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...

Priorities changing for workers, tenants and office landlords
The Australian - Elizabeth Redman - November 16. 2017

The research found employees were more effective when their offices had amenities such as childcare, although workers were hesitant to give up desk space for better perks. Meanwhile, a separate report from CBRE found half of office tenants surveyed expected to use less space in future...

Kids beat apartments: Early learning operator sees sense in $60m site
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - November 15, 2017

A fast-growing early learning centre operator has outlaid $60 million for a Fishermans Bend development site with approval for more than 1000 apartments on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD. The seller, China-backed Botree Group, had obtained a permit for 1004 units in a...

Should you buy this REIT for its 5% yield?
Motley Fool - Tristan Harrison - November 15, 2017

Folkestone Education Trust (ASX: FET) could be one of the best REITs to get the combination of income and growth. It's a REIT which leases its properties to childcare operators. It has around 400 operating properties which are leased to some of the biggest childcare providers like Goodstart...

Tougher laws to crack down on unvaccinated children in childcare, kindergarten
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur - November 14, 2017

Parents and childcare centres will also be subjected to regular audits to ensure all enrolments are up to date with the immunisation schedule, with those who miss vaccinations due after they are already enrolled required to catch up or face the prospect of having their enrolment cancelled...

Teaching kids 21st century skills early will help prepare them for their future
The Conversation - Iram Siraj - November 14, 2017

There is a growing emphasis on integrated learning in early childhood education and care that creates a connection between the academic and the social. Developing children's competencies in creativity, collaboration, self-regulation and problem solving can be undertaken through...

'App gap' widens over pre-school children's access to touch screens
PM with Dominique Schwartz - David Coady - November 14, 2017

Researchers are worried about a growing gap between toddlers who use educational apps and those that don't. Rather than being bad for them - a study from Edith Cowan University suggests screen time could help to prepare children for school. Official Australian recommendations...

Investors rush into childcare real estate, Burgess Rawson says
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - November 14, 2017

Investor appetite for childcare centres is still strong even with sales of the facilities surging to a high in 2017, according to auction house and commercial agency Burgess Rawson. The agency is responsible for around three-quarters of the trade in the busy asset class, selling many...