Winanga-li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre and Gunnedah Preschool form partnership to bolster Indigenous language
Naomi Independent Valley - Vanessa Höhnke - June 14, 2018

Child care centre manager Wayne Griffiths said the language program will increase the level of Aboriginal language taught in early childhood services and it's "really critical" to use local people to do that. "In any language across the state and Australia and across the world, statistically...

Is this the end of the reading wars? Study finds phonics an essential foundation in learning to read
ABC News - By Antonette Collins on AM - June 13, 2018

A new scientific study that aims to end the so called reading wars has found that phonics is an essential foundation in the early stages of learning to read. The paper from Australian and English researchers says the battle between phonics and a whole language approach has become too...

Childcare centres failing to sign up to new system
Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - June 14, 2018

LAZY childcare centres risk leaving up to 127,000 families significantly out of pocket as a result of their failure to sign up to the new subsidy system. With less than three weeks to go until the government''s childcare changes come into force, 707 centres are still yet to switch over to the new system...

$38 million of childcare centres up for grabs at auction
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - June 13, 2018

A portfolio of seven childcare centres in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia will go under the hammer next week, with expectations they could fetch a combined $38 million. The specialist asset class, whose rental income is underpinned by federal government childcare subsidies...

Preschool director praises Wollongong Coal, says $1 deal not forced
Illawarra Mercury - Agron Latifi Jun 13, 2018

The decision by Wollongong Coal to lease property to Little School Preschool for $1 a year for 10 years was a "pleasant surprise"but in no way "enforced". So said preschool director Danae Horsey, who expressed "disappointment" the announcement was made public on Tuesday. As reported in...

Child Care Subsidy will leave thousands of families worse off - are you one of them?
ABC News - Kirrin McKechnie - June 13, 2018

In under three weeks, the Child Care Subsidy comes into force, and while it was designed to be fairer, there are fears many working families will be left thousands of dollars out of pocket. The new subsidy was hailed as the most significant change to childcare in forty years, set to give...

Minister rejects childcare red tape outcry
Yahoo 7 News - Karen Sweeney - June 12, 2018

Changes to child care subsidies will cut red tape and pay dividends for families, Education Minister Simon Birmingham says. But providers fear the changes will make managing enrolment lists more complex, while parents could struggle with maintaining consistent child care hours...

Childcare groups slam draconian regulation
SBS News - June 12, 2018

Childcare centres have closed and others are struggling to keep up with a raft of "draconian" regulations, an inquiry has been told. More changes are on the way from July 2 when a new single-test subsidy is introduced to link parent work, study and volunteer hours with the number of...

Make childcare tax-deductible and unleash an army of smart workers
The Australian - Kate Ashmore - June 12, 2018

We have yet to figure out how someone can be in two places at once - that's why childcare is an essential service. With the cost of housing and energy at record highs, many parents have no choice but to work and rely on childcare. Yet despite Australia producing among the highest levels...

Government plan to move almost all services online within seven years
Sydney Morning Herald - Sally Whyte - June 12, 2018

The inquiry has heard about hardware failures that caused outages for the Tax Office website and budget blowouts of IT upgrades for the Human Services child care payments system. The minister said he didn't want to wait for the report or the APS review before directing...

Experts fear the 'stranger danger' message is being overlooked after 'shocking' results of park experiment
Nine News - June 12, 2018

Many childcare centres have stopped doing stranger danger talks, concerned they frighten children, but the results of a social experiment carried out by the TODAY Show with the help of a former police officer will shock parents. It's a frightening reminder of how trusting children...

When is the best age to start school? How about 7?
Sydney Morning Herald - Pasi Sahlberg - June 12, 2018

One of the biggest questions parents face is when to send their child to school. There are many factors to consider in Australia: is the child ready, will he/she be the youngest in the class, what kind of school, can we afford high child care fees, what are other mothers and...

Labor's childcare policy would blow out to $1 billion according to Turnbull government modelling
Daily Telegraph - Sharri Markson - June 12, 2018

TURNBULL government modelling estimates that Labor's childcare policy would blow out in cost by $1 billion, with no incentive to get mums back into the workforce linked to rebates. Labor voted against the federal government's "activity test" for childcare subsidies...

Moral development: children become more caring and inclusive as they age
The Conversation - Karri Neldner & Dan Crimston - June 12, 2018

Schools track and nurture the academic development of children, measuring literacy and numeracy against a bell curve. But what about children's moral development? A new study has found this also develops over time, and there's a lot parents can do to help it along. Our team...

Doubts over quality ratings for childcare centres
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - June 11, 2018

Almost a third of childcare centres in NSW have not been re-assessed under the National Quality Framework for at least four years and many of those still have the same ratings they were awarded in 2012, when the standard was introduced. Almost 4 per cent of approved services in NSW...