Communities are living on the edge after three weeks on high bushfire alert
ABC News 7.30 - Lucy Carter - December 11, 2019

The fire front is about 15 kilometres from the Mountain Community Children's Centre, near Mangrove Mountain. Every day since the fires started, manager Louisa Foxford wonders whether the centre will be open or not. "You come to work thinking, what's happening?" she told 7.30...

Childcare centres, petrol stations drive $63m of auction sales
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - December 11, 2019

Investors stocked up on securely leased childcare centres and petrol stations but spurned a freestanding Bunnings warehouse in Horsham at the final commercial property portfolio auction of the year. Of the 11 childcare centres and petrol stations offered for purchase...

Evolve in $19m placement ahead of Aust childcare shake-up
Financial Review - Simon Evans - December 11, 2019

Evolve Education, the Australasian childcare group run by the former boss of ASX-listed giant G8 Education, is raising up to $19 million in fresh capital to help drive more expansion. Chris Scott took over as managing director of Evolve in August and is overhauling the core business...

ACA gives Government funding of ACECQA a round of applause
The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 11, 2019

The national arm of the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) issued a statement late yesterday, applauding the announcement that the Australian Government will continue to fund the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) from 1 July 2020...

Not so busy - Australia's fertility rate falls to record low
Sydney Morning Herald - Shane Wright - December 11, 2019

"Australian couples just aren't in the mood to generate a baby boom, and who can blame them?" she said. "Low wages and high child care costs under this third term Liberal Government aren't very attractive." Fertility rates increased ahead of the global financial crisis...

Gunnedah swim program run by Gunida Gunyah Aboriginal Corporation a great success
Namoi Valley Independent - Jessica Worboys - December 11, 2019

Gunida Gunyah chief executive officer Jane Bender said many local schools, preschools and child care facilities were invited to participate in the programs. "We have had over 100 kids per term participate in the Learn to Swim program per school term," Ms Bender said...

Childcare company Evolve Education raising, Canaccord on ticket
Australian Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony MacDonald and Tim Boyd - December 11, 2019

ASX-listed childcare business Evolve Education was cap in hand in front of funds on Wednesday, looking to raise $18.9 million to fund the acquisition of five childcare centres in the ACT. The placement was priced at 13¢ a share, which represented a 10.3 per cent discount to Evolve's last close...

Relief coming for childcare wait lists
The Western Weekender - Alena Higgins - December 11, 2019

Wait times for childcare in the area could be eased in the future amid plans for several new centres and a pre-school. Four separate development applications containing childcare provisions were lodged with Penrith City Council in November alone. Orchard Hills, Mulgoa, St Marys and...

COAG review calls for funding certainty for preschool education
The Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - December 10, 2019

A review commissioned by the Council of Australian Governments has recommended the Morrison government commit to funding preschools in a five-year block to provide certainty to the sector, amid warnings any reduction in federal funds would trigger "immediate and longer-term consequences".

Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - December 10, 2019

Merrimac is set to gain a new primary school after Brisbane Catholic Education bought the former home of Queensland Independent College for $7 million. Brisbane Catholic Education, which has plans to open seven new schools in the next six years, said the property would provide education ...

Why the profit motive fails in education
The Conversation - John Quiggin - December 10, 2019

The Morrison government’s waiving of almost A$500 million in dodgy vocational education and training debts holds many lessons about the nature of education and public services being provided by for-profit enterprises...In the realm of early child education, Australia’s for-profit child-care operators...

Guildford: AVO withdrawn against childcare worker
The Daily Telegraph - Joanne Vella, Parramatta Advertiser - December 10, 2019

An AVO has been withdrawn against a childcare worker accused of abusing a boy at a Guildford childcare centre after an Education Department investigation found insufficient evidence — but his mother has vowed to continue fighting for him. The mother of the boy, who has special needs...

Govt confirms ACECQA funding for 3 years ahead of key Education Council meeting
The Sector - Jason Roberts - December 10, 2019

Dan Tehan, Federal Minister for Education, has confirmed that the Australian Government will commit $46 million of funding to support the delivery of “nationally consistent and high quality early childhood education and care” under the National Quality Framework via national body the Australian...

No need to panic – we can fix Australian schools. But to rush the reform is to ruin it
The Guardian - Pasi Sahlberg - December 9, 2019

Every three years around this time politicians, education leaders and pundits step up to call for fixing their education systems. This has happened for two decades now. Education reforms follow one after another. Still, according to the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (Pisa)...

Evolve Education Group: Acquisition of centres in ACT
Australian Financial Review - December 9, 2019

Listed New Zealand and Australian childcare and education centre operator Evolve Education Group Limited (ASX/NZX:EVO) is pleased to announce that it has contracted to acquire 5 childcare centres in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) with a total license capacity of 461 children per day.