Low wage rises have become routine. Here's why
Sydney Morning Herald - Peter Martin - December 13, 2017

The Treasury says automation and competition from overseas is eating away at routine jobs, both blue collar and white collar, especially those enjoyed by middle-income workers. It's the non-routine ones that are growing. Some are highly paid. Others, such as security work and child care, are very...

Coffs Harbour nets a 4.8 per cent return, Melbourne commercial property cools
Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan & Larry Schlesinger - December 13, 2017

Childcare properties were also hotly contested at the auction. A 40-place western Sydney childcare centre in Engadine sold for $3.32 million at a net yield of 4.64 per cent. It has a new 20-year lease with options and 4 per cent annual rental increases. Another 38-place centre in Belfield...

No more nappy valley but childcare still an issue for working women
The Guardian - Greg Jericho - December 12, 2017

New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that childcare remains then biggest barrier to women either entering the workforce or taking on more hours. The data show that women, whether they are employed or not, will always rate the issue of caring for children...

Widening inequality leaves low-skilled workers behind - economists
Financial Review - Ben Potter - December 12, 2017

But it also increases demand for higher credentials than those traditionally required for the role. Professional services firms seek accountants with post-graduate qualifications rather than just bachelors degrees, and child care centres seek certificate-qualified carers rather than unqualified...

Income-oriented investors should look at Arena
The Australian - Gareth Abernethy - December 12, 2017

An aspect worth considering is the rise of the dual-income household. One of the clearest outcomes of this shift away from a full-time homemaker is the increased reliance on services such as childcare. While operators in the sector frequently deal with the machinations of government...

Workers without digital skills lose out in the wages game
Financial Review - Janine Dixon and Nhi Tran - December 11, 2017

Although there has been weak demand for most low-wage occupations, "caring" occupations, such as child carers, personal carers and education aides, are somewhat immune to the displacement effects of technological change. Regulatory requirements and the nature of the work...

Childcare centres given a hand to overhaul menus as research finds many are failing nutrition standards
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur - December 9, 2017

CHILDCARE centres are being helped to roll out healthier menus after research found 95 per cent were not feeding children correctly balanced meals. In an effort to combat the obesity epidemic, early childhood centres across the country are being given access a new...

Child money management: Alpha generation savvy from young age
The Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - December 9, 2017

WHILE millennials are splurging on smashed avo, Queensland's newest generation, the Alphas, are learning the value of investing from the age of just two. Childcare centres have introduced financial literacy lessons for tots to teach them the benefits of not spending all their cash...

'We are not doing enough': Asian education expert slams Australian parents for slacking off and relying on teachers for their children's learning
Daily Mail - April Glover - December 9, 2017

An Asian teaching expert has criticised 'slack' Australian parents for their relaxed approach to early childhood education. Singapore-born Shiaoling Lim, an advocate for the Japanese educational method of Shichida, claims mums and dads are relying too heavily on teachers and are...

Educators welcome SA Government's push on early preschool but hit by federal minister
Daily Telegraph - Lauren Novak - December 8, 2017

THE STATE Government's revival of its idea to send three-year-olds to kindy has been welcomed by educators but labelled a distraction by the federal Education Minister. Latest figures also show not all SA children are taking up the existing offer for four-year-olds to attend preschool...

Prime Site: Childcare sector top of the property class
The Courier Mail - Chris Herde - December 8, 2017

CHILDCARE centres remain the fastest and best performing property class in Queensland underpinned by changing social needs which has led to increased supply, high investor demand and ongoing government support. Burgess Rawson's latest Childcare Property Investment Report found...

Premier Jay Weatherill calls for preschooling to start at age three amid funding battles
The Advertiser - Matt Smith - December 7, 2017

The Australian government has invested in developing apps for children in the year before formal schooling under the supervision of a degree-qualified early learning teacher in a preschool service. These apps are aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework. So, activities are underpinned...

Why digital apps can be good gifts for young family members
The Conversation - Kevin Larkin & Kym Simoncini - December 7, 2017

The Australian government has invested in developing apps for children in the year before formal schooling under the supervision of a degree-qualified early learning teacher in a preschool service. These apps are aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework. So, activities are underpinned...

Awabakal Preschool becomes first in Newcastle to receive highest rating of National Quality Standard in preschool education
The Herald - Max McKinney - December 7, 2017

Awabakal Preschool in Wickham has become one of only 49 early childhood services in Australia to receive the highest rating of the National Quality Standard. Awabakal is the first Aboriginal owned and operated centre in Australia to receive the award, and the focus on indigenous...

Small towns report gives 'F' grade to access to psychologists, dentists and preschool teachers
The Advocate - Lachlan Bennett - December 7, 2017

Successive governments have poured billions of dollars into efforts to improve access to basic services for regional Australians but a new report questions whether that money has reached the towns that need it most. The Pillars of Communities report compiles 30 years of data to reveal the level...