Child immunisation rates at record high, but gaps among Sydney's suburbs
Sydney Morning Herald - Kate Aubusson - March 9, 2018

Child vaccination rates in NSW have climbed to record levels but parents in the anti-vaccination heartlands, which include some of Sydney's wealthier areas, are still resisting, the latest official figures show. More than 93 per cent of one-year-olds and five-year-olds are fully immunised...

Child exploitation material smuggler Alexander Anh Nguyen Tran tells court he wants to serve sentence 250m from kindergarten
The Cairns Post - Sean Fewster - March 9, 2018

A SMUGGLER of Japanese child exploitation material, who wanted to live 200m from a top girls school, has told a court he has found a new address - 250m from a kindergarten. Alexander Anh Nguyen Tran - caught with images of children as young as three - wants to serve his inevitable...

Taxpayers ripped off by $2.8 million a week by dodgy daycare providers
The Courier Mail - Matthew Killoran - March 9, 2018

GRANDPARENTS have been used as cash cows by unscrupulous family daycare providers to rip off taxpayers to the tune of $2.8 million a week. But the rort has been smashed in a Government crackdown which has already saved $110 million in a year. Some family daycare providers had been...

Wollongong child care provider cops big, fat fine for forgotten boy
Illawarra Mercury - Angela Thompson - March 8, 2018

Illawarra child care provider Big Fat Smile has been slapped with a $24,000 fine, plus costs, after a sleeping three-year-old boy was left undiscovered at a Wollongong centre for almost an hour after closing time. The fine is the second serious sum to be paid out by the provider for supervision...

Early intervention key to beating poverty trap
Griffith University - Deborah Marshall - March 8, 2018

"Secondly, get the kids into early childhood education at age three, not four. Get them into an enriched kindergarten or pre-school environment, not just child care. Thirdly, keep kids at school. One of the biggest risk factors in youth justice is the lack of attachment to school.” Professor Homel...

Experts say three-year-old kinder is 'vital' for Australia's future
Herald Sun - Ashley Argoon - March 7, 2018

ACCESS to three-year-old kindergarten for all Australian pre-school children is "vital" for the future of the nation, according to experts. As the State and Federal governments are locked in furious argument over annual funding rollovers for four-year-old kinder, experts have claimed...

Ballarat charity set to aid 2000 Victorian Kindergartens
The Courier - Ben Hopkins - March 7, 2018

In a milestone agreement, the RACV has granted the Ballarat-based KIDS Foundation funding to extend the reach of their internationally recognised 'See More Safety and Education Program' to more than 2000 Victorian kindergartens and 100,000 Victorian homes over the next week...

Canberra Girls Grammar phasing out boys - but co-ed childcare to expand
The Canberra Times - Sherryn Groch - March 7, 2018

Three-year-old boys in daycare at Canberra Girls Grammar will not be offered a place in prep, under a new move to phase out co-educational learning in the junior school by 2020. Principal Anne Coutts said the decision "strengthened the school's commitment" to single-sex education, after all-boys...

Three Perth childcare workers stripped of accreditation after assault on autistic child
Joondalup Times - March 7, 2018

THREE Perth women have had their child care supervisor accreditation cancelled, and one faced a criminal charge, after a six-year-old autistic child was smacked and had soap put in their mouth. The incident happened on December 14 last year. Kathleen Anne Burton was charged...

Australia's new $175m SAP child care subsidy system counts down to go-live
IT News - Matt Johnston - March 7, 2018

But timelines worry software providers. The federal Department of Education is in the final stages of user acceptance testing for a new SAP-based system that will administer child care subsidies, as it stares down a firm July deadline for go-live. The federal government allocated $175.3...

Canaccord, Wilsons kick off Think Education raising
Financial Review - Sarah Thompson, Anthony Macdonald & Joyce Moullakis - March 7, 2018

Listed childcare centre owner Think Childcare is in front of fund managers seeking support for the acquisition of four new centres and a $10 million equity raising. Stockbrokers Wilsons and Canaccord Genuity launched the $10 million institutional placement on Wednesday morning...

How parents are saving $450 a week
Fraser Coast Chronicle - Charis Chang - March 7, 2018

AIMEE Mulqueen's commute has increased dramatically from about 10 minutes to almost an hour but she says it's worth it to save about $350 a week in childcare. The Brisbane mother returned to full-time work this month after giving birth to her second child five months ago...

Toilet training meets foreign linguistics in Far North preschools
The Cairns Post - Chris Calcino - March 6, 2018

KINDERGARTENERS still mastering their wee wees and poo poos are now learning about oui oui and sacré blue. Second languages are being taught to about 800 preschoolers across 24 Far North preschools as part of the Federal Government's $15.7 million Early Learning Languages...

It may not be the smartest to over-invest in our kids' education
The Australian - Judith Sloan - March 6, 2018

And here are two findings from the research that are often ignored by the ECEC rent-seeking brigade: first, the time young children spend with their parents is strongly positively correlated with success at school and in their subsequent lives; second, long hours in childcare...

Kelly O'Dwyer to issue a major slap down to business on treatment of women
Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - March 6, 2018

And Ms O'Dwyer will today commit to reporting on female representation every six months until the government meets its 50 per cent target. "Given the current levels of representation on ASX 200 boards is 18.5 percentage points less that the Government sector the private sector...