Relief on horizon for families facing crushing childcare fees
Nine.com.au - Reid Butler - November 8, 2017

The Coalition says it's working to fix the "broken" system, and is planning a sweeping overhaul from July next year. "(Aussie families) are going to see the abolition of that terrible $7500 child care rebate cap that currently afflicts so many families," Education Minister Simon Birmingham said...

Job hunting? You are 167 times more likely to find one in a city
The Standard - Clay Lucas - November 8, 2017

The childcare sector also had a big increase in employment, driven by a baby boom that gathered pace in 2012. Those having children were also more likely to be double-income households, driving the need for more childcare jobs. Education and training were also big drivers of jobs growth...

Early childhood learning: Death of nursery rhymes a concern
Daily Telegraph - Jackie Sinnerton - November 8, 2017

NURSERY rhymes are dying a slow death in the world of ipads and hi-tech toys and children's development is suffering. While rhymes like Jack and Jill and Ring a Ring o' Roses are many centuries old, they are still relevant in boosting children's early literacy and motor skills...

Guess how many Australian company directors think child care is important
Sydney Morning Herald - Jane Gilmore - November 7, 2017

They ranked childcare right down at the bottom, this large collection of rich and powerful people (70 per cent of whom are men). Just one per cent of them said childcare was an important issue. According to the World Economic Forum, "Affordable, good-quality childcare is a key enabling...

Millennial men can help women break through the glass ceiling: new study
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - November 7, 2017

Men under the age of 40 considered on-site childcare and parental leave as much higher priorities than their older counterparts. The research showed a higher proportion of men under 40 said they would take steps to support flexible work, including changing the schedule for routine...

Developers failing to build apartments for Australian families, leading architect claims
Domain.com.au - Sue Williams - November 7, 2017

"Developers are ignoring families with kids as they somehow feel they should be planning for other demographics instead. But just as low-rise housing has been masterplanned with kids in mind, to include schools, community centres, child care facilities and parks, we now need to make...

Property boom leaves its mark on the official inflation gauge
Financial Review - Jacob Greber - November 6, 2017

The bureau has almost doubled the weighting for childcare, from 0.69 per cent to 1.35 per cent, with weekly expenditure increasing 127.1 per cent to $21.51. "This rise in the expenditure and weight of child care is driven by increased demand, which has also resulted in significant...

Education Department accused of failing to ensure safety conditions on high-rise childcare operators
The Courier Mail - Daryl Passmore - November 5, 2017

EDUCATION officials could be held responsible for any fire tragedy in multistorey childcare centres, according to legal advice. The Sunday Mail last week reported that the rapid growth of facilities above ground level has raised concern that outdated building regulations and licensing...

Is 'Uber for babysitters' app Gobi the future of childcare or a step too far?
ABC News - Louise Merrillees - November 5, 2017

It's billed as a cashless, fast and easy childcare solution and sounds like a godsend to busy parents juggling the demands of work and home life. But would you leave your children alone with someone you have met only hours earlier online? New babysitting app Gobi provides sitters...

Premier Jay Weatherill backs Reggio Emilia childcare philosophy for educating South Australian children
The Advertiser - Matt Smith - November 4, 2017

A RADICAL approach to childcare that focuses attention on child development rather than child minding has been described by Premier Jay Weatherill as the Government's most important piece of public policy. Mr Weatherill wants to grow the Reggio Emilia philosophy that places a greater...

Drop in NSW preschool fees after reforms
News.com.au - November 4, 2017

Community preschool fees in NSW have dropped by an average of 25 per cent, the state government says. The fall in fees, shown in the preliminary results of a survey of more than 730 preschools, comes after the introduction of reforms last year, Minister for Early Childhood Education...

Push to raise the kindergarten starting age
SkyNews.com.au - November 4, 2017

The kindergarten starting age could be raised to meet a new national standard. State education ministers are reportedly pushing for the change to prevent large age gaps in the first year of school. Currently, four year olds share kindy classrooms with children as old as six, causing large...

Parents agonise over school testing before kids start kindergarten
Sydney Morning Herald - Alexandra Smith - November 4, 2017

Parents are increasingly paying for their four-year-olds to be tutored to give them a head start and even prepare for a mandatory literacy and numeracy assessment in kindergarten, prompting fears that children face unnecessary pressure before they have entered the classroom...

This number could hold your kids back for the rest of their lives
Sydney Morning Herald - Harold Mitchell - November 3, 2017

The latest research makes it clear that our most critical learning capacities develop before children even start school. If we don't get appropriate learning at that time, we are behind for the rest of our lives. Language is the foundation for almost everything, but many Australian children are not getting...

Children aged under five would get a free flu jab under a plan being pushed by state health ministers
Herald Sun - Sue Dunlevy - November 3, 2017

If the vaccine is included in the national schedule, parents would need to have their children vaccinated against the flu to enrol in childcare and get family tax and childcare benefits. The Immunisation Coalition has been calling for a childhood flu vaccination program claiming children are super....