A childcare conference, an Uber ride & a reminder that wholesale change is needed
Women's Agenda - Georgina Dent - November 16, 2017

I am familiar with these issues and yet the conversation reminded me how incoherent the framework for early education and care is in this country. So often solutions have been piecemeal, in effect, focusing on one issue at a time. Subsidies are aimed at affordability, and while the government is...

Australia makes its mark at day one of the World Architecture Festival
Architecture Design - Nicholas Tider - November 16, 2017

Two Australian projects – both from Sydney – have been recognised at day one of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards. East Sydney Early Learning Centre (ESELC) by Andrew Burges Architects took out the School category, beating nine other projects from around the world (including two...

Priorities changing for workers, tenants and office landlords
The Australian - Elizabeth Redman - November 16. 2017

The research found employees were more effective when their offices had amenities such as childcare, although workers were hesitant to give up desk space for better perks. Meanwhile, a separate report from CBRE found half of office tenants surveyed expected to use less space in future...

Kids beat apartments: Early learning operator sees sense in $60m site
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - November 15, 2017

A fast-growing early learning centre operator has outlaid $60 million for a Fishermans Bend development site with approval for more than 1000 apartments on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD. The seller, China-backed Botree Group, had obtained a permit for 1004 units in a...

Should you buy this REIT for its 5% yield?
Motley Fool - Tristan Harrison - November 15, 2017

Folkestone Education Trust (ASX: FET) could be one of the best REITs to get the combination of income and growth. It's a REIT which leases its properties to childcare operators. It has around 400 operating properties which are leased to some of the biggest childcare providers like Goodstart...

Tougher laws to crack down on unvaccinated children in childcare, kindergarten
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur - November 14, 2017

Parents and childcare centres will also be subjected to regular audits to ensure all enrolments are up to date with the immunisation schedule, with those who miss vaccinations due after they are already enrolled required to catch up or face the prospect of having their enrolment cancelled...

Teaching kids 21st century skills early will help prepare them for their future
The Conversation - Iram Siraj - November 14, 2017

There is a growing emphasis on integrated learning in early childhood education and care that creates a connection between the academic and the social. Developing children's competencies in creativity, collaboration, self-regulation and problem solving can be undertaken through...

'App gap' widens over pre-school children's access to touch screens
PM with Dominique Schwartz - David Coady - November 14, 2017

Researchers are worried about a growing gap between toddlers who use educational apps and those that don't. Rather than being bad for them - a study from Edith Cowan University suggests screen time could help to prepare children for school. Official Australian recommendations...

Investors rush into childcare real estate, Burgess Rawson says
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - November 14, 2017

Investor appetite for childcare centres is still strong even with sales of the facilities surging to a high in 2017, according to auction house and commercial agency Burgess Rawson. The agency is responsible for around three-quarters of the trade in the busy asset class, selling many...

The mum and dad segment of the investment market are increasingly looking at commercial property
The Courier Mail - Chis Herde - November 14, 2017

According to CBRE research, the Greater Brisbane retail, industrial and childcare markets are experiencing strong demand in the sub-$3 million price point. This sector appeals to smaller investors, especially self-managed super funds, and has seen consistent year-on-year growth from 2012...

Geelong kindergarten parents and teachers call for three-year-old funding
Geelong Advertiser - Olivia Shying - November 14, 2017

OVERSTRETCHED parents are calling on the State Government to subsidise three-year-old kindergarten places so all children have the same access to education. Breakwater Preschool teacher Simone Orr said the kindergarten was forced to cut its three-year-old program five years ago...

Steady growth and reliable income
The Australian - Adrian Ezquerro - November 14, 2017

With total assets now in excess of $900m, Folkestone Education Trust (ASX: FET) has grown to become the largest childcare-focused Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in Australia. Driven by a high-quality management team, FET has invested judiciously in recent years to deliver...

One in two Australians fear young people are not equipped for jobs of the future
Sydney Morning Herald - Anna Patty - November 13, 2017

Job numbers were predicted to grow for general clerks, registered nurses, general sales assistants, child carers and electricians. Jobs in growth industries including aged care, childcare and the health sector were low paid, but Mr Dawson said the skill level of some jobs could be raised...

Childcare reforms will bring relief to thousands of families in Melbourne's west
The Daily Telegraph - Annika Smethurst - November 12, 2017

PARENTS in Werribee and Melbourne's west will be the big winners when the federal government's new childcare subsidies kick in next year. A new analysis by the Department of Education and Training has identified the suburbs where the greatest number of Australian families will...

Looming childcare centre closure set to dampen baby boom in rural WA town
ABC News - Benjamin Gubana - November 12, 2017

Families in a thriving rural town in Western Australia's Wheatbelt may be forced to give up their jobs, or leave town, because of a lack of childcare. At a time when some regional towns are in decline, Dumbleyung, about 270 kilometres south-east of Perth, is going through a baby boom...