Aussie children as young as TWO could receive Moderna vaccine by November
Kidspot - Penelope Clifton - September 26, 2021

The US manufacturer of Moderna has revealed plans to make the highly-sought after vaccine in Oz, as the company prepares to release clinical studies on administering the jab to children as young as two. Almost the entire Australian population might have the opportunity...

School holiday updates from DESE in relation to support in COVID-19 hotspots
The Sector - Frey Lucas - September 24, 2021

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) providers in Commonwealth declared COVID-19 hotspots (which last for more than seven days) will be contacted by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) in the event that they become eligible for...

Jabs made mandatory for Victorian schools and childcare
The Age - Melissa Cunningham and Adam Carey - September 22, 2021

Victoria’s education unions have almost universally backed a state government move to mandate coronavirus vaccines for teachers and childcare workers, but an organisation representing Christian schools has warned the sector faces “significant challenges” with...

Waiting lists increase as childcare centres struggle with demand and staff shortages
Mercury - Rosemary Murphy - September 23, 2021

Demand for childcare in Tasmania has surged with hundreds of families now stuck waiting for care. Increased demand for places and difficulties recruiting staff are putting pressure on Tasmanian childcare providers, with some centres in Hobart now having waiting...

Coronavirus vaccines mandated for Victorian school and childcare staff
SBS News - September 22, 2021

Teachers and childcare workers in Victoria will have to get at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose before being allowed to return to work. Education Minister James Merlino on Wednesday announced all staff at schools and childcare services will need to have...

How addressing our young kids’ COVID-19 learning loss is a matter of child’s play
The Sector - Hetty Roessingh - September 22, 2021

A well-rounded, balanced approach to early childhood education through play involves both child-led and adult-led play and allows for both unstructured and structured activity. It targets all five domains of child development that teachers need to assess and monitor...

Childcare assets increasingly desired by larger funds
The Market Herald - Rhys Prka - September 21, 2021

The importance of childcare has been demonstrated by the fact that centres have remained open throughout the COVID-19-induced lockdowns and related restrictions. The Federal Government gives about $9 billion per year through the Child Care Subsidy...

Childcare investing for stable income returns
Livewire - Shane Wakelin - September 21, 2021

In 2020, the Australian Government offered financial assistance of more than $1.5bn to all Childcare operators with the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package which provided free childcare for families. Despite the increase in funding to the sector in 2020...

Compulsory vaccination edict for Victorian teachers, childcare workers expected
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien and Mitch Clarke - September 21, 2021

Teachers and early childhood educators will have to have the Covid jab to keep working, with authorities setting a big target before the end of the year. Teachers and early-childhood educators will be subject to mandatory vaccinations, with key sector stakeholders expecting...

Australian children at risk of being left behind on early learning
Mirage News - September 20, 2021

Children who have the opportunity to attend preschool are more likely to start school ready to learn, more likely to finish school ready for life and more likely to participate in paid employment. They’re healthier and have higher levels of social participation. The AEU calls on all governments...

How Melbourne schools will stage staggered return
Herald Sun - Suzan Delibasic and Susie O'Brien - September 20, 2021

Fully vaccinated parents can send their children to childcare from October 26, but others will have to wait until November 5, according to the road map announced by the Premier on Sunday. The milestone 80 per cent double-dose vaccination, which is expected to...

The heavy mental load of decision-making when it comes to kids and COVID
ABC News - Brittany McGill - September 19, 2021

But, as we're so often told, the Delta variant is a "game-changer". We also know that 211 childcare facilities around the country are currently closed, more than 150 of those in NSW, and the vast majority because of COVID transmission. It seems that no amount of...

COVID-19 hasn't changed much for outback school kids, but there's one thing they're missing dearly
ABC News - Jonathan Poulson - September 19, 2021

The unit has been providing childcare and play group sessions for grazier families across Far West NSW and south-west Queensland for nearly 40 years. Childcare workers Emma Fenton and Vicki Olds would travel hundreds of kilometres a day to bring interactive...

85 Australian childcare centres go broke as parents keep kids at home and still pay for placements
Herald Sun - Natasha Bita - September 18, 2021

Exclusive: Dozens of daycare centres have gone broke and closed permanently this year as parents keep kids home during the pandemic. Thirty childcare centres closed their doors last month, after 12 shut down in July, 19 in June and 24 in March, April and May...

‘We’re risking our lives’: Early childhood educators speak out about their fears for the future
Womens Agenda - Jessica Roberts - September 17, 2021

Undervalued, underpaid and overworked, early childhood educators have been the silent workers of this pandemic. You haven’t heard claps of support for these workers and their contributions during COVID-19 are rarely mentioned. Childcare workers in Victoria have...