Record number of men sign up for childcare courses at TAFE SWSi in Campbelltown
Daily Telegraph - Tarik Elmerhebe - April 27, 2016

TIMES are definitely changing with a record number of men studying childcare at TAFE SWSi in Campbelltown this year. A total of 18 men are studying early childhood courses with the aim of securing a position in what is traditionally a female-dominated industry. The number makes up a...

David Leyonhjelm's alternative budget: shave everything to end the deficit
Financial Review - David Leyonhjelm - April 27, 2016

As welfare is more than a third of commonwealth government spending, it cannot be immune from cuts. Government spending on welfare should be cut by $300 per Australian per year, noting that this would still leave $6,000 per Australian. A third of this should come by freezing welfare payments and...

Mid-north coast 'Nature School' leads a new approach to early childhood education
ABC News - April 26, 2016

A unique 'Nature School' has begun on the New South Wales' mid-north coast, offering an alternative form of preschool education, in a bid to reconnect children with the great outdoors. The Port Macquarie Nature School is a not-for-profit organisation, which runs outdoor preschool...

Proposal to cut costs and boost female participation in workforce
The Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - April 25, 2016

MOTHERS for the first time will be able to pay for the daycare hours they need, under a Turnbull Government plan to boost female workers and drive down childcare costs. The shake-up - believed to be a key plank in the Government's election strategy to encourage mothers back to work...

Childcare sex assault stirs tougher security hopes
The Australian - Paige Taylor - April 23, 2016

The Barnett government has suspended a community-run school holiday care program where two small children were lured away and sexually assaulted this week, triggering hopes of stricter security for 1100 childcare services in the state and possibly nationally. Albert Jacob, Acting Minister...

North Perth sex assault: report lists numerous childcare safety bungles
WA Today - Heather McNeill - April 22, 2016

A recent report by the State Administrative Tribunal showed 22 childcare facilities had been fined in the past 10 years to December 2015 for leaving children unsupervised. At least eight of the incidents involved children wandering away from centres and three involved children being lost or left...

Child care is costing some families as much as a yearly tuition to Brisbane's elite high schools
The Courier Mail -April 22, 2016

SENDING toddlers to child care is costing some families as much as a yearly tuition to Brisbane's elite high schools. An analysis of industry figures by The Courier-Mail shows a family sending one child to long day care in Brisbane's CBD five days a week is charged about $26,300, less the $7500...

Government must boost attendance rates in early education
Women's Agenda - Megan O'Connell, Bronwyn Hinz, Hannah Cole, Stacey Fox - April 20, 2016

All children should be able to participate in a high-quality preschool program in the year before school – regardless of whether their parents are working or can afford it – in the same way that all children have a right to attend school. Access to preschool should be a legislated entitlement that all...

Pre-school: 60,000 Australian children not receiving recommended number of hours
ABC News - Rachel Pupazzoni - April 20, 2016

The report's authors have called for the Government to make further changes to pre-school beyond the national standard benchmarks set four years ago - including making it compulsory. "[And] ramping up quality across the system, so that every child experiences positive play-based...

How can we improve access to child care?
ABC Brisbane 'Drive' - Emma Griffiths - April 20, 2016

If you're a parent of young children, the availability and cost of childcare is something you've probably had to deal with. And once you manage to find a spot, you want to know you're getting value for money. According to a new report into early education, a third of child care centres are failing to meet...

Daycare costs soar but one in three centres fail quality tests
The Australian - Natasha Bita - April 20, 2016

Daycare costs have soared by one-third since governments made childcare centres hire more staff - but one in three centres has flunked the expensive quality standards. Parents are now paying 37 per cent more for childcare than in January 2012, when centres were forced to hire more and better...

One in four preschools fail to meet quality standards report
The Guardian - Shalailah Medhora - April 20, 2016

Nearly one in four preschools have failed to meet childcare quality standards, a new report finds, and warns that the gulf between educational outcomes for children from wealthy families and worse-off ones is growing. One-third of children do not attend the requisite hours of preschool...

West Heidelberg childcare centre investigates ways to protect community's most vulnerable
ABC News - Clare Rawlinson - April 19, 2016

EYEP manager Aisha Bal said mental illness, domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse were among the most common reasons for parents being referred to the centre. But unlike mainstream childcare centres, the EYEP only accepts families if they have at least two risk factors. Elle and Terry...

$3.6 billion in budget savings lapse on a technicality
Choice - Daniel Graham - April 18, 2016

This does not necessarily mean a change in policy direction. The government is still committed to the Child Care Subsidy, for example. However, there are indications it is working on changes to at least one piece of the legislation. In December the Social Services Minister Christian...

Can you sack your staff for alleged child sex offences?
HC Online - Victoria Bruce - April 18, 2016

If one of your employees is an alleged child sex offender and your employer is engaged in the education sector, then terminating that staff member immediately might seem like an appropriate course of action. "One would think the ability to terminate an employee accused of such behaviour in a...