Tom Gleisner and wife Mary Muirhead on the growth of their Learning for Life centre in Kew
Herlad Sun - Greg Gliddon - August 29, 2017

As co-founder and director of Learning For Life, a Kew-based centre providing early intervention to autistic children as young as 18 months, Mary has been the driving force behind the not-for-profit organisation giving families and children a chance to live as normal lives as possible...

Why income seekers should consider this REIT''s 5.8% yield
The Motley Fool - Tristan Harrison - August 28, 2017

Most of Arena's properties are childcare centres, it leases these to some of the biggest childcare providers in Australia such as G8 Education Ltd (ASX: GEM), Goodstart Early Learning and Affinity Education. However, it also has a few medical properties which are leased to Primary Health...

Cash-strapped parents are racking up childcare fees and failing to pay them
Herald Sun - Sophie Elsworth - August 27, 2017

PARENTS owing as little as $100 in unpaid childcare expenses are being chased by debt collectors as centres get fed up with unpaid fees. In some cases centres are seeing parents rort the system by "centre hopping" children from location to location and leaving a trail of unpaid...

Push for more flexible family-friendly hours
Camden Courier - Anna Patty - August 27, 2017

A new survey has found 60 per cent of more than 5400 Australians surveyed have never asked for reduced hours to assist with family life and caring responsibilities with many citing job security or a workplace culture that does not support flexible work. It also found that almost 40 per cent...

Financial, childcare pressures forcing pregnant women to stay at work longer
Courier Mail - Madura McCormack - August 26, 2017

PREGNANT women are staying at work until just days before they give birth because of increasing financial pressures and the struggle of getting ­babies into child care. According to new data, a growing number of women are still at work less than two weeks before their due date...

Kindy cops crack down on fake family day care
Daily Telegraph - Natasha Bita - August 26, 2017

KINDERGARTEN cops are going undercover to spy on fake family daycare services that are stealing millions of dollars in childcare subsidies. NSW Education Department inspectors have started staking out the homes of family daycare operators suspected of pocketing payments...

A top engineer says robots are starting to enter American kindergartens alongside kids
Business Insider Australia - Chris Weller - August 26, 2017

According to Karen Panetta, dean of graduate engineering at Tufts University and editor-in-chief of IEEE WIE Magazine, artificial intelligence software and early-stage humanoid robots are playing a growing role in pre-K and kindergarten in the US. Over time, Panetta says, people should...

Former Westpac chief Gail Kelly says flexibility and improving childcare the key to getting more women into work
The Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - August 25, 2017

GAIL Kelly has urged Australian businesses to stop buck-passing and get on board with flexibility in the workplace for parents. The former Westpac CEO, and the first woman to hold the job of CEO of a major Australian bank, sat down with News Corp Australia in a frank and open interview...

Children as young as four allegedly slapped in the face and locked in dark room as punishment at Sydney preschool
News.com.au - Candace Sutton - August 25, 2017

CHILDREN as young as four were allegedly slapped in the face, punched or locked in a darkened room at a Sydney child care centre. The varying allegations against three woman and two men who worked at and operated the centre include common assault for allegedly slapping in the face...

Arena upbeat on integrated developments
The Australian - Elizabeth Redman - Augst 25, 2017

Childcare centre landlord Arena REIT is eyeing opportunities to add complementary services to its early-learning centre developments, after reporting a rise in full-year profit. Managing director Bryce Mitchelson highlighted an early-learning centre the group developed next...

Arena REIT posts 33pc rise in annual profit
The Australian - Elizabeth Redman - August 24, 2017

Arena REIT says demand for quality childcare centres and healthcare properties is being supported by demographic trends, with cap rates continuing to tighten. The group reported a 33 per cent rise in net profit to $96.8 million in the year to June 30, compared with the prior year. The statutory result was...

Gastro outbreak hits more than 50 daycare centres in Brisbane
Courier Mail - Darren Cartwright - August 24, 2017

THERE has been a fourfold increase in gastroenteritis outbreaks in Brisbane's daycare centres, with almost 200 children alone affected on the southside since June. In total more than 50 daycare centres have alerted Queensland Health of an outbreak of gastroenteritis. Under QH guidelines an outbreak is...

Melbourne population predictions blown away by the boom
The Australian - Simone Fox Koob - August 24, 2017

Experts warn that repeated failures by planners to predict Melbourne's massive population growth risks causing shortages of maternity and childcare services in the city's outer suburbs. Research by the Urban Development Institute of Australia as well as Australia's largest property advisory firm, Charter...

SA childcare assessment process under fire for raising risk of 'dodgy operators'
ABC News - Nathan Stitt - August 23, 2017

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has fired a broadside at the South Australian Government, accusing it of failing to ensure childcare centres across the state are up to scratch. Labor has defended its record, placing the blame on federal cuts, but Senator Birmingham said as many as one...

Secret Melbourne cell of anti-vaxxer doctors under investigation
Herald Sun - Grant McArthur - August 23, 2017

The GPs include Mitcham's Dr John Piesse, who spoke out against "no jab no play" regulations relating to childcare, and "no jab no pay" regulations relating to family assistance payments, at a Hawthorn screening of controversial film Vaxxed on August 3. Dr Piesse told the gathering: "I am a doctor who...