Ferntree Gully three-year-old kinder Alice Johnson Pre-School may shut
Herald Sun - Laura Armitage - November 28, 2018

The future of Knox community kindergartens is bleak, with many facing closure unless enrolments pick up before Christmas. Alice Johnson Pre-School three-year-old program in Ferntree Gully has been running for 53 years but the committee is anxious...

Robots and tech R&D: the future of childcare, according to India
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 28, 2018

The role of technology in educating and caring for children has been placed in the spotlight today, with moves by two ‘edutech’ companies in India to incorporate robotics, research and development, and a ‘plug in and play’ approach to the world of early childhood...

Former G8 boss Chris Scott to enrol at Evolve Education
The Australian - Lisa Allen - November 27, 2018

Queensland businessman Chris Scott is set to join the board of struggling New Zealand-based childcare operator Evolve Education as the organisation embarks on a major capital raising over the next few weeks. The Gold Coast-based Mr Scott...

Defection of Julia Banks leaves Scott Morrison vulnerable in Parliament
Financial Review - Andrew Tillett - November 27, 2018

Labor is expected to step up its efforts to have Mr Dutton referred to the High Court over his pecuniary interest in two childcare centres, which receives subsidies from the Commonwealth on behalf of parents. Labor will highlight in talks with the crossbenchers...

Childcare centres move into quiet suburban streets
The Courier Mail - Brian Bennion - November 26, 2018

Homeowners in the southeast suburbs are taking a stand against childcare centres being developed in low density areas as they oppose the heavy traffic they bring to quiet streets. At Holland Park residents are speaking out against plans to demolish two homes...

Remote Kindergarten program expansion announced for Queensland
The Sector - Freya Lucas - November 26, 2018

Thirty additional state schools will benefit from the formalisation of Queensland’s Remote Kindergarten Program over the next two years, Education Minister Grace Grace announced yesterday. The program has been running as a pilot since 2016...

Long childcare centre waitlists in Maribyrnong
Maribyrnong Leader - Chanel Zagon - November 26, 2018

Hundreds of Maribyrnong families are struggling to get their children into child care due to massive waitlists in centres across the inner-west. A Leader investigation revealed some child care centres had waitlists soaring into the hundreds...

WA primary schools set to focus on play-based learning in bid to engage young students
ABC News - Rebecca Carmody - November 25, 2018

The WA Education Department wants schools to fully embrace play-based learning for kindergarten and pre-primary students aged between three and six, listing it as a key priority for 2019. The move follows a backlash from some early childhood educators...

Daycare fraudster Melissa Higgins calls for retrial due to juror issues
Border Mail - November 25, 2018

A FORMER Border childcare operator continues to fight her conviction for running a bogus benefit scheme, years after the scam. Melissa Jade Higgins has appealed her conviction following claims a juror made racist and derogatory comments...

Queensland Government expands Remote Kindergarten Program to 30 new schools
The Courier Mail - Lauren Martyn-Jones - November 24, 2018

MORE than 100 three and four year-olds living in some of Queensland’s most remote and drought-affected communities will get the chance to go to school next year, with the state government expanding its remote kindy program. Education Minister Grace...

ACA NSW elects 2019 Executive Committee
The Sector - Jason Roberts - November 22, 2018

The New South Wales branch of the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) has elected and confirmed its new Executive Committee for 2019 following their Annual General Meeting held on 21 November 2018. The new members of the 2018/2019 ACA NSW...

Dangerous little-known FPIES allergy on rise among infants and children
The West Australian - Miriam Fisher - November 22, 2018

More concerning is the fact medical and childcare professionals are similarly unaware, even though the serious condition is known to be on the rise among infants and young children. “Not one person we have been to see has known about FPIES...

Government services to go digital by 2025
The Australian - Supratim Ashikari - November 21, 2018

The first phase of the road map will see the government pilot projects like, virtual assistants for welfare support, Digital ID trials, a Child care marketplace that will connect people to service providers and automatic enrolment of newborns into Medicare...

Vic Labor pledges free kinder TAFE courses
The Mercury - Kaitlyn Offer - November 21, 2018

Two early-childhood TAFE courses will be free and there will be 8000 university scholarships for prospective kindergarten teachers in a $27 million promise from Victorian Labor. Premier Daniel Andrews on Wednesday pledged to expand Labor's free TAFE...

Labor pledges funding for preschoolers and puppies as it hounds for votes
Sydney Morning Herald - Chloe Booker - November 21, 2018

Flanked by two of his ministers, he then spruiked his $27 million early childhood education package, including 8000 kindergarten teacher degree scholarships and making the early childhood education diploma and certificate III free. “It’s not only good policy...