Court hits childcare scammers for $30m
The Australian - Kieran Gair - June 14, 2021

The commonwealth is attempting to claw back a record $30m from the ringleaders of a brazen family day­care empire who allegedly rorted millions of dollars of public money by fraudulently claiming childcare benefits. Sydney brothers Ibrahim Omar and Mohammad Omar ...

Australia Talks finds six out of 10 regional families can't easily access child care
ABC News - April McLennan - June 13, 2021

Mother-of-three Alanna Wardle has found living in regional Australia with young children can be isolating. She believes it is vital for parents to have the option to return to work for social and emotional, as well as financial benefits. But Ms Wardle said that opportunity was taken away from ...

New owner: Lisa McGhee takes over two local childcare centres
Goulburn Post - Burney Wong - June 13, 2021

The Scaliiwags Children’s Centre has been in good hands for the past 16 years. However, the childcare centre, along with the JumpStart Early Learning Centre has been sold to Lisa McGhee Former owner Melanie Wakefield, who has done a terrific job with the two centres, was…

Mawson Lakes Park Way Child Care Centre to close this month after state government land sale
Herald Sun - Ben Cameron - June 12, 2021

A 21-year-old community, not-for-profit childcare centre in Adelaide’s north will close later this month after the state government sold the land to an Unley-based building company. However, Renewal SA has assured parents it will be replaced by a private childcare centre with the same...

Home Consortium pays $13m for a Busy bees childcare centre in Woolloongabba in landmark deal
The Advertiser - Chris Jerde - June 11, 2021

Queensland recorded its largest ever childcare centre transaction as investors fight for a foothold in the sector. National property and investment group Home Consortium paid $13m for Busy Bees childcare centre at Woolloongabba. The deal realised a yield of 5.5 per cent...

Storypark Manage confirmed as KU Children’s Services new CCMS provider
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 14, 2021

Storypark Manage, the recently launched childcare management system (CCMS) from Storypark, has confirmed that they will partner with KU Children’s Service’s as their new CCMS provider. The news comes seven months after the launch of Storypark Manage and marks an important milestone ...

Embedding Aboriginal culture and perspectives into practice- lessons from NSW
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 14, 2021

Menindee Children’s Centre and Forbes Preschool have shared their thoughts on celebrating and embedding Aboriginal culture and perspectives into their practices with the Department of Education, New South Wales. At Menindee Children’s Centre the children are very closely connected to culture and country and the preschool celebrates the Aboriginal culture of the community and children every day.

Educators reminded that safe sleep requirements trump parent preference, RA says
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 14, 2021

Children’s safety must take priority over parental sleep preferences, South Australia’s regulatory authority (RA) has said. “Requests from parents to put their child to bed in a way that may not be safe can be hard to resist. But keeping children safe is the priority,” the advice read, compelling ...

When the only childcare operator in town quits: Rural workforce shortages bite in Vic
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 11, 2021

Families in the Victorian border town of Edenhope, which sits 30 kilometres from the South Australian border, are facing challenges with obtaining care for their children after the one person providing early childhood education and care services in the town announced her resignation...

Sydney Family Daycare Scheme: childcare operator hits out at education department after compliance ban
The Daily Telegraph - David Barwell, North Shore Times - June 10, 2021

A Sydney childcare company investigated over 174 alleged noncompliance breaches has successfully overturned the cancellation of its approval to provide daycare service – but the case is far from over yet. Early Childhood Education Australia will have to abide by strict conditions including caps ...

Jack Loh's carer and childcare owner tells inquest into his death she forgot to renew CPR certificate
ABC News - Paige Cockburn - June 10, 2021

The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) dictates babies should not be left in bassinets to sleep, and linen should be tucked into mattresses and pillows removed. "Sometimes I thought they would be more comfortable in bassinets," HR told the court...

The verdict on the not-so-family-friendly federal budget
Australian Financial Review - Barbara Broadway - June 8, 2021

The good news: at least three major policy announcements in this year’s federal budget should help Australian families with caring responsibilities, especially women. They remove work disincentives for secondary earners, create jobs in female-dominated industries, improve the financial ...

Lead contamination confirmed at Captains Flat Preschool
RiotACT - Michael Weaver - June 8, 2021

After months of waiting and an indoor-only policy for about 20 preschool students and teachers at Captains Flat Preschool, soil samples have confirmed the site of more than 30 years is not safe and the school will be relocated. The Captains Flat Preschool will be relocated to a ...

Burgess Rawson profiles Geelong Childcare centre ahead of upcoming auction
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 8, 2021

Burgess Rawson, the early childhood education and care (ECEC) focused real estate and business broker, has released a statement profiling one of the six centres featured in an upcoming portfolio auction scheduled for 23 June 2021. The 120 licence place centre in Belmont, Victoria ...

AEU lobbies for education professionals to have priority access to COVID vaccination
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 8, 2021

The Australian Education Union (AEU) is calling on the Federal Government to make the education workforce a priority for COVID-19 vaccination, saying that those who are working closely with children and families are frontline workers, and need to be protected. “Teachers and education ...