Childcare loophole sees dodgy operators buy centres without safety audit
Daily Telegraph - Kylar Loussikian - February 6, 2018

More than 1080 childcare and after-school care centres around the country have not been audited to make sure they are operated properly after the arrival of new owners. In one example Camp Australia, which was black-listed by the NSW government in late 2016 after a string of shocking...

Police to teach kindy kids how to avoid online predators
The Courier Mail - Renee Viellaris - February 6, 2018

KIDS in daycare and kindergarten will be warned by police about online grooming and sexting, as seasoned officers are left shocked by the age of victims. Children as young as four – many unable to read and write – are uploading sexually explicit images on the internet and falling...

Childcare strike threat a stunt: minister
Yahoo News - February 5, 2018

The federal government says a plan by early childhood educators to strike next month for better pay is nothing more than a political stunt. Parents are being asked to keep their children at home on March 27 so educators can send a message about how seriously they feel about equal pay...

Low preschool attendance rates in SA holding back early learning for three-year-olds, federal education minister says
The Advertiser - Sheradyn Holderhead - February 5, 2018

PRESCHOOLERS in South Australia have the worst attendance rate of any state, preventing early learning being extended to three-year-olds, Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says. The latest figures also reveal South Australia is at risk of losing some funding for the current pre-school...

Educators launch a detailed campaign after Malcolm Turnbull failed to meet deadline
News.com.au - Tom Livingstone - February 4, 2018

TODAY Australia's early childhood educators launched a national TV, radio and newspaper campaign encouraging the country to help them achieve equal pay. "We are asking the community to stand with us to fight the appalling gender pay gap, facing this vital, growing and...

Preschool funding deal extended for a year
SBS - February 4, 2018

Federal funding for preschools has been extended by a year, at a cost of $440 million, as the Turnbull government continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the states. Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the funding injection will extend the national partnership on early...

Australian children are facing a sleep crisis due to excessive screen time
Herald Sun - Lanai Scarr - February 2, 2018

OUR kids are facing a sleep crisis due to their reliance on smartphones and tablets and it's making them dumber, more depressed and less likely to succeed. Children as young as three are showing up to pre-school and childcare massively sleep-deprived thanks to spending too...

Glenroy mum told to pay back $150k in 'overpayments'
Herald Sun - Peter Michelburough - February 2, 2018

A GLENROY mum is being pursued by the federal government after refusing to pay back $150,000 in welfare payments she was not entitled to. Fatma Sleiman was paid $107,000 in childcare fee assistance and almost $47,000 in carer payments between December 2013 and May 2016...

Rising child care costs hit Perth families
Perth Now - Phoebe Wearne - February 1, 2018

WA families are increasingly being squeezed by childcare costs, with a new report revealing out-of-pocket fees for full-time care have soared to $452 a week. The Productivity Commission's annual report on government services found long daycare centres cost $10 more a week on average...

Yarra Council bans staff from uttering Australia Day
Herald Sun - James Dowling - February 1, 2018

THE CITY of Yarra has banned its 1000 employees, ­including childcare workers, ­librarians, and gardeners, from even uttering the words "Australia Day". A January 15 bulletin from council chief executive Vijaya Vaidyanath directed staff to refer to Australia Day as "the January 26 public holiday"...

Childcare fees bite parents who want work
SBS News - February 1, 2018

Nearly 120,000 parents aren't working because child care is too expensive or they can't find a spot. The high price of child care was the top reason cited for Australians who weren't in the labour force because they were looking after children, government data released on Thursday shows. One in...

States, territories call for long-term funding for 3yo early childhood education
ABC News - Richard Willingham - February 1, 2018

Every Australian three-year-old child would have access to 15 hours per week of early childhood education under a bold pitch from state governments to boost the sector. A review, commissioned by state and territory governments, also wants child care to have a greater emphasis on education...

Report reveals childcare injuries, while state falls short on school funding
Herald Sun - Ashley Argoon - Feburary 1, 2018

VICTORIA calls itself the 'Education State' but it gives school students the least amount of funding in Australia, according to a new report. The report also reveals a shocking number of serious incidents in Victoria's childcare centres. One child died and almost 3000 kids were injured, or suffered...

Latest data shows Tasmania improving in some areas, lagging in others
The Advocate - Leah McBey - February 1, 2018

The state had a much higher enrolment rate of 62 per cent in government pre-school services compared with the rest of the country at 17.3 per cent. More than 96 per cent of the state''s children were in pre-school. State spending on early childhood education and services has risen gradually...

Canberra families pay most for childcare, according to Productivity Commission
Canberra Times - Emily Baker - February 1, 2018

Canberra families pay the nation's highest rates for childcare, despite having what appear to be the most dangerous services, according to new data. Productivity Commission data released on Thursday revealed the ACT's 354 National Quality Framework-approved early childhood services...