Partnership aims to increase nourishment for young children with new menu planning tool
Bendigo Advertiser - Anthony Pinda - February 21, 2018

A national partnership has developed a program that provides expert nutritional knowledge for cooks and food handlers within the childcare services industry as an intervention to prevent obesity. Healthy Australia chief executive officer Ruby O'Rourke said the program was...

ABC launches new digital station ABC KIDS listen
Radio Info - February 21, 2018

ABC KIDS characters. ABC KIDS listen is aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, the national early childhood curriculum for childhood educators, that encourages children to learn through play. The new station aims to enhance learning, imagination, cognitive and physical activity...

Super during parental leave the new 'benchmark' for family friendly
Financial Review - Misa Han - February 21, 2018

More employers are stepping up their game to make their workplace more family friendly, by paying employees super while they are on parental leave and actively supporting flexible work options. When Megan Cross, a senior regulatory compliance manager for HSBC Australia, had her first...

Preschooler attendance rates are sliding, Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows
The Advertiser - Sheradyn Holderhead - February 20, 2018

ATTENDANCE rates at South Australian preschools continues to slide, particularly among the state's most vulnerable youngsters, data reveals. Australian Bureau of Statistics' latest preschool attendance release shows almost 6500 four-year-olds were missing out on the recommended...

Councillors ineligible to vote on childcare plans after receiving Moonee Valley Racecourse tickets
Herald Sun - Madeleine Stuchbery - February 20, 2018

Accepting tickets to various trackside events in the past has rendered the councillors ineligible to vote on an upcoming planning permit application for a childcare centre at the site of the Moonee Valley Racecourse. The discovery has drawn criticism from the Save Moonee Ponds community group...

Inspectors tell dodgy day cares to get in line or they'll be forced out of service
Daily Telegraph - Rose Brennan - February 20, 2018

The state government warning comes after than 180 surprise inspections were carried out on family day care centres as part of an ongoing crackdown on substandard services. Inspectors from the Education Department have conducted 182 unannounced visits at 54 family day care...

It's Time to Take Responsibility – #MeToo
Probono Australia - February 20, 2018

He says "education programs need to begin in the family home, in childcare and preschool settings in an age appropriate manner and continue throughout life". CAPS provides this type of education for parents, childcare workers, educators and children. This point of view is backed by the...

AFL team GWS Giants to open day care centres as alternative to gambling revenue
Daily Telegraph - Rose Brennan - February 20, 2018

THE Greater Western Sydney Giants are kicking off a family friendly funding approach with the AFL heavyweights launching their own childcare centres as an alternative to the gambling revenue used to sustain other clubs. The Daily Telegraph can reveal GWS Giants have partnered with...

Preschool sets children up for a life of learning
Education HQ - Correna Haythorpe - February 19, 2018

A report commissioned by state and territory governments recommended we make early childhood education for both three and four-year-olds free and accessible to all Australian children. The aptly titled Lifting our Game Report shows children who participate in early childhood education...

Evolve forecasts profit fall
Nine News Finance - February 19, 2018

Evolve Education Group forecasts a net profit of $8 million to $9 million for the year to March 31, 2018, down from the previous guidance of $14 million to $15 million. The reduction includes a settlement for $3 million regarding the historical Porse GST issue. The downgrade was largely...

Ingleburn family day care operator delivers baby in Minto home
Camden Advertiser - Ben Chenoweth - February 19, 2018

Rose Kilcar is used to handling toddlers. But newborns – that's a completely different story. Ingleburn family day care operator woke in the early hours of the morning on Friday, February 9, to collect two children from a Minto home. Ms Kilcar had been on standby to look after the children...

It's time to work on a rethink of the 38-hour week
Sydney Morning Herald - Melissa Coburn - February 18, 2018

How do we reconcile the 12 weeks of holidays that children seem to get with the four-week standard generally available to their parents? How has the gap between workers' and children's holidays been allowed to continue for so long without adequate measures available to reduce the stresses...

Dad says girl was left alone on street by after-school care
News Mail - Crystal Jones - February 17, 2018

A BUNDABERG dad says he was left shocked after an after-school care service left his daughter alone on the street for 40 minutes. Lee Trippier said his family had not long moved to the area from the UK and wanted to choose the best after-school care for their 10-year-old daughter...

Think Childcare Ltd share price rockets 9.5% on report
Motley Fool - Tristan Harrison - February 16, 2018

Management commented on the state of the sector by saying that during the last four years the sector has experienced significant opportunistic investor activity fuelled by cheap money, willing lenders and purchases at inflated multiples from domestic and overseas buyers. The market...

Govt vet support targets suicide reduction
The Australian - Karen Sweeney - February 15, 2018

Mr McCormack also introduced a proposal to spend $7.1 million over four years to support veterans and their families in the form of child care, home care and counselling. "These veterans have given so much to our country and it is only right we support those who have made the ultimate sacrifice...