ASIC complaint over potential childcare deals
Financial Review - Simon Evans - July 25, 2018

A complaint has been made to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission alleging that shareholders in dual-listed childcare group Evolve Education may be being kept in the dark about the potential for a buyout proposal by Australian childcare business Affinity Education...

TasWeekend: Centres providing a family of friends
The Mercury - Tracy Rankin - July 22, 2018

Wendy is just one of hundreds of parents being helped every day by passionate staff in Tasmania's 12 government-funded Child and Family Centres, facilities designed to improve the poor educational outcomes for children who come from the state's lowest socio-economic...

Chasing work-life balance
Sydney Morning Herald - Sue White - July 22, 2018

The overwhelming majority (75 per cent) of those accessing flexible work did so due to child care responsibilities, but a respectable 17 per cent cited lifestyle as the driver. So why now? Goldman believes there are three key reasons for the shift. First, flexibility is a "huge enabler"...

Need for homework on childcare centres
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alister Thomson - July 22, 2018

"If you go back 12 or 18 months ago, you would put a childcare centre on the market and buyers would fight over it because they were viewed as low risk." He said that situation had changed due to an oversupply in certain areas. "The asset class is fine, childcare centres are still attractive...

Free play a 'lost opportunity' for young kids
Sunday Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - July 21, 2018

FREE unstructured play is a waste of time for kids and babies, an Australian educator says. The "free-choice, open-ended play with no rules" that dominates childcare and kindergartens was a missed opportunity for crucial learning, according to Shiaoling Lim, the managing...

Part-time work up, but there's been a drop in number of women working full-time
Women's Agenda - Bianca Hertage-Hazelman - July 21, 2018

What the data shows is that we need to see more support by way of affordable childcare to help women continue to work full-time, if they would like or need to do so. It will be interesting to see if the federal government's new childcare regime will give a boost to the number...

Plans for three new childcare centres before City of Greater Geelong
Geelong Advertiser - Jemma Ryan - July 19, 2018

PLANS for three new childcare centres across the region are currently before the City of Greater Geelong, as the demand for services continues to climb. The facilities - proposed for Waurn Ponds, Norlane and Bell Park - will provide a combined 367 new positions for children requiring care...

Childcare subsidy program teething problems a pain for parents
The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran - July 19, 2018

THOUSANDS of parents have been left out of pocket in the first week of the new childcare subsidy program. Some providers say families and their staff are stressed trying to figure out why payments aren't working, but others say the bugs are being worked out. Issues include delays of up to 28 days in Centrelink in processing...

Toy guns survey an example of political correctness gone too far
Central Western Daily - Denis Gregory - July 18, 2018

What's happening to kids today? Are they being ‘sanitised' by the politically-correct do-gooders who want them brought up in cotton wool? What's wrong with playing in the dirt or snacking on a mud pie? Why is it confrontational to have school work corrected in red ink? Or playing cops and robbers with toy guns?...

Preschool children learn languages through Early Learning Languages Australia
Camden Courier - July 18, 2018

Camden Haven preschool children will again have an exciting opportunity to learn another language this year using play-based mobile tablet apps. Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie visited St Joseph's Early Childhood Services in Laurieton on Wednesday, July 18...

Picture this: 80-storey skyscraper to sit above George St cinema
Sydney Morning Herald - Carolyn Cummins - July 18, 2018

Sitting atop the Event cinemas at 505-523 George Street, the 80-storey tower will have apartments, several levels of retail, two childcare centres and a community meeting room with active shopfronts and outdoor dining spilling out to the George Street pedestrian boulevard...

Daycare difference? Quebec fertility rate outpacing Ontario's
CTV News.ca - Ryan Flanagan - July 18, 2018

Quebec's long-term attempt to boost its fertility rate by offering cheap childcare appears to be paying off, according to a new study from Statistics Canada. The study, which was released Wednesday, shows that Quebec's fertility rate bottomed out at 1.45 children per mother in 2000. It has rebounded since then...

Child care subsidy issues hit local centres
The West Australian - Stuart Horton - July 17, 2018

Local child-care centres have been left frustrated with the Federal Government's new Child Care Subsidy, with one centre's staff facing the prospect of going without pay until the issue is resolved. The Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate on July 2...

Flexible childcare until 11:30pm? It's now reality at one centre thanks to this female entrepreneur
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestley - July 17, 2018

Over the weekend I heard about a new kind of service opening altogether: the Ferntree Gully-based Kindoo!, which is offering fully flexible care and half day options. The centre comes in response to the realities facing working parents, that go beyond just exhaustion. We don't all work nine to five...

Why the G8 Education Ltd share price is surging today
The Motley Fool - Motley Fool Staff - July 16, 2018

Childcare centre business G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) topped the S&P/ASX 200 gainers leaderboard today after closing 5.5% higher at $2.51 despite it releasing no news to the market. The Brisbane-based group has grown in the childcare centre space via an acquisitive strategy ...