Future Melbourne: Women contribute most to unpaid economy, many struggle to get paying jobs
Herald Sun - John Masanauskas & Charlotte Brundrett - June 23, 2017

WOMEN are contributing most to the $565 billion "unpaid economy" but many of them are being held back from getting paying jobs due to geographic isolation, says a new report. The study by business consultant PwC revealed that childcare formed the lion's share of the unpaid economy, with women...

School starting age changes in Tasmania versus Australia
The Examiner - Caitlin Jarvis - June 21, 2017

The proposed changes by the government hinge on the definition of pre-school, or Kindergarten, and the first year of formal school, also known as Prep. The current procedure for Tasmanian children is they start their first formal year of school, or Prep, at five years old. They have access to pre...

One-third of preschoolers own smartphones
SBS News - June 21, 2017

It appears owning a smartphone or tablet is the new normal for Australian children, raising serious health concerns among pediatricians. The latest Australian Child Health Poll shows one-third of preschoolers and two- thirds of primary school-aged children own such devices and 50 per cent of them...

Big data, ample opportunity: property sector embraces analytics
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - June 21, 2017

Mall owners such as GPT have begun employing data analytics to understand and influence shoppers. Childcare centre landlord Arena REIT is also looking to use the predictive power of big data to forecast supply and demand. Canadian-listed real estate software player Altus, in a recent visit to...

Frasers signs up Guardian, Corning in Mulgrave business park
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - June 20, 2017

Frasers Property Australia has secured leasing deals with childcare provider Guardian and specialist manufacturer Corning worth a combined $8.2 million at its business park in Mulgrave in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs. Guardian, one of Australia's largest childcare providers, has committed to...

Arena nurtures bounty in childcare portfolio
Financial Review - Nick Lenaghan - June 20, 2017

Arena REIT has captured more value from the busy market in childcare centres, booking a $23.8 million lift in its portfolio valuation over the past six months. The represents an increase of 4.2 per cent over book value. "It has been an active six-month period with several positive portfolio outcomes...

School starting age changes 'serious issue': Launceston Legislative Council member Rosemary Armitage
The Examiner - Caitlin Jarvis - June 20, 2017

Impact of the state government's proposed school starting age on child care and the early education sector will be paramount when Launceston Legislative Council member Rosemary Armitage considers the changes. Ms Armitage and her Legislative Council colleagues are expected to debate the changes...

TAFE director appeals for federal support
Central Western Daily - Danielle Cetinski - June 20, 2017

TAFE diploma enrolments have plummeted by half due to red tape and federal intervention is needed to preserve quality training, according to the organisation's managing director. Jon Black spoke out on Tuesday, prompted by skills shortages in construction and early childhood in the state's west...

WA Catholic Education fined $9000 after 6yo wandered away from school
WA Today - Heather McNeill - June 19, 2017

The WA Catholic Education Commission has been fined $9000 after a six-year-old child wandered away from a Bayswater after-school care unnoticed and was found by a member of the public 20 minutes later. The girl left St Columba's Primary School around 5pm on February 2 - the second...

Nannies train to protect kids from terrorism and kidnap attempts
Daily Telegraph - Clarissa Bye - June 17, 2017

IT looks like Mary Poppins meets James Bond but this training is deadly serious. Nannies are now being taught how to cope with extreme emergencies including terrorism or attempted child abductions. While such security was once only for nannies to the royals or high-profile families...

The new type of debt fuelling private equity's next buying spree
Financial Review - Jemima Whyte - June 14, 2017

In April, Bain Capital Private Equity was in the market syndicating the debt for its $400 million acquisition of after school care business Camp Australia. Now, its bankers are in the market seeking to refinance a portion of the $320 million of debt in $A TLB, possibly with a five to seven-year tenure...

Low yield property deals an investment 'suicide': Quintessential Equity
Financial Review - Larry Schlesinger - June 14, 2017

Concerns about a potential bubble building in the commercial property market have been growing louder as yields have tumbled on sought-after assets like childcare centres, supermarkets, take-away restaurants and petrol stations. Last month, a new record low 3.6 per cent yield was...

Mason's Law sees rise in abuse reports from childcare workers
Townsville Bulletin - Rachel Riley - June 13, 2017

REPORTS from childcare workers over potential child abuse have increased more than 20 per as carers embrace Mason''s Law even before it is officially enforced from July 1. The Department of Child Safety has revealed that from January to March this year, the number of calls from childcare personnel to...

Childcare centres offer parents giftcard incentives to switch from rival businesses
The Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - June 10, 2017

DESPERATE daycare providers are poaching clients in a fight for toddlers, giving gift cards to parents who transfer from rival centres. Established operators are now demanding a ban on competitors opening nearby, in a bid to protect their taxpayer-funded profits. Despite long waiting lists and...

School days stretched to 12 hours to help time-poor families burdened by long commutes and childcare
The Daily Telegraph - Bruce McDougall - June 10, 2017

SCHOOLS are staying open for 12 hours a day in a radical overhaul of traditional class time that is providing major relief to pressured and stressed families. A new school in Sydney's booming west is operating from 6am to 6pm - and more are set to offer longer hours as parents struggle daily...