Preschool partnership lifts spirits for aged care residents on Sydney’s north shore
The Daily Telegraph - David Barwell, North Shore Times - October 20, 2019

Despite age gaps of up to eight decades, residents at a north shore retirement home are enjoying the company and friendship of some of the region’s youngest residents. A collaboration between the KU Fox Valley Preschool in Wahroonga and the nearby Greenwood Aged Care home...

'We've still got a way to go': Labor looks to Nordics for next paid parental leave plan
The Sydney Morning Herald - Judith Ireland - October 20, 2019

Fathers could have their paid parental leave entitlements dramatically increased under options to be considered by Labor as part of its policy review ahead of the next federal election. Labor's spokeswoman for early childhood education Amanda Rishworth said she wanted to...

Measles alert issued for Perth cafes, childcare centres, shopping mall
WA Today - October 19, 2019

The Department of Health has issued a measles alert after a person visited two childcare centres as well as several cafes across the Perth metro area while infected. The announcement follows a series of measles alerts south of Perth in the last month. The patient picked up the infection...

Queensland childcare centres hit with gastro outbreaks
The Courier Mail - Janelle Miles, The Sunday Mail (QLD) - October 19, 2019

Queensland is experiencing a significant surge in gastro cases, particularly in childcare centres, prompting health experts to issue a plea for parents to keep sick children at home. Data provided by Queensland Health shows 86 childcare centres reported gastroenteritis outbreaks in September...

'I feel more confident in me': Sharon is a childcare pioneer
The Sydney Morning Herald - Megan Doherty - October 17, 2019

Sharon Champion is busy changing a nappy and then heading out to play with the kids in the sandpit at the Stella Bella Children's Centre in Fyshwick. The 33-year-old has just completed her Certificate 3 in Children's Services at CIT, believed to be the first person with Down syndrome...

Merriwa childcare operator bucks trend by dropping fees
Wanneroo Times - October 17, 2019

A Northern suburbs childcare operator has bucked a national trend by reducing its fees. Since MercyCare became the manager of what was formerly Seagrove Boulevard Early Learning and Kinder in Merriwa, it has dropped the daily rate for childcare by 10 per cent, from $110 to $99. It has also dropped the amount those booking casual spots pay by more than 17 per cent, from $115 to $99...

TAFE fee cuts aim to boost skills
The West Australian - Kate Fielding, South Western Times - October 17, 2019

Fees for several courses at Bunbury’s South Regional TAFE have been slashed in a bid to coax young people back into training to fill emerging skills shortages. Early childhood education and care, engineering and tourism courses will be more affordable under the State Government’s...

Drought support for childcare centres
Goulburn Post - October 17, 2019

Preschools and long day care services in the region will receive a funding boost, as part of the NSW Government's Preschool Drought Relief program. There are 38 services across the region including Goulburn, Yass and Crookwell will be eligible to submit an 'expression of interest'...

Surf Coast Shire will focus on nature play – how will you acknowledge Children’s Week?
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 17, 2019

National Children’s Week is a celebration in Australia of children’s rights, talents and citizenship, held on the fourth Wednesday of October to coincide with Universal Children’s Day. Each year the theme of Children’s Week highlights a particular Children’s Right, with the 2019 theme...

'I feel more confident in me': Sharon is a childcare pioneer
The Canberra Times - Megan Doherty - October 17, 2019

Sharon Champion is busy changing a nappy and then heading out to play with the kids in the sandpit at the Stella Bella Children's Centre in Fyshwick. The 33-year-old has just completed her Certificate 3 in Children's Services at CIT, believed to be the first person with Down syndrome...

National finalists announced for Excellence in Family Day Care Awards
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 16, 2019

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) has announced the 2019 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards national finalists, representing the top contenders for this years’ awards, which will take place on 23 November in Hobart. The Awards, which have been running for eight years...

Council calls for childcare centre refusal
Eastern Reporter - Kristie Lim - October 16, 2019

BASSENDEAN Council has recommended a State Government panel refuse the development of a proposed childcare centre next to a liquor store. The council unanimously voted for an alternate motion on October 15 to recommend the Metro Central Joint Development...

Parents fighting to hold back their child from starting school in WA forced to consider drastic action
ABC News - Rebecca Carmody - October 16, 2019

A Perth mother is vowing to leave Western Australia and move interstate with her four-year-old son, splitting him up from his sister, if education authorities refuse her requests for him to start school a year later because he is "not ready" and "won't cope". Rebecca Trent said she was ...

Family Matters || Child care must be a priority
The Armidale Express - Margaret Sims - October 15, 2019

In previous columns I have talked about how important it is for children to experience good quality early childhood education and how lucky we are in Armidale that there are so many really good services around for our young children. Recently the HILDA findings on children care were released...

Should Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) Focus On Improving This Fundamental Metric?
Simply Wall Street - October 15, 2019

Our data shows Think Childcare has a return on equity of 7.1% for the last year. That means that for every A$1 worth of shareholders’ equity, it generated A$0.07 in profit...