Working mothers more stressed than fathers as cost of child care skyrockets, HILDA survey shows
ABC News - Laura Garty and Mary Lloyd - July 31, 2019

As more mothers struggle to balance professional work and manage work-family tension, the cost of child care has more than doubled over the past two decades. The latest annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey found the median cost of child care...

Sydney day care children sent home ‘immediately’ over discovery of highly toxic substance on site
News.com.au - Megan Palin - July 31, 2019

A Sydney day care centre has abruptly shut down with children sent home “immediately” after a highly toxic substance that causes serious health complications was detected on site. One Tree Little Diggers, a facility for children from military families at the Holsworthy barracks...

With average rates at $152 a day, it's time to make childcare tax deductible
The Sydney Morning Herald - Jane Buncle - July 30, 2019

The RBA Governor’s call for stimulus signals that now is the time to consider further policy measures to boost Australia’s labour force. One such measure would be to make the cost of child care tax deductible. The latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey...

Triguboff’s towering ambition: Plans for ‘tallest residential skyscraper’
The Daily Telegraph - Jake McCallum, Parramatta Advertiser - July 30, 2019

A bid to see two massive skyscrapers, 57 and 66 storeys high, built in Parramatta, will be determined by a NSW Planning Panel this week, after Parramatta Council gave planners the green light. The proposal would also include a childcare centre, commercial gym and ...

North shore homes to be turned into 195 units
The Daily Telegraph - David Barwell, North Shore Times - July 30, 2019

A strip of 15 homes will be turned into 195 units under major development plans for a ‘super lot’ backing on to the former Channel 9 studios at Willoughby. The developer said there were adequate amenities to support residential growth, including a new childcare centre planned...

Edgars Creek centre to get kindergarten and maternal health rooms
Herald Sun - Margot Taylor, Whittlesea Leader - July 30, 2019

Health and childcare will be the focus of Edgar Creek’s community centre. Work has begun on Wollert’s long-awaited $6.5 million Whittlesea council and State Government funded community centre. Once built, it will include a kindergarten, maternal health rooms and a 100-person hall...

Dubbo residents speak out, their fight for speed bumps and zones to be implemented near a local preschool is not over
Daily Liberal - Taylor Dodge - July 30, 2019

In 2016 residents raised concerns regarding the speed of vehicles travelling past Dubbo's Peppercorn Childcare Centre. Three years later, residents say their fears have been ignored. Several community members petitioned for the implementation of speed bumps near the preschool...

Latest HILDA report yields key insights into how Australian parents engage with ECEC
The Sector - Jason Roberts - July 30, 2019

The Department of Social Services have released the 2019 findings from their annual Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey (HILDA) in which considerable emphasis is placed on the topic of paid child care in particular the use of care, the factors that ...

HILDA findings on Australian families' experience of childcare should be a call-to-arms for government
The Conversation - Leah Ruppanner, University of Melbourne - July 30, 2019

Australian parents are disadvantaged by a lack of affordable childcare, with childcare costs rising by about 145% in real terms since 2002, the latest HILDA study reveals. Childcare costs have more than doubled since 2002. The annual survey found the majority of Australian parents...

Businessman David Burke to stand trial on charges of misleading ASIC over G8 Education takeover bid
Gold Coast Bulletin - Kathleen Skene - July 29, 2019

A businessman linked to a failed takeover by listed childcare giant G8 Education has been committed to stand trial accused of giving misleading statements to the corporate regulator. David Justin Burke, 60, was charged last April with charged with five counts of giving false...

Daycare 'no longer fit for use' to close after $400,000 quote for repairs
The Daily Telegraph - Joanna Panagopoulos, Inner West Courier - July 29, 2019

A Homebush West daycare centre will shut its doors permanently after an inspection revealed it was 'no longer fit for use', requiring hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of repairs. While the decision to close the facility on December 20 was made as the not-for-profit preschool...

Why are we building childcare centres on busy main roads?
The Age - Clare Walter, Elena Schneider-Futschik and Louis Irving - July 29, 2019

There is increasing evidence internationally and in Australia linking a higher risk of asthma and allergies with exposure to traffic-related air pollution. And children are particularly vulnerable to traffic pollution exposure because their lungs are still developing and they...

Acacia Avenue Preschool officially open following Govt funded major redevelopment works
The Sector - Freya Lucas - July 29, 2019

A $2.3 million investment by the Victorian Government has led to the official opening, on Friday, of the Acacia Avenue Preschool in the Victorian suburb of Mentone. Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Mordialloc and Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson...

Catholic Education Week begins – Queensland schools celebrate their ‘many voices, one Spirit’
The Catholic Leader - July 29, 2019

THE great diversity of Queensland’s 306 Catholic schools will be the focus of this year’s Catholic Education Week, which runs from July 28 to August 3. The theme for this year’s celebrations is “Many Voices. One Spirit.” Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director...

Switchpoint to offer overnight daycare services at new facility
St George News - Mikayla Shoup - July 27, 2019

The Switchpoint Community Resource Center has plans to open Stepping Stones, a daycare center that will offer overnight and weekend services for families in need. The center will be the first of its kind in St. George, offering childcare exclusively between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m...