This orange looks good but I can't open it
News.com.au - Jackie Sinnerton - October 4, 2017

CHILDREN in child care are being taught how to open a clingwrapped sandwich, rip the top off a yoghurt and peel fruit as schools report pupils are skipping lunch as they struggle to open foods. Timber Tots Child Care in Brisbane's Camp Hill is rolling out classes for three- and...

Disadvantaged kids need more support - not less says Labor
South Coast Register - October 3, 2017

The implications for people who are particularly disadvantaged means those people may not be able to qualify for the family tax benefit which means get less access to long day care. "What kids from very disadvantaged backgrounds need is the access and not have the access...

NSW rotavirus outbreak worst in five years
News.com.au - Hannah Higgins - October 2, 2017

NSW is in the grip of a surge of a highly-contagious gastro virus after a spate of outbreaks in aged care and child care centres. Experts are investigating whether a mutant strain of the gastro-like rotavirus is responsible for a surge in NSW cases after outbreaks in aged care facilities...

Vaccination is compulsory in childcare but not in schools
The Courier Mail - Sue Dunlevy - September 30, 2017

ONE in three parents would be reluctant to enrol their children in a school where there were high numbers of unvaccinated children, an exclusive survey has revealed. Two State Governments, NSW and Victoria, will from next year ban childcare centres from enrolling unvaccinated...

Supercharged vaccines being considered to combat deadly flu
Financial Review - Jill Margo - September 29, 2017

Australian health authorities are considering licensing new products capable of boosting the strength of the flu vaccine as they race against time to ensure that next year's vaccine is more effective than the suboptimal one used this year. And the Federal Department of Health, which was exploring...

Melbourne households paying $312 more for electricity than in 2010: ABS study
Herald Sun - Kieran Rooney - September 29, 2017

"In the six years since the last survey, the biggest increases in spending on goods and services by households have been in education (44 per cent), household services and operation, including childcare services (up by 30 per cent), energy and health care (both up by 26 per cent),"...

The assets at risk of being too popular
The Courier-Mail - Chris Herde - September 29, 2017

DEMAND for freehold childcare centres is at an all time high but with an unprecedented wave of new centres planned there are expectations the market will soften. Australian Childcare Brokers co-owner Andrew Kelly, who has sold about 15 freehold centres this year and about 30 businesses...

How to find a good babysitter and pay them the right rate
ABC News - Amanda Hoh - September 29, 2017

Casual or ad-hoc babysitters are considered independent contractors who enter into a contract with the hiring parents, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman. As they are not considered employees, babysitters don't have a minimum wage or pay rate and so have to negotiate payment...

Daycare staff spend hours on politically correct paperwork
The Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - September 28, 2017

BABIES and toddlers are being monitored for environmental awareness and "non-verbal ­interaction" as daycare staff drown in PC paperwork. Childcare staff are spending hours writing "reflective journals", creating "mind maps" and keeping "running records" for every child in care...

Merger plans for outside school care groups dropped
The Australian - Bridget Carter - September 27, 2017

Bain Capital's Camp Australia and Advent Private Equity's Junior Adventures Group have abandoned merger plans. It comes after concerns about the deal from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about a loss of competition between the pair - two largest commercial...

No competition with Singapore students
The Australian - Stefanie Balogh - September 27, 2017

Success is about giving children a strong start, but "Australia still has some way to catch up". "High quality early childhood education and care can have a major impact on children's cognitive abilities as well as on their socio-emotional development and it can improve social mobility...

Childcare staff to overrule parent wishes in national baby sleep safety crackdown
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien and Simon Kuperman - September 26, 2017

PARENTAL wishes about their baby's sleep routines at childcare will be overruled by staff, under a new national child safety crackdown. In a bid to reduce cases of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, staff will ignore the wishes of parents who want their babies to sleep on their front or side...

Think Childcare: Turning child's play into earnings
The Australian - Jonathan Wilson - September 26, 2017

With 3 per cent market share in Victoria, TNK is well placed to join in the consolidation of the still highly fragmented industry. Since listing in late 2014, it has grown its network of owned centres from 30 to 38, and in conjunction with "incubator" partners, it has a pipeline of 62 centres...

Calls for rules sending sick kids home to stop spread of diseases
Daily Telegraph - Rose Brennan - September 23, 2017

Childcare centres making up their own inadequate health rules and desperate parents disguising their kids' illnesses are combining to making the centres hothouses for the spread of diseases in children. Experts have called for mandatory, consistent procedures governing the attendance...

Push to extend preschool funding for younger children in Canberra
ABC News - Jonathon Gul and Diana Hayward - September 22, 2017

A group of not-for-profit organisations in Canberra is putting pressure on the ACT and Federal Government to extend its preschool funding to three-year-olds.At the moment, preschool is free for children aged four, but a newly formed group - The Children First Alliance - wants to see...