Reader poll: How much are grandparents helping raise the kids
News.com.au - September 23, 2019

They are the unsung heroes of the family unit who are saving Australians $2.29 billion a year in childcare costs. But are we asking too much from our grandparents? In 2017 nearly 22 per cent of families relied solely on grandparents for childcare — and nearly 10 per cent used a combination...

$160 million School Readiness Funding initiative announced in Victoria
The Sector - Freya Lucas - September 23, 2019

Nearly 30,000 children will benefit from programs and additional resources in 2020, following an announcement late last week by the Victorian Government, who committed $160 million to the School Readiness Funding initiative. The initiative, an Australian first, will be expanded to...

Qualitative data surveys set to bring Geelong out of childcare doldrums
Geelong Advertiser - Dave Cairns - September 23, 2019

A business specialising in collecting feedback from parents and staff at early learning and care centres will start identifying Geelong services most in need of support after winning the city’s first Clever and Creative Pitch-Fest. Australia’s Early Development Census shows Geelong...

Private girls' school offers kindergarten scholarships to attract boys
The Sydney Morning Herald - Jordan Baker - September 22, 2019

An eastern suburbs private school is offering scholarships to kindergarten students and will seek permission to reserve some of them for boys in an attempt to increase male participation at its junior campus. Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart will offer 30 scholarships...

Climate plan to force Melbourne's seaside kinder from its bayside home
The Age - Noel Towell - September 22, 2019

Since 2012, the lucky children of Lady Forster Kindergarten have learned and played just metres from Elwood Beach. But the kinder now faces the loss of its bayside home as state government policies preparing Melbourne’s coast for the deepening climate crisis begin to bite...

Domestic violence triggers daycare lockdowns
The Courier Mail - Natasha Bita - September 21, 2019

Warring parents are forcing childcare centres into lockdown, as kids are caught in domestic violence and custody battles. Threats from drugged or violent parents have driven some Queensland childcare centres to step up security. Domestic violence forced a kindergarten at Emerald...

Schools, kindys, churches across SA off limits for sex work
The Advertiser - Rebecca Di Girolamo, Sunday Mail (SA) - September 21, 2019

There would be 200 metre sex work exclusion zones across SA under a new proposal set to reach Parliament next week — and the Sunday Mail has mapped all 1900 areas. Attorney-General Vickie Chapman told the Sunday Mail street soliciting would be prohibited near child care centres...

Brisbane's most popular suburbs to raise a family
Brisbane Times - Lydia Lunch - September 20, 2019

There's a little-known place east of Brisbane's CBD where households in quiet suburban streets hand out lollies to dozens of children each Halloween. Wakerley also happens to be home to the highest concentration of children in the greater Brisbane area, according to census data...

SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative grant now open
Mirage News - September 20, 2019

Cancer Council Queensland and Queensland Government cover kids from the harsh Queensland sun. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said funding provided through the SunSmart Shade Creation Initiative will increase the number of shaded areas at early childhood centres...

Why I Bought G8 Education (GEM) Shares
RaskMedia - Anthony Vilella - September 20, 2019

In my opinion, G8 Education is successfully leveraging the large economic tailwinds of today’s society. Childcare growth is potentially driven by the increasing pressure on family budgets, which has resulted in both parents having to work, often multiple jobs, to cover the increasing costs...

Childcare centres raise concerns about air quality in Fyshwick
RiotACT - John Thistleon - September 20, 2019

Childcare centres in Fyshwick and surrounding suburbs, as well as Old Narrabundah Community Council, say more research is needed before three scrap metal processing machines are allowed in a new development in their neighbourhood. Childcare operators say Fyshwick is ideal...

Lenders in new push to clamp down on borrowers' hidden debt
Australian Financial Review - Duncan Hughes - September 19, 2019

Applicants for loans, or top-ups, will also be asked to explain any differences between school and other childcare expenses, and what is on their declared expenses. It is the latest push by lenders attempting to flush out undisclosed debt or future liabilities the borrower could be...

Doctors report increase in gastro illnesses with dozens of outbreaks in child care and nursing homes
The Courier Mail QLD News - Janelle Miles - September 19, 2019

“We’re seeing a significant increase in gastroenteritis cases in the community and this is reflected in increased outbreaks in childcare centres and residential care facilities, which have the potential to spill over to hospital,” public health physician Madhumati Chatterji said. “We’re working closely...

Singapore's MindChamps shakes up Australian childcare
Australian Financial Review - Simon Evans - September 19, 2019

The chief executive of Singapore-listed childcare group MindChamps Pre-School Ltd aims to have 100 centres operating within three years in Australia in a national network across all capital cities. David Chiem said parents were voting with their feet and gravitating to centres with high-quality curriculums...

Making child care easier for families
Mirage News - September 18, 2019

The Morrison Government is cutting red tape to make it easier for families to use the Child Care Subsidy. In the December quarter, the Government provided $1.96 billion through the subsidy to assist more than 900,000 families access child care. Minister for Education Dan Tehan today...