What modern parents want from child care
Mercury - Claire Bickers - October 6, 2019

Check-in apps and “play-based learning” are just some of the things modern parents want from child care centres. Fees are just one consideration for mums and dads today, Good Start Early Learning Centre Blackmans Bay director Emma Callanan says. “It’s a lot more than just the place for the children to go..."

Hope for kids to be active
The West Australian - Shannon Smith, Albany Advertiser - October 3, 2019

A new series of workshops to get children active is about to roll out in Albany. Schools, childcare centres and educators are being asked to register their interest for the program run by the University of WA. The Albany workshops are an expansion of the KIDDO program, which is...

Adelaide City Council proposal for childcare in high-rise buildings poses fire safety risk, Australian Childcare Alliance SA says
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - October 3, 2019

Children will face extreme fire risk if childcare centres are allowed in high-rise buildings in the Adelaide CBD, especially in light of fears about flammable cladding, a key industry group says. Australian Childcare Alliance SA president Kerry Mahony said the prospect of upstairs centres...

SA’s cheapest, most expensive child care suburbs revealed
The Advertiser - Claire Bickers - October 3, 2019

Adelaide’s cheapest and most expensive suburbs for child care have been revealed in new data which shows parents are paying more than $14,100 a year in fees. The first child care cost figures released for 2019 also show 10 of the top 100 most expensive regions for child care...

Neighbour's Noise Complaint Threatening Childcare's Outdoor Play Time
10 Daily - Victoria Quested - October 3, 2019

Owners of a Sydney childcare centre are concerned they might lose business, with a noise complaint threatening to cut down the amount of time its children are allowed outside. Evgenia Ousta, director of Bountiful Childcare in Old Toongabbie, was approached by the local council...

Inside alleged child care scam police say made $4m in 10 months
9 News - Natalie Clancy - October 2, 2019

The alleged mastermind behind a scam to steal millions from taxpayers has been caught on camera, literally with more cash than he can handle. Covert footage showed Alee Farmann unable to hold onto a wad of hundred-dollar bills he was waiting to bank. The 49-year-old and his wife...

Bayside parents paying twice as much for childcare
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - October 2, 2019

Parents living in bayside Melbourne are charged up to one-third more for childcare than parents in rural Victoria, new data has revealed. Prestigious southeastern council areas such as Bayside, Stonnington, Glen Eira and Port Phillip are charging parents $12 an hour on average for centre...

MOCC to close after four decades following Mosman Council decision on Allan Border Oval Pavilion
The Daily Telegraph - Andrea McCullagh, Mosman Daily - October 2, 2019

Mums have told of their devastation after the final nail was put in the coffin of the Mosman Occasional Child Care (MOCC) centre. This is the second daycare facility to be closed down by the current council. Independently-operated Pippies at Balmoral Park was closed last year as council...

Former Stockton childcare centre scheduled for demolition after NSW government approves funding for beach erosion works
Newcastle Herald - Matthew Kelly - October 2, 2019

The former Stockton childcare centre is due to be demolished on Friday as part of works to secure the suburb's severely eroded foreshore. Local Government minister Shelley Hancock announced on Wednesday that $250,000 worth of funding had been approved to assist...

Broadmeadows kindergartens to benefit from $1.15 million funding
Herald Sun- Jack Paynter, Hume Leader - October 1, 2019

Broadmeadows kindergartens will share in more than $1 million to help kids get ready for school. The extra $1.15 million support has been given to 28 services providers across the electorate for programs and additional resources as part of the State Government’s School Readiness Funding initiative...

Support available for childcare centres in NSW through preschool drought relief program
The Sector - Freya Lucas - October 1, 2019

Preschools and long day care services in New South Wales will receive what local MP Gareth Ward termed “a much-needed funding boost”, thanks to the NSW Government’s Preschool Drought Relief program. In Mr Ward’s Kiama electorate, 27 service providers will be eligible to submit ...

Childcare subsidies lack oversight: audit
9 News - AAP - September 30, 2019\

The government hasn't yet set up proper oversight of its year-old childcare subsidy, an audit has found. The auditor-general also says there needs to be a stronger and more consistent focus on the policy reasons for the $37 billion package - namely, boosting workforce participation...

Marantha House, childcare centre construction commences
Wellington Times - Taylor Jurd - September 30, 2019

Construction has begun on an Australian-first project that will integrate Wellington's youngest and oldest residents. A childcare centre is being built alongside the existing Maranatha House aged care facility, which will help promote interaction between generations. The centre is being built...

HESTA announces 2019 Early Childhood Education and Care Awards winners
The Sector - Jason Roberts - September 30, 2019

This year’s winners came from a shortlist of eight finalists and included a New South Wales team whose research-based curriculum increased children’s ability to manage risks, a NSW team who developed a program to better support vulnerable children, and a Victorian graduate who...

G8 Education: Former chairwoman Jennifer Joan Hutson in court facing multiple charges
Courier Mail - Alexandra Utting - September 30, 2019

A childcare centre company boss allegedly claimed she was in "deep trouble" after spending almost $1 million of the business's money, as she answers questions in court over the misappropriation of $15 million of the company's funds...