Grandparents isolated by full time child care; Bega Playability provides respite
Bega District - Alana Beitz - August 11, 2017

A growing number of grandparents are sacrificing their retirement plans to provide full time care to their grandchildren. The reasons behind their circumstances are varied, but the isolation of returning to full time child care is shared among them. Older than the other parents at playgroup...

ACCC warns merger between two of the largest after-school care companies could lead to higher fees
ABC News - Ursula Malone - August 11, 2017

A proposed merger between two of the nation's largest after-school care companies could result in higher fees and lower quality care, the competition watchdog has found. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a negative preliminary report on Camp Australia's bid...

Government, like voters, must live within its means
The Australian - August 11, 2017

The failure of most state governments to secure domestic gas supplies is an obvious example. Another is the impact of federal childcare subsidies. However popular, especially with politicians who relish the excellent photo opportunities they offer, subsidies are an incentive for the sector to raise costs, as the...

Talking Point: Evidence shows starting school earlier does not help outcomes
The Mercury - Michelle O'Byrne - August 11, 2017

LEADING early childhood expert Steve Biddulph nailed it when commenting on Tasmania's baffling move to lower the school starting age to 3½ years. "Australia as a whole is out of step with the world," Mr Biddulph said nine months ago when the new starting age was being hotly debated...

Government controls put their hands in our pockets
The Australian - David Uren - August 10, 2017

Childcare is one of the worst examples. Fees have risen 45 per cent in the past five years, or almost 10 times the average rate of private sector inflation. The childcare quality framework introduced by the Gillard government significantly raised costs by imposing minimum qualifications and staff ratios...

Dads also needed in childcare Campaign for "Families"
Women's Agenda - Kristine Ziwica - August 10, 2017

A campaign featuring only mums reinforces the view that childcare is a 'women's issue', rather than a family issue. Just last week a column in the Sydney Morning Herald made the rounds imploring us to stop calculating the costs and benefits of childcare as a percentage of the mother's salary...

Folkestone Education Trust wary of rising childcare costs
Financial Review - Nick Leneghan - August 9, 2017

The country's biggest listed owner of childcare properties, Folkestone Education Trust, has warned that the rising cost of living is taking a toll on occupancy, as parents count their pennies. Despite the warning, FET booked a healthy 9.6 per cent rise in full year distributable income to $37.8 million, on the back of...

New campaign challenges body image language for preschool girls
Herald Sun - Brigid O'Connell - August 9, 2017

SHE is pretty brave, pretty talented and pretty kind. It's a subtle language change, but one national campaign is helping Australian parents make to better teach their daughters to value their skills and inner qualities, rather than their looks. With research showing more than half of preschool-aged girls...

Enforce 'no jab, no pay' at schools: AMA
News.com.au - Greg Roberts - August 9, 2017

The Australian Medical Association has suggested stripping funding from schools that do not actively promote vaccinating students amidst a potential measles outbreak. The West Australian government issued a citywide health alert last week when an unvaccinated high school student returned to Perth...

A Postcode Should Not Shape A Person's Destiny
Huffington Post - Andrew Leigh - August 9, 2017

But over the past generation, we have seen the opposite trend. Since the mid-1970s, real wages have grown by 72 percent for the top tenth of workers, but by just 23 percent for the bottom tenth. If child care workers and cleaners had received the same wage gains as financiers and solicitors, they would...

Strong demand continues but concerns about interest rate hikes rising
Financial Review - Su-Lin Tan - August 8, 2017

Commercial property continues to sell on tight yields, despite investor concerns about tighter lending and potential interest rate hikes, the latest commercial auctions show. At the Burgess Rawson auction on Tuesday, childcare properties continued to dominate. A Gymea childcare...

Helping directors keep ahead of the fast pace of change is the name of the game for the AICD, Dr Roger Sexton says
The Advertiser - Cameron England - August 8, 2017

Dr Sexton said last year David Chiem, founder of MindChamps, spoke at the Fellows' Dinner about what he was doing with early childcare centres in Singapore, the Middle East and the Philippines, and how he was educating children for the job market in 2030. "The job market in 2030 is going...

Why a Perth childcare centre lets kids to sleep outside, even when its rainy
Yahoo 7 News - August 7, 2017

A WA childcare centre has raised eyebrows by taking children to sleep outside during nap time, even in drizzly conditions. Little Learners in Perth, which cares for babies to five-year-old children, believes an outdoor sleeping policy benefits the kids and reduces absences by the common cold...

Australians are paying more for childcare than mortgages and food, leading to calls for action
Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - August 6, 2017

CHILDCARE costs are driving Australian families to breaking point with an exclusive survey for News Corp Australia finding close to 40 per cent are paying more than or equal to their mortgage in out of pocket payments each week. Close to a third are paying double their grocery bills - after...

Teachers need more training to deal with problematic sexual behaviour
Sydney Morning Herald - Alexandra Smith - August 6, 2017

Children as young as five are displaying worrying sexual behaviour at school, prompting concerns that teachers are ill-equipped to differentiate between whether students are victims of sexual abuse or are imitating what they see in music videos or internet advertising, new research reveals...