Spearwood childcare centre fined after kids found playing on main road
WA Today - Hannah Barry - January 25, 2018

A Spearwood childcare centre has been slapped with a fine after it was found two children in its care wandered onto a main road "completely unnoticed". According to an enforcement action by the State Administrate Tribunal, the incident happened at Little People's Place on September 6...

The joys and challenges of raising grandchildren
Illawarra Mercury - Stig Andersen - January 24, 2018

As the school holidays draw to a close, and parents have already returned to the daily grind, you may have noticed a growing trend as you make your way around town. It's increasingly common to see children out and about with their grandparents on weekdays after Mum or Dad's annual leave...

Australian Education Union SA branch calls for two years of preschool
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - January 24, 2018

PROVIDING two years of preschool, initially for the most vulnerable children and eventually for all, must be on the next state government's agenda, the teachers'' union says. The Australian Education Union's SA branch has released a position paper that is both an election wishlist...

Guardian Early Learning fronts lenders, Fort Street involved
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - January 24, 2018

Private equity-backed child care group Guardian Early Learning is seeking to make the most of favourable financing market conditions with a $250 million-odd refinancing of its existing debt. Street Talk understands Guardian Early Learning owner Partners Group has presented a handful...

Free flu vaccines for all NSW children under five years after horror flu season
Sydney Morning Herald - Kate Aubusson - January 23, 2018

Free flu vaccinations will now be available for all NSW children between six months and five years old, after a horror season killed two preschoolers in 2017. The NSW government will invest $3.5 million in 2018 for the children's flu vaccines, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Tuesday...

For the kids: Australia's au pair industry needs an urgent review
WA Today - Sue Pember - January 22, 2018

in 2018, it's predicted that the demand for au pairs in Australia will continue to grow. Around Australia, families are looking to hire an au pair instead of juggling inflexible child care hours or relying on family for unexpected, out-of-hours situations. Over the past five years, the demand for...

Glen Waverley woman's fight against childcare centre fails, permit approved by VCAT
Herald Sun - Georgie Cowan - January 22, 2018

THE state's peak planning tribunal has approved a double-storey childcare centre in Glen Waverley, despite the concerns of Monash Council and a neighbouring property owner. In a decision released last Friday, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) approved a permit...

Building resilience in children early helps prevent mental illness as adults
Herald Sun - Aneeka Simonis and Jayitri Smiles - January 22, 2018

KIDS who are exposed to safe challenges in their early years are more likely to be mentally resilient in later life, according to new research. Mental health organisation beyondblue has found children who talk about their feelings, learn to think positively, and those who are confronted with...

Brisbane after school care places shortage leaves parents 'scrambling'
ABC News - Kirrin McKechnie - January 21, 2018

As children head back to school this week, many working parents are facing a nightmare about what to do with their kids before and after school, with a massive shortage of after-school care places in Brisbane. Sophie Harrington thought she was getting in early when she put her son Hugo...

Anti-vaxxers create their own childcare centres for unvaccinated kids to avoid tough new laws
The Sunday Telegraph - Jane Hansen - January 21, 2018

ANTI-VAXXERS have come up with a new scheme to avoid tough new No Jab No Play laws stopping unvaccinated children from attending day care - by starting their own centre. NSW effectively banned unvaccinated children from day care as of January 1 and directors face a fine of up to...

Childcare maintenance man 'tried new things to satisfy sexual fantasies'
Perth Now - Elle Farcic - January 19, 2018

A CHILDCARE centre maintenance worker who hid cameras in his work and home bathrooms so he could secretly record women has been jailed for nine months. Rodney Howard Ker, 51, attached a mini video camera to a rat trap and hid it in the staff bathroom at the Gowrie early childhood...

Coastal Council yet to meet, 18 months after legislation for its creation cleared State Parliament: Labor
Newcastle Herald - Carrie Fellner - January 19, 2018

It's been revealed an expert council tasked with advising the state government on coastal erosion has not had its first meeting, more than 18 months after legislation for its creation cleared State Parliament. It comes as the Newcastle Herald revealed a Mission Australia childcare...

Train chaos: 'Don't come to work on Monday' January 29 big banks advise workers
Daily Telegraph - Annabel Hennessy - January 19, 2018

Childcare Alliance treasurer Karthika Viknarasah, the director of two long daycare services, said centres would roster extra staff. "It's going to be extremely difficult for us because we'll also have to worry about how our staff get to work and pick up their own children,” she said...

Glen Waverley woman fights against childcare centre, fears crying babies will upset tenant
Herald Sun - Geordie Cowan - January 18, 2018

A GLEN Waverley woman has spent more than $6000 fighting an application for a childcare centre next to her property, fearing the sound of crying babies will upset one of her elderly tenants. Laurel Sloan employed a town planning consultant to represent her at a Victorian Civil and...

Rural women deserve the same access to childcare as their urban counterparts
The Weekly Times - Louise Staley - January 17, 2018

ACCESS to childcare across country Victoria is the No. 1 barrier to work for many mothers of young children. With sparse populations, traditional long-daycare childcare centres are not feasible in many towns, yet creating a childcare centre designed to draw from a large area does not work...