Childcare centres forced to make bills more transparent
Daily Telegraph - Annika Smethurst - November 26, 2017

CHILDCARE centres will be forced to list the number of hours billed to parents alongside the number of hours each child spends in care in a bid to boost transparency and drive down prices. Most childcare centres charge a daily rate, regardless of how many hours each child actually...

WA schoolchildren to be taught anti-family violence program
Perth Now - Kate Campbell & Lanai Scarr - November 26, 2017

The development came as the former sex discrimination commissioner called on childcare and preschools to read books to children that have a more gender-equal message. Elizabeth Broderick said achieving things like pay equality and zero violence against women starts with the...

Day by Day: Learning Together app gives parents and kids fun learning activies
News.com.au - Susie O'Brien - November 26, 2017

A FREE app giving parents fun and educational activities to do around the home is now available. The Day by Day: Learning Together app, designed for mums and dads and children up to the age of three, has been developed by the state government and Save the Children. Parents are...

No kidding: Childcare centres the new 'golden child' of property investment
The West Australian - Helen Shield - November 25, 2017

Exponential rental growth in childcare assets is outstripping that of all other property sectors, creating a new "golden child" of property investment and prompting a rash of research. Burgess Rawson's Childcare Property Investment Report declares childcare centres are Australia's...

Hills International College puts fun into teaching coding language
The Australian - November 25, 2017

In the backdrop was the knowledge that parents were increasingly concerned about the amount of time their children were spending in front of a computer screen. So, in a bid to minimise exposure to devices, particularly for the younger students, the school set about developing a screenless...

Companies should address the pay gap before offering female employees paid egg-freezing
Herald Sun - Wendy Tuohy - November 23, 2017

If their partner has no parental leave provisions or flexibility at work, young women considering having a family are faced with a choice between trying to afford childcare out of their wage. And when research shows the mother's wage is most often used to cover childcare fees, while the father pays...

Is this the one thing Greens and One Nation agree on?
Queensland Times - Geoff Egan - November 23, 2017

IT MAY be the one issue One Nation and Greens agree on. The two minor parties have agreed to support all the policies childcare providers are crying out for. The Greens and One Nation said they would fund kindergarten for three-year-olds - a policy the LNP did not back and Labor said it would...

Mum says government has no power to vaccinate kids
The Australian - Pia Akerman - November 23, 2017

Publicly funded lawyers representing a mother who opposes her children being vaccinated while they are in state care have told a judge the courts have no power to make such an order, even if it is in the children's best interests. The children's father, who cannot be identified, yesterday told the...

Gungahlin childcare centre believes development could breach UN convention rights
The Canberra Times - Han Nguyen - November 22, 2017

The operators of the YMCA Canberra Gungahlin centre said the Empire Global development could breach eight articles of the convention, including the right that children are protected from exploitation, abuse or harm and a number of articles in relation to the responsibilities centred on ensuring...

Young Australians will wear the cost of Turnbull's middle-income tax cuts
ABC News - Danielle Wood and Hugh Parsonage - November 22, 2017

And as the Prime Minister flagged, there is also an economic case for such tax cuts. High marginal tax rates for middle-income earners can significantly affect incentives to participate in the workforce, particularly for women with children in child care. But the kicker is the effect of the promised tax cuts...

Lack of jobs setback for school-starters
Fraser Coast Chronicle - Louise Shannon - November 22, 2017

A LACK of job opportunities in Maryborough and a need for funding for the region's early childhood learning centres is contributing to worryingly poor readiness for school among the region's young children compared with school-starters throughout the rest of Queensland. Director of Goodstart...

NBN woes delay opening of a Delacombe child care centre
The Courier - Michelle Smith - November 22, 2017

The building on Smythes Rd was completed in July but delays in the NBN rollout only saw the centre connected to the network about six weeks ago. This meant they could not apply to the Department of Education and Training's early childhood services for a licence to open. Their application for...

Deficit-plagued Victoria Legal Aid backs anti-vax mum's fight
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur and Shannon Deery - November 21, 2017

VICTORIAN taxpayers will fund a mum's court action to stop her children being immunised following the latest controversial decision by Victoria Legal Aid to run the case. Health experts and government ministers have been left outraged at the decision by the deficit-plagued taxpayer funded...

Former Kangaroo Flat childcare operator has fine and conviction struck out in court
Bendigo Advertiser - Adam Holmes - November 21, 2017

THE former operator of a childcare centre in Kangaroo Flat found to be caring for children without receiving departmental approval has had his conviction and fine struck out in court. The man in his 50s, who established the St Anastasia Childcare Centre on Olympic Parade, appeared...

Roxburgh Park, Craigieburn kindergartens to use portables to meet high demand
Herald Sun - Bridie Byrne - November 21, 2017

RAPID population growth will force Hume Council to use portables for kindergarten classes next year. Two $2.5 million portable rooms will be set up next to the Bluebird Way Child and Family Centre in Roxburgh Park, and Newbury Child and Community Centre in Craigieburn...