Perth childcare veteran 'not surprised' by slipping standards in WA early education centre
WA Today - Hannah Barry - February 6, 2018

A Perth childcare educator and assessor is calling for an industry-wide shake-up in order to address poor regulation and poor pay in WA's childcare centres, saying she's "not surprised" standards have slipped in recent years. Caroline Surtees has worked in the industry for nine years...

The smartest way to spend taxpayer dollars
Sydney Morning Herald - Ross Gittins - February 6, 2018

There are no magic bullets in government spending, but putting money into early education – whether by lifting the quality of childcare, or beefing up preschool – comes a lot closer than most of the other things governments spend on. We''ve known it for decades, but the evidence...

Unions lose equal pay case for childcare workers
Financial Review - David Marin-Guzman - February 6, 2018

Unions have lost a major five-year equal pay case for childcare workers after the Fair Work Commission blasted them for failing to produce "any evidence whatsoever" that childcare work was undervalued due to gender inequality. A full bench on Tuesday dismissed the unions' application for...

Childcare loophole sees dodgy operators buy centres without safety audit
Daily Telegraph - Kylar Loussikian - February 6, 2018

More than 1080 childcare and after-school care centres around the country have not been audited to make sure they are operated properly after the arrival of new owners. In one example Camp Australia, which was black-listed by the NSW government in late 2016 after a string of shocking...

Police to teach kindy kids how to avoid online predators
The Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - February 6, 2018

KIDS in daycare and kindergarten will be warned by police about online grooming and sexting, as seasoned officers are left shocked by the age of victims. Children as young as four – many unable to read and write – are uploading sexually explicit images on the internet and falling...

Childcare strike threat a stunt: minister
Yahoo News - February 5, 2018

The federal government says a plan by early childhood educators to strike next month for better pay is nothing more than a political stunt. Parents are being asked to keep their children at home on March 27 so educators can send a message about how seriously they feel about equal pay...

Low preschool attendance rates in SA holding back early learning for three-year-olds, federal education minister says
The Advertiser - Sheradyn Holderhead - February 5, 2018

PRESCHOOLERS in South Australia have the worst attendance rate of any state, preventing early learning being extended to three-year-olds, Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says. The latest figures also reveal South Australia is at risk of losing some funding for the current pre-school...

Educators launch a detailed campaign after Malcolm Turnbull failed to meet deadline
News.com.au - Tom Livingstone - February 4, 2018

TODAY Australia's early childhood educators launched a national TV, radio and newspaper campaign encouraging the country to help them achieve equal pay. "We are asking the community to stand with us to fight the appalling gender pay gap, facing this vital, growing and...

Preschool funding deal extended for a year
SBS - February 4, 2018

Federal funding for preschools has been extended by a year, at a cost of $440 million, as the Turnbull government continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the states. Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the funding injection will extend the national partnership on early...

Australian children are facing a sleep crisis due to excessive screen time
Herald Sun - Lanai Scarr - February 2, 2018

OUR kids are facing a sleep crisis due to their reliance on smartphones and tablets and it's making them dumber, more depressed and less likely to succeed. Children as young as three are showing up to pre-school and childcare massively sleep-deprived thanks to spending too...

Glenroy mum told to pay back $150k in 'overpayments'
Herald Sun - Peter Michelburough - February 2, 2018

A GLENROY mum is being pursued by the federal government after refusing to pay back $150,000 in welfare payments she was not entitled to. Fatma Sleiman was paid $107,000 in childcare fee assistance and almost $47,000 in carer payments between December 2013 and May 2016...

Rising child care costs hit Perth families
Perth Now - Phoebe Wearne - February 1, 2018

WA families are increasingly being squeezed by childcare costs, with a new report revealing out-of-pocket fees for full-time care have soared to $452 a week. The Productivity Commission's annual report on government services found long daycare centres cost $10 more a week on average...

Yarra Council bans staff from uttering Australia Day
Herald Sun - James Dowling - February 1, 2018

THE CITY of Yarra has banned its 1000 employees, ­including childcare workers, ­librarians, and gardeners, from even uttering the words "Australia Day". A January 15 bulletin from council chief executive Vijaya Vaidyanath directed staff to refer to Australia Day as "the January 26 public holiday"...

Childcare fees bite parents who want work
SBS News - February 1, 2018

Nearly 120,000 parents aren't working because child care is too expensive or they can't find a spot. The high price of child care was the top reason cited for Australians who weren't in the labour force because they were looking after children, government data released on Thursday shows. One in...

States, territories call for long-term funding for 3yo early childhood education
ABC News - Richard Willingham - February 1, 2018

Every Australian three-year-old child would have access to 15 hours per week of early childhood education under a bold pitch from state governments to boost the sector. A review, commissioned by state and territory governments, also wants child care to have a greater emphasis on education...