Child's play for PwC auction
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - November 21, 2017

Brisbane-based Blue Sky is hoping its next deal will be as easy as ABC, with a offshore buyer poised to buy childcare services operator Foundation Early Learning. Street Talk understands the ASX-listed private equity firm is seeking to agree terms to sell Foundation Early Learning within...

Perth boy Lachlan Mitchell's family call for day care pool ban after drowning death
ABC News - Nicolas Perpitch - November 20, 2017

The family of a two-year-old boy who drowned at a Perth family day care centre wants pools banned at day care centres across Western Australia. Lachlan Mitchell died in Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) on the evening of November 10 2015 - two days before his third birthday...

Time to look at what's achievable
Financial Review - Craig Emerson - November 20, 2017

While the major parties were at it, they could legislate measures to reduce the punitive disincentives for women with children to increase their hours of work. Through the interaction of the withdrawal of childcare benefits and women's marginal income tax rates, the effective marginal tax...

FAIR GO: Why Toowoomba children miss out with kindy
Toowoomba Chronicle - Tom Gillespie - November 20, 2017

The 2015 Australian Early Development Census reveals the percentage of developmentally vulnerable five-year-olds in regional Queensland is significantly higher than in Brisbane. The statistics show in inner Brisbane 18.3 per cent of children faced at least one area of disadvantage...

Rockingham child care centre fined after Down syndrome child wanders off
Weekend Courier - Greig Johnston - November 20, 2017

A ROCKINGHAM child care centre has been ordered to pay $10,000 after a child with Down syndrome left the facility and was found wandering on the road. Helping Hands Rockingham Beach (Rockingham Beach Primary School) was alleged to have contravened national law in February...

Far Northern children some of state's most vulnerable
The Cairns Post - Rae Wilson, Geoff Egan & Danaella Wivell - November 20, 2017

A coalition of early childhood educators has pointed to shocking statistics revealing that in regional Queensland more kids are already disadvantaged when they start Year 1 than in Brisbane. The 2015 Australian Early Development Census reveals the percentage of developmentally...

Australia's childcare sector grows up
Sydney Morning Herald - Simon Johanson - November 20, 2017

A significant jump in the number of childcare centres being developed and sold has not diminished investor appetite with yields tightening across the sector, research from Burgess Rawson shows. The real estate agency transacted 76 per cent of childcare centres sold Australia-wide...

Anti-vaccination event removed from City of Sydney website after influx of complaints
Sydney Morning Herald - Josh Dye - November 19, 2017

The City of Sydney has been forced to pull down a page on its website promoting an anti-vaccination event, with lord mayor Clover Moore intervening amid a social media backlash on Sunday afternoon. The event, hosted by Dr Judy Wilyman and titled Let's talk about Vaccines...

The case for caring for carers' wages
The Age - November 18, 2017

Childcare and aged care professionals perform some of the most crucial work in our economy and society. Yet they are among the lowest paid, earning around $20 an hour. Not only is this absurd, it is a threat to the prosperity and wellbeing of the entire population; early childhood education...

Childcare choice critical to early learn
Newcastle Herald - November 18, 2017

Research into early brain development reveals that children must have strong relationships with responsive, sensitive caregivers in the early years of life for the architecture of the brain to develop to its full potential. Early education and care is the cornerstone to building not only a...

Parents say kids are better at protecting themselves from sunburn than the adults in the family
Daily Telegraph - Sue Dunlevy - November 18, 2017

Sydney dad Simon Mitchell says he thinks schools and childcare policies requiring kids to cover up and wear hats and sunscreen while outside have ingrained Sunsmart habits in his kids from an early age. Lucy Mitchell, 5, and Jasper Mitchell, 2, remind their parents to put on sunscreen before...

BREAKING: Free childcare, jobs, under party's plan
The Queensland Times - November 17, 2017

PARENTS could be wooed by this policy from a major party. The Greens have promised free childcare for children aged 2 to 4. The party also plans to build 250 more government funded centres, guaranteeing 17,500 new childcare places and hundreds of jobs, if elected. The Greens candidate...

Q&A: Parenting guru Robin Barker
The Australian - Helen Trinca - November 17, 2017

What do you think about companies providing childcare in the building? Totally, absolutely. If you had childcare where you work, that would make the most enormous difference. If anyone asked me I would always say, try not to go back to work for the first year if you can. Childcare is a terrible strain...

A childcare conference, an Uber ride & a reminder that wholesale change is needed
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - November 16, 2017

I am familiar with these issues and yet the conversation reminded me how incoherent the framework for early education and care is in this country. So often solutions have been piecemeal, in effect, focusing on one issue at a time. Subsidies are aimed at affordability, and while the government is...

Australia makes its mark at day one of the World Architecture Festival
Architecture Design - Nicholas Tider - November 16, 2017

Two Australian projects – both from Sydney – have been recognised at day one of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards. East Sydney Early Learning Centre (ESELC) by Andrew Burges Architects took out the School category, beating nine other projects from around the world (including two...