off with tape, Footscray’s Play Space is bustling with children calling out to each other and running between pieces of equipment. Outdoor playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment have been reopened in Melbourne, with the 1.5 metre ...

West Gosford Shopping Centre: Planning Panel approves $2.2m upgrade
The Daily Telegraph - Fiona Killman, Central Coast Express Advocate - September 14, 2020

The revamp of the West Gosford Shopping Centre has been approved. The Central Coast Local Planning Panel has approved the $2.2m redevelopment which will see the entire site upgraded to include a new facade for Coles, along with a childcare centre, new mall, outdoor area ...