Teachers need more training to deal with problematic sexual behaviour
Sydney Morning Herald - Alexandra Smith - August 6, 2017

Children as young as five are displaying worrying sexual behaviour at school, prompting concerns that teachers are ill-equipped to differentiate between whether students are victims of sexual abuse or are imitating what they see in music videos or internet advertising, new research reveals...

Childcare centres locate 'outdoor' play centres inside due to space constraints
Herald Sun - Susie O'Brien - August 6, 2017

CHILDCARE centres are ­offering outdoor play spaces that are located inside, ­contributing to "nature deficit disorder" among children, education experts say. The Education Department has confirmed three Melbourne childcare centres have been granted ­exemptions from national standards...

Childcare costs are crippling families. Time to step up and fix a broken system
The Mercury - Lanai Scarr - August 6, 2017

We often lament that there are not more women in the workforce but how are we supposed to even begin fixing that when our childcare system is fundamentally broken? Even when the government's legislated childcare changes come into force in July 2018, families on a combined household...

Most Perth children not active enough: University of WA research
Perth Now - Regina Titelius - August 6, 2017

FEWER than a third of Perth preschoolers are active for at least three hours a day, a new study measuring childhood body movement shows. University of WA population health researcher Dr Hayley Christian said the "alarming" revelation should prompt the introduction of activity guidelines at...

Meditation a winner for some young
Sydney Morning Herald - Amanda Phelan - August 5, 2017

There is a push to get mindfulness meditation on the school curriculum across Australia by 2020, says Dr Addie Wootten, a clinical psychologist and chief executive of the non-profit meditation program, Smiling Mind. "Our mental health is as important as our physical health," Dr Wootten says...

The anti-vaccination danger
Herald Sun - August 3, 2017

Digital access has enabled the spread of the anti-vaccination movement and its manipulation of information to confect false theories dressed as fact and aimed at scaring vulnerable people. In response, the Australian and Victorian governments have adopted policies to encourage misinformed or negligent...

Childcare costs worry families as cost of raising kids becomes more expensive
Herald Sun - Aneeka Simonis - August 2, 2017

New data shows many one-parent families are struggling to keep themselves afloat. They experience "very high" levels of child poverty, have low home ownership rates, which are continuing to decline, and are being hit with expensive childcare costs. The bleak snapshot of family life across the...

Retirement a more distant dream and childcare costs a key issue
The Australian - Pia Akerman - August 2, 2017

For people still working and raising young children, childcare remains a key issue. Household spending on childcare has doubled for single parents and grew nearly as much for couples in the years since 2002, despite limited rises in the number of hours used. Report author Roger Wilkins said the...

'Working for nothing': Childcare crisis pushes Sydney parents to the brink
Sydney Morning Herald - Rachel Browne, Tom Cowie & Steffanie Tan - August 2, 2017

Most parents are experiencing substantial difficulties with the financial burden and lack of availability of childcare, with costs that have more than doubled for some families in just over a decade. A national survey, which has tracked more than 17,000 people in 9500 households since 2002, has released...

Free online advertisements for babysitters can come at a cost for desperate parents
ABC News - Saman Shad - August 1, 2017

My friend isn't alone in relying on unvetted strangers for child care. Many Facebook groups have been set up in response to the large number of parents looking for someone to care for their kids. There, parents and nannies, babysitters and au pairs can place ads for free. It seems like...

Childcare fees could triple under Tasmanian Government's school start plan, learning centre warns
ABC News - Georgie Burgess - August 1, 2017

Tasmanian childcare provider Discovery Early Learning Centres is threatening to scrap plans for a new centre in Bridgewater and is warning six other centres will close if the Government pushes ahead with changes to the school starting age. The Upper House will soon be tasked with deciding...

Legislative councillors still hold concerns about lowering school starting age in Tasmania
The Mercury - Loretta Lohberger - August 1, 2017

INDEPENDENT MLCs, who hold the key to the State Government's proposal to lower the school starting age, are eagerly awaiting a report into the social and economic impact of the change. Meanwhile, the union representing the childcare sector is continuing its campaign against the proposal...

The two things most parents get wrong about childcare costs
Sydney Morning Herald - Melanie Browne - August 1, 2017

Every week I have a conversation with new or expecting parents where I feel as though I'm stuck in a Groundhog Day moment. That conversation is about the cost of childcare and whether one partner (the woman in 95 per cent of cases) should go back to work. Inevitably the argument presented to...

Mitchelson's Arena REIT in $65m Early Learning Centre play
The Australian - Elizabeth Redman & Ben Wilmot - July 31, 2017

The listed Arena REIT Group is on the hunt for more acquisitions in the social infrastructure segment, after snapping up a portfolio of nine Early Learning Centre properties under development in a $65 million play. The group is also eyeing an increase in government funding for childcare services that it...

Arena REIT buys childcare portfolio worth $65m
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - July 28, 2017

Childcare centre owner Arena REIT will buy out a portfolio of nine facilities under development in a transaction worth $65 million. It is the biggest single deal yet for Arena REIT, underscoring the returns being generated from the growing social infrastructure sector, backed by a flow of government...