New preschool a godsend
The Catholic Weekly - Debbie Cramsie - August 28, 2019

Little Jasmine Coleiro knows what it’s like to attend a school Mass, have lessons with the family educator and recite prayers – but is yet to step foot in a classroom. The five-year-old is attending the first Catholic day care centre established in the Archdiocese of Sydney which offers affordable childcare...

Children from Goodstart Early Learning Muswellbrook to unveil new exhibit, Saplings: The Trees Around Us, at Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
Muswellbrook Chronicle - Rod Thompson - August 28, 2019

Goodstart Early Learning Muswellbrook might have just unveiled the next Jackson Pollock or Ken Done. Littlies from the child care centre will launch their latest works, Saplings: The Trees Around Us, at the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre (MRAC) this weekend. It opens at the gallery on...

Smoking ban proposed for all Tea Tree Gully Council car parks at school, kindy and childcare centres
The Advertiser - Ben Cameron, The Messenger - August 28, 2019

Smoking could be banned by October at all Kindy, childcare and school car parks, where Tea Tree Gully Council owns the land. The council will seek a report by September outlining all relevant car parks owned by the council — or ones it has “care and control of the land” — for bans.

Development application lodged for 270m tower on George St
The Daily Telegraph - Heath Parkes-Hupton, Central Sydney - August 28, 2019

It was once dubbed the ‘street of fear’ ruled by gangs and alcohol-fuelled violence where families would venture with trepidation after dark. But George St’s rejuvenation has taken another step forward with a development application for a 270m tower — complete with a 130-space childcare centre...

Lawyer Andrea Christie-David has created a childcare alternative & business is booming
Women's Agenda - Jessie Tu - August 27, 2019

In Australia, it’s not just the cost of childcare that’s a barrier to mothers fully engaging in the workforce, but also the lack of flexibility in the system. Andrea Christie-David could see first hand the need for another option, especially as a busy working mother of three children under five...

Savills sell two Wynnum bayside lots to family owned childcare business
Property Observer - August 27, 2019

A childcare operator has secured two adjoining bayside allotments for redevelopment in a transaction worth $2.2 million. The buyer, Building Futures, are a multigenerational family owned business providing Early Childhood Education services.Subject to design considerations, Building Futures...

Objections lodged against $22m development planned for Torquay
Herald Sun - Olivia Reed, Geelong Advertiser - August 27, 2019

A $22 million development featuring a cinema and KFC at Torquay has attracted 16 objections from outraged community members and groups. The 85 Geelong Rd development would also include a childcare centre with space for 130 children and a 24-hour medical centre...

How do children communicate through play, and why is that important?
The Sector - Freya Lucas - August 27, 2019

Play-based learning is a stalwart phrase in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, but what does it mean? How do children communicate with educators and each other through their play, and why is this communication important? The Early Years Learning Framework...

Project to make education more inclusive for non-typically developing kids
Mirage News - August 27, 2019

Victorian educators now have access to a world-leading program to support children and teens with neuro-developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD, thanks to a collaboration between the Deakin Child Study Centre and the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

Discrimination a red herring in closing the gender pay gap
The Sydney Morning Herald - Opinion, Angela Jackson - August 26, 2019

Three years ago, former Prime Minister John Howard declared that Australian women would never reach equal numbers in Parliament because of their role as carers in our community. The most important caring role of course, is the care of children...

Screens banishing kids' imaginary friends
The Advertiser - Alison Kershaw, Press Association - August 26, 2019

Pre-school workers say imaginary friends are becoming less common, with too much screen time affecting children's imaginations. A British poll indicates that almost three in four childcare workers think fewer children have imaginary friends now than five years ago. Almost two thirds...

South Australia reforms Education Act, giving new protections to preschool staff
The Sector - Freya Lucas - August 26, 2019

The South Australian Department for Education has announced that the Education and Children’s Services Act 2019 will replace the Education Act 1972 and the Children’s Services Act 1985. The new Act will come into operation during 2020, and includes a number of changes relevant to...

G8 shares plummet 14pc on earnings change
Financial Review - Tim Boyd - August 26, 2019

A solid interim result for child care services provider G8 Education was marred by revised lower full-year earnings guidance because of strong supply competition resulting in a slower ramp up of new centre earnings. G8 reported underlying earnings before income and tax of $51.6 million for the six months ended June 30, which was in line with consensus forecasts...

Big rise in government-controlled prices shows pollies have much to do
The Age - Ross Gittins - August 25, 2019

As if Scott Morrison didn''t have enough problems on his plate, we learnt last week that government-administered prices are rising much faster than prices charged by the private sector... childcare by 27 per cent...The cost of childcare has been rising over the years because governments...

Teaching in children's first languages boosts learning
Brisbane Times - Naomi Fillmore - August 25, 2019

I recently had the pleasure of sitting in on a Pitjantjatjara language class in an Indigenous school in the APY Lands of South Australia. The children, having just returned from outside play, initially seemed unsettled. Yet from the moment the Indigenous educator began teaching in her native tongue...