Childcare centres given a hand to overhaul menus as research finds many are failing nutrition standards
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur - December 9, 2017

CHILDCARE centres are being helped to roll out healthier menus after research found 95 per cent were not feeding children correctly balanced meals. In an effort to combat the obesity epidemic, early childhood centres across the country are being given access a new...

Child money management: Alpha generation savvy from young age
The Courier Mail - Jackie Sinnerton - December 9, 2017

WHILE millennials are splurging on smashed avo, Queensland's newest generation, the Alphas, are learning the value of investing from the age of just two. Childcare centres have introduced financial literacy lessons for tots to teach them the benefits of not spending all their cash...

'We are not doing enough': Asian education expert slams Australian parents for slacking off and relying on teachers for their children's learning
Daily Mail - April Glover - December 9, 2017

An Asian teaching expert has criticised 'slack' Australian parents for their relaxed approach to early childhood education. Singapore-born Shiaoling Lim, an advocate for the Japanese educational method of Shichida, claims mums and dads are relying too heavily on teachers and are...

Educators welcome SA Government's push on early preschool but hit by federal minister
Daily Telegraph - Lauren Novak - December 8, 2017

THE STATE Government's revival of its idea to send three-year-olds to kindy has been welcomed by educators but labelled a distraction by the federal Education Minister. Latest figures also show not all SA children are taking up the existing offer for four-year-olds to attend preschool...

Prime Site: Childcare sector top of the property class
The Courier Mail - Chris Herde - December 8, 2017

CHILDCARE centres remain the fastest and best performing property class in Queensland underpinned by changing social needs which has led to increased supply, high investor demand and ongoing government support. Burgess Rawson's latest Childcare Property Investment Report found...

Premier Jay Weatherill calls for preschooling to start at age three amid funding battles
The Advertiser - Matt Smith - December 7, 2017

The Australian government has invested in developing apps for children in the year before formal schooling under the supervision of a degree-qualified early learning teacher in a preschool service. These apps are aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework. So, activities are underpinned...

Why digital apps can be good gifts for young family members
The Conversation - Kevin Larkin & Kym Simoncini - December 7, 2017

The Australian government has invested in developing apps for children in the year before formal schooling under the supervision of a degree-qualified early learning teacher in a preschool service. These apps are aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework. So, activities are underpinned...

Awabakal Preschool becomes first in Newcastle to receive highest rating of National Quality Standard in preschool education
The Herald - Max McKinney - December 7, 2017

Awabakal Preschool in Wickham has become one of only 49 early childhood services in Australia to receive the highest rating of the National Quality Standard. Awabakal is the first Aboriginal owned and operated centre in Australia to receive the award, and the focus on indigenous...

Small towns report gives 'F' grade to access to psychologists, dentists and preschool teachers
The Advocate - Lachlan Bennett - December 7, 2017

Successive governments have poured billions of dollars into efforts to improve access to basic services for regional Australians but a new report questions whether that money has reached the towns that need it most. The Pillars of Communities report compiles 30 years of data to reveal the level...

Auction flop highlights gap between buyers and sellers
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - December 6, 2017

CBRE's final Premium Portfolio auction of the year was well attended and had multiple bidding on all properties, but just two out of seven – a Woolworths supermarket in Port Lincoln and a G8 Childcare Centre – sold under the hammer, returning a clearance rate of 28 per cent...

Are ASX childcare firms worth a long-term punt?
Financial Review - Simon Evans - December 5, 2017

The sharemarket traditionally looks nine to 12 months into the future, but investors might need an extra dose of courage before being tempted back into ASX childcare stocks even though better times are forecast for late in 2018. A 23 per cent tumble in the share price of the biggest...

Device invented to prevent 'forgotten baby syndrome'
News.com.au - Silvia Marchetti - December 5, 2017

"OK, You Are Here! consists of a magnetic badge with a chip, like a credit card, which the parent who drops off the baby swipes under an electronic machine placed at the entrance of a daycare centre or nursery," explains Michela. "It creates a database that tracks daily attendance...

Behavioural problems linked to poor sleep
Sky News - December 5, 2017

Researchers at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute examined the two-way relationship between sleep problems and behavioural difficulties in almost 5000 preschoolers about to start school from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Study participants were followed up...

Childcare firm G8 Education loses $450m after earnings forecast cut
The Courier Mail - Christian Edwards & Liam Walsh - December 4, 2017

CHILDCARE centre operator G8 Education lost almost a quarter of its value in a day - or almost $458 million - after issuing another cut to its earnings forecast. The Gold Coast-based company blamed an increased supply of childcare centres for hurting occupancy levels, thereby squeezing...

G8 Education slumps on earnings downgrade
SBS News - December 4, 2017

Shares in G8 Education have crashed in early trade after the childcare centre operator lowered its earnings forecast for the 2017 financial year. The Gold Coast-based childcare centre operator said underlying earnings for FY2017 were now expected to come in at around $160 million...