Children learn through play – it shouldn’t stop at preschool
The Conversation - Kate Noble - November 18, 2019

The transition from preschool to school is a big deal for many children and parents. Over the next few weeks, many preschoolers will take part in a transition program, designed by their teachers, to prepare them for school. They’ll meet their foundation teachers, spend some time in a classroom...

How museums can hook children for a lifetime of learning
Macquarie University The Lighthouse - Fran Molloy - November 18, 2019

Macquarie University researchers attached GoPros to young children and watched them play in different museums – what they found will help shape a new way of designing family-friendly exhibits at two of Sydney's most popular venues. New research from early childhood academics...

Helping Services To Roll Out Three-Year-Old Kindergarten
Mirage News - November 18, 2019

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting community-based and local government organisations that manage early childhood services to deliver funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, thanks to $3.41 million in additional funding. The funding will help these organisations with...

Lotterywest grant for Kulunga Kindergarten
Mirage News - November 18, 2019

The City of Fremantle has welcomed a grant from Lotterywest to restore the former Kulunga Aboriginal Kindergarten in Hilton. The funding will allow the Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation to create a community hub for family and community services such as early learning programs...

Yirrkala Preschool gains recognition as Australia’s first very remote Excellent service
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 18, 2019

Yirrkala Preschool, part of the broader Yirrkala School (also referred to as Yirrkala CEC), in North East Arnhem land, has received an Excellent Rating from the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority – one of only 45 Excellent services in Australia, and the first very remote service...

Goodstart: Some childcare landlords seek massive hikes
Financial Review - Liam Walsh - November 18, 2019

Childcare's biggest operator, Goodstart, says some centre landlords have tried jacking up rents more than 20 per cent, even as an industry-wide glut of facilities remains. "We at Goodstart are not afraid to walk away," the operator's chief executive Julia Davison said of negotiations with such landlords...

The real cost Aussie families pay for having children
Yahoo Finance - Bianca Hartge-Hazelman, Financy - November 18, 2019

It's official: there really isn't much financial benefit to the average Australian family having multiple children today. But there is hope that things might soon change for the better. Australian families are growing wealthier, partly thanks to rising property prices, more women participating in the paid workforce...

More pain tipped for G8 Education amid nationwide daycare centre glut
The Sydney Morning Herald - Patrick Hatch - November 17, 2019

There will be no relief for investors in G8 Education in the short term, investment analysts have warned, as Australia's largest childcare operator continues to struggle with a nationwide glut of daycare centres. The ASX-listed group's shares tumbled 23 per cent last week after it...

Doing it for the kids
The Courier - November 17, 2019

Ballarat's biggest community event of the year Run For a Cause kicks off tomorrow and thousands will be hitting the pavement for health and charity. But what exactly is the cause? The cause is all about the kids. It is about early childhood development and ensuring all kids have the skills...

'It would be a terrible outcome': Preschool sector fears looming funding cut
The Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - November 16, 2019

Early childhood advocates fear the Morrison government is preparing to scale back federal funding for preschools, with a consultancy firm engaged to look at current funding arrangements ahead of next year's budget. Management consultancy Nous Group was tasked in September...

Lucy Carne: ‘I tried to bribe daughter into childcare’
The Courier Mail - Lucy Carne - November 16, 2019

With the cost of Australian daycares continuing to rise and spaces being a rare commodity, many parents are taking desperate measures. And it’s something Lucy Carne knows all too well. If you’re a parent of a small child living in a large metropolitan city with no family support, you may be familiar...

Australia’s ruthless education system forcing parents to turn to ‘Mary Poppins’ governesses for help
Herald Sun - Clare Masters, News Corp Australia Network - November 15, 2019

An increasingly competitive Australian education system is prompting a rise in the modern-day ‘Mary Poppins’ governess to help children ace their NAPLAN exams and give them an edge over other students. Nannying agencies say there has been a surge in the number of parents seeking...

Young scholar Daniel Kim’s new idea to unite Sydney generations
The Daily Telegraph - Patrick Tadros - November 15, 2019

Sydney should be a society where care of the young and the old is united. So says our latest finalist for the Bradfield Scholarship Prize, 19-year-old University of Sydney student Daniel Kim. “The younger and older generations is increasingly segregated, with very limited opportunity for...

Program benefits old and the young
South Western Times - Zoe Keenan - November 14, 2019

Unlikely friendships have blossomed at an aged care facility in Bunbury. Bethanie Elanora aged care residents light up with joy when they know they are getting a visit from the children at the Milligan House Child Care Centre. The organisations recently started their own weekly intergenerational ...

‘We put our heart and soul into this and we’re getting shoved out the door for no reason’
Mercury - Raphaella Saroukos, NT News - November 14, 2019

Parents are planning to remove their children from Woodroffe Primary School if its beloved child care centre is evicted. Last week Territory Childcare was told its lease would not be renewed, three days after the 90 day lease notice was required to be given by the school. Territory Children co-director...