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...

Outdoor napping all year round embraced by Canberra childcare centre
ABC News - Hannah Walmsley - December 4, 2017

In Sweden and other Scandinavian countries it's perfectly normal to see newborn babies wrapped up in their prams, napping outdoors, even in the middle of winter. Outdoor naps have become the norm in state-run childcare centres in Nordic countries - the theory being that napping...

Radical rethink of Closing the Gap required, despite some progress
The Conversation - Francis Markham & Nicholas Biddle - December 4, 2017

The initial Closing the Gap target, agreed to by the heads of government in 2009, aimed for complete access to preschool for Indigenous children in remote communities. By 2013, that target was still far from being met. Consequently, it was replaced by a more modest target...

Techie toddlers taught STEM
The Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - December 2, 2017

DAYCARE centres are teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects to kids in kindy, giving budding boffins a smart start for future-proof careers. Dozens of NSW childcare centres are introducing children to the STEM topics, using play-based teaching...

A different way to learn: Tamar Valley Steiner school two years on from launching
The Examiner - Lucy Stone - December 2, 2017

From little things, big things grow. A playgroup becomes a kindergarten, a kindergarten a primary school. And, hopefully, in the near future, that primary school could become a high school. Tamar Valley Steiner School opened for the first term of 2016 as a natural extension...

Mums forced to take on extra jobs to cope with cost of living
Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - December 1, 2017

Childcare is crippling families as News Corp Australia has been revealing all year, with parents naming this as their biggest budgetary stress. The inaugural finder.com.au Cost of Kids 2017 Report found more than eight out of ten Australians (86 per cent) struggled with some financial...

Lauren Novak: Stop wasting time South Australian state politicians. Just get on with your jobs
The Advertiser - Lauren Novak - December 1, 2017

One example is a Labor proposal to enable childcare providers to refuse to enrol children who are not fully vaccinated. Despite much hype from government over many months, this Bill remained on the Parliament's to-do list after the lights were turned out this week. Another example...