Childcare centre portfolio sale a test amid 'glut'
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - September 5, 2018

A portfolio of seven childcare centres will go to auction next week in what could prove to be a major test of investor appetite for the specialist asset class, hit by oversupply fears. The portfolio, which selling agents Burgess Rawson expect could fetch around $35 million under the hammer...

Peter Dutton's childcare funding letter sparks new attack
Financial Review - Phillip Coorey & Joe Aston - September 5, 2018

Labor says the government has no choice but to refer Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to the High Court after a letter shows a child care centre held by Mr Dutton in trust had a funding agreement with the Commonwealth to enable the hiring of a special needs teacher. Constitutional lawyers...

Why your childcare fees aren't falling in an oversupply
Financial Review - Simon Evans - September 5, 2018

Punishing lease costs which are tied to the number of licensed childcare places in a centre and not how many children are actually attending is one of the major reasons why childcare fees aren't dropping for families in a market awash with oversupply. The fixed costs aren't budging for childcare...

Labor calls for fair pay for early childhood education workers' as they strike in Melbourne
Daily Telegraph - Alex Murray- September 5, 2018

Victorian early childhood educators have gone on strike, demanding equal pay, saying that they often receive 50% of the average wage. Shadow employment minister Brenadan O'Connor says Labor will support the workers at the Fair Work Comission and if elected see that their needs...

Thousands of childcare workers go on strike
The Australian - September 5, 2018

Thousands of childcare workers are walking off the job in protest of low wages, as Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the sector will be better off from government investment. About 7000 early childhood workers will go on strike on Wednesday afternoon to hold rallies across the country, causing 350 centres...

Early childhood educators don't need thanks - they need a pay rise
Kidspot - Alys Gagnon - September 5, 2018

Millions of parents will tonight pick their young children up from childcare. There, they will review their child's day – what she ate, who she played with, how many times she toileted, what she learned, and how her educators responded to her individual play choices with new...

Why Australia should invest in paying early childhood educators a liveable wage
The Conversation - Karen Thorpe, Paula McDonald & Susan Irvine - September 5, 2018

Our study suggests educators pursue a range of options. The degree-qualified move up to the few better paid administrative roles within the sector or move out to the schooling sector where pay, conditions and status are higher. Diploma and Certificate trained educators may move around within...

"I want to stay in early childhood education. But every year we are pushed out."
Mamamia - Shannon Lavery - September 5, 2018

But my colleagues and I are paid as little as $22 per hour. Many of us live on less than half the average national wage. I can't even imagine buying my own home. Even renting can be a struggle. My mother inspired me to work in early childhood education and care. She worked as an educator...

SBS News Childcare not 'child minding' says Shorten
SBS News - September 5, 2018

As thousands of childcare workers prepare to walk off the job in protest of low wages, Labor leader Bill Shorten says the sector should be treated as education instead of a "child minding service". About 7000 early childhood workers will go on strike on Wednesday afternoon...

Child care costs remain 'deeply concerning'
News.com.au - September 4, 2018

FULL INTERVIEW: Labor frontbencher Amanda Rishworth has told Sky News the government's new childcare plan is not adequately putting downward pressure on child care fees. Changes to the childcare system are now in place, with both parents required to be working...

Childcare centres to shut doors as workers strike over pay
Sydney Morning Herald - Alison Brown - September 4, 2018

More than 100 Queensland childcare centres will shut their doors on Wednesday as workers walk off the job to fight for higher wages. Early childhood union United Voice says 7000 staff nationwide will walk out in protest over the sector's "wage crisis." The strike action...

Thousands of families to be affected by childcare strike
News.com.au - Clarissa Bye - September 4, 2018

THOUSANDS of parents across NSW will have to pick up their children from childcare early today as workers stage a walkout in protest at low wages. At least 30 centres will be involved in the action in Sydney, with centres closing at lunchtime to attend a major rally at Martin Place...

My wife works but she's a great mother: Peter Dutton's au pair comments are so wrong
Women's Agenda - Angela Priestly - September 4, 2018

Let's be clear, there are many reason for the growing market for au pairs in Australia, including a lack of affordable and flexible childcare options and an increase in women's workforce participation. It has nothing to do with women lacking any form of 'greatness', particularly when it comes...

Co-working space helps parents return to work sooner
The Courier Mail - Danielle Buckley - September 4, 2018

A NEW co-working space is helping Queensland parents return to their jobs sooner. Bec Schultze from Browns Plains Kids Early Learning Centre has just introduced a co-working office space, called BubDesk, to her childcare facilities. BubDesk enables parents to work in an office...

Without a payrise, our thanks to childcare workers means little
The Advertiser - Alys Gagnon - September 3, 2018

But, with fees commonly hitting $160-$170 a day per child in major metropolitan areas, and even with subsidies from government, parents simply have nothing more left to give. They cannot afford more and more increases in fees. This is not an argument against pay...