Work four days, get paid for five: New Zealand company's new shorter week
The Guardian - Eleanor Ainge Roy - February 9, 2018

A New Zealand company is on the cusp of granting its employees the ultimate in work-life balance: four days work for five days pay. Perpetual Guardian, a trustee company, has become the first major business in the country to embark on a creating a workplace "fit for purpose for the...

Childcare workers need a pay rise to reflect the importance of the work they do
The Age - Lisa Bryant - February 9, 2018

The report, Lifting Our Game, showed that Australia barely values early childhood education. Nationally, we invest less than 0.5 per cent of our gross domestic product in this field, well below the OECD average of 0.8 per cent. We only spend 2.5 per cent of our total education budget on preschool...

The full list of child NSW care centres with suspect ratings
The Daily Telegraph - February 9, 2018

MORE than a dozen childcare centres in the state were transferred to new owners just one month after their quality was checked, leaving thousands of children at risk and parents in the dark. The Daily Telegraph this week revealed the bizarre loophole which let operators – some with terrible...

The 'motherhood penalty' stings no matter how much governments do
Women's Agenda - Anhela Priestly - February 9, 2018

The fact is that kids still hurt a woman's earnings and career options, significantly more so than they hurt the earnings and careers of men. And no amount of affordable childcare (although that would certainly help) and paid parental leave can account for the massive cultural shift that's...

Lawyers investigate baby left in bus at Gold Coast childcare centre
Gold Coast Bulletin - Alexandra Utting - Feburary 9, 2018

LAWYERS for the mother of a 16-month-old baby who was left locked in a hot bus at a Gold Coast childcare centre are independently investigating the incident. Lisa Easton said her daughter Violet was "forgotten about" by Goodstart Early Learning Parkwood staff and left locked...

Kinders struggling with uncertainty of funding amid ward of words between governments
Herald Sun - Rebecca David - February 9, 2018

When asked why the funding was only for one year federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the government was not going to "give the states a blank cheque when they're failing to actually get the kids who can benefit most to turn up to the pre-school". Ms Mikakos accused the Liberals...

'No jab, no play' laws linked to spike in Victoria's vaccination rate
SBS - February 8, 2018

Victoria's "no jab, no play" laws are being credited with the highest vaccination rates ever recorded in the state. Health Minister Jill Hennessy said the laws helped to boost the immunisation rate to a 95.3 per cent average across the state. "No jab, no play is a really important part that's essentially...

Forgotten boy costs Wollongong child care worker her career
Illawarra Mercury - Angela Thompson - February 8. 2018

A sleeping four-year-old boy, left undiscovered at a Wollongong childcare facility for more than an hour after closing time, has cost the centre supervisor $5000 and her career. Michelle Haley, supervisor at Big Fat Smile's Wollongong City Community Preschool, had 17 years industry experience...

Three year olds are too young for pre-school
Daily Telegraph - Louise Roberts - February 8, 2018

THREE years on this planet is not a very long time to simply and organically be yourself before you are shoved on to the guinea pig wheel of tests and criticism. Just over a 1000 days since you were born, most of it spent in a nappy of sorts, before you are measured up against your contemporaries and pointed in a direction, sometimes for life...

Council knocks 'ludicrous' childcare on crash hotspot
The Chronicle - Anton Rose - February 8, 2018

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council yesterday voted 6-5 to knock back a development proposal for a 112-place childcare centre on a notorious truck rollover spot. The site, on the corner of James and Cohoe Sts, has had a number of incidents over the years where heavy duty trucks...

Strike proceeds as childcare workers lose equal pay claim
The Australian - Ewin Hannan - February 7, 2018

Childcare workers will proceed with "unprecedented" national industrial action after unions lashed out at the Fair Work Commission for rejecting their long-running equal pay claim on behalf of thousands of early childhood employees. In rejecting the claim, a commission full bench...

Early education linked to post-secondary qualifications
The Australian - John Ross - February 7, 2018

Targeted early childhood education can multiply disadvantaged kids' prospects of obtaining post-secondary qualifications, new US research suggests. An analysis by the University of Minnesota has found that intensive maths and literacy tutoring at pre-school can boost children's...

State government handballs responsibility for Stockton beach erosion to Newcastle City Council
Newcastle Herald - Donna Page - February 7, 2018

Stockton's only childcare centre is about a metre off becoming the latest victim of the suburb's erosion woes, with locals warning it is a matter of when – and not if – its playground will start to crumble into the ocean. Powerful swell in recent weeks saw an old rubbish tip exposed on the...

Perth childcare veteran 'not surprised' by slipping standards in WA early education centre
WA Today - Hannah Barry - February 6, 2018

A Perth childcare educator and assessor is calling for an industry-wide shake-up in order to address poor regulation and poor pay in WA's childcare centres, saying she's "not surprised" standards have slipped in recent years. Caroline Surtees has worked in the industry for nine years...

The smartest way to spend taxpayer dollars
Sydney Morning Herald - Ross Gittins - February 6, 2018

There are no magic bullets in government spending, but putting money into early education – whether by lifting the quality of childcare, or beefing up preschool – comes a lot closer than most of the other things governments spend on. We''ve known it for decades, but the evidence...