How parents are saving $450 a week
Fraser Coast Chronicle - Charis Chang - March 7, 2018

AIMEE Mulqueen's commute has increased dramatically from about 10 minutes to almost an hour but she says it's worth it to save about $350 a week in childcare. The Brisbane mother returned to full-time work this month after giving birth to her second child five months ago...

Toilet training meets foreign linguistics in Far North preschools
The Cairns Post - Chris Calcino - March 6, 2018

KINDERGARTENERS still mastering their wee wees and poo poos are now learning about oui oui and sacré blue. Second languages are being taught to about 800 preschoolers across 24 Far North preschools as part of the Federal Government's $15.7 million Early Learning Languages...

It may not be the smartest to over-invest in our kids' education
The Australian - Judith Sloan - March 6, 2018

And here are two findings from the research that are often ignored by the ECEC rent-seeking brigade: first, the time young children spend with their parents is strongly positively correlated with success at school and in their subsequent lives; second, long hours in childcare...

Kelly O'Dwyer to issue a major slap down to business on treatment of women
Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - March 6, 2018

And Ms O'Dwyer will today commit to reporting on female representation every six months until the government meets its 50 per cent target. "Given the current levels of representation on ASX 200 boards is 18.5 percentage points less that the Government sector the private sector...

Daycare centre first in Australia to launch bullying program
The Daily Examiner - Ebony Stansfield - March 6, 2018

A CLARENCE Valley day care is the first Family Day Care in Australia to teach children about bullying before they begin school. Clarence Family Day Care officially launched the Kindness On Purpose program yesterday after recognising one in four students will be bullied at school...

Low socio-economic children consume more junk food and sugar Deakin University study finds
Geelong Advertiser - Tamara McDonald - March 5, 2018

"Our conversations with parents so far tell us that they want support in terms of skills and education, decreased availability of sweet drinks in the settings they frequent (such as supermarkets) and bans on marketing targeted towards children. That also includes supporting policies that...

SA Labor promises childcare boost
SBS News - March 5, 2018

SA Labor has promised $37.5 million to build 10 additional early learning childcare centres across Adelaide. South Australian families will have greater access to children's healthcare, early education, and family support programs under a $37.5 million deal if Labor is returned at the...

Australian preschoolers learning second language at rates not seen before
Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - March 4, 2018

Pre-school students are learning a second language at rates not seen before. News Corp Australia can reveal the latest data on the federal government's Early Learning Languages Australia program which is expected to see more than 80,000 children at more than 2500 preschools...

Tough, challenging and a struggle: That's life for parents in politics
Canberra Times - Kimberley Le Lievre - March 4, 2018

"That means trusting staff to get work done rather than just measuring the hours in the office, making sure we're measuring output because I reckon a working parent focused on getting to childcare before 6 to pick their kids up gets through a lot of work in a day, while someone...

How your suburb rates for living, working and playing
Herald Sun - Ian Royall - March 4, 2018

The "live" index was measured based on accessibility to aged care, childcare, all levels of education, churches, as well as crime rates, health services, hospitals, property prices, building approvals, household rent, mortgage payment data and the ratio of rented to owned households...

Perth care centre Camp Australia fined after boy sprayed in the eyes with cleaner
The West Australian - March 3, 2018

A popular Perth children's holiday care program has been fined after a young child was sprayed in the eyes with antibacterial cleaner. According to the statement of facts, a spray container of antibacterial cleaner was left on top of a table beside an unlocked cabinet at the...

Folkestone group keeps on delivering
Brisbane Times - Carolyn Cummins - March 2, 2018

Developer and real estate funds manager, Folkestone will focus on boosting its suite of funds, including the largest Education trust, through acquisitions and new projects. For the half year to December 31, 2017, Folkestone reported a net profit after tax of $9.9 million, an increase...

Camp Australia CEO 'personally apologises' to families affected by WA child safety issues
WA Today - Hannah Barry - February 28, 2018

The chief executive officer of Camp Australia has "personally apologised" to WA families affected by a string of child safety breaches which saw the company fined more than $100,000 by the State Administrative Tribunal last week. The Department of Communities commenced action against...

Disturbing mental health trend among young people in Australia
News.com.au - Charis Chang - February 28, 2018

National Mental Health Commission chief executive officer Dr Peggy Brown has called for more investment in mental health for children from birth to 12 years old. "Although we've seen significant and vital investment in adolescent mental health through Headspace, corresponding investment for...

Council knock-back of child care centre lands in court
The Chronicile - Matthew Newton - February 28, 2018

TOOWOOMBA Regional Council has been taken to court over its refusal to approve a development application for a childcare centre on a notorious corner on James Street. Councillors knocked back the proposal for 24A to 28 James street - a corner of the Warrego Highway where a number...