Apprenticeships continue their downward slide
Financial Review - Robert Bolton - March 14, 2018

He said the most alarming trend was community and personal service workers where training is down 7 per cent year on year and down 28 per cent compared to 2012. "Ageing and child care are in demand and the accreditation system means people have got to be...

Froth subsides amid concerns about childcare oversupply
Sydney Morning Herald - Tim Boreham - March 14, 2018

But according to owners and operators in the fragmented sector, too much hot money has seen excessive development at a time of low wages growth. "When your taxi driver is buying a child care centre you know the market is a bit overheated," said Think Childcare CEO Mathew Edwards...

City of South Perth approves Como childcare centre's request for earlier opening time
Southern Gazette - Bronwyn Donovan - March 13, 2018

JELLYBEANS Childcare Centre in Como will now open thirty minutes earlier to accommodate growing community needs. The City of South Perth granted approval for the extended opening hours, from 6.30am to 6pm, at its February council meeting despite officer's recommendations...

Shire steps in to 'save' child care
The Mornington Peninsula News - March 13, 2018

The shire, in a news release sent at 5pm Friday, says it is working "to support the childcare programs on a temporary basis to ensure continuity of services for the community and staff while exploring longer term options with the community and other stakeholders regarding ongoing...

Tooth brushing lessons to be run in schools with students who have high levels of decay
The Daily Telegraph - Rose Brennan - March 13, 2018

NSW Health has released a community fluoride strategy that calls upon local health authorities to work with schools and child care centres to reduce tooth decay. Under the policy, authorities from local health districts whose residents can't access fluoridated water or are at high...

Increase to minimum wage is rational economics
The Age - Alex Lavelle - 13 March 2018

Some appear ambit, but the arguments behind them are shared by most: the economy's full potential is being held back by low wages; the impact of this on consumer confidence and spending is amplified because household budgets have been hit hard by higher costs for energy...

400 families in limbo as funding cuts scrap day care scheme
News Mail - Hayley Nissen - March 13, 2018

ABOUT 400 families are in limbo after it was revealed funding for the Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme had been scrapped. The cut means about 40 local educators will be looking for an alternative family day care service after the Federal Government decided not...

'All the allegations are about her': G8 washes hands of ex-chairman
Sydney Morning Herald - Colin Kruger - March 12, 2018

After a long and very colourful corporate career, the former Queensland Business Woman of the Year, Jenny Hutson, is finally being brought back down to earth with a thud. G8 Education sent out a statement on Monday acknowledging that Hutson, its former chairwoman...

Cuts could spell end to vital service
Riverine Herald - March 12, 2018

LOCAL families have been caught in the middle of the most recent feud between State and Federal Governments, with the Victorian Government warning the fate of federal funding for occasional childcare is on uncertain ground. State leaders lashed out at the Turnbull...

Should You Buy Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) At This PE Ratio?
Simply Wall St - Austin Wood - March 12, 2018

Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) trades with a trailing P/E of 14.8x, which is lower than the industry average of 15.6x. While TNK might seem like an attractive stock to buy, it is important to understand the assumptions behind the P/E ratio before you make any investment decisions...

Regulations 'send prices soaring, hitting the poor'
The Australian - David Uren - March 12, 2018

Childcare costs have risen by 310 per cent over the past two decades, which is about 3.5 times as fast as wages. There are some inherent expenses in running childcare centres - it is highly labour-intensive and there are few economies of scale as there are, for example, in supermarkets...

Five things parents can do every day to help develop STEM skills from a young age
The Conversation - Kym Simoncini - March 12, 2018

Educators and researchers agree early literacy experiences are important for children's cognitive and language development. For the past 30 years there has been a strong movement to foster children's literacy skills. This has resulted in an abundance of information on how parents...

Rocketing childcare fees hurt WA families
Perth Now - Phoebe Wearne - March 12, 2018

Perth mums who want to go back to work are being turned off by rocketing childcare fees that are leaving them financially worse off despite an extra wage coming through the door.Families are paying almost $100 a child for each day in child care, with costs even higher in the western...

Parents are saving on childcare costs by relying on grandparents: study
The Daily Telegraph - Tim McIntyre - March 11, 2018

OLDER Australians are putting their travel plans on hold as they spend multiple days a week looking after their grandchildren, research has shown. A majority of grandparents plan to travel within the next five years and many are hoping to take extended holiday breaks. New research...

NT Government urged to focus on seven 'key areas' to boost shrinking population
NT News - Lauren Roberts - March 11, 2018

NT Council of the Ageing chief executive Sue Shearer said older Australians had a lot of value to the population - as they offered family members cheap or free childcare options and spent a substantial amount of hours volunteering. Ms Shearer said a large number of older...