More children are starting school depressed and anxious - without help, it will only get worse
The Conversation - Ameneh Shahaeian & Cen Wang - January 30, 2018

Starting school for the first time can be stressful. Children are suddenly thrown into a foreign environment, juggling the pressure of learning new academic skills and establishing relationships with peers. Some thrive, but others may need support through this transition. Our study...

Vic govt pledges $18m preschool upgrade
News.com.au - January 29, 2018

Thousands of preschool children will benefit from an $18 million Victorian government upgrade of the state's preschool facilities. The funding will go toward 28 new metropolitan and regional projects, creating more than 3,300 new kindergarten places, the government says. "This is giving...

Businesses unprepared for new data breach notification laws
Financial Review - Yolanda Redrup - January 29, 2018

"Small businesses are still required to comply if they handle personal information. Some examples are health service providers – such as weight loss agencies, gyms and alternative medicine practices – credit reporting bodies, and childcare centres," he said. "In certain ways...

Sarah Mitchell says affordability is main issue facing families sending kids to preschool
Northern Leader - Jacob McArthur - January 29, 2018

NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell visited the South Tamworth preschool and said she wanted to make sure more services were affordable for families. "We're aware that affordability is a big factor when it comes to these services," she said. "In community preschools...

Childcare sector saturated, small businesses at risk say industry groups
ABC News - Ursula Malone - January 29, 2018

A survey by Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) - an established industry body for childhood education - revealed 70 per cent of their members had reported a fall in enrolments this year compared to 2017. Education Minister Senator Simon Birmingham said increased competition...

Sydney Trains ruling could restrict strikes in service industries
Financial Review - David Marin-Guzman - January 28, 2018

But Professor McCrystal said it was open for the legislation to apply to smaller populations. "The section says nothing about thousands of people. It says population or part of it. "It is not clear how [much] the FWC would be prepared to narrow that down – and some large childcare operators...

Aussie kids are slipping in literacy. Here''s how you can improve your child's reading before school starts
News.com.au - Lanai Scarr - Januaey 28, 2018

AUSTRALIA is facing a "national crisis" on literacy with students showing up to kindergarten less prepared than ever before. Experts say distracted parents are not doing enough to equip their children with reading and speaking skills and are wrongly mistaking developing those skills as solely the job...

School's going back and our hip pocket will be better for it
Sydney Morning Herald - Georgina Dent - January 27, 2018

The fact it coincides with that other notoriously expensive fixture in the calendar, Christmas, adds to the fun. At least, it seems we're not alone. Research by comparison site Finder shows the amount of money parents spend looking after their children over the festive period has soared...

Toddler left in hot bus for more than an hour by Gold Coast childcare worker
Brisbane Times - Toby Crockford - January 26, 2018

Concerned parents have lodged a complaint with police after their one-year-old daughter was left in a vehicle outside a Gold Coast childcare centre on Tuesday. The young girl was left on the bus used by Goodstart Early Learning in Parkwood for more than an hour, on a day when temperatures...

Spearwood childcare centre fined after kids found playing on main road
WA Today - Hannah Barry - January 25, 2018

A Spearwood childcare centre has been slapped with a fine after it was found two children in its care wandered onto a main road "completely unnoticed". According to an enforcement action by the State Administrate Tribunal, the incident happened at Little People's Place on September 6...

The joys and challenges of raising grandchildren
Illawarra Mercury - Stig Andersen - January 24, 2018

As the school holidays draw to a close, and parents have already returned to the daily grind, you may have noticed a growing trend as you make your way around town. It's increasingly common to see children out and about with their grandparents on weekdays after Mum or Dad's annual leave...

Australian Education Union SA branch calls for two years of preschool
The Advertiser - Tim Williams - January 24, 2018

PROVIDING two years of preschool, initially for the most vulnerable children and eventually for all, must be on the next state government's agenda, the teachers'' union says. The Australian Education Union's SA branch has released a position paper that is both an election wishlist...

Guardian Early Learning fronts lenders, Fort Street involved
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - January 24, 2018

Private equity-backed child care group Guardian Early Learning is seeking to make the most of favourable financing market conditions with a $250 million-odd refinancing of its existing debt. Street Talk understands Guardian Early Learning owner Partners Group has presented a handful...

Free flu vaccines for all NSW children under five years after horror flu season
Sydney Morning Herald - Kate Aubusson - January 23, 2018

Free flu vaccinations will now be available for all NSW children between six months and five years old, after a horror season killed two preschoolers in 2017. The NSW government will invest $3.5 million in 2018 for the children's flu vaccines, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Tuesday...

For the kids: Australia's au pair industry needs an urgent review
WA Today - Sue Pember - January 22, 2018

in 2018, it's predicted that the demand for au pairs in Australia will continue to grow. Around Australia, families are looking to hire an au pair instead of juggling inflexible child care hours or relying on family for unexpected, out-of-hours situations. Over the past five years, the demand for...