Childcare subsidy program teething problems a pain for parents
The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran - July 19, 2018

THOUSANDS of parents have been left out of pocket in the first week of the new childcare subsidy program. Some providers say families and their staff are stressed trying to figure out why payments aren't working, but others say the bugs are being worked out. Issues include delays of up to 28 days in Centrelink in processing...

Toy guns survey an example of political correctness gone too far
Central Western Daily - Denis Gregory - July 18, 2018

What's happening to kids today? Are they being ‘sanitised' by the politically-correct do-gooders who want them brought up in cotton wool? What's wrong with playing in the dirt or snacking on a mud pie? Why is it confrontational to have school work corrected in red ink? Or playing cops and robbers with toy guns?...

Preschool children learn languages through Early Learning Languages Australia
Camden Courier - July 18, 2018

Camden Haven preschool children will again have an exciting opportunity to learn another language this year using play-based mobile tablet apps. Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie visited St Joseph's Early Childhood Services in Laurieton on Wednesday, July 18...

Picture this: 80-storey skyscraper to sit above George St cinema
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - July 18, 2018

Sitting atop the Event cinemas at 505-523 George Street, the 80-storey tower will have apartments, several levels of retail, two childcare centres and a community meeting room with active shopfronts and outdoor dining spilling out to the George Street pedestrian boulevard...

Daycare difference? Quebec fertility rate outpacing Ontario's
CTV News.ca - Ryan Flanagan - July 18, 2018

Quebec's long-term attempt to boost its fertility rate by offering cheap childcare appears to be paying off, according to a new study from Statistics Canada. The study, which was released Wednesday, shows that Quebec's fertility rate bottomed out at 1.45 children per mother in 2000. It has rebounded since then...

Child care subsidy issues hit local centres
The West Australian - Stuart Horton - July 17, 2018

Local child-care centres have been left frustrated with the Federal Government's new Child Care Subsidy, with one centre's staff facing the prospect of going without pay until the issue is resolved. The Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate on July 2...

Flexible childcare until 11:30pm? It's now reality at one centre thanks to this female entrepreneur
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestley - July 17, 2018

Over the weekend I heard about a new kind of service opening altogether: the Ferntree Gully-based Kindoo!, which is offering fully flexible care and half day options. The centre comes in response to the realities facing working parents, that go beyond just exhaustion. We don't all work nine to five...

Why the G8 Education Ltd share price is surging today
The Motley Fool - Motley Fool Staff - July 16, 2018

Childcare centre business G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) topped the S&P/ASX 200 gainers leaderboard today after closing 5.5% higher at $2.51 despite it releasing no news to the market. The Brisbane-based group has grown in the childcare centre space via an acquisitive strategy ...

Dodgy company 'phoenixing' is costing Australia up to $5 billion a year
Business Insider Australia - Chris Pash - July 16, 2018

The ATO says illegal phoenix activity is prevalent in building and construction, labour hire, payroll services, security services, cleaning, computer consulting, cafés and restaurants, and childcare services. The ATO says it also sees phoenixing in regional Australia...

Connections between early childhood program and teenage outcomes
Science Daily - New York University - July 16, 2018

A new study examined the long-term impacts of an early childhood program called the Chicago School Readiness Project (CSRP) and found evidence suggesting that the program positively affected children's executive function and academic achievement during adolescence...

Child jab rates in Ballarat remain high above target
The Courier - Melanie Whelan - July 16, 2018

IMMUNISATION rates in Ballarat remain steady as new data shows Victoria now has the highest proportion of five-year-olds vaccinated in any state. Across Victoria, 95.7 per cent of children aged five are fully immunised, up on 95.3 per cent since February...

Go Kindy launches the first
Newcastle Herald - Penelope Green - July 16, 2018

MORE than 20 years ago, Chris Passfield told his wife Rhonda he wanted to leave his job as a primary teacher and try his hand in the childcare sector. “She asked why and I said I had an itch to scratch,” says Mr Passfield, who this week opens his 12th Go Kindy childcare facility in Hunter Street, Newcastle West...

G8 Education has UBS, Allens on hand for advice
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald - July 16, 2018

It's not just outsiders talking about potential private equity interest in G8 Education. It is understood the whispers have made their way into G8 Education's boardroom, run by former PwC Australia managing partner Mark Johnson. The board has tapped investment bank UBS and law firm Allens...

Toy Guns in the Crosshairs
Newcastle Herald - Jeff Corbett - July 15, 2108

The childcare industry in NSW is discouraging childcare centres from allowing children to play with toy guns and swords and such, and you'll understand the reasoning if you've noticed that the overwhelming majority of small girls who play with dolls become mothers...

Paedophile Mark Christopher Harvey, whose offending sparked Debelle Inquiry, eligible for parole
Gold Coast Bulletin - Sean Fewster - July 15, 2018

THE childcare worker whose crimes ruined the lives of four girls and revealed systemic government failure in dealing with sex abuse cases is eligible for release next month. Both the State Government and Opposition have taken a “wait and see” approach to convicted paedophile Mark Christopher Harvey, whose crimes sparked the Debelle Inquiry...