Religion is no excuse for anti-vax nonsense
Perth Now - Peter Kurti - December 28, 2017

ATTEMPTS by anti-vax campaigners to invoke religion as a way of dodging vaccinations for their children is an excellent example of the limits the state rightly puts on religious freedom. Claims by the Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network (AVN) that some vaccines contain...

The changes shaking up your household budget in 2018
News.com.au - Fiona Willan - December 28, 2017

From next year, the government's new childcare package kicks in, with an additional $2.5 billion in funding to be rolled out from July. But families will need to get prepared before then. Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the government would start getting in touch with parents...

Childcare centre fined $16k after girl, 4, left on hot bus
The West Australian - Liam Croy - December 28, 2017

A Karratha childcare centre has been fined $16,000 for leaving a four-year-old girl to bake on a bus on a 30C day. Stripy Zebras Junior Education Centre received the penalty last month after it was referred to the State Administrative Tribunal for disciplinary action. The girl was rescued...

Vaccines contain products of abortion, Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network claims
Yahoo News - December 28, 2017

An anti-vaccination group say parents that choose not to vaccinate their children should receive government funding, claiming some vaccines are derived from aborted babies. The Australian Vaccination Skeptics Network (AVN) told a federal parliamentary inquiry into religious freedom...

How are we doing on early childhood education and care? Good, but there's more to do
The Conversation - Susan Irvine - December 26, 2017

Overall, we've seen huge improvements, particularly for children aged three to five years. The priority now is a universal approach to quality education and care for our youngest children. In 2007, the Rudd Government committed to a series of significant early childhood reforms...

Dapto childcare worker changing attitudes about male educators
Illawarra Mercury - Agron Latifi - December 22, 2017

Only about five per cent of early childhood educators are male and Mr Stewart could sense some initial trepidation from parents during his first work placement. "Overcoming that I just came to realise that they were just unaware of what benefits males bring to the sector," he said...

Vic parents lose appeal to stop vaccines
9News.com.au - December 22, 2017

A Victorian mother has lost a legal bid to stop her three children from receiving vaccinations for measles. The mother went to the Victorian Supreme Court to challenge a Children's Court order for her three children to be immunised while in the temporary care of the Department of Health and Human...

Childcare centre labelled overdevelopment by Land and Environment Court
Central Western Daily - Danielle Cetinski - December 21, 2017

THE commissioner assessing a Land and Environment Court appeal for a childcare centre in Turner Crescent has described the development application (DA) as "simply too much". Senior Commissioner Rosemary Martin refused Australian Childcare Solutions'' DA on Thursday on several grounds...

Childcare's poor cousin: an over-arching strategy for after-school care is sorely needed
WA Today - Caitlin Fitzsimmons - December 19, 2017

It's symptomatic of a wider problem, in that the demand for after-school care has grown and will continue to grow, but there's no grand strategy to accommodate it. When the majority of schools were built, there was no thought given to after-school care. In the 1950s and '60s...

Grandparents put their feet up after a year of helping the rest of us achieve the impossible
Sydney Morning Herald - William McKeith - December 19, 2017

I suspect there are many grandparents feeling a sense of relief this week – feet up for a break from the routine tasks involved in ferrying grandchildren to and from school and pre-school. After-school carers, taxis and loving listeners for the enthusiastic stories from grandchildren in their care...

Myefo: Morrison unveils cuts to welfare, universities and family payments
The Guardian - Katharine Murphy & Gareth Hutchens - December 18, 2017

The government will save $400m by withholding lump sum payments under family tax benefits for people with outstanding social security, student assistance, or paid parental leave debts from December 2018. The government will also save $1bn over four years by tightening...

Wimmera Southern Mallee early years services trial sites announced
Ararat Advertiser - Carly Werner - December 18, 2017

The Wimmera Southern Mallee Early Years Steering Committee selected communities for a state government-funded trial, where residents will develop early years models that work best in their communities. The models – to be tested over three years – will incorporate maternal...

ACT parenting body says children missing out on preschool
Canberra Times - Emily Baker - December 18, 2017

Some Canberra families are not sending their children to preschool because of a shortage of places in their local early childhood education centres, according to the peak body for public school parents. ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Associations president Kirsty McGovern-Hooley...

Childcare program slugged for housekeeping
The Australian - Rick Morton - December 18, 2017

Childcare providers in a small federal government program for children whose parents work ­abnormal hours or live remotely have abused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of taxpayer funding, in some cases charging $135 an hour for care and housekeeping. Education Minister...

Melbourne University throws shade on its own childcare centre
The Age - Madeleine Heffernan - December 17, 2017

A childcare centre owned by the University of Melbourne will be without sunlight for most of the year after it builds a 14-storey student accommodation next door. Childcare centres are not subject to protections from overshadowing and overlooking because they are not...