Mooroolbark Child Care Centre worker fired for threatening violence
Herald Sun - Serena Seyfort, Lilydale & Yarra Leader - June 4, 2019

A court has dismissed a Mooroolbark childcare worker’s claim she was unfairly fired after she challenged another staff member to a fight in front of a child. Mooroolbark Child Care Centre worker Courtney Murphy went to the Fair Work Commission to fight her dismissal...

Council fined $4,500 for wandering child
Echo Net Daily - June 4, 2019

Byron Shire Council has been in court again, this time they have been fined $4500 after an incident at the Brunswick Heads Outside of Hours School Care service on December 8, 2017. On May 2, 2019 council pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to ensure that a child being educated...

Busy Bees Australia takes shape as centre openings and acquisitions bed down
The Sector - Jason Roberts - June 4, 2019

The last twelve months have been very busy for Busy Bees Australia Chief Executive Officer Rob Hughes. After having managed the transition from Foundation Early Learning to new owners, the UK headquartered Busy Bees...

Preschool benefits all children, but not all children get it. Here’s what the government can do about that
The Sector - Jen Jackson, Victoria University - June 4, 2019

Leading up to the election, Labor campaigned on an ambitious suite of early childhood policies, including 15 hours of funded preschool for every Australian three-year-old and A$4 billion to increase childcare subsidies. The Coalition said little about early childhood reform...

Buy, hold, sell: Arena REIT, GEM, Think, Baby Bunting
Financial Review - Oscar Oberg, WAM and Dave Allingham from Eley Griffiths - June 3, 2019

Think Oscar Oberg: Yeah, it's a buy. It's got a great management team and they've done well repositioning the business and investing into their new Nido brand. Ten times price-earnings multiple growing at 30%, it's a buy. David Allingham: Yeah, look I'd agree with Oscar, I think it's a buy...

ACT Budget 2019: New community centre on the way for Woden
Riot ACT - Ian Bushnell - June 3, 2019

The ACT Government has promised to build a new Woden Community Centre, with $1.75 million for design work allocated in tomorrow’s Budget. The funding over two years is the centrepiece of a boost to community services that also includes $2.6 million for upgrades...

Childcare services set for Karoonda
The Mercury Valley Standard - Sharon Hansen - June 3, 2019

Families in Karoonda and surrounds could have access to a new childcare service from as early as September. The Karoonda East Murray council is asking for families to register their interest in long day care and out of school hours care as it finalises arrangements for Karoonda Kids Community Care...

Police shut down nearly 200 fake day care centres across NSW after uncovering terror and bikie links
Herald Sun - Janet Fife-Yeomans, The Daily Telegraph - June 3, 2019

Almost 200 NSW daycare centres — some linked to funding for overseas terrorism, bikie gangs and fraud — have been shut down. The banned daycare centres — the majority of which are located in southwest Sydney — include those linked to the Fairfield-based Red Roses Family Day Care...

Occasional child care centre up for auction as CBD development surges ahead
The Courier - Michelle Smith - June 2, 2019

The auction sign has gone up on Ballarat Council's Occasional Care Centre in Armstrong Street North, with strong interest expected in the vacant building which sits at the heart of massive CBD redevelopment. With a large yard in the back of the childcare centre, the 965sqm block...

Parents hunt for childcare centres with strict vaccination policies
The Courier Mail - Sophie Chirgwin - June 2, 2019

Cautious parents are choosing their children’s day care centres based on whether they have strong immunisation policies as health experts stress the importance of vaccinations. The Courier-Mail spoke with parents who hunt around to find a child care centre that only accepts vaccinated children...

Childcare sector dodges subsidy bullet
The Sydney Morning Herald - Tim Boreham - June 1, 2019

The $17 billion childcare sector unwittingly may have dodged a bullet from Labor’s federal election defeat, which spelt the end of the party’s vaunted $4 billion of extra support for the sector. In theory, the measures – notably increased subsidies worth up to $1400 a year for working parents...

Glen Waverley: Bambou Early Learning Centre evacuated due to fire
Herald Sun - Serena Seyfort, Monash Leader - May 31, 2019

Children and staff were forced to take cover at a Glen Waverley childcare centre this morning after a neighbouring house went up in flames. Bambou Early Learning Centre supervisor Jackie Collier said she could see “really large flames” behind the centre as she was arriving at work...

TasWeekend: Au pairs in Tasmania giving the cheap solution to help improve work-life balance
Mercury - Linda Smith - May 31, 2019

Hobart working mum Kylie Leard had never considered hiring a live-in babysitter until her boss suggested the idea. Until that moment, Leard, from Geilston Bay, had thought nannies and au pairs were for the rich and famous, a luxury that everyday Tasmanian families couldn’t afford...

Discussion paper on whether to enforce No Jab, No Play rule to keep non-vaccinated children out of early childcare services
The Advertiser - Brad Crouch - May 31, 2019

A discussion paper on the No Jab, No Play approach to protecting children against vaccine-preventable diseases is being released for public consultation today. It proposes that children need to be appropriately immunised, on an immunisation catch-up program or be exempt for medical reasons...

What if mums actually want to stay home with their babies?
The Daily Telegraph - Dr Jane Fynes-Clinton - May 30, 2019

When men become fathers, not much changes. When women become mums, the shift is seismic. A new study on parental leave is being held up as the ultimate proof that Australia is still a land divided along gender lines. Commentators see this as simply shameful, sad and sexist...