Bayside parents paying twice as much for childcare
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - October 2, 2019

Parents living in bayside Melbourne are charged up to one-third more for childcare than parents in rural Victoria, new data has revealed. Prestigious southeastern council areas such as Bayside, Stonnington, Glen Eira and Port Phillip are charging parents $12 an hour on average for centre...

MOCC to close after four decades following Mosman Council decision on Allan Border Oval Pavilion
The Daily Telegraph - Andrea McCullagh, Mosman Daily - October 2, 2019

Mums have told of their devastation after the final nail was put in the coffin of the Mosman Occasional Child Care (MOCC) centre. This is the second daycare facility to be closed down by the current council. Independently-operated Pippies at Balmoral Park was closed last year as council...

Former Stockton childcare centre scheduled for demolition after NSW government approves funding for beach erosion works
Newcastle Herald - Matthew Kelly - October 2, 2019

The former Stockton childcare centre is due to be demolished on Friday as part of works to secure the suburb's severely eroded foreshore. Local Government minister Shelley Hancock announced on Wednesday that $250,000 worth of funding had been approved to assist...

Broadmeadows kindergartens to benefit from $1.15 million funding
Herald Sun- Jack Paynter, Hume Leader - October 1, 2019

Broadmeadows kindergartens will share in more than $1 million to help kids get ready for school. The extra $1.15 million support has been given to 28 services providers across the electorate for programs and additional resources as part of the State Government’s School Readiness Funding initiative...

Support available for childcare centres in NSW through preschool drought relief program
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 1, 2019

Preschools and long day care services in New South Wales will receive what local MP Gareth Ward termed “a much-needed funding boost”, thanks to the NSW Government’s Preschool Drought Relief program. In Mr Ward’s Kiama electorate, 27 service providers will be eligible to submit ...

Childcare subsidies lack oversight: audit
9 News - AAP - September 30, 2019\

The government hasn't yet set up proper oversight of its year-old childcare subsidy, an audit has found. The auditor-general also says there needs to be a stronger and more consistent focus on the policy reasons for the $37 billion package - namely, boosting workforce participation...

Marantha House, childcare centre construction commences
Wellington Times - Taylor Jurd - September 30, 2019

Construction has begun on an Australian-first project that will integrate Wellington's youngest and oldest residents. A childcare centre is being built alongside the existing Maranatha House aged care facility, which will help promote interaction between generations. The centre is being built...

HESTA announces 2019 Early Childhood Education and Care Awards winners
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 30, 2019

This year’s winners came from a shortlist of eight finalists and included a New South Wales team whose research-based curriculum increased children’s ability to manage risks, a NSW team who developed a program to better support vulnerable children, and a Victorian graduate who...

G8 Education: Former chairwoman Jennifer Joan Hutson in court facing multiple charges
Courier Mail - Alexandra Utting - September 30, 2019

A childcare centre company boss allegedly claimed she was in "deep trouble" after spending almost $1 million of the business's money, as she answers questions in court over the misappropriation of $15 million of the company's funds...

Smartland Early Learning Port Macquarie planned for Sovereign Hills
Port Macquarie News - September 29, 2019

Two former Hastings locals have joined forces to create Sovereign Hills' second childcare centre. Jay Luckie and Adam Robson are proud to reveal details about Smartland Early Learning Port Macquarie, now under construction in the growing community's Stirling Green precinct...

VCAT rejects failed application for childcare centre at Dorset Rd and Lindisfarne Ave in Croydon
Herald Sun - Kiel Egging, Maroondah Leader - September 29, 2019

People power has prevailed in Croydon after VCAT rejected a permit for a childcare centre on a quiet street. Dorset Childcare Centre Pty Ltd wanted to knock down two houses on the corner of Lindisfarne Ave and Dorset Rd to build a 120-capacity centre with 25 on-site parking spaces...

Which South Australian childcares make the grade?
Sunday Mail - Tim Williams - September 28, 2019

Hundreds of South Australian childcare services have not had their quality and safety standards assessed for at least five years, prompting calls for a more frequent auditing system. Nearly one in five services are still rated as “working towards” the national standards that were introduced in 2012...

Cheapest and most expensive child care in the state revealed
The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran & Nicole Pierre - September 28, 2019

Queensland parents are paying as much as $5800 a year more for the same amount of child care in a shocking disparity. Even within Brisbane itself, the difference in what mums and dads fork out varies by as much as $3443 a year, while the split between neighbouring suburbs can be as much...

Unpaid grandparents fill childcare gap during the school holidays
The Mercury - Anne Mather, Sunday Tasmanian - September 28, 2019

Grandparents are being forced to step up and fill the childcare gap during the school holidays. Council on the Ageing Tasmania has urged the community to be aware of the grandparents who will be taking on the role of unpaid carers these school holidays. In a survey soon to be published...

$1 million for kindergarten kids
Shepp News - James Bennett - September 28, 2019

As part of the Victorian Government's School Readiness Funding, about 33 services will receive a share of the money. It can be used on programs that will improve children’s language development and social and emotional resilience, and support access and inclusion in kindergarten...