Bogus businesses pocket $31.5m under the Berejiklian government's Smart and Skilled scheme
Daily Telegraph - Kylar Loussikian - April 23, 2018

DOZENS of dodgy training outfits including nail salons and daycare centres are having their state government contracts torn up for failing to actually train people. The Daily Telegraph can reveal bogus businesses pocketed $31.5 million of public cash in three years before being...

Delay to childcare fire regulation update 'jeopardising kids' lives'
The Courier Mail - Daryl Passmore - April 22, 2018

BUREAUCRATS are gambling with children's lives by delaying tough new laws to reduce the risk of fires in multi-storey childcare centres, Queensland Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni says. He will this week demand building regulation bosses fast-track changes to the national...

Big Fat Smile bucking childcare trend with more males on staff
Illawarra Mercury - Agron Latifi - April 22, 2018

In fact the organisation is bucking the trend, with an early education and care workforce that has more than 40 per cent more male educators than the national average.Seven per cent of Big Fat Smile's staff are men. The 2016 census data reveals that female educators represent 95...

Children so busy with organised activities outside school they have no time to play
Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - April 21, 2018

And while research reveals organised activities can help youngsters do better in class, alarmed experts also say a lack of idle time can damage development. Children as young as four are being enrolled in extra-curriculums programs such as swimming, dance...

Commercial property investors see past low yields in hope of higher returns
Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan - April 20, 2018

Mum and dad investors, especially those with self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs), spend hours poring over auction booklets for their next commercial property investment – whether it's a childcare centre, a KFC-anchored retail outlet or a servo. They're looking for...

Gold Coast listed childcare company G8 Education loses $118m in value on day of AGM
Gold Coast Bulletin - Kathleen Skene - April 20, 2018

ALMOST $118 million was wiped from the value of Gold Coast-based G8 Education as the group continues to struggle with an oversupply of childcare places. Shares in G8 Education slumped were down 7.2 per cent or 18¢ to $2.31 yesterday after hitting a 52-week low of $2.23...

Artarmon childcare centre sets national record with $21 million sale
Commercial Real Estate - Alison Cheung - April 20, 2018

A 210-place childcare centre in Sydney's Artarmon has sold for $21 million – crushing the national price record for a single-tenanted childcare asset by more than $4 million. Trading as Little Zak's Academy Artarmon, 6 Clarendon Street beat the previous $16.9 million record set in...

Court overturns Ex-Big Fat Smile worker Michelle Haley's conviction, fine for leaving child unsupervised
Illawarra Mercury - Shannon Tonkin - April 20, 2018

The supervisor at a Wollongong child care centre where a sleeping four-year-old boy was left undiscovered for more than an hour after closing time has had her fine and criminal conviction set aside. Michelle Haley, a supervisor at Big Fat Smile's Wollongong City Community Preschool...

G8 Education notes supply exceeds demand
Finance News Network - Rachel Jones - April 20, 2018

G8 Education (ASX:GEM) has released details from their 2018 Annual General Meeting. They noted increased supply of childcare places and their focus on growing occupancy. In 2017 the level of supply growth exceeded demand growth by around 2.5 per cent. While the supply/demand...

Childcare subsidy form wrongly asks parents why their 10-year-olds can't stay home unsupervised
ABC News - Kathleen Ferguson - April 19, 2018

The Department of Human Services has been forced to apologise to parents seeking childcare benefits, after it asked them why they were not prepared to leave their 10-year-old children at home alone. It sparked concerns among some parents on social media, including from people in...

Language lessons to be taught at kindergartens under $60m State Government Budget plan
Herald Sun - Alex White - April 17, 2018

VICTORIAN kindergartens will teach children languages for the first time under a new $60 million education package announced by the Andrews Government. Children at 120 early learning centres will be given access to language classes under a $17.9m funding commitment...

Why will our kids eat healthy food in childcare but not at home?
Riot Act - Rachel Ziv - April 18, 2018

It's a common parental frustration. The child who will reject anything but Vegemite sandwiches at home, happily tucks into multiple serves of chicken chow mein or pumpkin and pea risotto at daycare. 'But whyyyy?' wail the parents. Rebecca Sleeman, Director of Artemis Early...

G8 Education Could Perform Better By 2019
Share Cafe - Eva Brocklehurst - April 16, 2018

G8 Education ((GEM)) is withstanding headwinds in its business, amid increased supply of childcare places. The company has renewed its management, board and operating perspective and, having raised new equity, is now focused on growing occupancy. Channel checks suggest the supply...

Blue Sky cuts profits, pledges better transparency, but shares drop another fifth
The Courier Mail - Liam Walsh - April 16, 2018

The company, which earns fees overseeing 80 funds investing in projects from student accommodation to childcare, on Monday also tried to address concerns by announcing an independent review of its heavily scrutinised valuations for every asset. It would also examine financial disclosures...

These are the Aussie jobs you need if you want a higher salary and a shorter working week
News.com.au - Alexis Carey - April 16, 2018

Time-rich, cash-poor workers put in less hours each week but also earn less money. They include jobs in childcare as well as receptionists, secretaries, packers, call-centre workers, hairdressers and waiters. For example, receptionists work an average of 40 hours a week and earn...