'He just wanted a nap, look at that little face!' Venomous snake is found inside a childcare centre just metres from sleeping children
Daily Mail Australia - Brett Lackey - April 14, 2019

Children at a childcare centre in Queensland had a close call on Thursday when a dangerous snake was discovered metres from where they were sleeping. Staff spotted the unwelcome visitor and quickly notified local snake catchers who arrived and removed the venomous reptile safely...

The parties and their policies
The Australian - April 13, 2019

Coalition: A child care subsidy introduced under the Coalition is expected to make childcare more affordable... Labour: Labor has pledged to match the Coalition’s Gonski 2.0 schools funding and invest an extra $14 billion over a decade... Greens: Extra $20.5 billion to public schools over the next decade...

Study finds South Australian teachers prefer pupils who can behave so they are “teachable”
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - April 13, 2019

Parents are concentrating on literacy when preparing their children to start school but South Australian teachers just want them to be able to behave and control their emotions so are they “teachable”, a study has found. Charles Darwin University researcher Amy Graham says ...

Office strata deals are the hot ticket in town
The Age - Carolyn Cummins - April 13, 2019

Office strata assets are moving back into the spotlight as investors prefer to buy rather than pay high city rents... Colliers International are currently marketing Part Level 14, 85-91 Liverpool Street, Sydney. The rooftop strata property has a long lease with the World Tower Childcare centre...

Martin announces nearly $7 million in grants for projects on King Island
The Advocate - Meg Powell - April 13, 2019

The federal government has delivered nearly $7 million in grants to King Island. Senator Steve Martin announced the funding during a visit on Friday... Upgrades to the Early Childhood Education and Care Facility will be funded by a $650,000 grant...

60 years on, equal pay looms for WA women
The West Australian - Sam Jones and Ben Harvey - April 13, 2019

Women who earn less than men despite doing a similar job will be able to ask WA’s industrial relations umpire for a pay rise... Supporters of the planned changes point to the stubbornly low pay of childcare workers compared with tradies, despite both going through the same amount of training...

Grandparents save families $2.3bn a year in childcare
The Daily Telegraph - Angira Bharadwaj - April 12, 2019

According to a new survey by comparison website finder.com grandparents are making huge contributions to their grown-up children’s families. An earlier finder.com report said grandparents are saving families $2.29 billion a year in childcare costs....

Branxton Pre-School awarded $5000 Volunteer Grant
Hunter Valley News - April 12, 2019

IT was all smiles at the Branxton Pre-School recently when Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon congratulated the community organisation on receiving $5000 funding under the latest Volunteer Grants Program. Branxton Pre-School is a not-for-profit group supported by its management committee...

QLD ministers highlight free TAFE for “high priority areas”, including ECEC
The Sector - Lyndsie Clark - April 12, 2019

To support Year 12 graduates into work, the Queensland Government is offering free TAFE in “high priority areas” including early childhood education and care (ECEC). Queensland Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said “We want to make sure our young...

Developers appeal Council’s decision to refuse childcare centre development application
Courier Mail - Brayden Heslehurst - April 12, 2019

Brisbane City Council’s decision to refuse an application for a childcare centre development at Wynnum West has been appealed by the developers. The proposal application, from Orange Property Projects No. 1 Pty Ltd, for a centre with 122 places at 24-26 Randall Rd was rejected by...

Child Care Subsidy impact on sector revealed in latest DET report
The Sector - Jason Roberts - April 11, 2019

The Federal Department of Education and Training (DET) have released their first issue of the Child Care in Australia information report which draws on data gathered by the Department of Human Services post the implementation of the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS)...

Both major parties are finally talking about the importance of preschool – here’s why it matters
The Conversation - Jen Jackson & Kate Noble - April 11, 2019

Early childhood education and care barely rated a mention in the lead-up to the 2016 federal election. But the mood has changed in Canberra. In the lead-up to the May election, Labor has pledged $A1.75 billion to extend the current subsidy for four-year-olds to attend preschool to three-year-olds...

IAG exec talks school holidays and staff support
Insurance Business Australia - Nicola Middlemiss - April 11, 2019

With the school holidays fast approaching, many working parents are pulling their hair out trying to find alternative childcare arrangements - however, that’s not the case for staff at insurance giant AIG. Since 2014, the firm has been offering a free school holiday program to...

Federal government accused squibbing on preschool funding issue because it won’t buy them votes
Courier Mail - Lanai Scarr - April 10, 2019

The federal government has been accused of failing to take the issue of preschool funding seriously because the current top electorates with children attending early learning are stacked towards Labor. Exclusive freedom of information data obtained by News Corp Australia shows...

Big dollars for large Melbourne childcare centre
Australian Financial Review - Lucas Baird & Su-Lin Tan - April 10, 2019

A domestic investor has laid down $10.3 million for a childcare centre at 97 Tope Street, South Melbourne. The investor bought the site from developer Melinda Cohen on a yield of 4.2 per cent. Guardian Early Learning has a new lease at the centre...