Researchers recognised for their scientific contributions
The University of Newcastle - August 17, 2018

Two emerging researchers from the University of Newcastle have been announced as winners of the prestigious 2018 NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Awards, which recognise the achievements of Australia's outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators...

It's time to radically reimagine the role of fathers in workplaces & homes
Women's Agenda - Rob Sturrock - August 17, 2018

With little fanfare, a rather special event took place in Canberra last week on the subject of fatherhood. Liana Leach at The ANU, and Amanda Cooklin at La Trobe University, quietly co-hosted a one-day forum on the importance of the role of fathers in caring for children. For the first time...

Anger as Department of Defence reneges on promise to build Medowie child-care centre to help its own
Port Stephen Examiner - Donna Page - August 16, 2018

THE Department of Defence already faces a bitter battle with the Hunter community over contamination spilling from Williamtown RAAF Base, now it has reneged on a promise to build child-care services to support its own families. Parents at the Williamtown daycare, pre-school and playgroup...

Childcare developer pushes ahead with plans despite safety concerns
The Courier Mail - Brian Bennion - August 15, 2018

THE developers of a childcare centre rejected by council because of the dangers of building next to a school entrance will appeal the decision in court. CCLP Consulting proposed a two-storey, 89 place childcare centre with a basement carpark level next to Marshall Road State...

WA childcare group wins Defence Community Organisation contract
The West Australian - Jenne Brammer - August 14, 2018

One Tree Community Services will deliver childcare and after-school hours care for up to 950 additional children, after being awarded a contract by the Defence Community Organisation. The Belmont-headquartered not-for-profit organisation will deliver the service from January...

Why more men should work in childcare
The Riot Act - Rachel Ziv - August 14, 2018

But childcare and early childhood education is still overwhelmingly populated by women, with the latest ABS statistics showing that females account for over 95% of all childcare workers. That's surprising, given the increasing number of stay-at-home dads (bucking decades of...

$5.1 million funding for Royal Far West
The Western Advocate - Kim Chappell - August 13, 2018

The NSW government has committed the grant to help the charity build a new state-of-the art health and learning facility, and in turn support thousands more vulnerable children and families across regional Australia. The construction of the new Centre for Child Health...

Field narrows for $700m Affinity Education sale
The Australian - Bridget Cacrter and Scott Murdoch - August 13, 2018

The owners of Affinity Education, Anchorage Capital Partners, have narrowed down the buying field for its business to six parties. Still within the mix are one local and two offshore childcare providers, with the remainder being private equity. It is unclear whether the listed rival G8...

Canberra playschools saved with inclusion in subsidy scheme
Sydney Morning Herald - Elliot Williams - August 12, 2018

Canberra playschools have been handed a lifeline after education minister Simon Birmingham approved an amendment that will allow them to administer the new child care subsidies introduced in July. The decision came after an appeal from the German Australian Playschool...

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....