Warrnambool Uniting Church Care's matriarch retires after 24 years looking after children.
The Standard - Kimberley Price - December 13, 2019

Liz Sparrow has been the matriarch of the Uniting Child Care Centre for 24 years. As centres director, "a fancy name for someone who changes nappies," Mrs Sparrow has played a major role in the early childhood development of many south-west families. "It's been a real privilege...

Melbourne childcare centre ditches Santa for ‘Sustainability Pirate’
News.com.au - Tahni Turpin - December 12, 2019

A Melbourne childcare centre has been accused of “taking the Christmas out of Christmas” after making the decision to replace Santa with a “sustainability pirate”. Parents reportedly received an invitation from the inner-city childcare centre that discarded end-of-year traditions, and opted to have...

Isis Kindy plans for 60th anniversary
Bundaberg Now - Wayne Heidrich - December 12, 2019

The Childers community has a much-cherished and jealously guarded stake in the past, present and future operation of the C&K Isis Community Preschool & Kindergarten. The kindy will be celebrating its 60th anniversary next year with Saturday, September 19 2020 set aside for the anniversary festivities...

Why Charter Hall, Lynas, Think Childcare, & Western Areas are racing higher
Yahoo Finance - James Mickleboro, Motley Fool - December 12, 2019

The Think Childcare Ltd (ASX: TNK) share price is up 3.5% to $1.37. This follows news that the Federal Court has made orders approving the scheme of arrangement under which Think Childcare and Think Childcare Development Limited will form a stapled structure. In addition to this, the company...

David Penberthy: Crackpot anti-vaxxers have no right to object
NT News - David Penberthy - December 12, 2019

Last week we got a letter home from our kids’ childcare centre. It explained that the State Government’s new immunisation rules take effect from January next year. Under the rules, childcare centres must collect evidence of the current immunisation status of all children enrolled...

Search continues for replacement provider following BBF withdrawal in Albury Wodonga
The Sector - Freya Roberts - December 12, 2019

The Indigo Shire Council has released a statement outlining the next steps in the search for a new provider of early years services in Chiltern, following an announcement last year by Albury Wodonga Community College (AWCC) that they would no longer service the region. In December 2018...

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".