Scrimp, save and borrow: how parents pay for private school fees
Sydney Morning Herald - John Collett - February 23, 2018

The study found the costs of educating two children, which includes any childcare, makes up about 6 per cent of a low-income family's total expenditure, about 9 per cent of a middle-income family and about 21 per cent of the expenditure of a high- income family. "In dollar...

Objections to childcare centre won't count where it matters
The Courier Mail - Brendan O'Malley - February 23, 2018

Mrs Rogers said residents were now scrambling to lodge a compliant e-petition by the March 1 closing date. A council spokesman said that under the State's Planning Act, only written submissions made during the consultation period entitled submitters to Court appeal rights. "Council takes all...

CHILD CARE SUBSIDY: Warwick parents could be worse off
Warwick Daily News - Marian Faa - February 23, 2018

The Department of Education and Training has launched a new online estimator to calculate how much money you will receive to send your kids to childcare. Little Tackers Early Childhood Centres nominated supervisor Debby Cain said many parents were unsure of how the changes would affect them...

Arena REIT set for 'sweet spot' in childcare funding
The Australian - Nick Lenaghan - February 22, 2018

Arena REIT expects its $593 million portfolio of childcare facilities will be well placed to capture the flow-on effect of increased federal funding to the sector. The property trust booked a net operating profit for the 2018 half-year of $16.8 million, up 18 per cent on the previous corresponding period...

Andrews Government attacks federal counterparts for 'dudding' Victoria on occasional childcare
Herald Sun - Monique Hore - February 22, 2018

FUNDING for occasional childcare could be on the chopping block, in the latest stoush between the state and federal governments. The Andrews Government is expected to go on the attack today over the future of the National Occasional Care Program - due to expire in July...

Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond
The Conversation - Natalie Robertson, Anne-Marie Morrissey & Elizabeth Rouse - February 22, 2018

One approach gaining momentum in the early years of primary school curriculum is play-based learning. Research shows play-based learning enhances children's academic and developmental learning outcomes. It can also set your child up for success in the 21st century by...

Connected Beginnings program launched in Ceduna
West Coast Sentinel - February 21, 2018

The federal government has committed $12 million over three years from the Indigenous Australians' Health Program to implement the health component of Connected Beginnings, plus around $10 million per year from the Community Child Care Fund to support the education...

Partnership aims to increase nourishment for young children with new menu planning tool
Bendigo Advertiser - Anthony Pinda - February 21, 2018

A national partnership has developed a program that provides expert nutritional knowledge for cooks and food handlers within the childcare services industry as an intervention to prevent obesity. Healthy Australia chief executive officer Ruby O'Rourke said the program was...

ABC launches new digital station ABC KIDS listen
Radio Info - February 21, 2018

ABC KIDS characters. ABC KIDS listen is aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, the national early childhood curriculum for childhood educators, that encourages children to learn through play. The new station aims to enhance learning, imagination, cognitive and physical activity...

Super during parental leave the new 'benchmark' for family friendly
Financial Review - Misa Han - February 21, 2018

More employers are stepping up their game to make their workplace more family friendly, by paying employees super while they are on parental leave and actively supporting flexible work options. When Megan Cross, a senior regulatory compliance manager for HSBC Australia, had her first...

Preschooler attendance rates are sliding, Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows
The Advertiser - Sheradyn Holderhead - February 20, 2018

ATTENDANCE rates at South Australian preschools continues to slide, particularly among the state's most vulnerable youngsters, data reveals. Australian Bureau of Statistics' latest preschool attendance release shows almost 6500 four-year-olds were missing out on the recommended...

Councillors ineligible to vote on childcare plans after receiving Moonee Valley Racecourse tickets
Herald Sun - Madeleine Stuchbery - February 20, 2018

Accepting tickets to various trackside events in the past has rendered the councillors ineligible to vote on an upcoming planning permit application for a childcare centre at the site of the Moonee Valley Racecourse. The discovery has drawn criticism from the Save Moonee Ponds community group...

Inspectors tell dodgy day cares to get in line or they'll be forced out of service
Daily Telegraph - Rose Brennan - February 20, 2018

The state government warning comes after than 180 surprise inspections were carried out on family day care centres as part of an ongoing crackdown on substandard services. Inspectors from the Education Department have conducted 182 unannounced visits at 54 family day care...

It's Time to Take Responsibility – #MeToo
Probono Australia - February 20, 2018

He says "education programs need to begin in the family home, in childcare and preschool settings in an age appropriate manner and continue throughout life". CAPS provides this type of education for parents, childcare workers, educators and children. This point of view is backed by the...

AFL team GWS Giants to open day care centres as alternative to gambling revenue
Daily Telegraph - Rose Brennan - February 20, 2018

THE Greater Western Sydney Giants are kicking off a family friendly funding approach with the AFL heavyweights launching their own childcare centres as an alternative to the gambling revenue used to sustain other clubs. The Daily Telegraph can reveal GWS Giants have partnered with...