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...

Jenny Hutson to 'vigorously defend' G8 charges
The Australian - Lisa Allen - March 10, 2018

High-profile Brisbane businesswoman Jenny Hutson has vowed to vigorously defend 26 charges brought by the Australian Securities & Investment Commission over her former role as chairwoman of G8 Education, which bills itself as the nation's largest ASX-listed childcare operator...

Child immunisation rates at record high, but gaps among Sydney's suburbs
Sydney Morning Herald - Kate Aubusson - March 9, 2018

Child vaccination rates in NSW have climbed to record levels but parents in the anti-vaccination heartlands, which include some of Sydney's wealthier areas, are still resisting, the latest official figures show. More than 93 per cent of one-year-olds and five-year-olds are fully immunised...

Child exploitation material smuggler Alexander Anh Nguyen Tran tells court he wants to serve sentence 250m from kindergarten
The Cairns Post - Sean Fewster - March 9, 2018

A SMUGGLER of Japanese child exploitation material, who wanted to live 200m from a top girls school, has told a court he has found a new address - 250m from a kindergarten. Alexander Anh Nguyen Tran - caught with images of children as young as three - wants to serve his inevitable...

Taxpayers ripped off by $2.8 million a week by dodgy daycare providers
The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran - March 9, 2018

GRANDPARENTS have been used as cash cows by unscrupulous family daycare providers to rip off taxpayers to the tune of $2.8 million a week. But the rort has been smashed in a Government crackdown which has already saved $110 million in a year. Some family daycare providers had been...

Wollongong child care provider cops big, fat fine for forgotten boy
Illawarra Mercury - Angela Thompson - March 8, 2018

Illawarra child care provider Big Fat Smile has been slapped with a $24,000 fine, plus costs, after a sleeping three-year-old boy was left undiscovered at a Wollongong centre for almost an hour after closing time. The fine is the second serious sum to be paid out by the provider for supervision...

Early intervention key to beating poverty trap
Griffith University - Deborah Marshall - March 8, 2018

"Secondly, get the kids into early childhood education at age three, not four. Get them into an enriched kindergarten or pre-school environment, not just child care. Thirdly, keep kids at school. One of the biggest risk factors in youth justice is the lack of attachment to school.” Professor Homel...

Experts say three-year-old kinder is 'vital' for Australia's future
Herald Sun - Ashley Argoon - March 7, 2018

ACCESS to three-year-old kindergarten for all Australian pre-school children is "vital" for the future of the nation, according to experts. As the State and Federal governments are locked in furious argument over annual funding rollovers for four-year-old kinder, experts have claimed...

Ballarat charity set to aid 2000 Victorian Kindergartens
The Courier - Ben Hopkins - March 7, 2018

In a milestone agreement, the RACV has granted the Ballarat-based KIDS Foundation funding to extend the reach of their internationally recognised 'See More Safety and Education Program' to more than 2000 Victorian kindergartens and 100,000 Victorian homes over the next week...

Canberra Girls Grammar phasing out boys - but co-ed childcare to expand
The Canberra Times - Sherryn Groch - March 7, 2018

Three-year-old boys in daycare at Canberra Girls Grammar will not be offered a place in prep, under a new move to phase out co-educational learning in the junior school by 2020. Principal Anne Coutts said the decision "strengthened the school's commitment" to single-sex education, after all-boys...

Three Perth childcare workers stripped of accreditation after assault on autistic child
Joondalup Times - March 7, 2018

THREE Perth women have had their child care supervisor accreditation cancelled, and one faced a criminal charge, after a six-year-old autistic child was smacked and had soap put in their mouth. The incident happened on December 14 last year. Kathleen Anne Burton was charged...

Australia's new $175m SAP child care subsidy system counts down to go-live
IT News - Matt Johnston - March 7, 2018

But timelines worry software providers. The federal Department of Education is in the final stages of user acceptance testing for a new SAP-based system that will administer child care subsidies, as it stares down a firm July deadline for go-live. The federal government allocated $175.3...