Why free childcare is the key to economic recovery
Women's Agenda - Georgie Dent - June 29, 2020

New research by The Australia Institute’s Nordic Policy Centre reveals that policies that make it easier for women to choose to go back to work will see the country recover faster from the COVID-19 economic crisis. It will also deliver billions in benefits for all Australians over the long-run...

New laws and changes that will affect Australia from July 1, 2020 and beyond
Herald Sun - Shoba Rao - June 28, 2020

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has announced the targeted free childcare scheme introduced in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic will come to an end on July 12, with a return to child care subsidy program on July 13. He said providers were “on the brink of collapse” when...

'Take action now': Call to open borders to au pairs
The Sydney Morning Herald - Caitlin Fitzsimmons - June 28, 2020

Families who use au pairs are scrambling for alternative childcare as about 10,000 backpackers leave Australia every month and new ones are barred from entry because of border restrictions. Wendi Aylward, an executive for the Cultural Au Pair Association of Australia (CAPAA), said...

NSW childcare centres most hazardous in the country, data reveals
The Daily Telegraph - Christopher Harris - June 27, 2020

NSW childcare centres have topped the national shame file, recording the largest number of breaches of safety standards. Children locked in cupboards as punishment, staff unaware that children have simply walked out the front door and children’s arms and legs bound with bed sheets...

Babytalk: Post Pandemic Change
ABC Radio - June 27, 2020

This week on the Babytalk podcast a fascinating discussion with an academic who challenges the gender norms that have shaped our society so far. Why should women be the only ones to stay at home and care for a child? Why parents are NOT a burden on society and why parents deserve...

When should I worry about my child’s cold and cough?
Yahoo Lifestyle - Katherine Chatfield - June 26, 2020

Most parents have sent their child to school with a sniffle or a cold before. But now several schools in Victoria and NSW have closed due to confirmed cases of COVID-19, is it ever ok to send your kids to mix with others if they’re even just a bit under the weather? The official guidelines...

Goodstart early learning centre in Box Hill closed after another Melbourne coronavirus case
7news.com.au - Lucy Mae Beers - June 26, 2020

An early learning centre in Melbourne’s east has closed due to a coronavirus case after a child tested positive. Families were contacted overnight on Thursday to be advised the Goodstart Early Learning centre on Canterbury Road in Box Hill would be closed as a precautionary...

Second Melbourne early learning centre closed over coronavirus case
7news.com.au - Lucy Mae Beers - June 26, 2020

Another childcare centre in Melbourne has closed due to a coronavirus case and the child is believed to have been infectious when they attended. On Friday, a child from the Smartie Pants Early Learning Centre in Diamond Creek was confirmed to be one of the 30 new cases in the state...

The Australia Institute notes free childcare as key to economic recovery for our nation
The Sector - Freya Lucas - June 26, 2020

The Australia Institute, with its reputation for being one of the country’s most influential and progressive ‘think tanks’ has spoken out in favour of retaining the ‘free childcare’ measures brought in to sustain the early childhood education and care sector, saying that not only is free childcare...

NSW Labor urges extending free preschool
Yahoo News - Heather McNab, AAP - June 26, 2020

NSW Labor has called for an extension of free community preschool in the state until at least the end of 2020 to allow parents to return to work during Australia's coronavirus-induced recession. The state government in April pledged more than $130 million to save childcare sector jobs...

Services Australia Podcast: Child Care Subsidy
Mirage News - Public Release - June 25, 2020

With the end of the financial year fast approaching, Services Australia General Manager Hank Jongen sat down with mum of two, Hannah, to talk about some of the most common questions we receive on Child Care Subsidy. Many families received Child Care Subsidy for the first time...

Yes, we’ve seen schools close. But the evidence still shows kids are unlikely to catch or spread coronavirus
The Conversation - Allen Cheng - June 25, 2020

A childcare centre in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon has also closed for cleaning after a child tested positive. These cases, and others in young children, follow a handful of positive cases in teenage students in Sydney and Melbourne and may be prompting some to wonder...

What is family day care? And how is it different to long day care in a child care centre?
The Conversation - Wendy Boyd, Southern Cross University - June 25, 2020

Choosing care for your child when returning to paid work can be challenging, and to the uninitiated the terms can be confusing. One alternative to long day care in a larger child care centre is known as family day care. Family day care is where a child is educated in a small group in a family style...

Victorian coronavirus cases rise by 33, testing blitz to target 10 hotspot suburbs
ABC News - June 25, 2020

It comes as the Connie Benn Early Learning Centre in Fitzroy was closed after a parent of a child who attended the centre tested positive to COVID-19. The parent only entered the foyer and the child has now been tested and is waiting the result. The centre has been closed indefinitely for cleaning...

New provider for Monash kindergarten services
Mirage News - Public Release - June 25, 2020

Council is pleased to announce that Ballarat YMCA has been identified as the new provider for the 18 community based kindergartens in Monash from 2021. This appointment follows an extensive process. Ballarat YMCA is a highly experienced Early Years Manager currently operating a number...