Charter Hall Social Infrastructure (ASX:CQE) enjoys valuation increase
The Market Herald - Rhys Prka - June 22, 2021

Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT (CQE) has seen a 12.3 per cent rise in its childcare portfolio valuation. The company had 211 of its 333 childcare properties independently value as at June 30, resulting in an $81 million uplift. Excluding the 29 leasehold properties valued, the passing yield ...

Cash splash: Families the big winners in NSW budget
The Sydney Morning Herald - Alexandra Smith - June 22, 2021

The Berejiklian government will continue its cash splash as the state recovers from its pandemic-induced recession, with targeted measures for families including $100 vouchers for preschoolers to learn to swim. NSW will embark on its largest school building program in the state’s history ...

Mann St development: Site to be transformed from car showroom to childcare centre to Ikon tower
The Daily Telegraph - Fiona Killman, Central Coast Express Advocate - June 22, 2021

An “interim” 90-place childcare centre has been given the green light on Mann St in Gosford before the site is completely overhauled for a $34m tower development. The $2.8m childcare centre is set to replace a former Suzuki carsales showroom at 333-337 Mann St, however ...

This ASX dividend share just declared a special distribution
The Motley Fool - James Mickleboro - June 21, 2021

The Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT (ASX: CQE) share price will be one to watch on Tuesday. This afternoon the Charter Hall Social Infrastructure REIT announced that it has signed new ultra-long leases with its major tenant, Goodstart Early Learning. According to the release ...

New Financial Incentives To Boost Early Childhood Jobs
Mirage News - VIC Premier - June 21, 2021

The Victorian Government is giving qualified early childhood teachers the opportunity to receive financial incentives of $9,000 to $50,000 to work in services across Victoria delivering Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt today announced an ...

The Sector launches Child Care Management System (CCMS) Survey – Have your say and enter the $3k Multi Prize Draw!
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 21, 2021

The Sector has launched its inaugural Child Care Management System (CCMS) Survey, a new initiative designed to provide CCMS users the opportunity to share their day to day experience of using the diverse range of systems currently available across Australia and help shape ...

G8 educator says goodbye to long hair to support Variety Foundation
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 21, 2021

Community Kids Thornton Educator Brooke Harper cut her hair for the first time in eight years as part of a broader fundraising effort for the Variety Foundation’s Hair With a Heart initiative. Ms Harper, who is employed by G8 Education, contacted the Foundation expressing her interest ...

Victorian childcare centres facing a staffing ‘disaster’

Herald Sun - Suzan Delibasic and Susie O'Brien - June 21, 2021A crippling national shortfall of up to 12,000 childcare educators has led to worrying numbers of unqualified staff caring for children, insiders say. The sector-wide early learning staff shortage has prompted the Andrews government ...

Affordable, quality ECEC remains out of reach in many wealthy countries, UNICEF says
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 21, 2021

Slovakia, the United States, Cyprus, and Switzerland joined Australia at the bottom of the table, which ranks countries across the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union (EU) based on their national childcare and parental leave policies ...

NSW Budget 2021: $150m to give families free preschool
he Daily Telegraph - Linda Silmalis - June 20, 2021

Families will be able to send their children to preschool for free next year with the state government to cover the cost. Almost 50,000 three to five-year-olds across the state will benefit from the “start strong free preschool” program that will save parents about $4000 per child each year ...

South Australia’s kindergarten enrolments fall for third straight year
The Advertiser - Rebecca Baker - June 19, 2021

More flexible enrolment options, extra community services and an easing of red tape are being called for as South Australia’s public kindergarten enrolments drop to the lowest in years with a further dip in numbers expected in 2022. Parents have until the end of this month to register ...

Childcare centre planned for heritage-listed Ginninderra Village
RiotACT - Ian Bushnell - June 19, 2021

The owner of the Ginninderra Village in Nicholls wants to open a 90-place childcare centre in the heritage precinct, saying there is unmet and growing demand in the area. Stan Waldren’s Ginninderra Village Pty Limited has applied for a lease variation to add ‘child care centre’ to the ...

Gap fee waiver extended until 31 December 2021 due to COVID-19 continuing to disrupt
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 18, 2021

The gap fee waiver provision, which allows services who are advised or directed to close by a local authority due to COVID-19, has been extended until 31 December 2021, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment announced recently. Originally the gap fee waiver provision ...

52% of families using childcare say it’s ‘hardly worth working’
Women's Agenda - Georgie Dent - June 18, 2021

On the frequent occasions I find myself frustrated at the lack of progress on particular issues that I personally feel like I’ve been banging on about for over a decade I find myself thinking about the legions of women before me who have been agitating for the same change for ...

Busy Bees acquisition of Think to proceed as implementation agreement executed
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 18, 2021

Think Childcare has confirmed that the proposed acquisition of its businesses by Busy Bees Early Learning Australia Pty Ltd (Busy Bees) will proceed in a deal that values the Sydney based operator at around $195 million. Busy Bees will pay Think shareholders $3.20 per share ...