A different way to learn: Tamar Valley Steiner school two years on from launching
The Examiner - Lucy Stone - December 2, 2017

From little things, big things grow. A playgroup becomes a kindergarten, a kindergarten a primary school. And, hopefully, in the near future, that primary school could become a high school. Tamar Valley Steiner School opened for the first term of 2016 as a natural extension...

Mums forced to take on extra jobs to cope with cost of living
Daily Telegraph - Lanai Scarr - December 1, 2017

Childcare is crippling families as News Corp Australia has been revealing all year, with parents naming this as their biggest budgetary stress. The inaugural finder.com.au Cost of Kids 2017 Report found more than eight out of ten Australians (86 per cent) struggled with some financial...

Lauren Novak: Stop wasting time South Australian state politicians. Just get on with your jobs
The Advertiser - Lauren Novak - December 1, 2017

One example is a Labor proposal to enable childcare providers to refuse to enrol children who are not fully vaccinated. Despite much hype from government over many months, this Bill remained on the Parliament's to-do list after the lights were turned out this week. Another example...

A child care centre's ban on glitter sparks widespread debate
Brisbane Times - Jacey Fortin - December 1, 2017

Some scientists are talking more about the dangers posed by the sparkles used in children's crafts and some cosmetics. Most glitter is made with plastic, and when it drifts into a landfill or down a drain, it can become a microplastic pollutant. Those small pieces of plastic are not always caught...

Neighbourhood houses, including Cranbourne, Hallam and Hampton Park, calling for fairer funding from state government
Herald Sun - Megan Bailey - December 1, 2017

Ms Wilson said while their childcare costs were lower than most, many families still struggled to pay it and if they increased the cost it would be prohibitively expensive and then unviable. The City of Casey has agreed to support the Neighbourhood house campaign, with councillors voting to write...

Survey flags child care gap
The West Australian - Joanna Delalande - November 30, 2017

Childcare centres in Kalgoorlie-Boulder are forced to turn down working parents on a regular basis, with parents expressing concerns about a shortage of care services in the town. More than 200 Kalgoorlie residents have taken part in an online childcare survey that asks them to outline whether...

Fremantle child care centre fined after boy nearly hung himself on hammock
WA Today - Heather McNeill - November 30, 2017

A Fremantle day care has been fined $40,000 after a three-year-old boy nearly hung himself on a hammock cord. The incident occurred at Fremantle Early Learning Centre on June 14 around 4.30pm, when parents were arriving to collect their children.. The boy placed his head through the cords...

Teacher training, pay and performance: What makes a difference to kids?
ABC News - Emily Clark - November 30, 2017

Teacher training, pay and performance are often the subject of studies and reports that generate tense public discussion, so let's boil it down to one thing: what actually helps children learn? What levers within an early childhood education system can be pulled to improve how well a child can...

Families angry local service provider snubbed in favour of Sydney company
Western Advocate - Jacinta Carroll - November 29, 2017

PARENTS utilising before and after school care fear they will no longer be able to afford the service following news the Central West Out Of School Hours service is to be replaced by a Sydney-based provider after December 22. CWOOSH, operated by locals Tanya and Craig Gill, provides...

Programs that encourage dads to take time off benefit everyone
Sydney Morning Herald - Caitlin Fitzsimmons - November 28, 2017

The more that childcare is seen as a shared responsibility for men and women, the more that women will be able to participate fully in economic life. If the pattern is set early that both parents are responsible for child rearing, it won't automatically be the mother who works part time...

Off-the-plan childcare centres sell for $10.5m
Sydney Morning Herald - Simon Johanson - November 28, 2017

Two childcare centres in Melbourne's south-east have sold off the plan to a Chinese investor for $10.5 million. The centres sold on a yield of 6.3 per cent, slightly higher than average, reflecting a discount for purchasing two properties in one line, Savills Australia''s Jesse Radisich said...

'Ms Trunchbull' beat disabled girl, 4, at childcare: Court
The Daily Telegraph - Ian Paterson - November 28, 2017

A CHILDCARE worker - who was referred to as "Ms Trunchbull" from popular children's book Matilda by other staff - repeatedly assaulted an intellectually disabled child and left another to sit in a soiled cot, a court has heard. Kayte Szabo, a former staff member of the St Andrews Children's...

Primo Smallgoods' abbatoir expanstion at Port Wakefield limited by lack of suitable childcare says council CEO
The Advertiser - Renato Castello - November 28, 2017

LACK of childcare facilities in the Port Wakefield region is restricting further expansion of meat processing giant Primo Smallgoods. Wakefield Regional Council chief executive Jason Kuchel said Primo, which employs about 400 staff at its Pareora Rd abbatoir, had "indicated" to the council...

Developers flick the switch on over-supplied apartment sites
The Australian - Robyn Ironside & Ben Wilmot - November 27, 2017

Developers are ditching apartment projects and replacing them with office towers, hotels and even childcare centres in oversupplied areas of cities around Australia. While the market was abuzz recently after a big switch from a 90-storey Lang Walker-owned apartment tower to an...

Childcare centres forced to make bills more transparent
Daily Telegraph - Annika Smethurst - November 26, 2017

CHILDCARE centres will be forced to list the number of hours billed to parents alongside the number of hours each child spends in care in a bid to boost transparency and drive down prices. Most childcare centres charge a daily rate, regardless of how many hours each child actually...