New Gold Coast childcare proposal takes farming out kids to a new level
Gold Coast Bulletin - Laura Nelson - August 12, 2018

A SPRAWLING $5 million childcare centre on 2.5ha of farmland - stocked with farm animals and its own resident farmer - will change the face of childcare on the Gold Coast. The Montessori Farm Early Learning Centre, being built in Peanba Park Rd, Willow Vale, near Upper Coomera...

The women left out of the work debate
Sydney Morning Herald - Roqayah Chamseddine - August 11, 2018

"The cost of child care, inflexible working hours, social stigma and employer discrimination all play a part in making it hard to find reliable work and make a decent living," says King. "If you can't get a decent job and you have sole responsibility for supporting a child, even affording the basics...

Commercial property boom spurred on by wave of family investors
News.com.au - Owen Roberts - August 11, 2018

SYDNEY families are snapping up lucrative assets like fast food restaurants, childcare centres and petrol stations amid a commercial real estate boom. While the residential market has come off the boil, commercial real estate has skyrocketed, with a record $19 billion worth...

Winners and losers under the childcare payment changes
ABC The World Today - Julie Doyle - August 9, 2018

More than a million families around the country are adjusting to the biggest change to childcare payments in years. The Federal Government introduced a new means-tested subsidy for families last month, which includes an activity test both parents have to meet before they qualify for support...

Child care providers and parents reporting teething problems with new subsidy system
ABC News - Julie Doyle - August 9, 2018

Among the families struggling under the new system, 90,000 are on low incomes of less than $67,000 a year. Some of these families have had their access to child care halved. Many are worse off because they fail the new activity test, which requires both parents to be working...

Glitches with new childcare system are costing parents thousands
Kidspot - Chris Chang - August 8, 2018

Parents can only get a subsidy for up to 100 hours of care per fortnight but are going over this because their centres open for longer than 10 hours a day. The subsidy is worked out according to how long the centre is open each day, not how many hours the child attends. Mr Birmingham said....

Folkestone Education Trust warns of childcare headwinds
The Australian - Elizabeth Redman - August 8, 2018

Folkestone Education Trust has issued another warning that the rising cost of living could force parents to pull their children out of childcare and put pressure on pricing in the sector. The caution came as the trust (FET), which owns and develops early learning centres in Australia...

Folkestone Education Trust flags 6pc dividend lift from childcare portfolio
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - August 8, 2018

Childcare centre owner Folkestone Education Trust expects to lift distributions by 6 per cent over the coming year as it rides through a period of change in the early learning sector. The $680 million listed property trust, part of the Folkestone stable of property funds, posted a 10.8...

Chris Scott returns with tilt at Evolve Education
The Australian - Lisa Allen & Ben Wilmot - August 8, 2018

Queensland childcare tycoon Chris Scott has bought a major stake in struggling dual-listed childcare operator Evolve Education in a bid to grab hold of the Auckland-based group. The re-emergence of the entrepreneur is likely to set the troubled group's shares running as the...

Glitches with new childcare system leave parents out-of-pocket
News.com.au - Charis Chang - August 7, 2018

THE Federal Government appears to be in damage control as issues continue to plague its new childcare system. The Turnbull Government's new system was supposed to benefit up to one million families but it seems many parents are struggling to get the extra money thanks to glitches...

No one breezes through life when the wind just blows and blows
The Age - Daniella Miletic - August 7, 2018

In at least one busy inner-city daycare centre in Melbourne, an experienced child-care worker has just checked the city's weather forecast and sighed. It's not good news for her or her team. Strong winds are set to rattle the city with full force this week again after a July which saw...

G8 founder expected to make child's play of Evolve Education
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson & Anthony Macdonald - August 7, 2018

For the people watchers, there is big news at dual-listed childcare operate Evolve Education. Chris Scott, the man that built Australia''s biggest childcare roll-up G8 Education, has stormed on to the share register with a 19 per cent stake. Scott is expected to seek to use Evolve to try...

Fund preschool or disadvantage kids: Labor
SBS News - August 7, 2018

Not renewing a national preschool agreement beyond the end of next year will put children at an educational disadvantage, Labor says. Australian children will be disadvantaged if a national agreement on preschool doesn't get extended beyond next year, the federal opposition...

Children with obesity costing taxpayers $43.2 million annually
Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - August 7, 2018

THE expanding waistlines of our children is costing Australian taxpayers $43.2 million annually - not including hospital care - according to a new study. Researchers at Monash University have for the first time calculated the cost of the obesity epidemic among our children aged 6 to 13...

Isolated education the focus
Katherine Times - Chris McLennan - August 6, 2018

Difficulty in employing a skilled education workforce in rural and remote Australia was evident with a popular motion being presented asking the Federal Government to relax the legislation for the need to have a qualified Early Childhood Teacher or Certificate III ECEC qualified...