Queensland Government extends grants for female researchers
The Courier-Mail - Janelle Miles - May 6, 2017

QUEENSLAND Science Minister Leeanne Enoch has extended a program to assist female researchers in continuing their work while on maternity leave, or caring for young children, with grants of up to $25,000. The grants can be used to assist with the costs of childcare, to hire someone to carry on their...

Canberra company Skoolbo takes to world stage with new TV program
Brisbane Times - Michael Gorey - May 6, 2017

Canberra learning technology company Skoolbo launched a new television program called Preschool Play in Singapore last month.The program features more than 500, eight-minute episodes that can be played at the beginning of the school day to get 3-5 year-olds dancing and learning while they play...

Budget 2017: childcare handed $428m in extended funding deal
The Australian - Sarah Martin - May 5, 2017

States have secured an extra $428 million to extend an agreement on early childhood educa­tion, as the government flags ending the funding deal once its new childcare ­reforms come into effect next year. Announcing a one-year extension to the agreement that gives all pre-school children access to 15...

Migrant grandparent visa to be rolled out
7News.com.au - May 4, 2017

Assistant Immigration Minister Alex Hawke told SBS he expects there to be some savings on child care costs because grandparents will be able to babysit. The visa program is expected to start in November so long as legislation passes parliament...

Kids get free preschool for another year
SBS News - May 4, 2017

Australia's youngest students will be guaranteed free access to preschool for another year with the federal government extending its funding pledge. The commonwealth and states jointly fund a guaranteed 15 hours a week of preschool for four-year-olds. Education Minister Simon Birmingham told the...

"Please explain" for Gold Coast's G8 Education after share price plunge on oversupply fears
Gold Coast Bulletin - Jenny Rogers - May 4, 2017

THE Gold Coast's G8 Education was forced to issue a "please explain" after its shares were smashed in heavy trading yesterday. Australia's largest listed childcare operator was one of the worst performers on the market after the share price plunge. Shares in G8 fell almost 11 per cent before closing 30¢...

There's a new 'Best Places to Work' list. This time it's for dads
Financial Review - Michael Alison Chandler - May 3, 2017

Up to a year of paid leave. On-site child care. Flexible work schedules. These are some of the paternity benefits that top companies offer employees, according to a list released Tuesday of the '50 Best Places to Work for New Dads.' These companies are angling to attract and retain a new generation...

Talking Point: Put young children first
The Mercury - Ros Cornish - May 2, 2017

But despite the positives of the reforms, families on low incomes will have their access to subsidised early childhood education and care halved, while other families will miss out altogether. This is not the best outcome for vulnerable children, with modelling undertaken by ANU estimated that...

Canberra parents pay most for childcare provided by least qualified staff
The Canberra Times - Emily Baker - May 1, 2017

A new report shows that Canberra families continue to pay considerably more than anyone else in the country for childcare provided by the least qualified staff. The latest Productivity Commission figures reveal Canberrans forked out an average of $525 each week for 50 hours of centre-based day...

Sydney suburbs are oversupplied with childcare places: long day care industry
Sydney Morning Herald - Kelsey Munro - April 30, 2017

The childcare industry says there is an oversupply of childcare in the inner-city and middle-ring suburbs of Sydney, in news that will surprise parents stuck on waiting lists for the hours they need. The claim is in stark contrast to warnings from the federal Opposition which says the population...

Paid parental leave is good for mums, Australian study shows
Herald Sun - Lucie van de Berg - April 30, 2017

TAXPAYER-funded matern­ity leave boosts the mental and physical health of new mothers, a study of more than 5000 Australian women has found. The introduction of the paid parental scheme of 18 weeks' pay at minimum wage delivered significant benefits to all new mums in the first year of their...

Machines begin caring for humans in China
Sky News - April 30, 2017

While it has become common to see robots on factory assembly lines, in China the machines have already begun providing the elderly with care and helping raise children at daycare centres. At one of China's largest daycare centres, in Sanhe, Hubei province, three white and round-bodied robots...

Fathers of newborns failing to take up paid leave scheme
Sydney Morning Herald - Amy Remeikis - April 29, 2017

It was designed to help fathers connect better with their newborn children, but Australia's paid parental scheme is leaving dads behind. Fathers of newborns can claim two weeks' pay at the minimum wage – amounting to about $1345 – from the government when their child is born, if they earn...

Massive changes to planning in NSW labelled 'scary'
The Leader - Jim Gainsford - April 28, 2017

Proposed changes to NSW planning codes wild allow medical centres and hospitals, childcare centres and private and public schools to be built in low density residential zones and neighourhood business zones as complying development, taking away the right of residents to object. The proposed...

Looks good on paper, but no clue in reality: when vocational training falls short
Sydney Morning Herald - Sylvia Pennington - April 26, 2017

He interviews up to 20 candidates a week and sees a steady stream of would-be childcare educators who hold Certificates III or Diplomas of Children's Services but don't appear to know the basics. Many candidates do not speak English as a first language and struggle to discuss aspects of...