Hills International College puts fun into teaching coding language
The Australian - November 25, 2017

In the backdrop was the knowledge that parents were increasingly concerned about the amount of time their children were spending in front of a computer screen. So, in a bid to minimise exposure to devices, particularly for the younger students, the school set about developing a screenless...

Companies should address the pay gap before offering female employees paid egg-freezing
Herald Sun - Wendy Tuohy - November 23, 2017

If their partner has no parental leave provisions or flexibility at work, young women considering having a family are faced with a choice between trying to afford childcare out of their wage. And when research shows the mother's wage is most often used to cover childcare fees, while the father pays...

Is this the one thing Greens and One Nation agree on?
Queensland Times - Geoff Egan - November 23, 2017

IT MAY be the one issue One Nation and Greens agree on. The two minor parties have agreed to support all the policies childcare providers are crying out for. The Greens and One Nation said they would fund kindergarten for three-year-olds - a policy the LNP did not back and Labor said it would...

Mum says government has no power to vaccinate kids
The Australian - Pia Akerman - November 23, 2017

Publicly funded lawyers representing a mother who opposes her children being vaccinated while they are in state care have told a judge the courts have no power to make such an order, even if it is in the children's best interests. The children's father, who cannot be identified, yesterday told the...

Gungahlin childcare centre believes development could breach UN convention rights
The Canberra Times - Han Nguyen - November 22, 2017

The operators of the YMCA Canberra Gungahlin centre said the Empire Global development could breach eight articles of the convention, including the right that children are protected from exploitation, abuse or harm and a number of articles in relation to the responsibilities centred on ensuring...

Young Australians will wear the cost of Turnbull's middle-income tax cuts
ABC News - Danielle Wood and Hugh Parsonage - November 22, 2017

And as the Prime Minister flagged, there is also an economic case for such tax cuts. High marginal tax rates for middle-income earners can significantly affect incentives to participate in the workforce, particularly for women with children in child care. But the kicker is the effect of the promised tax cuts...

Lack of jobs setback for school-starters
Fraser Coast Chronicle - Louise Shannon - November 22, 2017

A LACK of job opportunities in Maryborough and a need for funding for the region's early childhood learning centres is contributing to worryingly poor readiness for school among the region's young children compared with school-starters throughout the rest of Queensland. Director of Goodstart...

NBN woes delay opening of a Delacombe child care centre
The Courier - Michelle Smith - November 22, 2017

The building on Smythes Rd was completed in July but delays in the NBN rollout only saw the centre connected to the network about six weeks ago. This meant they could not apply to the Department of Education and Training's early childhood services for a licence to open. Their application for...

Deficit-plagued Victoria Legal Aid backs anti-vax mum's fight
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur and Shannon Deery - November 21, 2017

VICTORIAN taxpayers will fund a mum's court action to stop her children being immunised following the latest controversial decision by Victoria Legal Aid to run the case. Health experts and government ministers have been left outraged at the decision by the deficit-plagued taxpayer funded...

Former Kangaroo Flat childcare operator has fine and conviction struck out in court
Bendigo Advertiser - Adam Holmes - November 21, 2017

THE former operator of a childcare centre in Kangaroo Flat found to be caring for children without receiving departmental approval has had his conviction and fine struck out in court. The man in his 50s, who established the St Anastasia Childcare Centre on Olympic Parade, appeared...

Roxburgh Park, Craigieburn kindergartens to use portables to meet high demand
Herald Sun - Bridie Byrne - November 21, 2017

RAPID population growth will force Hume Council to use portables for kindergarten classes next year. Two $2.5 million portable rooms will be set up next to the Bluebird Way Child and Family Centre in Roxburgh Park, and Newbury Child and Community Centre in Craigieburn...

Child's play for PwC auction
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - November 21, 2017

Brisbane-based Blue Sky is hoping its next deal will be as easy as ABC, with a offshore buyer poised to buy childcare services operator Foundation Early Learning. Street Talk understands the ASX-listed private equity firm is seeking to agree terms to sell Foundation Early Learning within...

Perth boy Lachlan Mitchell's family call for day care pool ban after drowning death
ABC News - Nicolas Perpitch - November 20, 2017

The family of a two-year-old boy who drowned at a Perth family day care centre wants pools banned at day care centres across Western Australia. Lachlan Mitchell died in Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) on the evening of November 10 2015 - two days before his third birthday...

Time to look at what's achievable
Financial Review - Craig Emerson - November 20, 2017

While the major parties were at it, they could legislate measures to reduce the punitive disincentives for women with children to increase their hours of work. Through the interaction of the withdrawal of childcare benefits and women's marginal income tax rates, the effective marginal tax...

FAIR GO: Why Toowoomba children miss out with kindy
Toowoomba Chronicle - Tom Gillespie - November 20, 2017

The 2015 Australian Early Development Census reveals the percentage of developmentally vulnerable five-year-olds in regional Queensland is significantly higher than in Brisbane. The statistics show in inner Brisbane 18.3 per cent of children faced at least one area of disadvantage...