Literacy and numeracy push sidelining play in early years
Sydney Morning Herald - Pallavi Singhal - May 14, 2018

Professor of education at the University of Sydney Michael Anderson said that students who are left behind by the age of eight tend to struggle throughout school, but that promoting creativity, communication, collaboration and critical reflection is often more important in the early...

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull axes $20 million fund to pay for quality checks in childcare industry
Daily Telegraph - Kylar Loussikian - May 14, 2018

DODGY childcare operators could be let off the hook after the Turnbull government quietly­ axed a $20 million fund which paid for the roll-out of more quality checks. The move, confirmed in official­ letters obtained by The Daily Telegraph, comes after the exposure of shocking...

Bain doubles down in childcare, buys Little Learning portfolio
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Julie-anne Sprague - May 14, 2018

Private equity giant Bain Capital will bolster its premium childcare business Only About Children with a chunky bolt-on acquisition. Street Talk understands Bain's Only About Children is about to acquire 20 centres owned by rival operator Little Learning School in a deal expected...

Shinetime Early Learning and Kindergarten: Parents shell out deposits but given no open date
Herald Sun - Emma-Jayne Schenk - May 14, 2018

Parents are furious and demanding answers after paying deposits of up to $3000 to an Elwood childcare centre that has never opened despite accepting enrolments for more than four years. The Shinetime Early Learning and Kindergarten website states it is "taking applications now"...

Don't just celebrate mums today - make their lives easier every day
Sydney Morning Herald - May 13, 2018

Rather than spoiling mums for one day of the year, we need to look at broader societal changes that will ease women back into the workforce, and provide them with flexibility around hours. We need to recognise that affordable childcare is a family issue, and more effort...

Childcare rebate changes: Demand for Queensland nannies rises
The Courier Mail - Lauren Martyn-Jones - May 12, 2018

QUEENSLAND families crippled by high childcare costs are going to extreme lengths, including moving house and renovating, to make room for a live-in nanny. Nanny agencies are being inundated with calls from parents, particularly in the upper income brackets, who are going...

Change for the better for working mums
Sydney Morning Herald - Jacqueline Maley - May 12, 2018

But there is a catch. In order to access taxpayer funds to help pay for your childcare, you have to be contributing (directly) to the economy. The rebate is tied to an "activity test" - you must show you are doing at least four hours a week of work (paid or volunteer) or study to claim it...

Two Queensland early learning services closing due to oversupply
Mirage News - May 11, 2018

Two early learning (childcare) services on the Gold Coast alone, are closing due to oversupply and unsustainable occupancy. This contradicts a recent report that the early childhood education and care sector's fears of oversupply are unfounded. "New early learning services currently being...

Hundreds of new childcare places coming to central Manly
News.com.au - Kathryn Welling - May 11, 2018

WORKING families in Manly will have almost 300 new childcare places to choose from as two major centres open in the heart of the suburb. The private centres will offer at least 11 hours of care Monday to Friday and offer care for babies and preschoolers as well as support families with extra meals...

Private investors snap up $43m of childcare centres
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - May 10, 2018

Private investors have pounced on an offering of 12 childcare centres in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, with 11 of them selling in 10 days for a combined $43 million. The centres, which were offered as part of Burgess Rawson auctions, sold on yields ranging from 5.4 per centre for a $4.9 million...

G8 Education keen for another look at Affinity
Business News Australia- May 10, 2018

CHILDCARE operator G8 Education (ASX:GEM) may be keen for a second bite at Affinity Education more than two years after botching a takeover of its former Gold Coast-based rival. Private equity group Anchorage Capital Partners has placed Affinity on the market after successfully fending...

Welfare payments to be docked as 'no jab, no pay' legislation clears parliament
Illawarra Mercury - Matt Coughlan - May 10, 2018

Parents whose children don't meet immunisation requirements will have their welfare payments docked $28 a fortnight after legislation cleared parliament. Under the federal government's tougher "no jab, no pay" policy, fortnightly Family Tax Benefit Part A payments will be reduced from July...

Antivax teacher unlikely to lose registration
Herald Sun - Aneeka Simonis - May 10, 2018

The post appeared to encourage parents of children infected with measles to share the highly contagious disease with her own two kids. Her comments sparked widespread concern within the community, with Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy blasting the teacher as "irresponsible"...

Childcare centre oversupply unfounded
Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan - May 9, 2018

Fears of an oversupply of childcare centres in major capital cities are unfounded, commercial real estate agents say. The childcare property sector remains buoyant with strong demand from investors and customers leading to low vacancies in childcare centres in metropolitan areas...

Federal Budget 2018: Why fixing bracket creep is best for the poorest workers
Financial Review - Grant Wardell-Johnson - May 9, 2018

The interaction of our tax system and family payments and child care systems can produce highly problematic results whereby the effective tax rate on an additional dollar of earnings for a second earner, usually women, looking to move from 3 days a week to 4 or 5 days a week can be...