'No notice whatsoever': Brisbane childcare centre abruptly closes over fire safety risk
9News.com.au - Shannon Marshall McCormack - May 6, 2018

A childcare centre in Fortitude Valley has been forced to temporarily shut down due to a lack of fire exits. Queensland's Department of Education forced Little Ducks Childcare Centre on Brunswick Street to close its doors over concerns about a lack of fire exits. Parents have told...

Budget 2018: Women to be helped back to work
Financial Review - May 6, 2018

The federal budget will set aside "significant" funding for practical measures to help more women back to work and build their "financial security and resilience" in a suite of changes set to be fully revealed by Minister for Women Kelly O'Dwyer in the September sitting of Parliament...

Complaints over gun ad near childcare centre north of Brisbane
Brisbane Times - Toby Crockford - May 5, 2018

A billboard advertising a rifle near a childcare centre and a major intersection north of Brisbane is at the centre of complaints to the Advertising Standards Bureau. While the sign does not violate advertising regulations, residents incensed by its prominence are demanding the ad be pulled...

Important to find balance as a grandparent
Coffs Coast Advocate - Paul McKeon - May 7, 2018

The main rule is there are no rules. The need for both parents to work, the huge increase in single-parent families, the rise of the blended family and the cost of childcare have resulted in grandparents often having to spend a lot of time looking after their grandchildren. Rather than being..

Shocking data: North Coast is a cancer hotspot
Northern Star - Samantha Poate - May 5, 2018

Cancer Council NSW runs various skin cancer prevention programs across the region to reinforce sun protection and skin cancer awareness. Some of the North Coast local programs include SunSmart, which supports primary schools, child care centres and out of school hours care...

Number of children spending 50-plus hours a week in childcare is growing
The Advertiser - Lanai Scarr - May 4, 2018

THE number of children spending 50-plus hours a week in childcare is growing as parents work longer to try and make ends meet. News Corp Australia can reveal 40,241 children used long daycare for 50 or more hours a week - or more than 10 hours a day - in the latest June...

Childcare giant G8 eyes Affinity
The Australian - Bridget Carter & Scott Murdoch - May 4, 2018

Australia's largest listed childcare operator, G8 Education, has signalled its interest in buying Affinity Education from Anchorage Capital Partners, which is up for sale through advisory firm Luminis Partners. On the sidelines of the Macquarie Australia investment conference in Sydney...

Two women charged in alleged $5.7 million childcare fraud probe
Sydney Morning Herald - Patrick Begley - May 4, 2018

Two women were charged late on Thursday in an ongoing investigation into an alleged $5.7 million family day care fraud in which more than 1600 children were claimed to have enrolled in one month. Australian Federal Police raided five properties in Kellyville and Lakemba in Sydney's west...

Affinity Education pitched with $60m earnings, eyes on funding
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - May 3, 2018

If you're unsure about what upcoming changes to child care funding and rebates mean for you and your family, ask a private equity type. Government funding is the No.1 item on the agenda of buyout firms running the numbers on up-for-sale Affinity Education Group, which owns more than...

G8 Education expects new funding package to counteract falling occupancy rates
Proactive Investors - May 3, 2018

G8 Education Ltd (ASX:GEM) notes the supply environment continues to be challenging in childcare, with like-for-like (LFL) occupancy down around 2.5 to 3% so far in 2018. While LFL occupancy is decreasing, prior year acquisitions continue to grow occupancy and are forecast to deliver earnings...

Meet the male educators paving the way for other men to follow their lead into childcare
News.com.au - Martina Simos - May 2, 2018

FOUR male educators in an early childhood setting are paving the way for others to follow their lead. According to the latest ABS figures less than one per cent of workers in the childcare industry are men. But early childhood teachers Robb Liversage, 35, Daniel Monro, 44, Stephen Thronett...

Indigenous childcare providers say low income, unemployed families to suffer under changes from July
ABC News - Chloe Hart - May 2, 2018

Indigenous childcare providers say the most vulnerable children and families will be cut off under the Federal Government's $1.6 billion childcare package which comes into effect in July. Changes mean Indigenous and non-Indigenous parents who are not working or studying could...

State Budget 2018: Free TAFE, pre-apprentice courses in $172 million education splash cash
Herald Sun - Ashley Argoon - May 1, 2018

Early childcare also gets a $135.9 million boost, with buildings, upgrades and specialist language teachers for 120 kinders and $8 million for scholarships to attract new teachers and upskill those in the workforce. "Building the Education State begins with the early years," Minister...

Blue Sky's Foundation Early Learning childcare sale finally done, but far below book value
Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - May 1, 2018

A BLUE Sky-backed childcare chain has sold for far less than expected, raising questions about the valuation process espoused by the Brisbane-based fund manager. The disappointing result from the sale of Brisbane-based Foundation Early Learning, a 31-centre chain...

Victorian state budget 2018-19: Tim Pallas' budget for the burbs, big spending on mental health and free TAFE Courses
The Age - Benjamin Preiss, Adam Carey & Noel Towell - May 1, 2018

Victoria's embattled childcare system will get $225 million to hire 450 more child protection workers. In child services, almost $400 million will be spent to move young people out of residential units and into family and kinship care...