Senior women urged to talk about pathways to success
Financial Review - Sally Patten - May 28, 2018

Recruitment firms need to be more proactive putting forward women, the cost of childcare needs to be tackled and successful women need to talk more about their path to success if the gender balance at the top of organisations is to improve, say previous winners...

Think you'll get the new childcare subsidy? Not unless you act
Sydney Morning Herald - Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon - May 27, 2018

You are absolutely right Leanne – to qualify for the new childcare subsidy you must have created a my.gov.au account, linked it to Centrelink and completed a childcare subsidy assessment. Good for you for paying attention! The information you'll need is your family's income...

Parents call for Melbourne City Council's only CBD childcare to keep its doors open
Herald Sun - Monique Hore - May 25, 2018

MELBOURNE City Council has blindsided parents by threatening to close its only CBD childcare centre next month.Parents burst into tears when they were told on Tuesday that the A'Beckett St centre could shut its doors. They face years-long waiting lists at other city centres as they...

'Better off playing': The Sydney school banning four-year-olds
Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - May 25, 2018

Parents have struggled with this decision for decades. But now, one school is making it for them. From 2019, the private school Newington will only accept boys who turn five by January 31, the beginning of the school year. "We looked carefully at international research, and it consistently...

Receiver sale of childcare centre portfolio lures huge roll call of buyers
The Courier Mail - Phil Bartsch - May 25, 2018

FIVE of a portfolio of six southeast Queensland child care centres have changed hands after attracting inquiries from a 250-strong roll call of potential buyers. It is understood three childcare operators have acquired the centres in receiver sales totalling about $15 million...

Parents left in limbo as 'missed email' leads to Brisbane day care provider losing access to subsidies
The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran - May 25, 2018

A "MISSED EMAIL" has sent 370 Brisbane families scrambling to find new child care or left them in limbo, according to a family daycare provider, which is due to lose its access to subsidies on Monday. Brisbane and Bayside Family Day Care has been operating for 35 years, but on Friday it received...

"Tortoise beats hare" in learning race
Daily Telegraph - Doug Conway - May 24, 2018

A PROMINENT north shore educator believes Australia has got it all wrong when it comes to early learning, and has criticised the latest Gonski report recommendation to prioritise basic literacy and numeracy by the age of eight. Andrew Hill, head of Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School at Middle...

What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care
The Conversation - Wendy Boyd - May 24, 2018

Parents often have different expectations for their three- to five-year-old children when they attend an early learning centre. Some parents expect their child to engage in academic learning activities or "real learning". Academic activities are associated with formal school-based learning...

Fed Govt rejects early childhood fund cut claims
Katherine Times - Chris McLennan - May 22, 2018

The Federal Government has hit back at claims it had cut early childhood funding in the NT without warning. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the Government was focused on making early learning and child care affordable and accessible for families and children...

Councils could ban children's books, toys and characters for not meeting gender test
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - May 21, 2018

VICTORIAN councils are auditing libraries, schools and kindergartens and urging a ban on the terms "boy" and "girl" in a bid to teach kids as young as three to have "gender equitable relationships". City of Melbourne is among a number of local authorities responding to radical new...

NSW government to help fund training of 7000 extra early childhood workers
Nine.com.au - Eddy Meyer - May 18, 2018

A major plan has been launched to attract new early childhood workers to meet a critical shortage over the next few years. The New South Wales government wants to train an extra 7000 workers in the next three years just to meet expected demand. Premier Gladys Berejiklian...

Changes to benefits concern childcare staff
The Advocate - Imogen Elliott - May 21, 2018

Childcare centre staff say they're concerned parents aren't aware they must reapply to continue receiving a government subsidy. Under federal government changes the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate will merge to form the Child Care Subsidy. The changes...

Student parents breast-feeding in toilets, missing classes: survey
Canberra Times - Sherryn Groch - May 18, 2018

Out of 81 postgraduate respondents, 73 per cent rated university support for parents as very poor to average. While some shared stories of supportive lecturers allowing children in tutorials, many said they were routinely forced to miss class altogether, had been priced out of childcare...

Loving Hearts at Currumbin is Australia's most eco-friendly child care centre
Gold Coast Bulletin - Sally Coates - May 18, 2018

Loving Hearts Child Care Centre was awarded an EnviroDevelopment certificate from The Urban Development Institute of Australia last week in recognition of the 42 eco-friendly features built into its innovative design. Sustainability consultant and centre designer Ben O'Callaghan said receiving...

Childcare bad for young boys
ABC Radio - Afternoons with Liz Trevaskis - May 16, 2018

In his latest book "Raising Boys in the 21st Century", an updated version of his hugely popular "Raising Boys", author Steve Biddulph flags his concerns about childcare on young boys. The retired psychologist says the science confirms delayed neurological development in boys, which can mean...