Families spending more on childcare than mortgages as costs skyrocket
A Current Affair - August 31, 2017

Families are struggling to keep up with ballooning childcare costs, with some paying more for childcare than they do their mortgage. The high prices are even circling around the bite the daycares, with some parents racking up thousands of dollars in debt before switching to a different centre…

Rogue Mitcham doctor John Piesse to stop treating patients
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur and Lucie van den Berg - August 31, 2017

HUNDREDS of children with immunisation exemptions may be booted from kindergartens and childcare, or forced to have the shots, if those exemptions are found to be invalid or to have been granted by a suspect doctor. State and federal health authorities are reviewing the validity of vaccination...

Australia bars 'world's no.1 anti-vaxxer' from entry
Yahoo News - August 31, 2017

An American who describes himself as the "world's #1 anti-vaxxer" has been barred from entering Australia, officials said Thursday, in a further crackdown on the anti-immunisation movement after outbreaks of preventable diseases. Kent Heckenlively had outlined plans to travel to Australia...

Outrage as Secret Cameras Found in Kindergarten Classroom at Ashtonfield Public School
Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - August 31, 2017

A FURORE has erupted over the discovery of secret surveillance cameras in a kindergarten classroom that parents fear were used to spy on their children while doing lessons. One mum has claimed cameras were found "hidden in a clock and game console" as outraged parents took to social media...

Worker stood down after child at Edithvale Family and Children's Centre suffers anaphylactic shock
Moorabbin Kingston Leader - Donna Carton - August 31, 2017

A CHILD with a severe food allergy went into anaphylactic shock after being given food containing traces of dairy at a childcare centre today. Staff at the Edithvale Family and Children's Centre, who noticed a rash and swelling developing around the child's mouth, administered an epi-pen.

Future Brisbane: New schools to revolutionise education in Queensland
Courier Mail - Emmaline Stigwood - August 31, 2017

Catering for a digital-savvy mega cohort of more than half a million students will require the construction of 87 schools – at about $40 million each – in southeast Queensland. These will include new hi-tech vertical inner-city colleges and suburban campuses connected to childcare centres, cafes...

'Making the ladies happy': When bringing generations together is child's play
The Age - Miki Perkins - August 29, 2017

Australia is yet to follow international examples that include a preschool inside a nursing home, such as the Intergenerational Learning Center in West Seattle, in the US. But there are playgroups, childcare centres and kindergartens that have regular reciprocal visits from nearby...

Tom Gleisner and wife Mary Muirhead on the growth of their Learning for Life centre in Kew
Herlad Sun - Greg Gliddon - August 29, 2017

As co-founder and director of Learning For Life, a Kew-based centre providing early intervention to autistic children as young as 18 months, Mary has been the driving force behind the not-for-profit organisation giving families and children a chance to live as normal lives as possible...

Why income seekers should consider this REIT''s 5.8% yield
The Motley Fool - Tristan Harrison - August 28, 2017

Most of Arena's properties are childcare centres, it leases these to some of the biggest childcare providers in Australia such as G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM), Goodstart Early Learning and Affinity Education. However, it also has a few medical properties which are leased to Primary Health...

Cash-strapped parents are racking up childcare fees and failing to pay them
Herald Sun - Sophie Elsworth - August 27, 2017

PARENTS owing as little as $100 in unpaid childcare expenses are being chased by debt collectors as centres get fed up with unpaid fees. In some cases centres are seeing parents rort the system by "centre hopping" children from location to location and leaving a trail of unpaid...

Push for more flexible family-friendly hours
Camden Courier - Anna Patty - August 27, 2017

A new survey has found 60 per cent of more than 5400 Australians surveyed have never asked for reduced hours to assist with family life and caring responsibilities with many citing job security or a workplace culture that does not support flexible work. It also found that almost 40 per cent...

Financial, childcare pressures forcing pregnant women to stay at work longer
Courier Mail - Madura McCormack - August 26, 2017

PREGNANT women are staying at work until just days before they give birth because of increasing financial pressures and the struggle of getting ­babies into child care. According to new data, a growing number of women are still at work less than two weeks before their due date...

Kindy cops crack down on fake family day care
Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - August 26, 2017

KINDERGARTEN cops are going undercover to spy on fake family daycare services that are stealing millions of dollars in childcare subsidies. NSW Education Department inspectors have started staking out the homes of family daycare operators suspected of pocketing payments...

A top engineer says robots are starting to enter American kindergartens alongside kids
Business Insider Australia - Chris Weller - August 26, 2017

According to Karen Panetta, dean of graduate engineering at Tufts University and editor-in-chief of IEEE WIE Magazine, artificial intelligence software and early-stage humanoid robots are playing a growing role in pre-K and kindergarten in the US. Over time, Panetta says, people should...

Former Westpac chief Gail Kelly says flexibility and improving childcare the key to getting more women into work
The Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - August 25, 2017

GAIL Kelly has urged Australian businesses to stop buck-passing and get on board with flexibility in the workplace for parents. The former Westpac CEO, and the first woman to hold the job of CEO of a major Australian bank, sat down with News Corp Australia in a frank and open interview...