States, territories call for long-term funding for 3yo early childhood education
ABC News - Richard Willingham - February 1, 2018

Every Australian three-year-old child would have access to 15 hours per week of early childhood education under a bold pitch from state governments to boost the sector. A review, commissioned by state and territory governments, also wants child care to have a greater emphasis on education...

Report reveals childcare injuries, while state falls short on school funding
Herald Sun - Ashley Argoon - Feburary 1, 2018

VICTORIA calls itself the 'Education State' but it gives school students the least amount of funding in Australia, according to a new report. The report also reveals a shocking number of serious incidents in Victoria's childcare centres. One child died and almost 3000 kids were injured, or suffered...

Latest data shows Tasmania improving in some areas, lagging in others
The Advocate - Leah McBey - February 1, 2018

The state had a much higher enrolment rate of 62 per cent in government pre-school services compared with the rest of the country at 17.3 per cent. More than 96 per cent of the state''s children were in pre-school. State spending on early childhood education and services has risen gradually...

Canberra families pay most for childcare, according to Productivity Commission
Canberra Times - Emily Baker - February 1, 2018

Canberra families pay the nation's highest rates for childcare, despite having what appear to be the most dangerous services, according to new data. Productivity Commission data released on Thursday revealed the ACT's 354 National Quality Framework-approved early childhood services...

Tax cuts for companies, voters, as Turnbull snubs Canberra for Queensland
Sydney Morning Herald - Kames Massola - February 1, 2018

Rather than making a major policy announcement, Mr Turnbull is expected to highlight policies already implemented by his government – including changes designed to make childcare cheaper and reduce energy prices, needs-based funding for schools and a tax cut for small and medium-sized...

Premier Jay Weatherill wants lower starting age on the national agenda
The Advertiser - Matt Smith - January 31, 2018

CHILDREN should start school at three, a report shows, prompting calls from Premier Jay Weatherill for the issue to be placed on the national agenda. The Lifting Our Game report, commissioned by state and territory governments to explore ways to improve school results for students nation­wide...

Why G8 Education Ltd shares are higher today
The Motley Fool - James Mickleboro - January 30, 2018

It has been a disappointing couple of months for G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM) shareholders, but things are certainly looking better today. At the time of writing its share price is up 4% to $3.42. Despite this, the childcare centre operator's shares have lost 23% of their value over the last...

More children are starting school depressed and anxious - without help, it will only get worse
The Conversation - Ameneh Shahaeian & Cen Wang - January 30, 2018

Starting school for the first time can be stressful. Children are suddenly thrown into a foreign environment, juggling the pressure of learning new academic skills and establishing relationships with peers. Some thrive, but others may need support through this transition. Our study...

Vic govt pledges $18m preschool upgrade
News.com.au - January 29, 2018

Thousands of preschool children will benefit from an $18 million Victorian government upgrade of the state's preschool facilities. The funding will go toward 28 new metropolitan and regional projects, creating more than 3,300 new kindergarten places, the government says. "This is giving...

Businesses unprepared for new data breach notification laws
Financial Review - Yolanda Redrup - January 29, 2018

"Small businesses are still required to comply if they handle personal information. Some examples are health service providers – such as weight loss agencies, gyms and alternative medicine practices – credit reporting bodies, and childcare centres," he said. "In certain ways...

Sarah Mitchell says affordability is main issue facing families sending kids to preschool
Northern Leader - Jacob McArthur - January 29, 2018

NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell visited the South Tamworth preschool and said she wanted to make sure more services were affordable for families. "We're aware that affordability is a big factor when it comes to these services," she said. "In community preschools...

Childcare sector saturated, small businesses at risk say industry groups
ABC News - Ursula Malone - January 29, 2018

A survey by Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) - an established industry body for childhood education - revealed 70 per cent of their members had reported a fall in enrolments this year compared to 2017. Education Minister Senator Simon Birmingham said increased competition...

Sydney Trains ruling could restrict strikes in service industries
Financial Review - David Marin-Guzman - January 28, 2018

But Professor McCrystal said it was open for the legislation to apply to smaller populations. "The section says nothing about thousands of people. It says population or part of it. "It is not clear how [much] the FWC would be prepared to narrow that down – and some large childcare operators...

Aussie kids are slipping in literacy. Here''s how you can improve your child's reading before school starts
News.com.au - Lanai Scarr - Januaey 28, 2018

AUSTRALIA is facing a "national crisis" on literacy with students showing up to kindergarten less prepared than ever before. Experts say distracted parents are not doing enough to equip their children with reading and speaking skills and are wrongly mistaking developing those skills as solely the job...

School's going back and our hip pocket will be better for it
Sydney Morning Herald - Georgina Dent - January 27, 2018

The fact it coincides with that other notoriously expensive fixture in the calendar, Christmas, adds to the fun. At least, it seems we're not alone. Research by comparison site Finder shows the amount of money parents spend looking after their children over the festive period has soared...